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Sunday, February 6, 2011


Thoughts observations on the Super Bowl, 
the commercials, the importance of Football, 
Super Bowl Parties and life.

Not mine...yours.

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Important CSN Students fill out this survey for the State Legislature

I highly encourage you to take this survey. it is meant to give the legislature an accurate picture of who our students are, why they attend CSN and the services they need. Deep cuts and possibly large tuition increases are coming. Help mitigate the damage...

In an effort to get a snapshot of our students’ educational goals, find out why they are attending CSN classes, what they hope to get from their experiences here and how the economy has impacted the current student body, CSN is issuing the following survey to students. Please pass on this link to your students and encourage them to fill it out. The survey, which closes Feb. 18, is anonymous and should take less than a minute for students to complete.

If you have students who might prefer to take a paper-based survey, please contact me and I will send you as many paper copies of the survey as you need. Then send the completed surveys back to me via inter-office mail at W32E.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide in helping to encourage survey completion.

K.C. Brekken
Communications Director
College of Southern Nevada
Phone: 702-651-7535
Fax: 702-651-5516

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Al Jazeeera News seeking American Audiene

Will the intense interest in the political upheaval in Egypt lead to the cable network Al Jazeera English, the CNN of the Arab world, becoming more available in U.S. homes?

There is a natural resistance by Americans to a network perceived as "the enemy's voice," which is not the intent of the founder. Full page ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other publications invite readers to check out the network's American feed on-iine, as do subway posters and other media.

That remains to be seen, but one door the network may want to knock on is Comcast's, the nation's largest cable operator, which serves about one out of every five TV homes in the country.
After all, as part of the FCC's approval of Comcast's takeover of NBC Universal, the cable giant made commitments to carry new independently owned channels. Maybe it could start with Al Jazeera English.

Launched in 2006, Al Jazeera English is a sister network to the Arabic-language Al Jazeera and has been unable to make headway with major cable and satellite operators in the U.S. Currently, Al Jazeera English is carried on cable systems in Vermont and Ohio that reach fewer than 100,000 homes.

For most viewers the only way to see the channel is to go online, where it is streamed.

For more on Al Jazeera and other entertainment news, go the LA times company Town blog (click here).

Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan

February 6, 2011: The Ronald Reagan Centennial

n 1947, Guild President Ronald Reagan, center, with fellow Guild officers, left to right: 3rd VP George Murphy, 1st VP Gene Kelly and 2nd VP William Holden.

Before he became the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan was president of Screen Actors Guild – during two significant periods.
Reagan, who began his career as a star of radio, film and television, first served the Guild as president from March 1947 through November 1952 (after serving previously as 3rd vice president and on the board). During this period, storied for its political and labor strife, his leadership paved the way for SAG’s first contract in television, among other accomplishments.
At the request of the SAG National Board, Reagan returned to the SAG presidency in 1959 in order to head 1960 theatrical negotiations that ultimately resulted in the first pension and health plan for SAG members, not to mention residuals on films shot January 31, 1960, and after (once they were replayed on television).

On the anniversary of what would have been his 100th birthday today, Screen Actors Guild salutes the American icon for his acting legacy, his lasting contributions to the betterment of all professional actors through Guild leadership, and for his service to the country as a public servant.
You can read more about Reagan in the Screen Actor magazine “Snapshot” on page 68 of the Fall/Winter 2010 digital issue and at

April 9, 1947: New SAG President Ronald Reagan at podium at the Hollywood Legion Stadium at a special informational membership meeting on proposals for upcoming theatrical negotiations. 

Reagan and wife Nancy
November 21, 1960: SAG Annual Membership Meeting at the Beverly Hilton. In a meeting led by newly-elected President George Chandler, who had served as president since Ronald Reagan’s resignation in June. At this meeting, Reagan is presented with a gold and black marble pen and pencil desk set, inscribed: 

To Ronald Reagan, whose unselfish leadership and devotion to the welfare of his fellow actors have gained him the affection of all in the Screen Actors Guild, this token of appreciation is presented by the Board of Directors on behalf of the membership at the Annual Meeting, November 21, 1960.”

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

Sunday Morning News and Views is tempered and shortened this week by the reality that I have been hit with a strong bug, from a sinus headache to rattling chest, and the meds prescribed by Boulder City Hospital Emergency Room quick care services.

I was moved by the reading of the Declaration of Independence by a wide range of Americans, mostly but not all military or sports figures,

"Prudence should dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light purpose", a paraphrase shortening of a clause too many polarized elements of today's electorate and government seem to ignore, in labeling everything a "revolution." Also ignored are the words "to all of the things which independent states are free to do.

I am interested and surprised by the amount of response to the NFL Players issue. It was posted at the request of a student. The second video came from a student as well, as did the post in between them, I had no idea the politics of football could get students "talking" more than almost anything else, In full disclosure I serve on the board of a "celebrity" union, the Screen Actors Guild. In our union as well there are 128,0 000 actors not even making a lower middle class income in the trade.

I am proud of how our celebrities support us and stand up to the little guy, I am equaly "peeved" at those who say actors are, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "see actors as airheads....high paid children."

I would like even more feedback and coment on the difference between the poliical parties, and on the Millenial Generation. Both are key to the course in that they reflect major changes in attitude, demographic and research happening at the core of the functionality of our communication based society.

Things will be slow today, as the meds have an impact I do not like, inhibiting concentration and impairing judgement. Actually mostly, they put you to sleep.

Ronald Reagan honored on what would be his 100th birthday

Today would be Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, love him of leave him. He was iconic, brought a dignity and positive image to the White House and in many ways made a generation proud. He also interfered in a legal strike and broke the Air Traffic Controllers Union, practiced the failed policy of trickle down economics, raised the nations debt and managed to come out the celebrity he came in as and beloved by the majority of Americans.

The Great Communicator is credited by some for the hostages in Iran being released in his administration, when in reality Iran waited for Carter to leave office and then released the hostages, as a final slap against Carter and America.

The following is an altered version of what is presented on Wikipedia, which has a disclaimer indicating that is needs to be 'cleaned up.":

A Republican administration headed by Ronald Reagan from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989 led America away from forty years of progress in social services and "liberal" government.

After surviving an early assassination attempt, Reagan became the first U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower to be re-elected and serve two complete terms in office.

Domestically, the administration favored reducing government programs and introduced the largest across-the-board tax cuts in American history. The economic policies enacted in 1981, known as "Reaganomics," were an example of supply-side economics, or "trickle down" depending on which side you were on politically. Despite the cuts spending reached then all time highs during the administration, with skyrocketing debt that some indicate may have led to the next three big recessions. Reagan aimed to encourage entrepreneurship and limit the growth of social spending, as well as the reduction of regulation and inflation.

Economic growth saw a strong recovery in the 1980s, helping Reagan to win a landslide re-election. The national debt increased significantly, however.

Regarding foreign policy, the administration was steadfastly anti-communist, calling the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and ending 1970s détente. Reagan accelerated the massive buildup of the military started by his predecessor,[1] including an invasion of Grenada, the first major overseas action by U.S. troops since the end of the Vietnam War. The "Reagan Doctrine" controversially granted aid to paramilitary forces seeking to overthrow socialist governments, particularly in war-torn Central America and Afghanistan. Reagan also promoted new technologies such as missile defense systems in order to confront the Soviets and their allies. In diplomacy, Reagan forged a strong alliance with UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he met with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev four times, aiming to shrink the superpowers' nuclear arsenals.

Reagan's presidency has been termed the "Reagan Revolution," as it was seen to cause a political realignment both within and beyond the U.S. in favor of his brand of conservatism and free markets. The Reagan administration is often credited with the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War after his departure from office, leading to a unipolar world with the U.S. as the world's sole superpower. His policies contributed, but so did descent within the Soviet Union, improved mass communications, the rise of o nationalism (the Soviet Union was made up of nation-states), the rise of religious factions (including feuding Muslim groups), and that the Soviet Empire was built like a house of cards, with far less holding it up than was suspected by main stream media and annalist.

While the damaging Iran-Contra affair engulfed several administration officials during his second term, Reagan himself left office with a 63 percent approval rating, one of the higher approval ratings of departing presidents. The Reagan administration's actions and its ideology remain widely debated, even as there is agreement over its influence on U.S. politics and global events in the decades since.

Technology has changed study habits (by a student)


Students are stressed out.

 It can be because of Governor Sandoval raising the tuition, along with am sure budget cuts, more staff cuts, and his pockets receive and nice bonus for maintain budget, at the cost of all of us. 

After listening to segments of the video, and listening to John Pryor, on less time learning, use of time, and not studying what they really want to study. Peer pressure from the parents, of jumping into college after high school is a big culture change to the young adults coming into college. No one will harass you to go to class, to do homework, and to be on time. This I believe is a huge contributor to early drop outs and stressed out students. 

Students do not spend as much time studying because the answers are so quickly to come across now. Technology has changed the way of studying and learning. No more use of books, encyclopedias, to the simplicity of knowing how to research, not google. There are other contributors to stress, it can be travel to school, working, having children, and being out of the comfort zone. I am actually, learning different, I have an iclicker, online courses, so this is a new way of learning to me. This whole new way of smart boards, blogging, testing on a computer, is definitely a stress contributor to my college experience.

Sandoval is a Bad word

Governor Sandoval is a bad word on campus. I've never understood why, and how it seems reasonable to take away, funding, not give any funding into education. To rasie prices because the enrollment has gone on is nothing but an "opportunity" to make money fast. Really is that what we are doing to our society? They are making harder for, "us", my daughters, who are the futuer, harder to obtain an education? We are the super power who will fall down and crumble, were behind in technology, medicine, and so much more. And why is that? It's because of the economical effect it has in the American household today. My two classes were, $488.00, and over $200 in books. I am a mother of two, and a USNR who isn't eligible for tuition assitance, FASFA says I make to much for there assistance. So yes, I am very concerned about the ideas Mr. Sandoval has in increasing the price of tuition. It brings up a question in my mind. Will I ever gradguate?

-a student at CSN

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