Discerning fact from fiction in University of Arizona turmoil

It is hard to believe it has been a month since a University of Arizona faculty poll revealed that at least 31 percent, and possibly nearly 50 percent, of the voting faculty wanted Provost Meredith Hay fired. Time flies when you’re buried under textbooks. During the past four weeks, while I’ve been building lessons for … More Discerning fact from fiction in University of Arizona turmoil

Public universities all struggling with lack of funds

For folks who think the problem is just in Arizona, the New York Times has this piece on how all universities are trying to do “less for more.” Granted, the unhappiness on the University of Arizona campus isn’t about budget cuts, but rather, how President Robert N. Shelton and Provost Meredith Hay are going about … More Public universities all struggling with lack of funds

“Zero tolerance” school practices vs. “critical thinking”

Zachary Christie is now a free boy – sort of. The 6-year-old won’t have to spend 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers, but he’ll still be suspended from first grade for 3 to 5 days for his “crime” of bringing his Cub Scout camping utensil to school. Zachary – who you can see … More “Zero tolerance” school practices vs. “critical thinking”

“The Laramie Project-Ten Years Later” at UA tonight

Eleven years ago, early October found me crying as I sat in my home office writing my weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The subject was Matthew Shepard and how he had been picked up in a gay bar by two young men who then drove him to the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, tied him … More “The Laramie Project-Ten Years Later” at UA tonight

Meet Pulitizer Prize winning reporters Thursday night

Are you interested in learning how investigative reporters get the goods on public officials and figure out who is doing what with your tax dollars? If so, get ye over to the University of Arizona tomorrow night and hear from two of the best. Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin, who together won the Pulitzer Prize … More Meet Pulitizer Prize winning reporters Thursday night