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24 June 2006 @ 01:25 pm
Allegheny County Council challenges CCAC chief

Friday, June 23, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community College of Allegheny County President Stewart Sutin, facing blunt questions from members of Allegheny County Council, promised last night to hold off on closing the school's Bethel Park Center.

His pledge that any decision "will be held in abeyance" while the college and community leaders work to make the 1,900-student center viable was a significant shift from two weeks ago. It drew one of the few bits of praise as the former international banking executive endured withering criticism for nearly two hours before the council's committee on government reform.

The cash-strapped college and its president have faced complaints since last fall about spending and decision-making and, most recently, a decision in May to withhold its budget from the public -- a move that led to Dr. Sutin's appearance before council.
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Feelin' : cynicalcynical
Listenin' to:: 'Weird' Al Yankovic - "Amish Paradise"
11 June 2006 @ 11:07 pm
Here's a little item that was kind of squirreled away in the Post-Gazette last Friday

CCAC's Sutin to face Allegheny County council

Friday, June 09, 2006

Community College of Allegheny County President Stewart Sutin will face questions from Allegheny County Council June 22 about controversies that have plagued his administration, it was announced yesterday.

Council President Rich Fitzgerald said the 6 p.m. public appearance before council's Committee on Government Reform is needed to maintain public confidence.

CCAC has been under fire over spending practices, a decision to withhold its budget and a plan to scale back or close its Bethel Park Center, which Mr. Fitzgerald said should have been discussed publicly rather than behind closed doors by CCAC trustees.

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Feelin' : discontentdiscontent
Listenin' to:: Denis Leary - "Life's Gonna Suck"
03 June 2006 @ 02:33 am
You know, I thought with the spring term done, there'd nothing new until the fall. Looks like I was wrong...

CCAC trustees order audit amid criticism

Cite need to maintain public confidence

Saturday, June 03, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community College of Allegheny County trustees voted yesterday to abide by Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law and to conduct an outside audit of certain spending practices and policies that have spawned recent public criticism.

Speaking as the board met in a hastily arranged special session, college leaders cited the need to maintain public confidence in the wake of controversies that have dogged the college of late, including a decision two weeks ago to withhold CCAC's budget.
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Listenin' to:: The Who - I've Had Enough

CCAC scaling back Bethel Park Center

Unhappy officials say it is first step to closing

Friday, June 02, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community College of Allegheny County is scaling back its Bethel Park Center in a cost-cutting move that has angered municipal and state officials who believe the college plans to close the facility.

The college did not announce the decision but confirmed yesterday that students and employees were notified that all credit courses will cease effective June 30.
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Listenin' to:: Eric Clapton - San Francisco Bay Blues
26 May 2006 @ 03:35 am

Onorato orders CCAC to open up

County executive wants adherence to Right to Know Law

Friday, May 26, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

County Chief Executive Dan Onorato yesterday said he will direct Community College of Allegheny County to begin complying with Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law.
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On a side note, is anyone reading these or should I stop posting? -James
Feelin' : hopefulhopeful
Listenin' to:: Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Resteraunt
From the Wednasday, May 24 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

CCAC pares 12 from staff, cuts 30 vacant positions

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community College of Allegheny County yesterday fired 12 administrators and staff members and eliminated 30 other vacant positions on the college's four campuses as it struggles with rising costs and a budget shortfall.
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03 May 2006 @ 01:37 pm
Me just finish Calc 2 final.  Me drain bead (or something like that...)

Feelin' : draineddrained
24 April 2006 @ 11:06 am
There's some garage band playing in the middle of the Allegheny Campus this morning.  I'm in library, forced to listen to bad usic filtering through my headphones.  This would really piss me off if I was doing any real work.
Feelin' : crankycranky
Listenin' to:: "Ride of the Valkaries" - Dickie Wagner (very loud)
03 April 2006 @ 09:21 pm
Tired of people just hovering around the computers in the library instead of waiting in line, I fired off the following e-mail:

Dear Library staff,
Lately, I have seen a growing problem of students unwilling to wait their turn to use the library computers at the Allegheny Campus.  If left unchecked, it will lead to arguements (or worse), disturbing the other people in the library.  I think this can be averted if the library would designate a specific area and line for students to wait for the next available machine so there will be no confusion as to who should next be able to use a computer.  This issue is only going to become more acute as it gets closer to finals, I think prompt action is required before it gets out of hand.

Thank you.

Mere hours later, I received the following reply:

Hi, James--
Thank you for bringing this to our attention;  I will talk with my colleagues, and we will try to come up with a system to better manage the flow of people.  If you experience any problems in the future, please, bring it to the attention of the Librarian at the Reference Desk, and we will intervene in the situation.   I apologize for any inconvenience. 

OK, so it's not a great world-changing victory, but it's one that will likely see a small amount of change and remove one piece of annoyance from my daily life.
Feelin' : accomplishedaccomplished
Listenin' to:: Weezer - Island In The Sun
27 March 2006 @ 01:08 pm
One of the things that irks me about the Allegheny campus is that there isn't any procedure for dealing with lines for computers in the library.  It's just left up to the students themselves.  Fail to pay attention and some bugger who just walked in has grabbed themselves a machine before you noticed it was free.

My 2nd beef is that here we are in the 3rd millenium, the year 2006, and we're using network technology over 20 years old.  You won't see it on the campus machines until you look, but the whole campus (and, I understand South as well) is running at 10 megabit ethernet.  The main reason the signs on the computers say "NO streaming audio or video" is that the network can't handle it.  Right now, every machine on campus has a 100 megabit connection built in, but runs at a fraction of what it is capable because the network switches need to be replaced.  Fortunately, the powers-that-be tell me they've started a multimillion dollar upgrade campaign to get everything up to 100 megabit by the fall with the potential to go 1 gigabit (1000 megabit) soon thereafter.

I have to go eat now, I'm getting lightheaded.  Anyone else got something they want to bitch about?
Feelin' : hungryhungry