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OSU student’s article on building names sparked change

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Marcus Trinidad didn’t major in history, but he managed to make some during his four years at Oregon State University.
'CORVALLIS, Ore. — Marcus Trinidad didn’t major in history, but he managed to make some during his four years at Oregon State University. As a freshman, Trinidad ignited a fiery debate on campus and in the community with a 2016 article in The Daily Barometer, OSU’s student newspaper, that raised questions about the propriety of having buildings named after people who may have promoted or embraced racist ideologies. After two years of student protests, committee reports and community meetings, President Ed Ray announced new names for buildings named after Corvallis founder Joseph Avery, who owned and edited a pro-slavery newspaper during the Civil War, and Thomas Hart Benton, an influential 19th century U.S. senator and Benton County’s namesake, who advocated racist policies such as taking land from Native Americans to give to white settlers. (Technically, OSU’s Benton Hall was named for the people of Benton County, but the building was renamed anyway.) The genesis of the story was a passing conversation in a peace studies class, but once he began looking into the background of some of OSU’s building namesakes, Trinidad — whose ethnic heritage is Filipino — started thinking more deeply about issues of historical injustice and institutional racism. “Normally, when you come to a place, you don’t really ask why is this building named after this person,” Trinidad said. “But people like this never envisioned somebody like me stepping into a building named after them, and that started weighing on me a little bit.” Some people attacked Trinidad’s reporting based on his own racial background, but in the end the university renamed most of the buildings he raised questions about. Gill Coliseum was allowed to keep its name after a committee determined the record was inconclusive about whether longtime OSU basketball coach Amory “Slats” Gill, who had just one black player during his 36-year tenure, was racially motivated. “People say you’re erasing history, but if you get your education strictly through building names and statues, then you probably ought to get a better education,” Trinidad said. Trinidad acknowledges he was stung by the criticism but says he also learned valuable lessons about “meeting people where they’re at” and not trying to change them. “I’ve grown more comfortable with people challenging me,” he said. “I always say the only advantage of having brown skin is you don’t get sunburned, and I’ve grown a pretty thick skin.” As a sophomore, Trinidad stepped away from his position as a news editor for The Barometer, but he remained involved with the renaming process as a student representative to the OSU building and place names evaluation work group. Also that year, he led 20 social justice workshops on campus and organized a well-attended panel discussion on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the controversial federal program that allows some people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country for a period of time. As a junior, Trinidad returned to the news business as a digital producer for The Barometer’s website. He spent his senior year as the paper’s editor in chief, leading The Baro to a regional award for general excellence in a college newspaper contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Now that he’s about to graduate from OSU, Trinidad doubts he’ll pursue journalism as a career. He may eventually go to graduate school to study public policy, but right now he’s not thinking that far ahead. In his immediate future is a stint with the AmeriCorps program in North Charleston, South Carolina, where he’ll come face to face with plenty of statues to Confederate heroes. He says he’s not worried about that. “Who we choose to honor and continue to honor says a lot about who we are,” he said. “A lot of those statues are rooted in intimidation. If that’s who people want to be, they have to reckon with that.” Trinidad said he’s not sure America will ever fully be able to reconcile its racist past with a multicultural future. “People can’t even agree if the Civil War was based on slavery or not,” he points out. But looking back on the controversy generated by his 2016 article on campus building names at OSU, he says he has no regrets — and may even have found reason for hope. “I was mostly proud that this community was willing to have that kind of discussion,” he said. “I think that’s more valuable than just changing a name, whether I agreed with the outcome or not.”'

San Diego valedictorian slams ‘drunk’ teacher in brutal graduation speech

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'To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year, thank you for using yourself to teach these students about the dangers of alcoholism,' Nataly Buhr snarked.
'\'To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year, thank you for using yourself to teach these students about the dangers of alcoholism,\' Nataly Buhr snarked.'

College Possible Helping Hundreds Of Philadelphia-Area High School Students Take Leap Of Faith Into Higher Education

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College Possible celebrated 150 high school students who are taking a leap onto the path of higher education on Saturday.
'PHILADELPHIA  (CBS) – For some, the journey to college is not always an easy one. But an organization in Philadelphia is helping some first-generation college students break down the barriers that keep them from getting a higher education. If anyone understands what it means to take a leap of faith, it’s Lestine Paye and her family. “My parents were born in Liberia, so was I,” Paye said. “My parents and I moved here when I was 11 years old for better opportunities.” Part of that meant getting a college degree in the United States, thousands of miles from home. That sacrifice finally paying off with Paye graduating from Upper Darby High School thanks to a non-profit program called College Possible. “Graduating from high school was a really, really huge deal for my parents,” Paye said. “They were so proud, they were just happy to see me graduate.” Against All Odds, Philadelphia Cancer Survivor Proves Doubters Wrong With High School Diploma Paye was one of 150 high school juniors and seniors celebrating their path to college at Temple University on Saturday. The organization makes university dreams a reality for low income high school students through coaching and support. That includes SAT prep and college applications. “College Possible helped me with a lot of scholarships,” Paye said. “Sometimes it was hard looking for scholarships, so they would tell me this is a scholarship that’s available, you can apply for that.” Launch! 2019 is officially in the books, and we are so incredibly proud to celebrate our students for all of their hard work and dedication this school year! #MakeItPossible pic.twitter.com/PpupHEhP8B — College Possible PHL (@CollPossiblePHL) June 15, 2019 “They helped me emotionally too because there were some times I was going through stuff at home, at school with friends and I couldn’t talk to my parents at times so I went to my coach and he’d help me a lot,” Paye added. A process that Paye says her family cold not always help with. “They didn’t really know the whole system,” she said. The Philadelphia chapter of College Possible is currently helping about 2,000 students get into college and stay there once they’re enrolled. “Ninety-nine percent of high schoolers we work with have been admitted into college,” College Possible Philadelphia executive director Jen Weikert said. Congratulations to these juniors for achieving the biggest SAT score increase in each of their respective cohorts! #MakeItPossible pic.twitter.com/JN45bKYdfo — College Possible PHL (@CollPossiblePHL) June 15, 2019 Some of them are first-generation college students. “I was first generation college student myself,” Weikert said, “and I didn’t have the support, my family didn’t really have the support to understand the process so to be able to demystify this for 150 students in the region is pretty fantastic.” Paye is headed to Penn State University in the fall, but she is already looking beyond the bachelors degree. Before Launch! 2019 begins, staff and board members are talking with some students about their experience with the program and plans for the summer! #MakeItPossible pic.twitter.com/3AkIWGRbI8 — College Possible PHL (@CollPossiblePHL) June 15, 2019 “I want to get my medical degree and become an anaesthesiologist,” she said. Closing the degree divide one student at a time. College Possible’s Philadelphia chapter will celebrate its first college graduates next year. CBS3’s Crystal Cranmore reports.'

In the service

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Basic training
'Basic training Air Force Airman First Class Joshua Chumbley, a 2016 graduate of Mountain View High School, has completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Air Force National Guard Airman Thomas A. Debartolo, who graduated with an associate degree from Clark College in 2018, has completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Debartolo is the son of Agatha and Joseph Debartolo of Battle Ground.'

Northland School Division struggling with leadership, finances

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Robin Guild is the new chairman of the Northland School Division. He was elected on Friday, June 14, 2019. supplied / Northland School Division Nearly two years after it regained the power to elect trustees, the Northland School Division has hit
'Robin Guild is the new chairman of the Northland School Division. He was elected on Friday, June 14, 2019.\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\tsupplied / Northland School Division\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tNearly two years after it regained the power to elect trustees, the Northland School Division has hit turbulent times.After listening to a pair of candidate speeches Friday containing pointed comments about backstabbing and high travel expenses, the Northland board of 11 trustees elected a new chairperson at a meeting in Edmonton.The move came seven weeks after the board terminated its superintendent’s contract for “personal reasons,” according to the board’s new chairman, Robin Guild.Maddy Daniels, a trustee who lost her bid to be re-elected as chairwoman, questioned why the division is overspending its budget without showing improvements in educational outcomes.“There was a recognition that we weren’t watching some of these things as we should have,” division secretary-treasurer Trudy Rasmusen said in response.Northland’s complex historyThe dispersed division, with 2,000 students in 20 schools dotted across northern Alberta, has a complex past. In January 2010, then-education minister Dave Hancock fired the division’s 23-member board over worries about flagging attendance and poor academic results.For seven years, a government-appointed trustee worked in place of an elected board. In 2017, the former NDP government amended the Northand School Division Act to create a new board structure. It also pledged a five-year, 20 per cent bump in base funding to help the division tackle its challenges. Most of Northland’s students are Indigenous, and many live on First Nations or Métis settlements.Voters elected new trustees in October 2017, and government-appointed trustee Lois Byers stayed on as a board adviser. At the board’s request, the government has extended her contract until June 2020.Last year, Northland’s board approved a comprehensive strategy to improve student attendance with  detailed tracking, hiring family wellness workers and other measures. It came just as the provincial auditor’s report flagged a lack of improvement.Results in a June report to the board said there had been no statistically significant improvement in attendance division-wide compared to last school year. Some individual schools’ rates have improved.Balance sheets in the redNorthland trustees terminated their superintendent’s contract on April 27, paying him one year’s salary in severance, according to board meeting minutes. Guild said on Friday the arrangement was “not working out.”On Thursday, the education minister approved the appointment of Nancy Spencer-Poitras as acting superintendent while the board seeks a long-term replacement.Although the board wouldn’t disclose the severance payout amount on Friday, division budget documents say the severance is pushing the superintendent’s office budget $94,000 into the red.The division is poised to end the school year with a $1.6-million deficit and will pull another $1.2-million from reserves to balance next year’s budget.Board trustees had used nearly 100 per cent of their budget just nine months into the fiscal year, spending three times their budget on professional and school council development, and more than seven times their budget on legal fees.“We’re expecting our staff to show restraint and to save as much money as possible,” Guild said Friday. “We need to lead by example.”One elementary school with just 21 students enrolled also risks closure. Hoping attendance will rebound, the board voted Friday to defer closure for a year of Pelican Mountain School in Sandy Lake, 350 km north of Edmonton.Fires shut seven Northland schoolsThrowing a wrench into the division’s attendance improvement work are forest fires in northern Alberta that have shut down seven division schools, pushing 900 kids out of class.Three schools in Wabasca, the Chipewyan Lake School, Paddle Prairie School and Pelican Mountain School are closed for the remainder of the school year. Calling Lake School, which stopped running classes to become an emergency shelter for fire evacuees, will re-open Monday.Adjusters have told the division two schools in Wabasca have been severely damaged by smoke and require substantial repair work. All schools should be fixed and ready to re-open by September, Spencer-Poitras said.She’s trying to set up summer reading programs for students in alternate locations to try and keep up their literacy skills. jfrench@postmedia.com'