Commentary: How to get out the vote?  GCD may have the answer–make it hard
Apr01

Commentary: How to get out the vote? GCD may have the answer–make it hard

By Paul Rozycki It must be a Flint thing. If you want people to do something, tell them you can’t do it. Make it difficult. Make it too easy and they will ignore you. Consider some recent elections in Flint. On one hand, in the last few years, an election to choose the members of the city council and the mayor, was held on the usual Tuesday, when we expect elections to be held. Polls were open from 7 a.m. ‘till 8 p.m. and there were...

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Review:  “All the Pieces Matter:  The Inside Story of The Wire”
Mar31

Review: “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire”

Review by Robert R. Thomas Aptly titled, Jonathan Abrams’ book demonstrates his premise via an oral history that focuses on the creation of The Wire, a critically acclaimed HBO television series that ran from 2002 to 2008. Abrams’ book is an engaging dialogue script. But this script is a well-edited transcription of recorded interviews rather than a script written by writers to be performed by actors. The author supplies concise,...

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Commentary Part One:   Is Baker College delivering “college in a can?”  Why one Baker faculty member quit
Mar08

Commentary Part One: Is Baker College delivering “college in a can?” Why one Baker faculty member quit

Editor’s note:  This is the first of a two-part commentary considering how college classes are designed and offered — and the teacher’s role — beginning with retired psychologist and former Baker College instructor James Woolcock’s rumination on why he left teaching at the Flint campus.  A complementary second perspective is offered by retired teacher and EVM staff writer Harold C. Ford, found here....

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Commentary Part Two:  In teaching and course design, “not everyone can cook”
Mar08

Commentary Part Two: In teaching and course design, “not everyone can cook”

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part commentary considering how college classes are designed and offered.  Part One, available here, details retired psychologist and former Baker College instructor James Woolcock’s rumination, “Grandma’s Homemade Soup,” on why he left teaching at the Flint campus.  We requested a response from Baker College, but since our request was never acknowledged or...

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Commentary:  Time to jump-start the new city charter
Mar01

Commentary: Time to jump-start the new city charter

By Paul Rozycki Last August Flint voters set the city on a new course when they approved the city’s new charter—the first since 1974.  In the turmoil over the Flint water crisis, successive emergency managers, and recall elections, the charter sometimes seemed lost in the shuffle.  Yet, the Charter Commission produced a significant and important document. Over a period of many months the Commission met with community groups on...

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Village Life:  Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up
Feb18

Village Life: Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up

By Jan Worth-Nelson Can Flint be any more itself than combining a crowded bookstore, bingo, and a  curvy six-foot tall drag queen in red sequins hollering out “B-8, bitches!”? I’ve been here more than 35 years and by now there is nothing much that could surprise me about my adopted hometown.  The energy at Totem Bookstore’s Drag Queen Bingo night makes me think no matter how pissed we get at the world, no...

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