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Friday, February 25, 2011

CSN Henderson may be shut down, plus cuts at remaining two campus sites

College may close 

a main campus

Budget cuts might require the College of Southern Nevada to close one of its three campuses and most, or all, of its nine satellite centers, such as Boulder City, Summerlin, and/or the Green Valley Center on Warm Springs Road in Henderson.

The College of Southern Nevada might have to close one of its three campuses because of budget cuts, its president said Wednesday.
President Michael Richards said that under Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed budget, the state's higher education system's funding would be cut by $162 million. CSN's share of the cut would be $26 million.
If those cuts go through, he said, CSN might have to close a campus and most or all of its nine satellite centers. The college probably would have to turn away an additional 13,000 students who want to get in, on top of the 5,300 it turned away last semester because there was no room.
Richards insisted he was not engaging in hyperbole.
"With cuts of this magnitude, the entire complexion of CSN as we know it now changes," he said.

For more, including which campus locations are facing the as, click on "read more" below.

Trust and taking risks

At its most basic teaching and learning is a relationship that is based on trust. Learning requires trust, respect, and openness. Learning can also involve transformation, which can be painful as we confront ourselves and the world, and if possible improve our world. The process of transformation may involve conflict. Most of all, learning should be a pursuit of passion, in whatever form it takes. I believe learning requires fearless curiosity and conviction.

In this age of sticks and stones, cynicism, force fed information, confrontational overtones and loss of respect, is learning possible in its purest, most vital form?

If you end up doing most of the "learning" in this course through your own research, by taking the time to read and apply what you read, by finding others to collaborate with, then you are well on your way toward a successful college experience and learning that will remain with you instead of passing through as water passes into and out of a pitcher. 

This is your course. I am here to help not to force or pour information into your brains. Feel free to ask my help, to take what I say with whatever value you wish to assign it, to use the other resources open to you at this college and to challenge yourself and push your own envelope.

Feel free to disagree openly. Use the blog or your speech, or discussion in class. Feel free to question and do your own research. Feel free to reveal some of yourself, and to share what you know, your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions and your values.

Art Lynch

Time to take a stand

Dear SAG Members: 

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack.  On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, Rally to Save the American Dream is organizing rallies in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.  Please join your fellow union members, the AFL-CIO and other supporters in front of your statehouse.  Please click here to find information about a rally in your area.   

Although Screen Actors Guild is a non-partisan organization, and therefore does not take positions on some of the demands of Save the American Dream, we unequivocally stand together with them, and with all working families, to end the attacks on worker’s rights.  If collective bargaining rights can be stripped away in a strong union state like Wisconsin, it can happen anywhere. Various anti-labor bills have recently been introduced in dozens of states. And, it is believed that if this action succeeds in Wisconsin, more and more anti-union efforts may spread across the country and ultimately could affect all labor organizations, including Screen Actors Guild.

All workers have a fundamental right to join unions and to engage in collective bargaining over workplace issues they face.

-From SAG National

Art Lynch is in his 17th year as a member of the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild. His union service goes back over 20 years. His father, grandfather and great grandfather were all active unionist who fought for the benefits, rights and protections that all workers should enjoy, not just union actors. Now those rights, at the core the ability to gather and collectively bargain, are at risk at the hands of a well financed and well oiled corporate "freedom" and "majority" machine. Their false propaganda is being believed and pushed under the banner of "fiscal responsibility" in states where unions actually have created an environment where all workers, including non-union, have the opportunity for a good life. It is time to stand up for workers rights and for our freedom to gather together and stand up as brothers and sisters if we choose to do so!

Winning 48 Hour Film to Screen At Cannes...Calendar starts March 1st

Greetings fellow 48 Hour Filmmakers!

My name is Derek Stonebarger, the new Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) Producer. 
I would like to thank last year’s Producer, Marko Sakren, for his hard work and dedication to the craft, and wish him continued success.

This year's Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project will happen April 8th - 10th, 2011
      and we have a very special announcement about where the winning film will show too - so read on!

WHAT: The Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Project
WHEN: April 8th - 10th Weekend!

The timing couldn't be any better! The weather is going to be perfect!
AND - are you ready for this??? The winning Las Vegas film is guaranteed to show at the Cannes Film Festival in France! Wow!!!

That is not a typo… This year’s winning Las Vegas Film is guaranteed to show at Cannes!

Registration opens next Tuesday March 1st
Register at to take advantage of early bird pricing. 
There is a limit to the number of teams that can participate, so sign up Tuesday March 1st and make it happen!

Click on "read more" bellow for additional dates and details...

Green Valley High School Meeting Monday at 5 PM

Governor Brian Sandoval’s budget would take $270 away from every student in Nevada schools. What does this mean?   It means classes will have 40 children, all-day kindergarten will be eliminated as will many programs and the higher education system is being dismantled.

The Governor’s budget also takes away half the school bond reserves, which could reduce the jobs created by building new schools and updating old schools.

Attend this hearing and speak up about this draconian budget. Tell the Committee that you believe to a balanced approach to secure Nevada’s future. Creating jobs and investing in education is the way to secure Nevada’s future.

When:             February 28, 2011

What:              The Legislative Joint Committee on K-12 Education and Higher Education -- The Senate Committee on Finance and Assembly Ways
& Means
                        Review of the Governor’s Budget on Education

Where:           Green Valley High School, 460 Arroyo Grande Blvd, Henderson, NV 89014

Time:              5PM – 7PM

Please recruit members to attend and to testify as mothers, fathers, grandparents, and citizens who want to secure Nevada’s future.

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Charlie out on 2 1/2 Men, Mudock (FOX) extends its reach in England, more Company Town from the LA Times

The Skinny: By bad-mouthing his executive producer Chuck Lorre, "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen basically gave CBS and the show's producer Warner Bros. the green light to pull the plug on the show. Begs the question if the dude wants to be fired. Wonder if he knows that lifestyle he's leading will be a lot tougher on residuals alone. Hope that all the Sheen coverage doesn't overwhelm a juicy story involving Fox News chief Roger Ailes and former publishing big-shot Judith Regan. Enjoy your Oscar Sunday. I'll be stuck doing box office while my colleagues roam red carpets.
Wonder if Matt LeBlanc is available. Last month when production was shut down on the CBS hit "Two and a Half Men" so star Charlie Sheen could rehabilitate himself, the actor's publicist asked for privacy and added that no additional information would be provided. If only Sheen had listened to his own man. On Thursday, after rants to radio host Alex Jones and gossip site TMZ in which he insulted the show's co-creator Chuck Lorre and others, CBS and Warner Bros., which produces the sitcom, pulled the plug on the rest of the season just days before everyone was set to go back to work. The show still has one season left  on its current contract, but right now Sheen may be more hassle than he's worth, even though hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Our creative advice is replace Sheen with a different actor every week or hire Matt LeBlanc full time. Our legal advice is if Sheen sues, get the rest of the cast and crew to counter-sue and tie him up in court for the next 50years. Coverage from the Los Angeles TimesVariety, and, of course, Radar Online. If you've been under a rock for the last year, the Hollywood Reporter has this nice page to catch up on all of Sheen's antics. CBS is planning to put the show on the fall schedule, possibly with a new star or a redoing of the overall plot premise. It's too good a winner for them not to do so. Sheen is probably out.
How to annoy HBO. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in a bow to pressure from the broadcast networks, is merging the categories of best TV movie and best TV mini-series, a category usually dominated by HBO. The broadcasters long ago got out of the miniseries business and rarely make substantial original movies. Since they carry the awards and are concerned about the show's ratings, the networks want fewer awards for programs with smaller ratings. The flip side is that HBO brings a lot of star power to the awards show. The news was broken by the industry website Deadline Hollywood. Further analysis from the Los Angeles Times.
The 21st century lunch counter. On the eve of the Oscars, the Wall Street Journal looks at the length Hollywood is going to in an effort to find new talent. On the one hand, technology has made it easier to search the nation for the next Brad Pitt. The flip side is it creates a lot more work. In the meantime, I guess I'll stop walking in front of buildings housing major talent agencies sipping out of a brown paper bag and dragging on a smoke looking to be discovered as the next middle-aged bad boy.
Ailes questionable advice. Fox News chief Roger Ailes urged former colleague Judith Regan to lie to the government when her ex-flame Bernard Kerik was being vetted for the job of head of Homeland Security, according to legal documents. At the time, Regan was head of publishing giant HarperCollins, a sister company of Fox News. Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner, didn't get the job and is now doing time for tax fraud. Ailes' advice came out as part of lawsuit filed by Regan's former lawyers, who are trying to get a percentage of a settlement Regan got from her bosses at News Corp. when she was forced out of her job several years ago. A News Corp. spokeswoman did not deny the validity of what's in the legal papers. Details from the New York Times.
What Rupert wants, Rupert gets. The Financial Times reports that News Corp. and its chief Rupert Murdoch are near a deal to acquire all of British Sky Broadcasting. The deal has been facing intense scrutiny from regulators in part because of the phone-tapping scandals involving some of the mogul's tabloid papers. The latest from the Financial Times.
Death blow! Warner Bros. has triumphed in a long-running battle with a producer of the studio's 1995 movie "Mortal Kombat," based on the video game.  Lawrence Kasanoff sued for almost $10 million but ended up getting just $14,000, and Warner Bros. was given the green light to recover its costs associated with the case, which I'm guessing were more than $14,000. More from the Hollywood Reporter.
Hey, they have bills to pay! Green Bay is probably still hung over from celebrating its Super Bowl win, but NBC, which has the big game next year, is already trying to sell ads. According to Ad Age, NBC, now a unit of cable giant Comcast Corp., is seeking $3.5 million per 30 second spot. That, of course, would be a record price for a TV commercial. This year's Super Bowl had 111 million viewers. But then, it all may be moot if the NFL and players can't get together on a new labor deal.
Betting advice. If you're still figuring out how to vote in your office Oscar pool, Bloomberg says "The King's Speech" and its star Colin Firth are expected to be big winners Sunday night. My advice is save your $5 for March Madness. It's more fun.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: ABC has renewed its deal to televise the Oscars. How Hollywood's stars need to mind their manners this Sunday during the Oscars show.