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Re: “A Pima-Shaped Hole

But you cannot get a 4-year degree from Pima.... Only UA, ASU, or NAU. So why go to Pima? That is a 2 year school only. Not a 4 year university. Seems like if you want a university degree you need to go to a university. It would seem to take much longer to start at Pima (2) years THEN to go to a 4 year school. That's 6 years total when someone could just go straight to the university and be done in four years. Hmmmmm?

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Posted by Roger on 04/17/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “A Pima-Shaped Hole

The Board are idiots and thank god that Flores is gone.

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Posted by Fraser on 04/17/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “A Pima-Shaped Hole

"So, what about the local groups that blew the whistle on Pima, potentially damaging our economy? Are they politically motivated? Are they disgruntled former employees looking to pull one over on their old bosses? Or are they passionate members of the community, acting as watchdogs and standing up for what they believe to be right?"

While the above is in question, the facts remain;

1. The culture of fear and retaliation is intact. 2. The students, teachers, administration and public are still without confidence. 3. The academic probation continues. 4. The past retaliation remains unremediated. 5. The board remains in denial. 6. Better transparency, policy, and fresh board members are necessary to implement it from the top down.

-Whistleblower retaliation in Pima County remains without penalty.

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Posted by pcc alum and Seth MacFarlane proponent on 04/17/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “A Pima-Shaped Hole

Thank you for this article. PCC is an important asset to our community and the myriad residents who have benefited from the educational opportunities offered through its course offerings. There is a lot of love for Pima! And successfully getting off of probation is essential.
Addressing each of the issues responsible for PCC's probation directly and honestly is the way to ensure that probation is lifted.
The issue of admissions is one of many reasons for probation. The admissions change made by the four veteran PCC Governing Board members was not a "so-called" change. It was a real change that was judged to be an "improper" change of a mission of the college by the HLC. It is important that mission changes be done properly. The Board failed the community and hurt many who intended to enroll in for credit courses by ending open admissions.
Open admissions is the bedrock that Pima Community College was built on. "Meeting students where they are" by providing the appropriate courses, was a concept that allowed students to taste success and advance. It is interesting that there is some research that shows that students who first enrolled in developmental education courses were more likely to graduate than those who did not. Our community is full of productive residents who are contributing, taxpaying citizens because they had the opportunity to take developmental courses at PCC first, before taking transfer level courses at PCC. At the very least, "meeting students where they are" has been a cornerstone of PCC.
The Higher Learning Commission rightly faulted the PCC Board of Governors for "improperly"making such a radical change.
Today, in this era of gross income and wealth disparity, it is more important then ever that community colleges remain open to all seekers of higher education; and continue to meet them where they are and help them get to where they want to go.
Community colleges by nature are comprehensive: developmental, occupational and transfer. In order to remain vital, PCC must remain open and comprehensive.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 04/17/2014 at 6:56 AM

Re: “A Pima-Shaped Hole

As a PCC Alum., I'm horrified at how long this process has dragged on and how poorly local media, save the Weekly, have covered the lack of progress. My fervent wish is for all parties concerned to take immediate action to bring this suspension to a close. The time for personalities is long over, now it's about keeping a valuable asset viable for the entire community.

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Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 04/16/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “The Battle Over Old Tucson

penny mcqeen produces the high chaparral reunion she could turn the place around in a year

Posted by Don Collier on 04/15/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

So what is the formation of the hill and is it rock or a mixture of rock and soil?

Posted by Sam Smith on 04/14/2014 at 8:01 AM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

Why is it that the city owns over 70% of the hill but yet the U of Research dictates the public's use?

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Posted by AZPaul on 04/14/2014 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Rebalancing Nature

I am researching the topic for a writing assignment and since the most recent comment posted here (1/20/2014 by Myron Smith) the total mortality of the 31 sheep relocated on Catalina has reached 16 total, 14 being prey of mountain lions.

The desert bighorn sheep of the Catalina have been studied and documented since at least 1885. The relocation projects have been considered since 1985 and in 1990 sheep were transplanted on the mountain. In less than ten years all the sheep were considered extirpated.

To Cecil: In regard to your claim of numerous successful sheep transplants- I read in a report that only about 2 sheep reintroduction sites in AZ are actually "successful," while many of the others are barely sustaining a miniscule population.
To Myron: I'm not a English major, however, I noticed Mr.Small only used the word "exponentially" twice in his whole comment to describe the increase in human disturbance and urban encroachment. Considering the timeline Small presented (Mid 60's to Present day) I would agree that over the last 50 some years the growth of human presence in Tucson has increased exponentially. It becomes especially true if you consider the decline of sheep being documented over the last 100+ years.

Posted by Marquise Atencio on 04/12/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Confessions of an eBay opium addict

This dude is a fucking crybaby he is desperate for attention. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. eBay is not to blame, you are. Withdraws from poppy tea are fucking child's play compared to Any other opiate. Try kicking shooting heroin and you'd be begging for your little poppy tea withdraws back. LMFAO!!!

And btw, Methadone and suboxone are made for real opiate addicts. Either drug, Even in very small doses used to kick poppy tea would completely defeat the purpose. the methadone or suboxone would actually get you way higher than you have ever gotten off your tea. Any medical professional would tell you to just kick it cold turkey. It's an EXTREMELY mild detox.

All that pain you think your feeling is in your head. You're fiending for your tea. If you convince yourself that your deathly ill, you can actually make yourself feel Like you are. Relax, quit psyching yourself out, and thank god that your drug of choice is probably the weakest opiate with the most gentle withdraw possible.

My only advice to you would be if your going to relapse try some real drugs next time. (:

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Posted by A real addict on 04/12/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

Hey, I have a great idea for Tumamoc Hill: let's sell it all to Grand Canyon University. Think of the jobs it could create for that wonderful Phoenix corporation (not to mention all the profits for their Wall Street Banksters). A shining Christian and anti-gay light on the hill. After all, selling treasured public open green space was good enough in Romero's and Rhodes' eyes for Westside barrios, why not good enough for their yuppie friends? Then the Weekly and the Star can ignore the whole issue, and everyone stays happy. And feeling good (like giving raises to city bureaucrats in the face of a $30 million debt) is what the City Council is all about -- right?

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Posted by Bog Mann on 04/12/2014 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Body Revolution

I grew up in Tucson and recently came back to visit the same week this story ran as the feature for the Weekly. I was struck by it, because, I REALLY noticed how body un-positive Tucson is when I was home. Having now lived in Paris, rural IL, Atlanta, and Portland, Ore., I can safely say that Tucson struck me as a really fat-phobic environment when I was visiting. I felt uncomfortable and stared at by douchey frat boys or rich foothills moms wherever I went. This made me reflect on my adolescence in Tucson and the way it influenced my self-perception in damaging ways. I commend the Weekly for running this piece, and respect Baker's work, but I think it is absolutely ridiculous to say that Tucson is ground zero for any sort of body positive revolution. There are LOTS of places in the country where being fat just ain't such a thang, because body positivity movements started in those places in at least the early 90s, and often even earlier. I'd also like to suggest that the anti-fat sentiment found in AZ is related to the growing racism, classism, and intolerance for which the state is now unfortunately notorious. To all the fat chics suffering it out in Tucson: maybe you should just move?

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Posted by fattiefeminist on 04/11/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

Good article.

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Posted by Fraser on 04/10/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

There is also this wonderful resource to understanding the remnants of millenia of civilization on the hill: "New Perspectives on the Rock Art and Prehistoric Settlement organization of Tumamoc Hill, "Tucson, Arizona ; Edited by Gayle Harrison Hartmann and Peter C. Follow this link to reserve it and pick it up at your nearest Pima County Library: Boyle.http://librarycatalog.pima.gov/search~S8?/…

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Posted by Linda Ray 64 on 04/10/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “For the Love of Tumamoc

To follow the viewpoints and observations of artists and writers working on Tumamoc Hill, see artist-in-residence Paul Mirocha's blog: www.tumamocsketchbook.com. Tumamoc: People and Habitats has also published a new book now available called "This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill" a poets and artists collaboration. See the blog for more details.

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Posted by gilamonster on 04/09/2014 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson

Came across a cool website for fans of Linda Ronstadt:
http://www.linda-ronstadt.net

Posted by Rockin-NW-Style on 04/06/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Why Linda Ronstadt Still Matters to Tucson

HUGE FAN!

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Posted by Rockin-NW-Style on 04/06/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “A New Billy the Kid?

Billy the Kid was killed by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett at old Fort Sumner, NM on July 14, 1881...in all likelihood.

Is it possible that Billy slipped away during all of the brouhaha; I suppose so, since it's also possible that a rogue comet is going land on me while I type this post.

For the rest of you jokers, I have a plot of beautiful ocean front property that I'm willing to sell you in good ole AZ.

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Posted by NM JIM on 04/06/2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Growing Up Black in Tucson

Racism has many facets. I've lived all over this country and I've found that no corner is absent of it. Just because it's not in your face doesn't mean it doesn't exist. In Tucson, since there is such a low Black population, there's no perceived threat from Blacks therefore they are "invisible" and not a problem, however if the Black population should significantly increase, trust me, the covert racial attitudes will explode.

Racism is a problem but it's not the primary concerned for Blacks and all non whites, it's the system of white supremacy that supports white privilege and is never openly discussed but is concealed in acts of both overt and covert racism. Tucson is an interesting place, I like it because of the weather and folks don't generally bother you. So what racism I encounter, I usually ignore and chalk up to ignorance and fear.

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Posted by Shabaka Tecumseh on 04/05/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Getting the Ax

Talking about it doesn't do anything...write their Corporate Office a letter to tell them why you have discontinued shopping there.

Target Corporate Office Headquarters HQ in the USA:
Address:
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 USA
Corporate Phone Number: 1-612-304-6073
Corporate Fax Number: 1-612-761-5555

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Posted by bluera1028 on 04/04/2014 at 5:27 AM

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