OCTOBER 7, 2010
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Students learn from professor’s poetry, words By Abby Snider firstname.lastname@example.org
Not all professors are native Kentuckians, famous African-American poets and worldknown authors. But those are exactly the credentials following Frank X. Walker, who is in his second semester as a professor in the English department at UK. This semester, Walker is teaching an Introduction to Poetry class. “He is a wonderful teacher and writer, he is a leader of our African studies program and he is a good link between the community and UK,” Chair of the Department of English Ellen Rosenman said. “We are all excited to have him.” Walker is the co-founder of Affrilachian Poets and the creator of the word “Affrilachian.” The word defines African-Americans who are natives of the Appalachia region. “It’s in the Oxford American Dictionary. It’s real,” Walker said. Affrilachian Poets is a group of poets that started at UK. The group writes and shares the history of African-Americans in Appalachia. Walker continues to write and teach these concepts because he believes the mass media
Offensive line surpasses expectations By Ben Jones email@example.com
When offensive line coach Mark Summers arrived at UK after the 2009 season, he inherited a position group that had been decimated by graduation. Four seniors departed, leaving Summers with plenty of questions and only one returning starter. But through the first five games of the season, the offensive line has been one of the strongest units on the team, leading the Southeastern Conference with two sacks allowed while paving the way for just under 200 rushing yards per game. Those numbers have come even though junior guard Stuart Hines, the most experienced player on the line, has missed the last two
games with an ankle sprain. The biggest challenge for Summers was cobbling together a group that had only played sparingly together. Senior tackle Brad Durham saw significant playing time over the last two years, and sophomore guard Larry Warford earned SEC AllFreshman team honors last year, but the rest of the line saw only limited action last year. Even some members of the line didn’t know what the results would look like once they got on the field. But to this point, they’ve had plenty to boast about. “It definitely is outperforming our expectations,” sophomore center Matt Smith said. “To start out with, we didn’t know
how it was going to turn out because none of us had really played together when spring came around and when we started into fall. But as we started practicing more together and getting to know each other, we definitely made a turnaround, and I think we’re playing pretty well.” Perhaps no player on the line had less experience entering this year than junior tackle Chandler Burden, who spent the 2009 season battling for playing time at defensive end with Collins Ukwu and Taylor Wyndham. Burden started two games early in 2009 at defensive end but saw his reps go down over the course of the year and finished with just nine tackles. When Summers went look-
ing for a new left tackle, he focused on Burden, an offensive lineman in high school. Warford said he was initially skeptical of how well he would do after making a position change, but those worries were quickly put to rest. He said Burden is far better as an offensive. “When he started playing, I was like, ‘Man, this guy’s going to be good,’ ” Warford said. “He progressed so quickly. Quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen at any position.” If there are still questions surrounding the offensive line, they usually focus on the depth of the unit. Junior Billy Joe Murphy has filled in ably in Hines’ absence and has also contributed at both See FOOTBALL on page 4
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Students commute to the challenge By Marie Canavan firstname.lastname@example.org
With a little more than 26,000 students, UK creates pollution from everyday transportation of students and staff. However, UK Parking and Transportation Services is trying to soften the community’s carbon footprint. For the third time, UK will participate in the Commuter Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages students to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions on college campuses. “The Commuter Challenge raises awareness about different types of alternative transportation on and off campus,” said Chrissie Balding Tune, the PTS senior marketing and promotions specialist. “Hopefully some of our participants maintain new commuting habits well past the end of the challenge.” During October, PTS wants all students and facility members to join in on reducing carbon footprint by taking public transportation, ride share or walking. Many students take advantage of the public transportation UK provides, but the challenge aims to influence students to choose environmentally-friendly ways their permanent transportation. UK is competing against six other schools, including the University of South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and Western Kentucky University. “I think it makes it more fun knowing we’re competing against other schools,” senior Jessica Smith said. “I have a friend at the University of South Carolina, I’m going to have her sign up so we can see who lessens our carbon footprint more.” To sign up for the Commuter Challenge, visit, (http://commuterchallenges.com/cchome.asp? width=1680&height=1022). Those interested can sign up as an individual or create teams to compete against one another. Every time a commute is made, the participants must log in, and the site will record the amount of carbon dioxide saved during the commute.
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Sgt. James Haubenreich and repeat S.T.A.R.R. offender Amanda Martin (right) practice defensive techniques Tuesday night in the basement of Blazer Hall.
Program teaches self-defense By Nicole Schladt email@example.com
Amanda Martin is a repeat offender. A repeat offender of the S.T.A.R.R. program, that is. S.T.A.R.R., or Self Defense Tactics and Risk Reduction, is a free 12-hour course designed to “encourage women to take an active interest in their own safety,” according to the program’s website. The course provides women with “knowledge of how to defend against larger and often stronger attackers” in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Martin, a graduate student at UK, is considered a “repeat offender” because she has taken the class five times. “When I first heard of the program, I thought it was hilari-
ous. I would get to legally beat up a cop,” she said. “But it really was educational and ended up being a lot of fun.” Because of her experience with S.T.A.R.R., Martin is now able to help other women in the program. Sgt. James Haubenreich of UK Police, a certified police defense instructor, has been the S.T.A.R.R. program coordinator since 2007. “We want to empower women,” Haubenreich said. “We want women to feel confident walking around campus.” S.T.A.R.R. participants meet four times a month in the basement of Blazer Hall. Each meeting is three hours long and concentrates on tactics such as kick-
ing, punching and ground defense. Nine hours out of the 12hour class are spent actively learning and practicing these strategies with trained instructors. “We don’t teach fancy stuff. We teach basic stuff that all people can do,” Haubenreich said. For this reason, Haubenreich encourages all women to enroll in S.T.A.R.R. during their time at UK, regardless of how physically coordinated they think they are. He said the class is useful for every student. Rashida Whitley, a graduate student at UK, decided to take the class simply because she thought it would be fun. “I stay by myself, and I thought [S.T.A.R.R.] would be a good chance to learn a set of
strategies to get out of different situations,” Whitley said. Fourteen to 16 classes are offered every year, and each class has a capacity of 14 women. About 10 women are in each class, but because of recent armed robberies on campus, the number enrolled in S.T.A.R.R. has increased over the last two weeks, Haubenreich said. All of the classes scheduled for this semester have already reached capacity. “I really do feel confident walking around campus,” Martin said. “I suggest any girl try it at least once.” For more information, or to sign up for a class, visit the S.T.A.R.R. website, (www.uky.edu/Police/starr.html).
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WALKER Continued from page 1 almost forgets or does not want readers to know the whole truth about subjects such as African-Americans. He portrays this through his poetry and other works. “My mom always said there are always two parts of the story, and then there is the truth,” Walker said. Walker is also the author of seven books, which are all poetry collections. He has been in the process of writing a fiction book, the process of which he says “is going as slow as molasses.” Poetry is a process that comes naturally to Walker. “Poetry is a reflection of my schedule,” Walker said. “I can write a poem in my head.”
Walker’s poetry falls into two different categories. The first part reflects on family, personal history, identity and place, while the other part discusses the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some of Walker’s poems have transformed into stage productions put on by the UK Department of Theatre. One, “I Dedicate This Ride,” was turned into a play performed at the Children’s Theater Oct. 1-2. “Because he is a multidimensional artist- painting, scriptwriting, poetry- his impact in and out of the state of Kentucky is a monumental one,” creative writing professor Nikky Finney said. A Danville, Ky., native, Walker is the co-chair of African American Studies at UK and the editor and publisher of PLUCK!, a recent journal of Affrilachian art
and culture that began in 2007. The journal’s fifth issue will be out by the end of October. “Frank X. Walker has for 25 years or more led a quiet, persistent movement in Kentucky,” Finney said. “His desire has been to nurture the power of artistic expression out of every human being he happens to come in contact with.” Walker will teach two classes in the spring, African American History and Culture and an Affrilachian literature course. He also plans on teaching a class in South Africa over the summer. “Without teaching, I would be broken in half,” Walker said.
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By Hope Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Enforcing strict rules about texting. Forbidding Facebook on laptops. Going off on irrelevant tangents. Requiring unnecessary textbooks. Instructors are not the only agitated individuals in the classroom. Sometimes the tables turn, and the instructors annoy the students, too. Last week, the Kernel took an online poll of more than 100 professors to find out their biggest pet peeves in the
classroom. Some disliked phony excuses and disruptive conversation, while others could do without texting in class and repeat nappers. Now an online Kernel poll reversed the discussion, asking students what professors do that annoys them most. Requiring unnecessary textbooks was the poll’s leader, with 88 percent of students wishing t h e
money they dished out for textbooks was at least put to good use. Professors requiring books written by themselves got 30 percent of the voters. Many students are annoyed when an instructor holds class over or uses the entire class to lead dis-
Gorey Stories: Ghoulish humor comes to campus By Kendall Smith email@example.com
As Halloween approaches, some UK students are setting the stage for a play punctuated by death, Victorian sets and black humor. This October, the UK Department of Theatre will perform Gorey Stories, an adaptation of stories by Edward Gorey written by UK alum Stephen Currens. Although the play originated at UK in the 1970s and had a brief stint on Broadway, describing what it is about is a bit of a challenge. “Every story is narrated,” said Natalie Burns, stage manager for the show. “There are really bizarre, interesting deaths. It’s definitely a humorous, dark comedy.” “It’s different,” added Abby Sheridan, an actress in the play. “It’s not a musical, but there’s music in it.” Despite the name of the show, those involved say it is appropriate for people of all ages. “I’d say it’s family friendly,” Burns said. “Kids may not understand it, but it is definitely family friendly. It’s a very stylized show. It’s not violent. There are no blood or guts.” The play takes place in the early 1900s, and the characters do not speak with an American accent. “The entire play is in a British accent,” Sheridan said. “Some parts are in a Russian ac-
cent, but it is mostly British.” “The audience can expect to enter a different world or timeframe,” Burns said. “They can expect a lot of spectacles with the set pieces, costumes and make-up.” Director Russell Henderson saw the original play when he was a student at UK, and his experience with the original work has been beneficial for this production. “You have an idea of what the playwright intended,” Henderson said. “It’s a different kind of theater piece. It is one author’s distinct worldview and ghoulish sense of humor. It’s kind of horrifying fun.” Henderson is excited to direct the play decades after its original premiere at UK. “There’s an element of nostalgia there, but the other kick has been to give the students the experience of Edward Gorey’s work,” Henderson said. Those working on the play consider it a great opportunity to work with someone who saw the original. “I am just so honored to be a part of this play,” Sheridan said. “It shows what people at UK are capable of. We wrote a play that made it to Broadway.” Gorey Stories begins Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Guignol Theatre. Other showings are Oct. 8-9 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.
cussions when there is nothing to discuss. Lecturing past the end of class annoyed 56 percent, while 28 percent disliked excessive personal references. “I don’t like when the professor talks too much about off-subject material,” Whitney Nicholas, political science sophomore, said. “It’s fine if they want to tell us about a really cool movie or something they did recently, but when they do that I can’t concentrate on what they’re actually trying to lecture about.” Some students feel professors don’t always speak loudly or clearly enough, which wasn’t mentioned in the poll. “Sometimes I will sit in the middle of the classroom and I still can’t hear what the professor is saying, so I don’t think anyone in the back can hear them, either,” Travis Greenwell, civil engineering freshman, said. “And I know they can’t help it and they’re trying their best, but accents can make classes really hard to get through.”
Though not recorded in the poll, another annoyance is forbidden laptops during class. “In one of my classes, students who use laptops are only permitted to sit on one side of the room so they don’t distract others, and in one of my other classes, laptops aren’t allowed at all,” Samantha Montgomery, biology freshman, said. “But it’s ‘the thing’ to have a laptop, and I actually use mine for notes a lot.” A handful of students around White Hall Classroom Building said canceling class without advanced notice could be higher up on the poll than the actual numbers show. Online, 22 percent of the 50 voters said receiving late notices about class cancellations annoyed them. “Professors sometimes cancel class by e-mail last-minute, and I won’t see it in time and walk all the way to class,” Nicholas said. Boring lectures was also one of the annoyances. “I hate when professors put all their notes on a slideshow and just stand up in class and read directly from the screen, flying through with no explanations,” Jerome Chandrakumar, business management junior, said. “If you’re going to do that or teach straight out of the book, I’d rather just teach myself.” Instructors who make students feel dumb when they ask questions annoys 46 percent of voters, while changing syllabus assignments or due dates annoys 28 percent of the participants. The least annoying action, according to the poll, is professors who use red pens to grade student work. This annoys 2 percent of online poll participants. While students can take steps to be less annoying and more enjoyable in the classroom, instructors have some behaviors they can adjust, as well.
Why Grooveshark is better than Pandora By Matt Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
For years, Pandora was the benchmark for internet radio. Not anymore. Pandora’s genome system is designed to allow users to search for certain songs or artists and begin molding their own internet radio station. Through liking and disliking specific songs, users are able to hone in on a more accurate station while omitting songs they no longer want to hear. Grooveshark, on the other hand, allows users to pick individual songs and create a personalized playlist. The song order can be manipulated and changed at any time, and if users create accounts (which are free), they can save their playlists as well. The plus of Pandora is that users don’t have to monitor it and make the playlist on their own. However, Grooveshark has a radio option in addition to its playlists settings, making Pandora essentially obsolete. Admittedly, Pandora radio does a better job of recommending new artists and adding variety. Like Pandora, Grooveshark also has mobile apps, although none exist for the iPhone as it would eradicate the need for iTunes. Thanks for that Steve Jobs. The problem with the mobile app is that in order
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to use it after the trial period, users must be VIP members, which involves a $3-a-month fee. But get real, that’s not much money to have any song at your fingertips at all times. While the VIP fee applies to the mobile app, the desktop version is entirely free and has yet to show any sort of limit on the amount of play time that’s allowed. Additionally, ads have begun to pervade Pandora as of late, and while a banner ad occupies Grooveshark at all times, ads won’t be interrupting your playlists any time soon. Grooveshark has been the internet’s best kept secret for some time now, but word is getting out. Hop on the bandwagon before it’s too late… or illegal.
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FOOTBALL Continued from page 1 tackle tackle positions, but beyond that the Cats are still looking for capable reserves. “Our depth at six, and maybe seven spots is pretty good,” Summers said. “But I think we start to experience some drop-off once we get below that. A couple of injuries would still make a huge impact on our success right now.” But the most encouraging thing for UK’s linemen is that they know they’ll be able to build on this success going forward. Durham is a senior, but the other five linemen should all return in 2011. After opening this year as a question mark, Warford said the linemen talk a lot about how strong the unit could be next season. “The key to successful offensive line play is the cohesiveness of that group because they all rely on each other,” Summers said. “When you have to make a call and there’s 90,000 people screening and you can’t hardly understand what anybody’s saying, those things just don’t automatically happen. They happen over time with experience.”
Lady Cats find success on road By Brandon Thomas email@example.com
UK women’s soccer has moved through the first two games of its four-game road stretch without adding a mark to the loss column. UK traveled to Georgia in the first game and left with a 1-1 tie with the Bulldogs. The Cats had multiple chances to collect the win, but they were unable to find a second goal. The Cats defense also proved resilient as it stood strong in opposition of the Lady Dogs. Following the Georgia game, UK traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Volunteers, where they prevailed with a 1-0 victory. The Cats were able to pull out a win, despite having to start six freshmen in comparison to the Lady Vols, who started none. “We were able to prove ourselves, as a team and individually, despite difficult situations on the road,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “We left some opportunities out there on the field this weekend but, overall I’m happy
with the results, not satisfied.” The Cats haven’t escaped the fire yet. Though they have two road games under their belt, they still have three remaining against Louisiana State, Arkansas and Ole Miss. The mark for UK in the remaining two games of the road trip is simple — to compete and to play strong. “We need to continue to play well and continue to get better as we continue on through the remainder of our games,” Lipsitz said. Lipsitz and his staff are working diligently to do all they can to prepare this team not just for games remaining on the regular season schedule, but also for games in the postseason tournaments. “We set goals of being our best day to day and game to game,” Lipsitz said. “At this point in the season we are repeating many of the things we have been working on all season. It’s time for us to polish these things that we’ve been working on.” The task that lies ahead of the Lady Cats is to reach
Cats look to get back on track By Ethan Levine firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s back to the drawing board this week for the UK volleyball team. Having lost three of their past four Southeastern Conference games, including a home loss to Ole Miss this past Sunday, the Cats (8-8, 2-4 SEC) are getting back to fundamentals this week at practice and are looking to start a new chapter in their 2010 campaign this weekend against Louisiana State and Arkansas. “We really came together this week and have really been focused this week,” senior Blair Hiler said. “We have been practicing a lot of fundamentals like passing, hitting, blocking, just all of our technique so that we are ready to go.” Hiler has shined for the Cats throughout this season. She has had a career year in her final season for the Cats. She is third on the team in kills for the season with 140, as well as sets played with
56 so far in 2010. On the defensive end, Hiler has recorded 33 blocks and recorded her first career double-double earlier this season. She has also acted as a leader for this young UK team both on and off the court throughout the season. “I have definitely grown in my time here,” Hiler said. “I have definitely tried to be one of the leaders on the team along with some other people. I have definitely been working on handling myself this year and have been doing pretty well this year.” This Friday, UK will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on No. 16 LSU (14-1, 5-1 SEC) in what looks to be its toughest test of the season thus far. In 2009, the Cats swept both of their matches with the Tigers, handing LSU the only two conference losses of the season. In 2010, LSU is the defending conference champion and currently sits first in the SEC Western Division standings. “I think our team is ex-
cited to play them,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “They are an exciting team and a very good team, and very well coached. They are a great and athletic team. But we always seem to rise up and play well against very good teams, and I expect us to prepare in practice and be ready to go against LSU.” Next, the Cats will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Razorbacks (9-7, 3-2 SEC), whom the Cats also defeated twice in 2009. “Arkansas is a building program,” Skinner said. “And they have had some nice wins this year. We have had some good wins and some losses we want to forget. Arkansas is a tough place to play, and they have a very competitive team so we have to do our jobs.” “The goal that I always try to instill in the team,” Skinner said, “is to improve every day as a team because that is all we can control, and I think we are doing that every day.”
postseason play. The SEC tournament is still not within the grasp of UK, and thus reaching the tournament has become one of main goals for the remainder of the season. After missing the SEC tournament last year, Lipsitz has his team working hard to reverse its luck. “We’re not going to think about the tournament right now,” Lipsitz said. “We’ll begin talking about the tournament when we know we’re in.” The Cats currently do not have enough points to get into the SEC Tournament, although they have seven games left. They must work down the stretch to get the remaining points needed. Wins in either of the upcoming away games would be huge to help UK with postseason play. Lipsitz believes 15 points is the magic number for the Lady Cats. “Five wins should get us in,” Lipsitz said. “If we get five wins then we’ll have 15 points, and no team recently has been left out of the tournament with 15 points.”
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Bullying, intolerance toward gay teens must end Bullying is never O.K., no matter what. But the latest hike in suicides among gay teens has brought the gay bullying issue to national attention. In the Shannon past Frazer month, Kernel Americans columnist have had the misfortune of learning through tragedy about this bullying surge through newspaper headlines. For instance, 13-year-old Seth Walsh hung himself in his Tehachapi, Calif., backyard after his peers taunted him endlessly at school. Tyler Clementi, an 18year-old Rutgers University student, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate ousted him for being gay via the Internet. Fifteen-year-old Billy Lucas reportedly faced ongoing verbal abuse as a gay student and hung himself Sept. 9. And 13-year-old Asher Brown, Texas native, shot himself after facing ongoing taunting at his middle
school. It’s devastating to realize that it took these publicized suicides to bring this topic to the forefront. What’s more devastating, though, is that the suicides were preventable. The wall of intolerance prevalent in American society is to blame. Famed gay comedian Ellen DeGeneres recently addressed this issue in a message for all Americans. In her speech, she said, “This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing. One life lost in a senseless way is tragic, four lives lost is a crisis.” I couldn’t agree more. According to an Oct. 3 New York Times article, gay activists have recognized the need for federal officials to step in. “This is a moment where every one of us — parents, teachers, students, elected officials and all people of conscience — needs to stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms,” Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, said Friday. While efforts expand nationwide, local concerns remain unaddressed.
Celebrate pharmacists in October
Most of us have visited a local pharmacy, and with a pharmacy on nearly every street corner, the pharmacy profession is not an unfamiliar one. In my experience, the In fact, about 250 milmost troubling display of lion Americans walk into a this intolerance comes from pharmacy weekly. the preachers that deliver You may be aware that their anti-gay messages in UK boasts one of the top the free speech area outside 10 colleges of pharmacy in of the UK Student Center. the country and the largest Even though the taunts academic pharmacy buildAmory Cox ing in the world. aren’t directed at me, I’m Guest still offended and confused But have you ever columnist why preachers feel the need wondered what goes on to call out against — and ulinside the walls of the UK timately judge — students. College of Pharmacy or how pharmacists Personally, I think it’s are involved in the healthcare team? inappropriate to express inIf you didn’t know, then you should tensified and pointed hate know this: Student pharmacists at UK are toward a particular group, not waiting until graduation to make an imwhether a person agrees or pact on the pharmacy profession. disagrees with that group’s Our current students represent nearly message. Even if homosexuality is 100 counties across Kentucky and will one day serve as front-line practitioners. against these preachers’ beStudents lead committees that target cerliefs, if a mere difference in tain disease states or interests, such as Operperspectives is justification ation Diabetes, Operation Heart, Breast Canfor constant torment, then I don’t understand their argu- cer Awareness, Legislative Affairs and Asthma Awareness. These groups plan numerous ment. Sexual orientation is patient care and community service events not a legitimate cause for verbal abuse. in and around Lexington. More people need to Every Tuesday, student pharmacists volstand up against this intoler- unteer at the downtown Salvation Army ance, no matter their stance clinic to provide free medication counseling on gay issues. They should and medication therapy management. Stulearn to have the heart to ap- dents then volunteer at Faith Pharmacy on preciate and value others’ Saturdays, a federally recognized entity lives as much as their own. sponsored by a downtown church that last Ideologies may differ but should never be exploited, especially by invective means. Shannon Frazer is a • Only 65 percent of pharmacists journalism senior. E-mail work in a traditional community setting. email@example.com. Other settings include hospital, mail-or-
year provided more than 6,000 patients with 35,000 prescriptions. When the H1N1 flu pandemic swept the country last fall, the Fayette County Health Department specifically requested student pharmacist volunteers from UK to assist in providing H1N1 vaccines to the Lexington community. The campaign allowed more than 13,500 patients to be immunized. In fact, since 1997, student pharmacists across the nation have helped vaccinate more than 720,600 patients. During the 2009-2010 school year, College of Pharmacy committees held 96 patient care events in addition to those previously described and provided health and wellness services to 29,895 patients. Student pharmacists at the UK College of Pharmacy have embraced the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and are truly expanding awareness of the importance of pharmacists in the healthcare team. How well do you know your pharmacist? Developing good communication between the pharmacist and the patient can lead to better health outcomes. Take some time during the month of October to speak with your pharmacist about your medications and watch for information regarding upcoming College of Pharmacy events on campus this fall. Know your medicine. Know your pharmacist. American Pharmacists Month. Amory Cox is a pharmacy graduate student and president of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Obama hails community colleges, skirts lack of funds By Kevin G. Hall MCT
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama used a special White House conference Tuesday to tout the nation’s community colleges as offering a path to the American dream for underprivileged citizens and as essential centers for training the 21stcentury work force. He glossed over, however, the serious funding challenges that these institutions face. Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes” of the U.S. educational system, Obama said that they “provide a gateway to millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life.” Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, introduced Obama during the first White House meeting on community colleges. She has been a community college professor for the past 17 years and a tireless advocate for the two-year schools. She spearheaded the daylong event, which brought together educators from across the nation for brainstorming. “Community colleges are uniquely American, places where anyone who walks through the door is one step closer to the American dream,” Jill Biden said during an opening ceremony that featured the unveiling of a $35 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That donation will set up a grant program for five years whose goal will be to reverse a trend in which roughly half of community college students fail to achieve certifi-
cates or associate’s degrees. The White House also announced a new public-private partnership to foster closer links between community colleges and corporate America, labor unions and government agencies. This effort will try to standardize what has worked best at various schools, particularly in creating certified skills that can be recognized across the nation. The National Association of Manufacturers has pioneered the concept of national recognition and so-called stackable skills for a modern work force. Its Manufacturing Institute already is engaged in three national pilot projects, including one in WinstonSalem, N.C., that recently helped convince Caterpillar Inc. to locate a plant there. Yet the National Association of Manufacturers, which has been critical of the Obama administration on tax matters, was conspicuously absent from the list of invitees. Association officials confirmed the snub but declined to comment. “I’d say they’ve been trailblazers,” said David Baime, the senior vice president for government relations at the American Association of Community Colleges. His association nonetheless was thrilled to be in the spotlight. “The event is going to be a red-letter day for community colleges. We have felt for some time that our contributions have not been recognized,” Baime said. “Policymakers are still surprised to learn that over 45 percent of all students in higher education attend community colleges in this country.”
Obama challenged the educators to help him meet his goal of having the United States recoup by 2020 its position as the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates. “In just a decade we’ve fallen from first to ninth in the proportion of young people with college degrees. That not only represents a huge waste of potential; in the global marketplace it represents a threat to our position as the world's leading economy,” he said. To meet the president’s goal, community colleges will need to have 5 million students graduate either with associate’s degrees or certification required by employers. That’s a lofty ambition, considering that Obama skirted the issue of declining state and federal funding for community colleges. In Texas, for example, community colleges are bracing for the worst as the state faces a huge revenue shortfall. “We don't know how deep the cuts will be. When you see 30 to 40 percent enrollment growth in the number of students ... what's probably going to happen is a reduction in the (state) appropriation,” said Richard Rhodes, who heads El Paso Community College at the Texas-Mexico border. “We’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of a 30 to 40 percent reduction in state appropriation per student.” Among his options, Rhodes said, are more belt tightening, tuition increases and scouring the nation for grant money.