Thursday, October 18, 2018

My Pick For Superintendent of Public Instruction: Kathy Hoffman

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 2:15 PM

  • Kathy Hoffman
Kathy Hoffman and Frank Riggs are putting up a spirited fight to become our next Superintendent of Public Instruction. Their campaign websites are filled with educational plans and proposals, too many to list or discuss without getting so deep in the weeds, I'd never find my way out. The short version is, I like Hoffman's ideas far better than Riggs', but that doesn't tell you much.

So let's take another tack. Let's talk about hammers and nails.

No doubt you've heard the saying, "When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Even if the hammer you're holding isn't the best, or the only tool for the job in front of you, you're going to try and find a way to use it. You know that hammer. You like that hammer. It's the first tool that comes to mind when you have a situation you have to deal with before you consider other options.

It's the same with the ideas you tend to favor. They are going to be readily at hand when you're looking for solutions to problems you have to deal with. You'll call on them before you consider alternatives. Likewise with your personal and professional experience. You're going to lean on what you know to guide you.

So let's look at the hammer —actually the hammers — Hoffman and Riggs have in their tool belts which they would tend to favor if they became our next education superintendent.

Kathy Hoffman knows public schools. She knows early childhood education. She works with students with disabilities. She speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese. She understands the value of being bilingual and the importance of bilingual education.

If Hoffman becomes superintendent, her first instinct will be to seek out public school solutions to problems or opportunities she faces. She's going to think about Spanish (and other language) speakers as well as English speakers. She's going to consider students who have to overcome problems to reach educational success. She'll consider whether early childhood education should be a part of the solution.

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Let's Listen To Sharkk Heartt's New Single Ahead of Tonight's Show

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The song and video were recorded live at Frank Bair's studio in the old Comic Con building in downtown Tucson. Audio by Frank Bair, video by Theo Panousopoulos, James Grip, and Jedidiah Baker.

Head over to CANS Deli tonight to celebrate the release of Sharkk Heartt's first single, "Maybe We Are Infinite." 

Electronic producer, singer, songwriter and pianist Lara Ruggles is the one-woman show behind Sharkk Heartt. She's revamping her sound since moving back to Tucson in 2016.

Ruggles toured under her own name and released a full-length album with her band in Colorado, but she's switching gears from writing folky love songs to songs that tackle feminism, equality and activism.

The new single is a love song, with a portion of record sales from the CANS Deli show going to Planned Parenthood.

Sharkk Heartt will be joined at CANS by Phoenix electro-pop duo MRCH and Tucson indie-soul artist Jillian Bessett. The show, presented by Wooden Tooth Records, is 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. $5 advance or $8 at the door. Find tickets here.

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NBA G-League Will Pay $125,000 Contracts for Elite High School Players

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 12:15 PM

The NBA's G-League announced on Thursday it will allow elite high school players to bypass the current 'one-and-done' rule of playing NCAA basketball for a year to be NBA Draft eligible, starting in the summer of 2019, according to ESPN.

The article cites League President Malcolm Turner, who expressed interest in extending what he called 'select contracts,' worth $125,000 per year to those elite players.

The players would be able to circumvent the college scene, while also having full rights to hire agents, profit off their likeness and sign endorsement deals—all of which are currently not allowed under NCAA rules.

Turner also told ESPN that the league will offer a range of off-court development programs for those that qualify, which, as Turner says, are, "geared toward facilitating and accelerating their transition to the pro game."

The special contracts will be extended to high school graduates 18 and older that haven't committed to play college basketball, according to the article, with Turner saying that they will not poach anyone with existing commitments to schools.

The proposed changes would likely not go into place until the 2022 draft, according to the article, with the move coming as a possible answer to the league's inability to lower the current age limits in place.

"The broader basketball community has called for the NBA to enhance our G-League offerings," Turner told ESPN. "We believe this is an answer to that call. We believe this is a thoughtful and responsive answer."

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Another Forecaster Upgrades Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick's Odds in Southern AZ's CD2

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

National forecasters are bullish on Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick's odds against Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in CD2. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • National forecasters are bullish on Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick's odds against Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in CD2.
Another national forecaster has delivering good news for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick and bad news for Lea Marquez Peterson in Southern Arizona's Congressional District 2.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball is moving the race from the "Leans Democrat" column to the "Likely Democratic" column:
Democrats appear well on their way to putting away at least three of these four seats. We are upgrading the Democrats’ chances in the open AZ-2, moving it from Leans Democratic to Likely Democratic, after the National Republican Congressional Committee stopped spending there. NJ-2 is one of the safest Democratic pickups in the country, and CA-49, the seat from which Rep. Darrel Issa is retiring after a very close call in 2016, has long been the Democrats’ best bet in California.
In this week's Skinny, I run down many of the challenges facing Marquez Peterson.

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Tucson Miniature Showcase with Tucson Woman's Club

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

click image Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. - TUCSON MINI TIME MACHINE MUSUEM OF MINIATURES
  • Tucson Mini Time Machine Musuem of Miniatures
  • Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Tucson Woman's Club will feature a sale of crafted miniatures from across the country including exhibits of miniatures, silent auctions, raffles and project workshops for children.

The showcase is sponsored by The Mini Time Machine League, a committee of the Mini Time Machine, Inc. and the Southern Arizona Miniature Enthusiasts social club. All the proceeds from the show will go towards The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.   

To enter the showcase tickets will be sold for $7 general admission, $3 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and under. Admission will be valid for both days of the event and each paid admission will also include admission ticket to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures.

The miniature showcase will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and located at the Tucson Woman's Club on 6245 E. Bellevue Street. 

For the more information bout the Miniature Showcase, click here.
click image Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. - TUCSON MINI TIME MACHINE MUSUEM OF MINIATURES
  • Tucson Mini Time Machine Musuem of Miniatures
  • Visit the showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Claytoon of the Day: The Art of the Murder

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 9:32 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Oct. 18

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 1:00 AM

  • Courtesy of MOCA Facebook page.
Free Third Thursdays at MOCA. In Tucson, third Thursdays are for contemporary art. Because every third Thursday, the museum is open free to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special art-making activity. This month, visitors can build their very own “pocket shrines” or little miniature altars, with the help of DIRT (Alan Dickson and Taylor Garcia Dickson). These little devotional pieces are meant to be personalized with little object like candles, oracles or photographs. So, while the museum will be providing a variety of supplies, you should definitely bring some stuff from home to make the piece your own. A picture of a deceased loved one? A dried flower petal from your wedding? A photo of a hot celebrity cut out of a magazine? Up to you. DIRT will also be doing free one-card tarot readings, and the night also offers music, a cash bar and food trucks. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave. Details Here.

MEN on BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus.
They say truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s pretty evident when you consider what this play is based on: an 1869 expedition led by a one-armed captain and a crew of crazy volunteers who head out to chart the course of the Colorado River, and to discover the Grand Canyon. In Backhaus’ theatrical adaptation of this, she genderbends the story—all of the characters are women, and the events in the play, like so many facts today, are “mostly true.” It’s gone over well so far, receiving a Kilroys 2015 playlist choice for one of the best plays by women and being named a NYT Critics’ Pick. Why not check out this production by Something Something Theatre Company? 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October and 2 p.m. on Sundays in October. Temple Cabaret, 330 S. Scott Ave. $25, or $20 for students, seniors, teachers and military. Thursday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 25, are “pay what you decide” nights. Details Here.

UA 6th Annual Downtown Series: Soundscapes
  • Courtesy of Maurice R. Magaña
Brought to you by the UA School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and hosted by Fox Tucson Theatre, they present to you visual aspects of music culture and the role of urban youth when it comes to shaping cross-culture and identity. Maurice Rafael Magaña will discuss a series of topics relating to art and music. From art in public spaces to cultures crossing borders and working together, he proves that the music and art scene is an important aspect in many different people’s lives. He will focus on youth and the way they use artistic and musical abilities to speak up about their identities and struggles; particularly across the border of Mexico. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street. 6:30 p.m. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

UA Campus Health Celebrates 100 Years

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:34 PM

  • Courtesy of Special Collections, University Libraries.
  • An exam room at UA Campus Health in 1971
On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3-5 p.m. Campus Health Services will be in the Highland Commons Courtyard celebrating their 100th year anniversary on campus.

What started as a quarantined Flu Infirmary is now UA's official campus health. In 1918 they first began to fight the Spanish Flu, which was going around campus causing people to become extremely ill. Certain sections of Old Main and the Forbes building were turned into quarantined spaces for infected students and soldiers. Today, Campus Health is one of the longest-serving units on the University, according to UA News.

In 2004, they moved into their current space on Highland Commons that now serves over 70,000 patients a year. Lee Ann Hamilton said in a release, that they see about half of the University population in a given year. Their return rates are high, as 99% of students would recommend it to their friends.

Hamilton says they are set apart in many ways, one being that their three main goals are outreach, education and prevention. She also added that they have a dedicated passionate staff that genuinely wants to help their students. According to the release they were the first credited college health service in the nation and they were ranked No. 2 in Princeton Review's Best Health Services. 
The current home to UA Campus Health - COURTESY UA CAMPUS HEALTH
  • Courtesy UA Campus Health
  • The current home to UA Campus Health

Students taking one credit hour or more at UA are eligible for treatment from Campus Health; employees can also be seen. What began as a flu infirmary is now a health department with a multitude of outreach potential for its students. From a simple cold to mental health, UA Campus Health has got its students covered.

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