Young worker on socialist education

first_imgI am a community college student and worker in northern Lower Michigan and I’m writing in response to the Workers World Party Midwest Fightback Conference which I attended on Saturday, March 25, in Detroit. There were many inspiring and effective speakers and workers there, all of them congregated to express the urgency of theory and action to develop a socialist society which will benefit the people.The conference was cosponsored by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Wayne State University, but I noticed that the topic of socialist education wasn’t really explored.The current model for higher education excludes the majority of the population from the many opportunities attending a college or university presents. As a full-time student, I believe it’s our duty to fervently fight for socialist education for all individuals.One of the greatest changes we will see by switching to a tuition-free, socialist system of higher education is increased enrollment rates. A socialist society, where the public is welcomed into these institutions, instead of being charged money by them, is so unlike this society. Under capitalism, individuals who live in poverty, work full-time jobs and live with pre-existing debt fear the economic consequences of further education.I encourage us all to demand that local and federal policymakers treat universities as public institutions rather than corporations whose intentions are only to profit off education. Instead, we must fight for the right to free, quality education for all.Emory P.C. WhaleyCharlevoix, Mich.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tappin’ Thru Life Will Close Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Maurice Hine’s Tappin’ Thru Life will play its final performance on February 21 at New World Stages off-Broadway. At the time of closing, the show will have played 21 previews and 46 performances.Tappin’ Thru Life explores Hines’ life and career, from working at the age of five with his brother Gregory to establishing a career inspired by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. His numerous credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Uptown…It’s Hot!, Bring Back Birdie and The Cotton Club.Joining Hines on stage are tapping siblings John and Leo Manzari and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Maurice Hines in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life'(Photo: Carol Rosegg)center_img Tappin’ Thru Life Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016last_img read more

A’s opener strategy works well to set highest win total since 2002 in win over Angels

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ANAHEIM — It’s always sweet when a plan comes together. The A’s “opener” method, the same strategy they might utilize in next week’s wild-card game at New York, has failed at times, but it worked to perfection in its final test run of the regular season.Liam Hendriks opened up the game with a scoreless first inning for the A’s and was followed by four solid innings of work from regular starter Trevor Cahill, the …last_img read more

New R1m scholarships for SA’s poorest

first_img10 January 2014 A R1-million scholarship programme to benefit poor students has been announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Professor Adam Habib, the vice- chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand. The announcement was made in Johannesburg on Monday night, the day Motshekga released the official 2013 matric results. The Equality Scholarships, worth about R100 000 each, will be awarded to the top 10 matriculants from Quintile 1 and 2 schools – demarcated schools in the poorest areas – who choose to attend Wits University, one of the country’s top universities based in Johannesburg. The scholarships cover all tuition and residence fees, textbooks, food and a cost of living allowance. The students who qualify for these scholarships will be supported for the duration of their undergraduate degree, provided that they continue to excel, Wits said in a statement.Talented learners “The Wits Equality Scholarships in partnership with the Department of Basic Education have been developed to enable talented learners from disadvantaged communities to access quality higher education,” Motshekga said. “This is one example of how government is partnering with higher education and other stakeholders to improve the lives of future generations, who in turn will help us to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.” The minister said the Wits’ Equality Scholarships would help to transform the lives of talented learners who would otherwise not afford higher education costs.Financial aid Habib said Wits already administered about R500-million in financial aid and scholarships annually on behalf of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme, corporates, private donors and other institutions. “Over half of Wits’ students receive bursaries or financial aid in one form or another,” he said. The programme would supplement the current Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, awarded to the 10 best learners from all schools, and will enhance Wits’ current suite of equity programmes, which includes the Targeting Talent programme, the Bale Scholarship programme for young women, the Go to University to Succeed (GUTS) outreach campaign and the Leadership, Education and Development Programme (LEAD). Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Considerations for extended cold, wet spring weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the last several days we have been monitoring soil temperatures in a field near the Seed Consultants, Inc. main office. At 9:30am on Wednesday April, 11 soil temp at a 2-inch depth was 38 degrees Fahrenheit. After warm, sunny weather, 24 hours later soil temp in the same area of the field was 51 degrees. Corn requires 55 degrees Fahrenheit for germination, soybeans require 50 degrees. Although soil temperatures can reach sufficient levels after a few days of warm weather, it is important to keep in mind that they can drop just as quickly. On Friday April 13 the soil temperatures had climbed to 69 degrees F. However, after cooler weather and 1.3 inches of rain over the weekend, soil temp was at 40 degrees F this morning.When planting into adequate conditions, it is important to keep the forecast in mind. The first 24 hours a seed is in the ground are critical to its survival, and a cold wet rain in this time period can cause cold shock, which can kill seedlings.Wet weather is delaying burndown and allowing weeds to continue to develop. Over the last week our agronomy staff has observed marestail (that emerged last fall) beginning to bolt as well as giant ragweed that are 1 to 2 inches tall. Herbicide applications should be made as soon as weather and soil conditions allow. Be sure to follow labeled rates of products and make applications when weeds are no taller than 4 to 6 inches.As we have observed in the past, spring winds and storms bring with them black cutworm and armyworm moths. Over the last several days the eastern Corn Belt has experienced weather conducive to moth migration north while growing weeds in fields provide areas for moths to lay eggs. Growers should monitor moth reports (click here for Purdue’s Moth Trap Report) and scout fields to determine if pests are present and if an insecticide treatment should be made.last_img read more

AFBF praises new Clean Water Rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The newly proposed Clean Water Rule would empower America’s farmers and ranchers to protect the nation’s water resources and provide much-needed regulatory clarity to guide those stewardship efforts, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.Duvall recently spoke in Tennessee during an agricultural stakeholder meeting on the newly proposed Waters of the United States Rule. The event, hosted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau and kicked-off by Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken, included presentations by Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who provided farmers and ranchers additional details about the proposed rule.Duvall said farmers and ranchers are committed to protecting America’s waterways and drinking water, and the new Clean Water Rule will provide them the regulatory certainty they need to farm confidently with those natural resources in mind.“For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow,” Duvall said. “This proposal promises to do just that, by giving farmers and ranchers the clarity they need to farm their land while also ensuring the nation has clean water. Farmers should not have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to work their land.”During his comments, Aiken, a member of the AFBF Board, said it was an honor to host Wheeler and Perdue for the informational meeting about the new Clean Water Rule.“To echo Acting Administrator Wheeler, since we provide food for the table, we deserve a seat at the table,” Aiken said. “Farmers, homebuilders and businessmen from across Tennessee and surrounding states were excited at the announcement, which will provide clarity to farmers and allow them to continue to be good stewards of the land and environment.”More information about the newly proposed Clean Water Rule is posted at https://www.fb.org/cleanwaterrule.last_img read more