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BunnyWatch: Sheep-herding bunny in Sweden

Evidently, Quark isn’t the only place experiencing some precocious lapine activity–check out this video of Champis the sheep-herding bunny, which we discovered via a Seattle PI article. Makes you wonder what our bunnies will get up to next! (By the way, Security has searched for Darla’s wallet, to no avail. We continue to advise folks to use caution when entering the east side of the gym.)

This is part of our ongoing BunnyWatch series. To read previous BunnyWatch entries, visit:

Personals: Have you seen this bunny?
BunnyWatch: OSC


Reminder about inclement weather

Well, the weather report is saying we could see some snow overnight, so it’s a good time to brush up on our weather-emergency policy: Read More…

Give ’em your shoes!

The Association of Quark Students (AQS) is collecting new and gently used footwear to be sent to Haiti as part of their disaster-relief efforts. Blue barrels have been placed in a variety of locations if you would like to contribute to this cause. The barrels are located in:

  • Hanner Hall, east entrance
  • Health Sciences, south entrance
  • Student Union outside of SUB 161
  • Bore Hall in main lobby

The AQS hopes to collect at least 100 pairs of shoes and/or sandals. Keep in mind this is Haiti, so you’re old insulated mountain boots probably won’t be of much use. Wearing shoes is a basic method of preventing the spread of communicable disease in an earthquake-ravaged country, so please take the time to poke through your closet and donate what you can.

Three years later: Still waiting

Back in 2009, Slate published an article by Christopher Beam on President Obama’s proposed $12 billion federal budget allocation to help revive the country’s community colleges. To quote from the article:

“Too often, community colleges are treated like an afterthought—if they’re thought of at all,” Obama said in his speech. Right now, somewhere between one-third and one-half of American undergrads are at community colleges, depending how you count. Yet community colleges receive only 20 percent of federal funding. “We’ve been so focused on the quality and reputation of our lead institutions” at the expense of community colleges, says Thomas Bailey of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. (That’s right: Not even the community college research center is based at a community college.)

Well, that was in 2009. The proposed allocation never made it out of Congress, and today community colleges are facing ever-higher state budget cuts at a time when we’re servicing more students than ever. Five years ago, the state provided 60 percent of our funding; today, it provides just 40 percent, and we’re facing 13-percent cuts to our budget in the next fiscal year.

Politicians from the President on down continue to laud the important role that community colleges must play in any economic recovery that might take root in this country. Our commitment to open enrollment, our reasonable tuition rates (even in light of coming tuition hikes), and our willingness to see our students through whatever remedial classes they might need before they begin college-level coursework–these are the things that will help train our community members for the jobs of the future. But the question needs to be asked: At what point does our budget get stretched so thin that it snaps and breaks?

Hey look! Someone gave us a basketball stadium!

And this is the rap we wish we had created to thank the donors. Bowling Green FTW.

Legislative Update: Governor Gigi wins lottery, shares with colleges

Well, this is an unexpected turn of events. After months–years, even–of threatened 15% across-the-board state budget cuts, Gov. Gigi announced today that she had recently won the Megamillions lottery and was donating her winnings to “the long-suffering community colleges of our fair state.” After taxes, her winnings should total approximately $98.3 million, enough to cover the budget gap at every college in the state without resorting to the previously planned 13% tuition hike.

Pres. Bob Bishop expressed both relief and gratitude for Gigi’s gift. “It really seems like a miracle to have this happen at the eleventh hour,” he said. “Either that, or something a staff member would fantasize about on her lunch break.”