Month: August 2009

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My PJC tuition has gone up again! Why?

An interview with Larry Bracken, PJC’s executive director of government relations. What is the percentage increase in tuition at PJC? The increase, as set by the Florida Legislature in the state budget for all 28 community colleges, is 8 percent. The increase for all 11 universities is 15 percent. The old rule of thumb in...

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Meadows cancels inauguration due to ‘unusual times’

Kay Forrest The Corsair President Ed Meadows has canceled his own inauguration ceremony, which was slated for Sept. 24. Meadows plans to take the money that was to be spent on the ceremony and use it for student scholarships instead. He made the decision to cancel the expensive event in light of the current economic...

Edward M. Chadbourne Library opens doors
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Edward M. Chadbourne Library opens doors

Katy Ferguson The Corsair Rows of shelves are lined with books: some new, with stiff spines, crisp pages and ink so fresh it’s almost wet to the touch. Others are older, their covers softened by time and by the thousands of hands that have held them. These books and the library they belong to have...

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PJC starts year down-staffed

Katy Ferguson The Corsair PJC implemented a reduction in force as well as retirement incentives, resulting in a net reduction of 46 positions at the end of the fiscal year in June. The reductions were due to losses in state funding as well as program closures and grant funding. More than half of these employees...

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Legend of Woodstock Festival lives on today

Kay Forrest – The Corsair “People were walking, like, to Mecca,” Iris Shapiro recollects of her long tramp to Woodstock—the music festival of ’69, not Snoopy’s yellow companion. Depending on one’s point of view, the name “Woodstock” conjures up several different images: an open stage, Jimi Hendrix, intoxicated hippies, free love, the idea of “getting...

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Add-ons bring best to Fallout 3

Wade Manns The Corsair Release: Five, from January to August 2009 Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 By: Bethesda Softworks As a companion piece to my first review here in the Corsair, I’ll speak on the five Downloadable Content (DLC) packages that have since been released for the wonderful first-person role playing game, “Fallout 3.”...

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Students with a “C” may not graduate

MADELAIN TIGANO Students with a “C” in English and/or Math courses will have to take additional tests to earn a degree at Pensacola Junior College. In Florida, college students are required by the state to maintain an average of 2.5 (C+) in two of these courses: ENC1101, ENC1102, or any general education literature course. Students...

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This Healthcare Reform Makes Me Sick

by Paul Smith Everyone knows healthcare in America is a bloated, chaotic, diseased nightmare in dire need of massive overhaul and reform.  We have almost 50 million without insurance, and millions of those with insurance are constantly dropped or denied coverage for absurd reasons like “preexisting conditions” (as though life itself was not a preexisting...

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The Sims 3: An Existential Survival-Horror

by Paul Smith Platform: PC “The Sims 3” is the latest installment of one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time. “The Sims” was a game originally conceived by Will Wright (who also made the original “Sim City” and the more recent “Spore”) and was a game designed to let players use their...

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Should I buy my books online or in a store?

ANSLEY ZECCKINE The Corsair Forty percent—that’s about how much a student can save by buying “The Bedford Handbook” (a text required for English composition classes) online instead of buying it in a bookstore. Students planning to take Elements of Nutrition to fulfill their science requirement can save about $60 on their required text, just by...