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News Links | February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

From corsets to bullet bras, how fashions have reflected women’s place in society

Over the decades, women have worn corsets that whittled their waists and relocated their ribs. They’ve worn bras that pushed their breasts up or out or even down, and bustles that emphasized their posteriors. These diverse and sometimes painful efforts are the subject of “Suffer for Beauty” at Auburn’s White River Valley Museum. The exhibit takes a close look at both women’s undergarments and women’s history. “It’s a fun and interesting way to think about women’s history and gender role history,” said Michelle Marshman, a history professor at Green River College and the exhibit’s co-curator.
The Olympian, Feb. 15, 2018

Trustees name three finalists for president of Edmonds Community College

After a national search, Edmonds Community College’s Board of Trustees has selected three finalists, all with extensive higher education experience, for the position of Edmonds Community College president. On Jan. 25, the Board of Trustees voted in a public meeting to approve Dr. Ata Karim, Dr. Amit Singh, and Dr. Chris Reber as presidential finalists. ... Dr. Ata Karim is the vice president of student affairs at Bellevue College, a position he’s held for more than four years.
My Edmonds News, Feb. 14, 2018

At Ignite Education Lab 2018, nine speakers reflect on success — and mistakes

A 13-year-old who has figured out a recipe for leadership, an award-winning teacher who learned an important lesson after making a mistake, a parent haunted by the taunts she leveled at another student in middle school — those were some of the speakers who took to the stage Monday for an evening of storytelling about education. Ignite Education Lab’s “Unexpected Adventures in Learning,” sponsored by The Seattle Times Education Lab project and Town Hall Seattle, gave nine very different speakers a chance to talk about a range of education issues. ... Rashad Norris ended the night with poetic descriptions of his mom’s fragrant, delectable cooking. Norris, the director of community engagement at Highline College, encouraged the audience to help students look beyond fast-and-easy answers — answers so simple that, unlike his mother’s cooking, seem like they popped out of a microwave.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 13, 2018

Watch: 9 stories about life, love and the classroom from Ignite Education Lab 2018

If you weren’t among the 250 people who came to Ignite Education Lab on Monday evening, don’t worry. You can relive the evening in just 45 minutes by watching the videos below. ... Rashad [Norris] currently devotes his time as the Director of Community Engagement at Highline College, where he travels all over the state to speak with youth about the importance of education and two-year colleges.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 13, 2018

Walla Walla Community College adds second bachelor’s degree

Walla Walla Community College announced today it has received approval to launch a four-year degree in applied management and entrepreneurship, beginning in the fall of 2019. The approval comes earlier than expected, school officials noted. This is a second four-year offering for the community college. In January, the Northwest Commission on College and Universities allowed the community college to begin offering a four-year program in sustainable agriculture systems.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Feb. 13, 2018

This is now one of the most expensive restaurants in Everett

The 90-year-old building at 1414 Hewitt Ave. has a colorful past. It has been a tavern, a drag show saloon and a piano bar with gyrating belly dancers that attracted brassy TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Now the building has posh dining, chic cocktails and romantic ambience. What’s up with that? It’s Abbott’s, a new upscale restaurant in the digs that were formerly Prohibition Grille/Gastropub/Saloon. “An intimate dining scenario,” owner James Abbott said. “Candles on the tables. Vests on the servers.” ... He started bussing tables at age 13 at Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano and cooking at Everett’s Bacchus by the Bay at 16. It beat high school. He got a GED and attended the culinary program at Everett Community College. He was a sous chef at Arnies in Mukilteo before joining his mom at Buck’s. Anne came on board full time at Buck’s in 2016. The couple’s daughters, Virginia, 11, and Rowan, 13, make sure no desserts go to waste.
Everett Herald, Feb. 13, 2018

Schoolwork at home, homework at school: Yakima Valley College flips classes to shake up learning

Humberto Urrutia took a closer look at the back of the life-size bust of Batman he had created in an art class at Yakima Valley College. “This is for my kids,” he said of the clay sculpture as instructor Rachel Dorn stood nearby. Technically, Urrutia’s efforts in Dorn’s hand-building pottery class were homework — something the sophomore would do in his own time. But as a student in a “flipped” classroom, he and the other students tackle homework during class time and instruction happens on their own time.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 12, 2018

Trends | Horizons | Education

1st Amendment group gives Evergreen State College low marks for free speech

A national organization that promotes First Amendment rights on campus has labeled The Evergreen State College as one of the 10 worst in the country for free speech. The Foundation for Independent Rights in Education (FIRE) said Evergreen made the list for censoring a professor who objected to an event designed to raise awareness of racial equality.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 14, 2018

State ferry system's top new mechanic apprentices are women

Keeping the Washington state ferry fleet afloat is a dirty, detailed job. For decades, most of the maintenance work has been done by men. “A lot of the people working at our Eagle Harbor Facility are in their 40s, 50s, some in their 60s, very close to retirement," said Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson Justin Fujioka. This led WSDOT to wonder — and worry — what would happen to a generation's worth of hands-on knowledge when they leave? WSDOT asked the legislature for funding to hire two apprentices, which would be an opportunity for hands-on experience. The top two candidates had something in common. Both are women.
KOMO News, Feb. 14, 2018

A new call to end legacy admissions

Up until now, most of the legal and political fights over college-admissions policies have centered around the use of race as a factor in admissions at selective colleges. But that may be changing. On Wednesday, student groups at 13 elite colleges announced that they are mobilizing against a different type of affirmative-action program: that which privileges the children of alumni. About three-quarters of U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 universities give a boost in admissions to the relatives of alumni, according to an analysis by The Century Foundation, where I am a senior fellow. But student groups such as the Cornell First Generation Students Union, Socioeconomic Diversity Advocates at the University Chicago, and First-Gens@Brown have announced that they plan to challenge such policies, which research finds tend to benefit white and wealthy applicants.
The Atlantic, Feb. 14, 2018

The 7 things students think about when choosing a college

What happens when a high-school student from a low-income family wants to attend a private college 100 miles away, but has a parent whispering in her ear to look closer to home? The "Survey of Admitted Students: Targeting Yield Strategies," may provide some answers, as well as more questions. The report, produced by Eduventures, a consulting company, and written by Kim Reid, a principal analyst there, distilled insights from more than 100,000 high-school students nationwide. It identified seven key "decision segments" on the minds of aspiring college students: affordability, availability of a desired program, reputation/academic quality, career outcomes/job opportunities, value of education for cost, feeling of fit, and proximity to home.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 13, 2018

Opinion: Saving free speech at the UW: Advice from a onetime College Republican

Twice in one year’s time the College Republicans at the University of Washington have held public events on the UW campus. ... More than 35 years ago, I headed the UW’s college Republican club, and we held speeches and rallies, too. ... So what changed from then to now? Well among other things, tolerance has changed, or rather the lack of it.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 13, 2018

Working through the dilemma of free speech on college campuses

Bill Radke talks to Seattle University communication professor Caitlin Carlson about the tension between protecting free speech on campus and protecting the rights of students, faculty and staff.
KUOW, Feb. 12, 2018

Politics | Local, State, National

The Chinese student threat?

Most of the media coverage of Tuesday's Senate intelligence committee hearing focused on Russian threats to U.S. elections and what the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew — and when — about a senior White House aide who resigned in response to domestic abuse allegations. But of importance to higher education, the hearing on a wide range of threats to U.S. security also featured comments from FBI director Christopher Wray about Chinese students at American universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2018

Opinion: Lawmakers, leave state’s prepaid-tuition program alone

Washington state’s prepaid college tuition program is working just as designed, helping families save for college without worrying about the perils of the stock market. The Legislature would be wise not to mess with this success story by passing a bill designed to entice families to pull money out of the program.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 14, 2018

Winners and losers in work-study plan

House Republicans’ rewrite of the Higher Education Act was a dud in almost all respects for student aid advocates and higher education associations. But in its proposal for the Federal Work-Study formula, the bill appeared to deliver on calls to make the program’s funding allocation more equitable. The work-study formula has long been criticized for unfairly favoring elite private colleges in the Northeast. Under the PROSPER Act — as House Republicans have deemed their bill — those are the institutions that would lose out the most on funding, according to an analysis by the American Council on Education. The new formula would distribute funding in some surprising ways, however. Community colleges would see a big boost in work-study funding. But for-profit colleges would, too.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 14, 2018

Second judge orders DACA to continue

A second federal district court has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants protection against deportation and work authorization to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, including many college students. In September, the Trump administration announced plans to end the program as of March 5, but a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a temporary nationwide injunction in January that ordered the government to largely reinstate DACA pending the resolution of court challenges.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 14, 2018

Judge rules against Trump in case over immigration program

President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t offer “legally adequate reasons” for ending a program that spared many young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children, a judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the program to continue. U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn said in a written order that the Republican president “indisputably” has the power to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but relied on flawed legal positions in doing so.
The Seattle Times, Feb. 13, 2018

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