Monthly Archives: April 2018

Oklahoma Teachers Walking Out For Higher Pay

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Students are not the only ones staging “walkouts” in the state of Oklahoma. All this week, school across the state of Oklahoma were forced to close their doors as many of their teachers staged a walkout and marched on the state capitol. The reason for the walkout is perplexing to some but for the teachers involved the message is clear: fair pay and proper funding.

The walkout comes just one week after the Governor signed a bill that would give teachers a wage increase of around 18%. This move seemed to make the problem worse however, as many teachers felt the move was just a temporary stop gap to keep the issue hidden.

Over 1,000 teachers have been part of this week’s flooding of the state capitol building and nearly 40,000 teachers have taken part in the state-wide walkout. They are saying that they are underpaid and their classrooms do not have the funding they need. There have been numerous reports of classrooms that do not have enough chairs for their students and teachers needing to work a second job just to keep food on their family’s table.

There is some sentiment that the teachers are grandstanding and the timing of the walkout is being questioned. Last week was spring break in most Oklahoma school districts and, with the walkout beginning Monday, many are saying that the teachers are just extending their vacations. One thing is for certain: getting the teachers back to work as soon as possible should be the priority of the state.

April 20, 2018

Nick Vertucci Believes There’s No Point too Low That You Can’t Come Back From

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Nick Vertucci is a man who hopes to inspire people both with his own personal story and through what he’s discovered through real estate buying and flipping. He travels around doing short seminars and encourages people to learn how to become property owners who can multiply their earnings sooner than they think at his NV Real Estate Academy. Vertucci says it took him about 10 years to fully understand how real estate markets work and to know which pitfalls to avoid and which little-known tools to use that can be of great benefit. He’s assembled other experts at his academy who know the field of real estate quite well, and the academy has not only classroom instruction but has its attendees out in the field seeing how developments are working, and even once their coursework is over they can contact the academy for continuing support.

Before he realized what real estate could do or even considered going into the field, Nick Vertucci struggled in life. When he was only 10 his father died, and the rest of his family had little means to support themselves. He was homeless at age 18 and looking for any kind of job he could get. After working a few odd jobs, he came across an opportunity to make money selling computer parts, and as luck would have it there was a pretty high demand for them at the time. Nick Vertucci soon built his own business and was making enough money that he was able to buy a house, and he married a girl he had met and started raising a family. But all of this was short-lived because in the year 2000 the stock market took a turn for the worse as the tech industry bubble collapsed, and his business went under with it.

Nick Vertucci found himself way over his head in debt because of what happened to his business, and for over a year didn’t know how to beat it. But from a little bit of luck, he heard about a seminar on real estate that after much contemplation he decided to attend. He later said it was the best decision he ever made in his life because he learned things about the field he never had even thought of. Vertucci had to do a lot of research on his own to figure out how to make real estate really work for him, but he was soon buying properties and renting and selling them and seeing his finances change from being deep in debt to achieving the freedom he had never before had. He decided to use some of his money to start the NV Real Estate Academy, and it’s made a huge difference in many people’s lives.

April 20, 2018

University of Nottingham Strikes Controversy Over Asking For Complete Rights To Lecturers’ Recorded In-Class Works

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The University of Nottingham, an institution of higher education in Britain, recently devised and enacted a new university guideline: instructors cannot claim that they own lectures given in classrooms on campus.

Rather than the content creator owning the video, the University of Nottingham will have untethered rights to their lectures. On one hand, such recording equipment is the University of Nottingham’s. However, they certainly didn’t create the unique content that instructors are responsible for producing.

In Britain, university employees across the country are fed up with pensions, and are collectively demanding reform. Considering the fact that several other universities in Britain are gearing up to show prerecorded lectures to students while those teachers are on strike. Doesn’t that severely reduce, if not eliminate, the necessary worker’s right of the strike?

From the perspective of teacher rights, it doesn’t sound very fair that the University of Nottingham doesn’t allow teachers to own their works. This could render their protests ineffective, resulting in lower union influence, severely limited bargaining power, and other loss of liberties.

The University of Nottingham has formally asked instructors to provide the school with an “exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, and irrevocable license to all rights in the lecturer’s performance in a lecture.” Unfortunately for instructors, Nottingham staff have already made clear that instructors who create such works “may not be credited as the creator or author of the lecture,” and “[would not]… object to the way in which the lecture recording is edited, altered, or used by the university.

April 19, 2018

Shervin Pishevar says entrepreneurs are increasingly borderless

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As the debate rages on throughout the U.S. about the role of immigration in the nation’s economy and demographics, one of Silicon Valley’s most accomplished venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Shervin Pishevar, says that the questions surrounding immigration are largely becoming irrelevant for tech startups. Entrepreneurs, he says, are increasingly living in a borderless world. The problem that Shervin Pishevar identifies is that much of the U.S. tech sector is stuck in the mindset of 20 years ago where borders and trade barriers have primacy in the calculation of those seeking to found their own tech companies.

But Shervin Pishevar believes that Silicon Valley and the U.S. tech sector as a whole have some unwelcome chickens coming home to roost. In a recent tweet storm, Shervin Pishevar explained that tech entrepreneurs are increasingly freed from the artificial constraints imposed by borders, trade restrictions and the imperative to be in action centers like the San Francisco Bay Area. Shervin Pishevar says that simple conferencing technologies like Skype are fundamentally transforming the way that tech businesses operate, making it possible for remote locations to cooperate in ways that were never before possible.

He says that advancements in coding protocols and the ways in which websites are developed have also added to the ability of new startups to have talent located all around the globe. Pishevar himself has built companies using developers and web designers that have been simultaneously located in dozens of cities across the world. This ability, he says, is a wonderful boon to the capacity of entrepreneurs across the planet to compete on a level playing field. However, Pishevar warns that it could spell doom for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pishevar says that migration outflows from the San Francisco area have been so heavy that U-Haul trucks going to Austin, Texas, now cost 10 times what they do on the return trip. Places like Palo Alto have seen living costs soar to such extremes that now even upper-class professionals are fleeing the area. If Silicon Valley doesn’t address these problems, says Pishevar, it may soon find itself not only irrelevant but completely insolvent.

April 19, 2018

DeVos Visits The House Of Reps

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Betsy DeVos, the United States Secretary of Education, testified before e House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, in regards to the Department of Education’s 2019 fiscal year budget.

Before touching on what went on in the Tuesday midday meeting, it’s important to keep in mind DeVos’s interview on “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago. She seemingly could not answer the host’s, Lesley Stahl, questions about how well schools were doing in her home state of Michigan. DeVos drew quite a bit of criticism for her performance – or lack thereof.

Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan referenced the interview and asked if she had made any progress on meeting schools she had promised to meet. She hadn’t.

Betsy DeVos – the highest political power on education in the United States of America – told Mr. Pocan, “As Secretary [of Education], I have made a point of visiting schools.” DeVos then referenced her plans to visit the worst school in the nation. DeVos continued, “The question is, will they let me in?”

The question implies that she realizes how damning her interview was with CBS News not too long ago. However, simply knowing is far different than actually doing.

Ms. DeVos was also asked during the Tuesday meeting to describe general information about a commission she planned on making regarding school shootings. DeVos claimed it would feature four secretaries from the Cabinet – DeVos included – and would consult experts’ opinions on issues. She claimed that the group’s first meeting would take place in coming weeks.

April 18, 2018

21st Century Medical Aesthetics

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In today’s modern society, the medical industry is booming with activity, is booming innovation and is booming with ingenuity. Advanced technology has certainly uplifted this exclusive field of work and medical aesthetics is no exception. Mark McKenna, MBA, M.D., is one of the absolute leaders in this dynamic field, and he has changed the environment for medical aesthetics. Better known as Dr. Mark McKenna, this amazing man has launched a chain of medical practices that caters specifically to this industry. By the way, McKenna already has a decade worth of experience under his belt, and he has the business sense to expand his ideas for even more growth.

To start things-off, McKenna is a well-accomplished medical doctor who’s from the city of New Orleans. He studied and graduated from Tulane University Medical Branch. Thanks to following in his father’s footsteps, he has been able to carve-out a specific niche of his own. Medical aesthetics is his thing, and he actually participates in an active lifestyle. Yes, McKenna definitely practices what he preaches. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Mark McKenna started to work with his father, which happens to be right at his father’s medical practice. Shortly after that, he would venture-off into other fields by starting a real estate development company. This company was known as McKenna Venture Investments. This guy actually got into real estate while he was in college. During this time, McKenna would provide physicals for incarcerated inmates. He would charge $50 per hour, and he saved every bit of it for future use.

As of today, Dr. Mark McKenna owns one of the best medical-aesthetic practices in Atlanta. OVME, “pronounced of me,” provides a wide range of minimal-invasive procedures. Located in the trendy section of Atlanta’s Buckhead, this practice hosts luxury rooms, private-consulting rooms and much more. McKenna has also been able to implement advanced technologies into the program by introducing a technologically advanced app. This app allows people to order services, and the services can be completed from your very own home. Dr. Mark McKenna is a great man, and he personifies the term 21st century medical aesthetics.

April 17, 2018

CSNU Too Scared To Teach Again – Here’s Why

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People have a tendency to be more mean, impersonal, and cruel over the Internet because they can’t see others’ faces or figures, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, the World Wide Web has effectively spawned a new era of trolling, all because of anonymity provided by the system.

While the Internet is objectively great, the following application of its anonymity-promoting features surely isn’t.

Karin Stanford, a professor of Africana Studies and former Associate Dean at California State University Northridge, has publicly refused to teach students after claiming the university didn’t do its job in handling a serious online threat.

As a teacher of a class named American Political Institutions: A Black Perspective, she certainly ruffled a few proverbial feathers of her students. Ms. Stanford believes the threat in question came after asking the following question as part of the aforementioned course through its online component:

Donald Trump frequently made statements of an ___________ nature throughout this presidential campaign.

Select one:

• A. anti-Mexican

• B. anti-Muslim

• C. anti-woman

• D. all of the above

The following sentiment, found in the form of a comment on the digital publication Campus Reform, stated the following:

This is government abuse. Somebody shoot her in the face.

According to Ms. Stanford, she allegedly quickly reported the post to the schools’ police force, though neither police nor her coworkers – not anyone at Cal State Northridge – has made her feel safe enough to return.

April 17, 2018

Two For-Profits Yield One Non-Profit – How?

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About two weeks ago, Bridgepoint Education, a for-profit educational institution operated in the United States of America, made publicly clear that it would legally combine the University of the Rockies and Ashford University, both of which are for-profit subsidiaries of Bridgepoint Education, into a… non… profit?

Such changes have been historically surrounded by controversy throughout their short history. Why is it controversial, or at least considered to be controversial, or inappropriate by some?

For-profit institutions of higher education are owned by a single person, a group, or an entity designed to make money. Under United States law, they’re subject to far stricter regulations than their nonprofit counterparts.

Nonprofit schools are typically subject to substantially looser regulations, resulting in more revenues, profits, and everything else financially advantageous a businessperson could think of.

According to Bridgepoint Education itself, here’s how the financing and other benefits of the deal will work out for both profits: Bridgepoint Education gets financially compensated for forking over Ashford. Further, Bridgepoint gets more cash revenue through “negotiated services,” which the parent company will give Ashford under a brand-spanking-new contract.

Although nothing is certain until experts can monitor the actions and behaviors of Bridgeport College’s conjunction of its two subsidiaries, it’s true that its owners could rake in countless individual benefits as business owners from initially owning the institutions of higher education.

Only time will tell the results of the transaction.

April 16, 2018

Taco Bell Now Offering Monetary Educational Assistance

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I’d imagine that if most people were tasked with using both college and Taco Bell in the same sentence, a common response would be something along the lines “during college, I used to go out drinking alcohol three nights a week, then go smash some Taco Bell.”

However – and it’s not to say like anybody is challenged to use both words in a sentence, or anything – Taco Bell will be associated with higher education in a more popular way from now on.

Get ready to work at Taco Bell!

All of Taco Bell’s 210,000-odd employees will be provided with a toolbox of financial assistance payments to help pay back their student loans, or even get rid of tuition before it rears its ugly head as interest-bearing loans.

Taco Bell is slated to help both past students that currently have outstanding loan debt as a result of attending college or trade school, as well as current employees that haven’t yet attended college, but aren’t comfortable with taking out loans for tuition, or financing the purchase of a class in college while being forced to enter one’s private information into the Federal Application For Free Student Aid – gotta love the FAFSA.

The fast-food company is also kind enough to offer eligible employees the help of tutors through Guild’s academic and financial aid coaches, as well as the power of college advisers that are tailored precisely to the students that work for Taco Bell, based on personality profiles taken through the company’s help.

April 15, 2018

UNLV President Ousted, School Also Loses $14 Million Donation In Response To Jessup’s Firing

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Businesses are all over the United States. Without them, we likely wouldn’t have the wonder of supermarkets, cheap clothing available all over, or many other things we take for granted on a daily basis.

Nonprofit businesses are not quite as common, but still considerably popular. Schools are typically one of them, including the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Universities like the University of Nevada at Las Vegas rely on donations from alumni, community members, and anonymous sources that are often too proud to reveal their faces. Such a mystery has reared its head again, this time at UNLV itself.

The most recent President of UNLV is named Len Jessup, who was ousted from his seat after he was given bad reviews from the school’s chancellor. Further worsening his standing at the university, Mr. Jessup failed to get along with several unnamed regents, an academic term for any school’s directors.

So What’s The Big Deal?

An anonymous donor provided UNLV with a $14 million donation intended to fund the construction of the school’s new medical education facility. Just nine days – slightly more than one week – after Jessup received a negative review from the school’s chancellor, Mr. Jessup signed an agreement with a clause that stated if UNLV’s President or Medical Dean left before 2022 – either one – the $14 million gift effectively went “bye-bye.”

As of today, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas still doesn’t have that gift back, and doesn’t have a means of funding the medical school.

April 14, 2018