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City of Palm Coast offers egg hunt events April 18, 19


GEORGE E. CURRY: Acceptance by 8 Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma See page 4

Mourning to join Basketball Hall of Fame SEE PAGE 7

East Central Florida’s Black Voice


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Attendees of the Health Equity Summit look over literature provided by the Florida Department of Health in VolusiaCounty.

Health Equity Summit deals with disparities BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, Bethune-Cookman University and Halifax Health hosted the 2014 Health Equity Summit themed “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.’’ The summit was held Wednesday in recognition of National Minority Health Month. “Statistics are real people with the tears wiped away,” keynote speaker Dr. B. Lee Green, vice president of Moffitt Diversity and professor at H. Lee Moffitt

Cancer Center and Research Institute has adopted. “That comparison helps me as I analyze and research the data showing us health disparities are real. They exist in the people’s lives that are impacted by poor health each and every day.” The summit touched on health disparities among age, race and socioeconomic status. In Volusia County, the disparity of heart disease, obesity and diabetes among Blacks is in some cases as much as three times higher than Whites.

‘A lot of insight’ The



tinuing and where we are with them. When I retired from public health four years ago, I was working with these same type of issues and worked with them for 28 years,” she explained. “So it’s of great importance to me to see that we are progressing. To see what needs to happen from this point, things that need to be done different, and how can I be a part of that.”

‘Preaching to the choir’


Dr. Maria Pinzon, Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, Catherine Howard, Dr. Patricia Solo-Josephson and Dr. Alma Dixon were among the speakers at Wednesday’s event. of Health’s Office of Minority Health recognizes seven key areas for health disparities, which are HIV/AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infant mortality, immunizations and oral health. Synthia Williams, a representative from the Midtown Health

Education Action Team (HEAT) and a retired public health nurse, attended the annual event in its fifth year due to her passion for health care. “This seminar is one that I come to every year because I get a lot of insight on what public health issues are con-

JOB FAIR APRIL 15 Time: 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Open to the public. Location: News Journal Center, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach Information: Contact Jessica Fox at 386681-2365 or jessica.


Michael Barker, an affirmative employment recruiter with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, speaks with a prospective job seeker during a career fair at Daytona State College.

Hundreds attend DSC job fair; another set for April 15 BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

Several hundred job seekers attended a job fair Monday at Daytona State College. For those


who missed that one, another opportunity will take place April 15 at the News Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. There will be about 30 employees at that job fair, also sponsored by the college.

Miriam Ruiz, the director of Career Services, was pleased with the turnout at Monday’s event. “About 250 to 270 people came through the doors and 36 employers, including the Volusia

County Sheriff’s Office, the prisons, the Salvation Army and those seeking medical professionals. There was a good variety,” said Ruiz. “Our main priority is to help you (students and alumni of DSC) prepare for your job search and secure employment in your field of study. We can also help you secure part-time or temporary work which is ideal for students.” Through the Career Center, Ruiz helps students and alumni discover the career that is best suited to their interests, skills and values as well as help plan the educational path needed to follow Please see JOB FAIR, Page 2

The Daytona Beach resident shared that many of the disparities she saw as a child, through adulthood and as a health care professional over the years has changed. “I’ve seen changes, I’ve seen impact, so I think that this needs to continue, but we need a lot more of community involvement, our everyday community folks, not just those in health care. Someone just made a great point, we are preaching to the choir, because we have a lot of health care people here, we need to figure out how to inPlease see SUMMIT, Page 2

Whistleblower’s lawyers seek $7.3 million in Halifax case NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

In a case that led to an $85 million settlement over alleged violations of federal law, a whistleblower’s lawyers are requesting that the Daytona Beach-based Halifax Hospital Medical Center and a related firm pay $7.3 million in attorneys’ fees and costs. Four law firms that represented whistleblower Elin Baklid-Kunz filed the motion Saturday in federal court in Orlando. Baklid-Kunz filed the original complaint alleging violations by Halifax, a public hospital system, and the case was later joined by the U.S. Department of Justice.

‘Stark Law’ The allegations, at least in part, focused on what is known as the “Stark Law,” which bars hospitals from billing Medicare for services referred by doctors who have financial relationships with the hospitals. In a settlement with the federal government announced last month, Halifax and Halifax Staffing, Inc., agreed to pay $85 million, with Baklid-Kunz expected to receive $20.8 million of that amount, according to a Department of Justice news release. The motion filed Saturday indicates that Baklid-Kunz’s attorneys and Halifax have not been able to reach agreement on legal fees. The law firms are seeking about $7.1 million to cover attorney’s time and $186,000 in expenses, according to the motion.

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1 child dead, another 11 hurt in Orlando daycare crash BY JEFF WEINER AND AMY PAVUK ORLANDO SENTINEL/MCT

Officials said a dozen children were injured — and one girl has since died — after a hit-and-run SUV crashed into a car, which then collided with an Orlando daycare center on Wednesday. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children confirmed the death about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. (The name and age of that victim had not been released by the Daytona Times’ deadline Wednesday night.) Another patient was in critical condition, and another five were in serious condition, the hospital said. Patients were also taken to three other hospitals, according to officials.

Person of interest named Meanwhile, authorities have found the sport utility vehicle in Winter Park, and named a person of interest: Robert Corchado, who corrections records indicate is 28 years old. Records show Corchado was sentenced to three years in prison in 2010 on cocaine trafficking charges stemming from an arrest in May 2009. He was released in September 2012. Corchado was arrested in December in Seminole County, records show, on charges

Sorority’s fashion show to raise money for lupus sufferers FROM STAFF REPORTS

The members of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., will host a Purple Fight Lupus Benefit Fashion Show on April 12 at Bethune-Cookman University. Although anyone can develop lupus, this disease mainly afflicts women of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells rather than foreign microbes such as bacteria or viruses. When the healthy tissues are attacked it causes damage to many parts of the body such as the brain, skin, heart, joints, kidneys, lungs and blood vessels.

of heroin and cocaine possession with intent to sell, as well as leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage. He was released from jail on more than $10,000 bail. That case is still pending.

‘Variety of injuries’ The daycare business, which according to its websites offers services for children as young as six weeks, is at 4035 N. Goldenrod Road. The crash was reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday. According to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Wanda Diaz, the crash began as a hit-andrun. A Dodge Durango crashed into another vehicle, forcing it into the KinderCare and causing the injuries, she said. Authorities later found the SUV at a home in Winter Park. Orange County Fire Rescue said at least 15 people were hurt at the daycare, 13 of whom were taken to hospitals. Twelve were children. According to Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall, they were being treated for a “a variety of injuries, both severe and mild.”  Said Diaz: “Some are very, very serious.”  Officials said one child was pinned by the car.

Over 50 kids inside Mulhall said the victims

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Children are escorted by their parents from the KinderCare Learning Center in Orlando after children were injured when a car crashed into the facility Wednesday. were taken to four hospitals. There were more than 50 children inside the building when the crash happened, Mulhall said, all of whom have been evacuated. Joel Rosado, and Orlando roofer, told the Sentinel that he was working on the roof of a nearby gas station when he heard a loud screech, then saw the crash.

The Durango hit a small, dark-colored car, he said, which barreled into the daycare, driving well inside the building. The Durango then fled north, Rosado said. The daycare facility one of 1,700 KinderCare Learning Centers operated in 39 states with about 40,000 employees by the Knowledge Learning Corporation based in Oregon.

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to maximize their ability to take advantage of those opportunities. The April 15 job fair is open to the public.

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Dr. B. Lee Green, Vice President of Moffitt Diversity was the keynote speaker for the health equity program.

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volve our laypeople and make things happen for the community as a whole,’’ Williams continued. “Just hearing from other people about what is going on in other communities and being able to network with one another and leverage about what’s happening and who’s doing what about it,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorenson, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. “We all need to work together, particularly on policy issues. Those of us who know better need to be at the table to help them make those decisions.”

Youth and obesity

Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight initiative.

Local trends According to data from the Bureau of Labor Sta-

tistics, Volusia County has seen a 1.3 rate of decline over a 12-month period in the number of unemployed from February 2013 to February 2014. Volusia’s 6.4 unemployment rate in February 2014 showed improvements from the 7.7 unemployment rate in 2013. “It’s been a tough year for us. I’ve been out of work for five months, my wife is in school and we aren’t looking for handouts. I just want to be able to support my family,” said Terell Rogers, who was looking for a job. For more information on Daytona State College’s Career Center, contact Miriam Ruiz at 386-506-3687 or email her at For more information on the fair to be held at the News Journal Center, contact Jessica Fox at 386-681-2365 or jessica.

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‘Let’s Move Volusia’ Sorensen also noted an initiative that is being implemented across the county and in almost a dozen schools. “The Let’s Move Volusia’s youth is working on community gardens, school gardens and we have engaged the school district to apply or try to strive to become a healthy school. There is a Healthy School Program and 11 of our 60 schools have agreed to go for the gold and be designated a healthy school. It has to do with the nutrition, the physical activity and not only of the children but of the staff. “Strengthening schools is the heart of health,” added Catherine Howard, coordinator of the Florida

into the community and help people get jobs who are qualified, it’s always going to be a success,” said Michael Barker, an affirmative employment recruiter with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. “We are hiring for a multitude of positions but our critical needs area are chaplains, medical personnel and we are always actively hiring for correctional officers.” Asked of his duties as an affirmative employment recruiter, Barker explained that there really is no difference between what he does and those who are solely employment recruiters. “The federal government has placed some initiatives on affirmative action and we are required by policy to cooperate with those initiatives,’’ he offered.

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Responding to a question on the prevalence of obesity in the Black community and beyond, Sorensen, who holds a doctorate in medicine and board certification in endocrinology and metabolism, focuses on prevention in youth. “Adults know better. We don’t really want to spend a lot of time and resources on adults. We really want to reach the children. If we can reach the children, teach them about healthy nutrition, physical activity and get them to be health-

ier that will make a difference in their lives. They will not have to worry about preventing diabetes, hypertension and stroke. This is for the long haul. It’s going to take a generation to make a change and this generation has to be the younger generation. So if they reach age 19 or 20 and are physically behavior and they don’t smoke and they don’t engage in risky behavior and they will have all the right stuff, they are going to be much better off in the long wrong. It’s about promoting healthy behaviors in Florida.”

Many job seekers were prepared, in suits and neckties, others in dresses, some in jeans. Raul DeBerry came to the fair for his wife. He told the Daytona Times that although she could not be there, he would drop off her resume and pick up the names and numbers of employers she could reach out to at a later time. Other attendees brought resumes, letters of reference and business cards, prepped for on-the-spot interviews. “Anytime we can come

“The ladies of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., are blessed to be able to raise awareness through campus and community involvement and we will continue to uplift and fulfill our dedication to Service, Friendship, and Equality,” member Kwanza Johnson explained. The fashion show is at the Michael and Libby Johnson Center of Civic Engagement on the campus of B-CU at 7:55 p.m. The cost for admission is $3. Funds will be donated to the Lupus Foundation. The Beta Chi chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., also assisted with the preparations for the fashion show. Contact Kwanza Johnson at 216-333-2797 for more information.

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APRIL 10 – APRIL 16, 2014 COMMUNITY DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2006

Flagler NAACP to host banquet on April 27 The Flagler County NAACP has asked indulgence in attending the 2014 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, April 27, 6 p.m., at the Hammock Beach Resort. They boast of fine dining, dancing and music provided by Darnel Butler and Xpression. Among the roster includes guest speaker Marc Dwyer, Esq., a partner with the law firm Chiumento Selis Dwyer. The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. For more information, call the Flagler County NAACP at 386Marc 446-7822. Dwyer


‘Tulle, Ties and Tea’ A line up of venues takes in the etiquette affair of the Daytona Beach Chapter of the Links, Inc. They request the pleasure of inviting middle and high school students to enjoy a tea, tour and a spring concert on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. The affair, “Tulle, Ties and Tea’’ will showcase April 13, 2 p.m. at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Ladies must be attired in dresses or skirts, and gentlemen in dress shirts, ties, and dress slacks.

The Links are requesting that you RSVP at Family First Health Center, 386-492-1064.

Eagles golf tournament The Eagles got a chance to test their skills, the weather starting off great, and rain arriving much faster, contributed to calling off their play after 15 holes of golf. The 18-hole tournament became a “9 hole” tournament, using holes 1 through 9, and closest-tothe-pin (CTP) Par 3 competition, using holes 2 and 8. Pine Course at The Grand Club in Pine Lakes accommodated the Eagles and rendered great support and services. Congratulations are in order to the winners: A. Nine Hole “Chicago Point” Tournament In first place:  Flight A, Ralph Lightfoot, 18 points; Flight B, Jim Felton, 22 points; Flight C, Henry Douglas, 26 points; Flight S1, Columbus Thomas, 23 points; Flight S2, Joseph Shields, 24 points. In second place: Flight A, Bob Daniels, 17 points; Flight B, Elvis

Brathwaite, 20*; Flight C, George Latimer, 22 points; Flight S1, Foster Vestal, 22**; Flight S2, John Reid, 20***. *Won on Card-Off over Nat Harris on No. 1 Handicap, Hole (4) with a 4 vs a 5. **Won on Card-Off over Rick Hill on No. 2 Handicap, Hole (6) with a 5 vs a 6. ***Won on Card-Off over Howard Jennings on No. 2 Handicap, Hole (6) with a 5 vs a 6.   In third place, Flight A, Bill Gaddis, 15 points; Flight B, Nat Harris, 20 points; Flight C, BJ Jones, 20 points; Flight S1, Rick Hill, 22 points, Flight S2, Howard Jennings, 20 points. B. Par 3 Competition Hole No. 2, White Tees, Bob Daniels, Gold/Red Tees, Joseph Shields; Hole No. 8, White Tees, Nate Wells,  Gold/Red Tees, Bill Seeney.   The Eagles are looking forward to playing golf on April 19 at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormond Beach. This is a “tune up” for the club’s championship in May. They will play an individual stroke play tourna-

ment (with handicap) and Par 3 competition at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club. The shotgun start begins 8:30 a.m.; the green/cart fee is $29, and includes the tax. If you’d like to play, contact a member of the Eagles no later than April 14. That is: Chairman Bill Gorham, 386446-9982; Jim Dupuy, 386-2463198; Bill Pickett, 386-446-4767; Dave Pokigo, 386-446-1479, or Ed Walker, 386-246-3904. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations Birthday wishes to: Joan Robinson, Julius Hicks, Carla Price, April 11; St. Hellen Mitchell, Louise Reid, Ronald L. Smith, April 13; Breadon Phillip Robinson, April 14; Jillian Elizabeth Glover, April 15; Christine Rooks, April 16.

City of Palm Coast offers egg hunt events April 18, 19

Families will have the opportunity to celebrate the Easter holiday with two fun and free activities – one geared toward children and one for teenagers – offered by the City of Palm Coast’s Parks & Recreation Department.  The Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt will be at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, for students in grades 7-12, at Belle Terre Park, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Students should bring their own flashlight to hunt for candy-filled eggs. Refreshments will be provided.   On Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children will have the opportunity to participate in the Eggs’travaganza Egg Hunt at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast.

14,000 eggs Activities will include egg hunts for 14,000 eggs. Three egg hunt times will be offered in the morning, and three more in the afternoon. The schedule is based on child’s age, with opportunities for all age groups in the morning and again in the afternoon. A final egg hunt for all ages will be offered in the afternoon. Children can meet the Easter Bunny, with photos avail-

Head Start taking applications for 2014-15 school year Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. Head Start program is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children must be three or four years old on or before September 1 and meet low-income guidelines. Parents of children with disabilities are also encouraged to apply, regardless of income eligibility. Head Start welcomes children with medical conditions, children who are homeless, and second language learners.

Above is a snapshot from last year’s egg hunt in Palm Coast. able for $5. Additional activities at the Eggs’travaganza Egg Hunt will include music, face-painting, sand art, balloon art, and magic shows. Food and drinks

will be available for purchase. A fee will be charged for facepainting, sand art and balloon art. Remember that Bulldog Drive

is currently closed to through traffic for road improvements so access Central Park from Central Avenue off Belle Terre Parkway or from Central Avenue

VPK classes are also available. For more information, call 386736-1325.

Along with information booths about these organizations and their work on campus and in the community, there will be Earthfriendly activities in and around the museum, including a rock swap, a recycled art corner, a natural plant tie-dye station, a walk through the organic garden, and some planting in the pollination garden. Stetson’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual birdhouse building contest, and Oxfam Stetson will make a presentation on starting community gardens. Students in the University’s Honors Program will present a series of demonstrations, on starting seeds (co-sponsored by Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden), urban wick gardening, and seed exchanges. Community partners include the DeLand Gem and Mineral Club, and Estrog: Fair Trade. This event is free and open to the public. The Gillespie Museum

is located on the southeast corner of the Stetson campus, at 234 East Michigan Avenue. For more information, contact the Museum at 386-822-7330 or visit

Stetson museum to host Earth Day As part of its Science Saturday series, the Gillespie Museum has partnered with the Stetson Environmental Coalition to host the 2014 Earth Day: Keeping It Green at Stetson, on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum and the adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center. This annual event showcases the ongoing work of a range of student organizations with an environmental mission, including Hatter Harvest, Stetson Cycles, Team Sandhill, the Stetson Environmental Club and the Stetson Scrappers. This year’s event introduces two new projects, the hives of Stetson Beekeepers and a newT:7” ly developed Seed Library.

Jazz and blues singer to perform at NSB library Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Her performance will include pre-war blues, vaudeville, traditional jazz and original compositions. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386424-2910.

Huger golf tournament set for April 19


The Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present its third annual Jimmy Huger Scholarship Golf Tournament April 19 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Huger is a longtime member of the fraternity. The tournament will be held at the Daytona Beach Golf Club, 600 Wilder Blvd. Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for local high school seniors attending college as freshmen in the fall of 2014. For more information, contact John Huger at 386-566-8393.

Open Mic Poetry Festival set for April 19 Experience the power of poetry during the sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Poets of all styles are invited to perform their original works. Par-

off Town Center Boulevard (off State Road 100). Admission to both events is free. For more information, call 386-986-2323.

ticipants must be 18 or older to read. To register to perform, call 386-424-2910 or sign up at the library’s reference desk. The festival is hosted by the Poet’s Corner Poetry Workshop and sponsored by the Friends of the Library in recognition of National Poetry Month.

County to collect hazardous waste in DeBary, Ormond Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division will host free collection events for household hazardous materials April 11 and 12. Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps at these locations: • Ormond Beach Public Works, 501 N. Orchard St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 11 • DeBary City Hall, 16 Columba Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 Only unmixed household hazardous waste will be accepted. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal. Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling. For more information, call Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division at 386-947-2952.



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Acceptance by 8 Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again. First the news: In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall? A first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., the 17-year-old violist and aspiring physician applied to all eight, from Brown to Yale. The responses began rolling in over the past few months, and by late last week when he opened an e-mail from Harvard, he found he’d been accepted to every one. School district officials provided scanned copies of acceptance letters from all eight Monday. Yale confirmed that it was holding a spot for Enin.

Rare feat The feat is extremely rare, say college counselors — few students even apply to all eight, because each seeks different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend them all. The Ivy League colleges are among the nation’s most elite. Comments posted on the news website reddit leave little doubt that even with all of Enin’s accomplishments, many people will never see beyond his race. The comments show appalling ignorance not only about race in the United States, but about the college admission process itself.


A person with the sign-in name of Hairlesswalkingchimp wrote, “I’m gonna get real with you reddit; no matter how pissed this makes you it doesn’t change the fact that he would not have had this absurd success if he was a white kid.” A writer identifying himself as Jetusan asked, “Are you just as pissed that 30% of admissions at Harvard are legacies? How many are less qualified white people, I wonder?” That’s a point most critics miss. Universities, including Harvard and Yale, admit a certain number of students in each class based on whether a parent attended the Ivy League institution. They call them “Legacy Admissions” and that’s how George W. Bush got admitted into Yale, following in the footsteps of his father and his father’s father. Other students are admitted because a parent made a major donation to the university.

Additional talk on social media Overlooked in some of the posts is the fact that college admissions deans try to construct a balanced class, not robotically picking applicants based on grades and SAT scores. “Ivy Leagues don’t want well rounded applicants, they want a well rounded class,” wrote house_

music_420. “It’s much easier to get in if you do something out of the ordinary and are really good at it instead of being pretty good at many things. I’ve talked to college admissions people and they all say that they are trying to build a well rounded class. “For example 10 people from my high school applied to Stanford and the only one who got in had a 3.5 GPA (lowest of the 10) and a 2030 SAT (lowest of the 10) and he was in my class struggling mightily.” Comeonreally8 wrote, “I am an admissions interviewer for one of the top ivies and I see a HUGE number of minority applicants with top grades, great SATs, and great leadership in their extracurriculars and they are rejected just as often as the non-minority applicants. So everyone saying ‘OMG IT’S ONLY BECAUSE HE’S BLACK’ calm down, being a minority is not some free pass to get into college. It is still incredibly challenging and rare to get into the top ivies. This kid sounds brilliant and I wish him all the success.” Wrote retop56: “This comment section is nothing short of hilarious. Yes, schools look for diversity in admissions, but it seems like a lot of people really think he did nothing except check a box that he’s black and waltz into 8 Ivys.”

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) Write your own response at

African diplomats shun Black business owners Last week I attended a very nice reception hosted by two of my friends, Rosa Whitaker and Bernadette Paolo. Rosa is CEO and President of the Whitaker Group, a Washington, D.C.- based consultancy specializing in trade and investment in Africa. She previously served as the first Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2010, Whitaker was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. At the event promoted as “Reception, Tribute and Discussion for East Africa’s Four New Female Ambassadors to the U.S.” The ambassadors honored were Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda, Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania, Oliver Wonekha of Uganda, and Jean Kamau of Kenya. For those who are not followers of Africa, it’s important to remember that the continent of Africa is extremely patriarchal. Women are barely beginning to be welcomed into decision making positions in government, business, and politics, etc. In many African countries, women’s roles in society are clearly defined, with most of their roles being relegated to motherhood and the raising of the children.


column, to speak directly to these four distinguished ambassadors: I have spoken to many of your male predecessors about the role of an ambassador in a foreign country. The main objective of an ambassador is to be the voice and the face of their home country’s foreign policy towards the U.S. Madam Ambassadors, each of you stated that you wanted Americans, especially Blacks, to invest in your respective countries. Why should we? What is the business case for such an investment? Most African ambassadors have little engagement with the Black community, especially the businessman. People all over the world tend to do business with people they know. There are Black businessmen who have created and run multibillion dollar companies and have never had an African ambassador come to meet with them. Businessmen are not just going to magically show up in your country and want to invest millions of dollars in your country and you have never found the need to esMadam Ambassadors tablish a relationship with these Therefore, I want to use this successful businessmen.

Madame Ambassadors, why is it that your presidents refuse to meet with these successful Black entrepreneurs when they are in the U.S.? These same presidents would miss their own mother’s funeral to meet with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or Mark Zuckerberg, but when it comes to meeting the Black owner of a $6 billion IT firm, they can’t find time. Madame Ambassadors, how many of you know that there are more than 200 Black newspapers in the U.S.? When you are allocating money to promote tourism to your country, why do you never consider partnering with these Black media outlets? Do you think Blacks can’t afford to travel or have no discretionary income? Madame Ambassadors, how many of you have made yourself available to be interviewed by those who own Black newspapers, magazines, or websites? Do you not believe that Blacks read or care about the motherland? Before there can be an investment of money; there first has to be an investment of time.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. Write your own response at

Take me out to the ballgame Opening day for Major League Baseball always puts a smile on my face. This is the day that many of us treat as the actual beginning of spring. While snow can always appear, you know that warmer days are ahead. Yet, this is also a day when I think about a tragic injustice that is associated with Major League Baseball: the fact that both Curt Flood and Marvin Miller have not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Curt Flood, who served with distinction as an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, was the player who was willing to risk it all in order to legally challenge baseball’s “reserved clause,” which held players in the equivalent of indentured servitude to their teams. Flood’s case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where he lost in one of the strangest decisions in court history. Yet the stand that he took and the terrible stain that this placed on Major League Baseball cracked open a door that had been locked during the 20th century. It was the Major League Baseball Players As-


sociation led by the iconic Marvin Miller that was ultimately able to break down the door and introduce “free agency,” the system through which the players were finally able to receive respectable compensation for all that they put into the game. Miller led in the building of the Player’s Association and the transformation of baseball.

Denied their place Despite these major contributions, the candidacies of both of these now deceased individuals has been shot down when their names were submitted for consideration in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The only rationale for denying them their place in that roster

of stars appears to have been that they chose to fight the system rather than roll over. The Hall of Fame is supposed to acknowledge those who have made substantial contributions to baseball. If that is the case, how can such individuals be denied their place? Regardless of the rhetoric, the only way that this injustice will be overturned is when sports fans let their voices be heard, and heard loudly Baseball fans in particular need to ensure that the owners of baseball franchises and the sports media as well understand that we– the fans–know something about what has made baseball what it is today. Courage and defiance are two of those factors. Nothing could better characterize Curt Flood and Marvin Miller.

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The power of the Black Press Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions. Such was the case recently when Richard Prince wrote a column, which was posted on The Root, titled: “Is The Black Press Still Powerful?” Of course the answer is “Yes, the Black Press in America is still powerful.” I wonder if Prince, a long-time employee of the Washington Post, has ever written a column titled, “Is The White Press Still Powerful?” I seriously doubt it.

Still relevant A few months ago the New York Times published a story that questioned whether Howard University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were still relevant and worthy of continued existence. In addition, during this same time period, the effectiveness and contemporary purpose of our traditional civil rights organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) have been called into question. It is not a mere coincidence that some of these news articles and blogs are being written again by supposedly “well-intentioned” African-Americans. We certainly support and defend the right to freedom of the press and the right of all people to express themselves. Of course, the press has the right to be wrong. With that right, however, goes a responsibility not to distort the truth. This is not about neither freedom of the press nor freedom of speech. This is about the issue of racism and its proclivity to define and question reality. This is about the fact that we still live in a society that continues to be undergirded by the ideology of White supremacy that presupposes the false notion of Black inferiority.

Powerful and needed The Black Church is powerful. The Black Press is powerful. HBCUs are powerful. The NAACP


and SCLC are still needed. While we have made considerable progress in the last 50 years, we still have not overcome racism and its negative impact on Black America. And that fact is sometimes conveniently overlooked by Black journalists who work for such White-owned outlets such as the Washington Post and The Root. For me and my codefendants in the civil rights case known worldwide as the Wilmington Ten, this is a personal matter when someone takes issue with the present-day “power” of the Black Press. In 1972, the Wilmington Ten were unjustly sentenced to a combined total of 282 years in prison in the state of North Carolina. We were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of arson and conspiracy to assault charges doing a 1971 racial riot over public school desegregation in Wilmington. A little more than a year ago, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Black Press USA, launched an effective national campaign to get an official “Pardon of Innocence” for the Wilmington Ten.

The Wilmington Ten For more than 40 years, many in the established media in the U.S. had published articles about the alleged “guilt” of the Wilmington Ten. By the end of 2012, however, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue agreed with the NNPA-led effort as she issued an unprecedented Pardon of Innocence to each member of the Wilmington Ten. Let’s us never underestimate the enduring value and respect of all our Black-owned businesses and institutions.

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a statement on Monday. “We’re glad the administration heeded our call and reversed the policy.”

How the private managed-care plans that provide Medicare benefits have changed in recent years:

Major concerns

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Medicare Advantage payments won’t be cut next year BY TONY PUGH MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will receive a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier. Congressional Democrats, many facing tough re-election campaigns, recently joined Republicans in asking that the private health plans, known as Medicare Advantage, be spared from payment cuts next year, even though they receive an average of 6 percent, or $8 billion, more this year to cover their enrollees than it would cost under the traditional Medicare program. The administration had proposed a 2 percent cut in Medicare Advantage payment rates in February under the Affordable Care Act, to help bring the payments more in line with the regular Medicare program. The reduced payments would cause some plans to reduce benefits, but they would still have to provide all the benefits covered by traditional Medicare.

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Pollen levels are gradually increasing every year. Part of the reason is climate change. Warmer temperatures and milder winters can cause plants to begin producing and releasing pollen earlier, making the spring allergy season longer. Rain can promote plant


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factors, Blum said. Many Democrats expressed relief. “This proposed cut would have been disproportionate, hurting seniors who would lose doctors or pay more,” Schumer said in

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exposure to bacterial byproducts from farm animals, and even dogs, in the first few months of life reduces or delays the onset of allergies and asthma. This may, in part, explain the increasing incidence of allergies worldwide in developed countries.

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ex, many also blame runny noses, sneezing and itchy eyes on allergies, even if they haven’t been accurately diagnosed. Increased awareness and public education can make it seem like nearly everyone has an allergy or is getting diagnosed with allergies.

What are allergies? Allergies reflect an overreaction of the immune system to substances that

Colter, 53, of Palm Coast, is a retired pilot for American Airlines and served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1991. He succeeds Linda W. Reynolds and is appointed for a term beginning April 8 and ending October 31, 2017.   Dougherty, 60, of New Smyrna Beach, is a licensed chiropractic physician. He succeeds Dr. Ronald J. Wellikoff and is appointed for a term beginning April 8 and ending October 31, 2017.  The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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teens involving expression through art and horses. During the all-day retreat, trained grief counselors guide participants through artistic activities and allow them healing interaction with horses.  These activities give children and teens, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe and peaceful outlet for their grief expression.   The retreat will take place at Artquest School of Art & Design, 571 Leeway Trail, Ormond Beach.  Halifax Health–Hospice BeginAgain Children’s The retreat is available for children and teens eight Grief Center will present its next Hearts & Hooves to 18 years of age and their families.  retreat on April 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  One of HaliTo receive an application to register, or for addifax Health – Hospice’s signature programs, Hearts & tional information, call 386-258-5100.  The deadby Hooves is a camp for families, young children and line to apply is April 19.

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government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced an average payment increase of about 0.4 percent next year. Actual payment rates will vary by plan based on location, a plan’s quality rating and other

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Priming effect

Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointments of David C. Colter and Dr. Kenneth J. Dougherty to the Board of Chiropractic Medicine.


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and pollen growth, while wind accompanying rainfall can stir pollen and mold into the air, heightening symptoms.

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• A recent study says those higher payment rates contribute more to insurers profits and advertising spending than to consumer benefits

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Senate Democrats, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Chuck Schumer of New York, joined House Democrats like Reps. John Barrow of Georgia and Patrick Murphy of Florida in asking that Medicare Advantage payment rates remain untouched next year. They got their wish on Monday when Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the

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When the weather becomes erratic and regions experience unseasonably warm temperatures, there is an early release of pollen from trees, which triggers symptoms. Once allergy sufferers are exposed to this early pollen, their immune system is primed to react to the allergens, meaning there will be little relief even if temperatures cool down before spring is in full bloom. This “priming effect” can mean heightened symptoms and a longer sneezing season for sufferers.

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Every year it seems people grumble “this is the worst allergy season ever.” But, the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America says it’s hard to determine year-to-year the severity of allergy season. However, there are some explanations for why more Americans are being diagnosed with allergies.

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Not everyone, however, was pleased with the decision. Max Richtman, president and chief executive of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, called the move “bad policy and bad economics for the Medicare program.” “Since 2003, all seniors in Medicare (including those not even enrolled in Medicare Advantage) have paid higher premiums to help fund the billions in government overpayments to private Medicare Advantage insurance companies,” Richtman said in a written statement. “This annual drama with private insurers in Medicare proves, once again, that when private Medicare Advantage plans are unwilling to compete on a level playing field with traditional Medicare, seniors will ultimately pay the price.” House Speaker John Boehner said the policy change does little to address ongoing concerns about the Affordable Care Act. “We have called on the president and his Cabinet to develop a plan to help American seniors deal with the consequences, both now and in the future, of this destructive law. Thus far we’ve seen no such plan,” Boehner said in a written statement. Nearly 16 million seniors, about 30 percent of Medicare’s 52 million beneficiaries, are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, up from 14.6 million enrollees in 2013, according to Avalere Health, a health-care consulting firm.



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clay’s projects that advantage plans “have ample room to adjust benefits downward while maintaining benefit levels that are better for their members than the traditional (Medicare) fee for service program.” But a series of attack ads by the insurance industry and Republican-backed groups claimed that the Medicare Advantage cuts would reduce benefits for seniors, cause premiums to increase and force some plans to pull out of certain markets altogether, making access to coverage more difficult. The ads helped Republican David Jolly narrowly defeat Democrat Alex Sink in a House race in Pinellas County last month that was largely viewed as an early test of how health care could affect the November mid-term elections.

Allergic asthma sufferers should take precautions when exercising

What is Medicare Advantage?

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usually cause no reaction in most individuals. These substances can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching. Allergies are not only bothersome, but many have been linked to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses (such as sinusitis and asthma). Factors such as your family history with allergies, the types and frequency of symptoms, seasonality, duration and

even location of symptoms (indoors or outdoors, for example) are all taken into consideration when a doctor diagnoses allergies. Additionally, allergic reactions can be severe and even fatal. However, with proper management and patient education, allergic diseases can be controlled, and people with allergies can lead normal and productive lives. ALLERGY AND ASTHMA FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

Halifax Health opens Care Now facilities in Ormond Beach, Deltona SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Halifax Health–Care Now has opened in Ormond Beach at 775 West Granada Blvd., Suite 102. The Ormond Beach facility joins the Care Now Deltona location, which opened April 1. “Halifax Health is proud to offer this new concept in medicine to Volusia County residents,” said Halifax Health Director of Corporate Communications John Guthrie. “Residents in Ormond Beach and Deltona are now able to receive the medical expertise they would find at Halifax Health closer to home.” Care Now Ormond Beach specializes in family health care issues from colds and flu to ear infections and strep throat. Primary care is available. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.

Kim to lead facility Dr. Paul Kim will lead the Care Now Ormond Beach facility. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medi-

cine. Prior to joining the staff of Halifax Health, he was a family practice physician with Baylor Grapevine Family Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Care Now Ormond Beach is open Monday Dr. Paul through Friday Kim from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To make an appointment, call 386-425-4460. Care Now Deltona is located at 2090 Saxon Boulevard, Suite B. It also specializes in family health care issues such as colds, flu, ear infections and strep throat. Care Now Deltona is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 386-425-3300. For more information on Halifax Health-Care Now, visit



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Who would have thought? Dr. Charles Drew did in 1938. The Blood Bank, developed by Dr. Charles Drew,

is just one of the many life-changing innovations that came from the mind of an African American. We must do all we can to support minority education today, so we don’t miss out on the next big idea tomorrow. To find out more about African American innovators and to support the United Negro College Fund, visit us at or call 1-800-332-UNCF. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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Body language can tell you all sorts of things. Like someone is having a stroke.





Know the sudden signs.

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Inductees of the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, from left: Sarunas Marciulionis, Alonzo Mourning, Judy Martelli (for Immaculata University), Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, David Stern, and Gary Williams, pictured at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas, on April 7.

Mourning, Richardson to join Basketball Hall of Fame BY SHANON RYAN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its incoming group that includes former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond and coach Gary Williams. Coach Nolan Richardson and the Immaculata AIAW national championship team will also be inducted Aug. 7-9 in Springfield, Mass. Mourning was a seven-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Heat’s championship in 2006.

The former Georgetown star was the NBA’s defensive player of the year twice. Richmond was a six-time NBA All-Star, who won the championship in 2002 with the Lakers. He averaged more than 21 points per game in 10 straight seasons.

Nat Clifton to be honored Williams led Maryland to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, winning the championship in 2002. Richardson was named the coach of the year after leading Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA tour-

nament championship. Under coach Cathy Rush, Immaculata won three straight AIAW titles, going 60-2 in the stretch. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, ABA coach Bob Leonard, African-American NBA pioneer Nat Clifton, Soviet NBA player Sarunas Marciulionis, and Temple and Bulls guard Guy Rodgers were direct elections from various committees. Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood were nominees who did not receive enough votes for election.

‘We made them look like the Miami Heat’ Very physical game

Notre Dame overpowered by UConn in NCAA championship game BY PHILIP HERSH CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Muffet McGraw wound up feeling nothing but awe. The Irish coach expressed it while shaking hands with her bitter rival, Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, after Tuesday night’s NCAA tournament final. “I thought we were playing the Miami Heat out there for a while,” McGraw said she told Auriemma. “You guys are just that good.” Again. The Huskies (40-0) completed their fifth undefeated championship season with a 79-58 victory, utterly overwhelming Notre Dame (37-1) in the second half of an unprecedented matchup of unbeatens in the title game. “LeBron (James) was the only thing they were missing,” McGraw said. This was the Huskies’ record ninth NCAA title under Auriemma, breaking a tie for that women’s basketball distinction with former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

Never lost title game Auriemma, 60, in his 29th season as UConn coach, repeatedly insisted in the past week he had reached the point long ago where winning titles no longer was about him at all and completely about having his players experience the triumph. “When you’re reminded about it all the time, you start to think about what it means,” he said Tuesday of getting the record. “You’re flattered, and you’re grateful, of course, but that’s not the driving force. We try to do the right thing for the people who are here.” This was also the second time, following 2004, that UConn teams have won both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year. No other Division I school has done that. The Connecticut women never have lost a title game. Notre Dame now has lost three in the last four years, to three different opponents. “They just overpowered us,”


Connecticut’s Brianna Banks does a little dance after a 79-58 victory against Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s National Championship game at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday. McGraw said. “They killed us inside. Their bigs were just too much.”

The advantages Taking full advantage of the absence of injured Natalie Achonwa, the leading Irish rebounder and their low-post offensive threat, the Huskies routed Notre Dame in the paint offensively from start to finish and on the boards in the second half. As Kayla McBride was quick to admit, even Achonwa would not have made enough of a difference to stop the Huskies dominance inside. “I don’t think anything could have changed to change that,” McBride said. Connecticut scored 26 of its 34 baskets in the paint, nearly all from no more than five feet. Notre Dame held its own rebounding in the first half, with 18 to the Huskies’ 20 and seven apiece on the offensive boards as the Irish went into intermission behind just 45-38. But the Huskies had a 34-13 overall rebounding advantage in the second half, 15-2 on the offensive boards. “We didn’t have that fight,” Irish sophomore Jewell Loyd said. “We didn’t want it. We didn’t box out. We didn’t do the little things right.”

Jim Nance talks with Alonzo Mourning during the inductee ceremony of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the Omni Hotel in Dallas on April 7.

Before the game, Auriemma had said it was impossible to match up against both McBride and Loyd. The Huskies would render one of them, Loyd, ineffective for much of the game, pressuring her into 4 of 15 shooting for 13 points. McBride had 21. “It was a very physical game, and they just came out and punched us in the mouth,” Irish freshman center Taya Reimer said. Notre Dame came into the game with the leading field-goal percentage in the county (51 percent.) They shot just 35.5 against a Connecticut team that led the country in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. “We were sometimes trying to force things that weren’t there,” Loyd said. Sophomore Breanna Stewart, the national player of the year and Final Four most outstanding player for the second straight season, had 21 points and nine rebounds. “I think their size throughout the game really affected us, especially with (6-foot-4) Stewart just being a matchup hell for anyone,” said 6-1 Irish forward Ariel Braker, among those who vainly tried to stop Stewart.


Florida A&M’s (11-19, 8-6) late inning rally falls short against Bethune-Cookman as the Rattlers fall 4-2 in Sunday’s finale at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. FAMU scored two runs and left two on in the eighth to end the rally. David Duncan (2-3) took the loss for the Rattlers, giving up three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Brandon Fleming and John Marcus Roberts combined to only give up one unearned run on two hits over the final 3.2 innings. Bethune scored quickly as the Wildcats Eric Sams hit a solo home run to straight-away center on the first pitch of the game for an early 1-0 lead. B-CU increased its lead to 2-0 in the second inning off of Zach Olszewski’s RBI single back up the middle to plate Josh Johnson. The Rattlers missed out on a scoring chance in the top of the fourth inning after working the bases loaded with one out. Bennie Robinson singled to second

base, Ryan Kennedy walked and Marlon Gibbs was hit-bypitch with one out before Devin Perry struck out looking and Kendal Weeks grounded out to second with the bags full to end the inning.

Durapau earns win Bethune-Cookman loaded the bases twice in the fifth but only managed one run on Matt Noble’s RBI single to left and added a run in the sixth inning making the score 4-0. Florida A&M cut the Wildcats’ lead in half, by a score of 4-2, with a pair of runs on four hits in the eighth inning. Blake Quillan led off the inning with a triple to left center and scored FAMU’s first run of the game on Robinson’s RBI single. After moving up to second on a groundout, Robinson came around to score on Gibbs’ bloop, two-out, RBI single into right field to end the Rattler scoring. B-CU’s starter Montana Durapau (7-0) earned the win for the Wildcats. Durapau went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.

‘Played scared’ Senior Stefanie Dolson, the 6-5 center, added 17 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had a big first half, with 14 points, and finished with 18 and seven rebounds. “We didn’t play defense,” Loyd said, “and when you don’t play defense on a good team like that, they score. “We made them look like the Miami Heat. It was us. I personally don’t think they are that much deeper than us. We just played scared.” Notre Dame thought it had gotten over being intimidated by Connecticut as it had beaten the Huskies in seven of the previous nine meetings, two in the NCAA semifinals. And the Irish weathered a 16-0 UConn run that left them down 14 midway through the first half to close within five 22 seconds before intermission. And then it all fell apart.


A play at the plate during a B-CU-FAMU game last weekend gets close scrutiny.



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Adjunct (full-time equivalent): $18,000 to $30,000 Assistant professor: $68,000 Associate professor: $80,100 Full professor: $116,400 SOURCE: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS, 2013 SURVEY, AVERAGE

Now, adjuncts across the country are starting to join forces to demand better treatment. “There’s a perception that college faculty have the easiest jobs and are very well paid,” said Maria Maisto, founder of the New Faculty Majority, a national advocacy group for adjuncts. “People are generally shocked, I think, when they discover what the conditions are.”

Demoralizing trend


Student James David, left, laughs with professor Anne Winkler-Morey as they talk about an assignment on March 5. Winkler-Morey teaches as an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Minneapolis.

Adjunct professors see selves as colleges’ ‘temp workers’ BY MAURA LERNER STAR TRIBUNE/MCT

In many ways, Anne WinklerMorey loves being a professor. It’s the job she always wanted, teaching history at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Except for one thing. She has no benefits, no job security or even a desk to call her own. This

year, she says, she’ll earn just $17,000. It’s a far cry from the academic career she dreamed of while earning her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She’s discovered the hard way that faculty jobs with a steady paycheck and a modicum of dignity are a shrinking minority in college classrooms. For the first time, half of all col-

lege instructors are like WinklerMorey: part-time adjunct professors who, critics say, are often trapped in a cycle of jobs that barely pay the rent. “I spent 12 years training for this,” said Winkler-Morey, 55, of Minneapolis, who started teaching 20 years ago. “I was making more on unemployment than I am now.”

As an adjunct, Winkler-Morey says she has no problem getting teaching offers — but they’re almost always part time, temporary and a fraction of the pay that staff instructors get for the same classes. It is, administrators admit, one way they’ve tried to fill gaps in the teaching ranks without locking themselves into long-term commitments. “Yeah, it is a way to save money; I don’t see any way to get around that,” said Mike Reynolds, associate provost at Hamline University in St. Paul, where adjuncts now outnumber fulltime professors. For those on the front lines, the trend has been demoralizing. “You certainly don’t go into becoming a professor thinking you’re going to be making poverty wages,” said SooJin Pate, who has a Ph.D. in American studies and made $15,000 last year as an adjunct at Macalester College in St. Paul. Surveys show that adjunct professors make $18,000 to $30,000 for the equivalent of full-time work; compared to “tenure track” professors who earn $68,000 to $116,000 (plus benefits), accord-

ing to the American Association of University Professors.

United professors Meanwhile, the percentage of professors in those coveted tenure jobs has been steadily dropping: only 3 in 10 today, down from 6 in 10 in the 1970s. In the past few months, frustrations over the plight of adjuncts have boiled over in congressional hearings, online petitions (Better Pay for Adjuncts) and a two-day walkout at the University of Illinois-Chicago in February. In January, Adjunct Action, an offshoot of the Service Employees International Union, started contacting thousands of adjunct instructors in Minnesota’s Twin Cities to gauge interest in forming a union. In February, Winkler-Morey launched a group on Facebook called United Minnesota Adjunct Professors, inviting adjuncts to share their concerns “so we can move toward a list of demands.”

‘Out of control’ Maisto, of the New Faculty Majority, is often asked why highly educated professionals would settle for adjunct work. “It’s ‘footin-door’ disease,” she said. “People really believe that if they get their foot in the door by working as an adjunct for a while, they’ll be able to prove themselves.” Maisto, an adjunct herself in Ohio, said that was once true, but the landscape changed. In the past, she said, adjuncts were mainly people with jobs in other fields, who would moonlight teaching a class. But over time, she said, colleges discovered that they were a cheap way to fill teaching slots; and by limiting instructors to one or two classes, they could save on benefits. “(I) liken it to an addiction,” she said. “It grew and grew, and all of a sudden, it’s completely out of control and we’re the majority of the faculty.” A 2011 government study found that part-timers outnumbered tenure-track instructors by 762,000 to 445,000.

This story is from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

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