One of the best rock n roll shows I have seen in a very long time. From the moment they came onstage, they rocked!!!! What a phenomenal guitar player and I thought he was a great singer as well. "New Town Velocity" had me levitating!!!!
Had my car towed from a lot with no clear signage. "T-Roy" from T-Roy's Towing had me go to a fenced in field next to a gas station (not even the address listed for the company online), demanded $125 in cash, no paperwork, no receipt, just told me that he was doing me a favor because "the other guy woulda charged you $180."
Does Jeff Nash understand what is being discussed?
Virginians' Contributions to the Anti-Slavery Stands of J.Q. Adams and A. Lincoln
The Ordinance of 1784, to which Thomas Jefferson contributed primary authorship, prohibited slavery in all territories and future states west of the original states. It came within one vote of passage in a time when, prior to the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution of 1787, a three-fourths majority vote was required to enact measures under the Articles of Confederation then in effect.
Besides Jefferson's vote of approval, the Ordinance of 1784 received one other "yea" vote among Southern delegates--from Hugh Williamson of Edenton, N.C., who three years later was one of this state's signers of the federal Constitution drawn up at Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. Jefferson was to travel to France in 1786 to succeed Dr. Benjamin Franklin as U.S. Minister to France, whereupon another western territorial ordinance was approved but lamentably did not apply to the region southwast of the Ohio River. The Ordinance of 1787, prohibiting slavery in the Northwest Territory and its future states, did garner the necessary votes for approval, and in the 1850s and '60s, Abraham Lincoln was to cite these early federal legislative initiatives in arguing against the introduction of slavery in such prairie states as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Lincoln also cited the organizational ordinances of 1784 and 1787 as proof that the meaning of "Union" had been secured for the Nation even before the U.S. Constitution itself went into effect following the ratification of North Carolina in 1789 and Rhode Island in 1790.
A number of President Kennedy's college and university addresses, including at the University of North Carolina in October 1961 and Vanderbilt University in May 1963, cited the political and literary writings of Virginia's Thomas Jefferson and Germany's Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in linking the opportunities of education with the responsibilities of citizenship.
The western section of the original Commonwealth of Virginia of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, chose to join the Union as a new state in 1863, and the region of East Tennessee also remained loyal to the Union in the Civil War without actually splitting off politically from the rest of the Volunteer State.
Jefferson's letter of December 20, 1787, from France to Madison in America, after he had received a copy of the original federal Constitution from his fellow Virginian, included a strong statement in behalf of international bills of rights, Jefferson, after telling Madison about the features of the new federal plan of which he approved, then expressed concerns about some features he did not like, among these being "the absence of a bill of rights." Jefferson contended that "a bill of rights is something to which the people of every country are entitled and which no just government should rest on inference."
During the presidency of James Monroe, the "Monroe Doctrine" of 1823 asserted important protections to the emerging nations of Central and South America as indeed, this declaration was primarily the work of Secretary of State John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts who, after his own presidential term (1825-1829) was to return to the U.S. House of Representatives where, among other issues, Adams continued his ardent opposition to slavery as well as his devotion, shared even with his former presidential adversary Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, to the principle that preservation of the Union under the U.S. Constitution was the right and just course for the United States more than half a century after its founding.
Thomas Jefferson's advocacy of a Bill of Rights for this country was also a factor in the decision by delegates to North Carolina's first constitutional convention in Hillsborough in July-August 1788 to defer ratification of the 1787 federal Constitution pending the addition of a Bill of Rights, which after Madison introduced the original constitutional amendments to this end as a member of the U.S. House of Representations from Virginia, then prompted North Carolina to vote in favor of ratification of the Constitution at its second constitutional convention in Fayetteville on November 21, 1789, by which time George Washington had served half of his first year as President.
President Kennedy's brothers Robert and Edward Kennedy both received their legal educations at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and did much to bring these cherished legacies of constitutional justice and equality forward through the second half of the 20th Century and, in the case of Sen. Ted Kennedy, on into the 21st.
David Proctor McKnight
I agree with SierraTarHeel's overall view of tone and perceptions, and particularly the line, "I doubt that people would be this worried about it if they were otherwise satisfied with Principal Jackson's performance." As I said earlier, the issue of plagiarism is but a symptom of a larger issue with the principal. Unfortunately or not, this catalyst has perhaps allowed for an opportunity to get at these larger issues.
Hopefully the Board members in meeting this evening will have the courage to recognize this for what it really is and begin a conversation about the concerning performance of a new principal.
Meanwhile, "MsGoddess" made some good points about form letters. At the extreme, a student who is rejected after applying to a university is not likely to get anywhere by accusing the university of plagiarism, since they sent the same letter to many students, and that letter resembles letters that other universities have sent out. This despite the fact that at one university where I once taught, submitting the same paper in two different classes was explicitly included in the definition of plagiarism, even though it's the same student's work (though no longer quite so original, I guess). I doubt that people would be this worried about it if they were otherwise satisfied with Principal Jackson's performance. But in the end, much has to do with what people expect. Anybody knows that those letters are boilerplate platitudes anyway, but they may not be aware that you can get the boilerplate already formed, finished, and ready-to-assemble. Meanwhile, those using such forms would be well-advised to take them as suggestions, and write their own text anyway.
But then, "MsGoddess" undermines her points with this:
"As far the comments from the Skyline crazies, for those of you that don't know Ann Arbor is a community filled with parents who want to parent by being friends and believe their doped up kids with too much money can do no wrong and should someone attempt to correct them, clutch the pearls honey off with her head. Principal Jackson's nod as principal of the year was well-deserved and she was nominated by her staff, parents and administrators that don't take to being internet keyboard gangstas."
All of this posted right below the caveats that include
"Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed."
Well, that's an ad hominem attack. But if the post is removed, I hope "MsGoddess" reposts the other part, because, whether you agree with them or not, those points are worth considering.
"Mr. Ann Arbor" said:
"Not to mention, (The coup de gras in my opinion) she replaced the word graduation with her own made up word "graduration" in our commencement speech."
Replacing "graduation" with "graduration" in a speech is a case of mispronouncing a word, or pronouncing it with a different accent. Same word, though.
Replacing "coup de grace" with the made-up phrase, "coup de gras" gives the same sound in a speech, but in written form, is both incorrect and bizarre. Its literal meaning brings to mind a picture of a French Army officer who mercifully ends the life of a suffering soldier, by cutting him with a goose. Or maybe he just cuts the goose, perhaps carving it at the dinner table. It's not clear.
The question of why "graduration" was annoying is interesting; it brings up issues of prejudice, and not necessarily racial prejudice. If the principal had garbled a few words due to a thick German accent, or a French, Russian, or even upper-class British accent, it probably would not have felt so annoying. A lower-class-accent of some sort is going to sound more out-of-place, and be vastly more upsetting to someone who is already upset with the principal. This doesn't seem entirely fair. But then again, if the accent (and the word) sound uneducated, it's harder to make it work in an educational setting. Members of minority groups have known this, and worked with it, for quite some time.
We are all judged by both perceptions and reality; the accent is perception, the underlying performance is reality. The issue of using form letters has elements of both. It's important to address the issues of authorship and attribution, very important in the context of school leadership. But if people were otherwise pleased with her performance, it would be a different sort of conversation.
Perhaps it would also be prudent to examine her resume, degrees, transcripts, etc., to insure that they are credible.
Wouldn't be the first time some administrator has misrepresented him/herself.
Ms. Jackson's definition of plagiarism is not the one by which my writing was ever judged, nor one which I have ever used to define this act of intellectual piracy. Any piece of writing submitted to anyone for any reason whether compensated or not which contains the unattributed words of another author must be cited for source and attribution. To do otherwise is to present those words as your own and that is plagiarism.
If you think "plagiarism" and bullying of teachers and kids runs rampant in Chapel Hill, take a good look up the road with the misguided management of administration that runs foul within the Durham Public Schools.
CHCCS has had a problem with this for many years,and this way before Ms. Jackson ever set foot onto the office of principal. The school system is run by uppity parents and right-wing extremists liberals who worked in the central office who cried "wolf" when something happens. Yeah,I said it the people who accused Ms. Jackson of plagiarism are just the kind of right wing liberals that control not only the school system here but the town as well.
This is a tangent to the important and disturbing story about plagiarism but I would like to add that Jeff Nash is one of the worst communicators on staff of any of Orange County's governmental bodies, and there are some exceptionally bad ones. He seems to see his job as to serve as the schools' PR hack, and he's not even very good at that.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokesman Jeff Nash referenced the school's transfers when discussing Jackson's case, blaming the public allegations against the new principal on "disgruntled folks over there who don't like change."
"The bigger problem is that we have teachers who would send these things to a reporter to start trouble," Nash said. "They should rather just talk to staff."
Teachers say that's not realistic. The Republican-led N.C. General Assembly passed education laws that will eliminate tenure for teachers, potentially making it easier to fire them.
Most would agree the real bullies are some of the Admin at CHHS who, ironically, are in charge of the school's anti-bullying task force.
There is an argument that this is the use of a form, which is standard among academic administrators. I suspect that this is true for "forms", so that the wheel is not reinvented. I do not reject the use of these forms as templates for routine, standard processes of educational administration. For correspondence that comes from the hand of the author, with their signature, the presumption is it is their words, with or without the words of others, with acknowledgement to their intellectual contribution. That is what we teach to our children. That is what is articulated in policies on plagiarism at institutions all over. This "form" argument is a red herring.
If the signed letter to Skyline was from a form book and not from the Arizona administrator, it should be provided so we can see how common the form is. I have searched for similar language and cannot find it.
I do fondly remember "The Morton Downey Show" when it ran in syndication late night during the mid-1980's and ended its run in the early 1990's. And for those who remember seeing the show,which was taped before a "rowdy" live audience at New York's WOR-TV and the guests he had on that show. I've seen the TV show,but to many of us,his show was right up there long before the trash talkers and garbage that comes from Jerry Springer and Maury Povich and to an lesser extent Wendy Williams. But from the previous comment, and to many of us we get that same quality of trash talk liberal right wing garbage from radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and even to the lowest common point of stupidity from Michael Savage, Neil Boortz, and Herman Cain, Ed Schultz, Tavis Smiley and from the idiots who run FOX News.
Sorry Scuba, I don’t engage in frivolous banter on the internet, nor am I impressed by or afraid of cyber bullies.
Not since the original "Emmanuelle" has a movie this explicit been so erotic. The last erotic French film to push the envelope was the 2006 erotic sexually graphic "Exterminating Angels"
Callie, it seems you and Ms. Jackson share a common love of grammar.
This attack and accusation of plagiarism by Ms. Jackson is simply a ploy being used by a few disgruntled teachers at CHHS that’s unwilling to accept the change that Principal Jackson is implementing at the school. The implication of plagiarism in today’s present climate can be very damaging, especially in absence of convincing proof. These types of unsubstantiated allegation can lead to rumors and tremendous damage to a person’s reputation. In this instance a principal paraphrasing and using “form text” of form letters circulated throughout the administrator industry and educational communities in a staff new letter being labeled as plagiarism is absolutely absurd! It seemed to me that these teachers are trying to make it seem like they’ve uncovered some great conspiracy. How dare these so called educators make such a declaration against this brilliant principal. Plagiarism is when a person is trying to receive something in return for non-original work - a grade, money, credit on a paper, etc. Trying to motivate your staff by paraphrasing from industry standard form letters is only cryptomnesia at best, certainly not plagiarism! The teachers asserting Ms. Jackson has plagiarized certainly don’t know the meaning of cryptomnesia. Cryptomnesia occurs when one is exposed to someone else’s words or ideas over time and mistakenly believes these words or ideas are one’s own original thoughts. This is a memory error in attributing the source of the ideas at best or a form of unintentional plagiarism at worst. A lot of professionals and national groups use form letters use without citing a source, (because the majority of the time the source is unknown). It is possible to become so obsessed with allocating credit - in order to demarcate one's own contribution - that creative thinking is diminish resulting in very narrow motivational methods. Hence if the disuse of form letters and industry standard form text is prohibited at CHCCS schools I’m certain that the majority of the staffs and teachers are all guilty of plagiarism!
Callie Williams Esq
I've already spoken here, but I feel the need to emphasize some points. I don't wish ill to any of the people who are the focus of this conversation. I do wish they would just be nice, honest and foster a positive environment. Drop the fascist vibe- it's unbecoming. Whether plagiarism is a big deal or not is a separate discussion; I personally just find plagiarism to be lazy and uncreative. However, the best possibility is that this conversation will open a door to the wider conversation, which is about the behavior of Admin, their interactions with staff, how the climate of a school affects students and staff, and the manner in which CHCCS handles scandals and represents itself. I applaud the journalist for his balanced article; a number of people were interviewed who held different views on the matter. Chapelboro's piece seems to serve only as a chance for Superintendent Forcella to have the final word. Based on the lack of humility and transparency I've seen in his past handling of scandals, I don't value that word at all. Having worked in the place where truth goes to die, I can say it's not just a "few disgruntled teachers." We are talking about an entire staff having their spirits crushed on a regular basis. Teachers are being told "shut up" and "I will break you," and that's the lighter side of it. It's unfair to focus on the Principal. There are other Admin, both on school and district levels, who are the source of the climate. Not ALL of them, just a very influential devious few. To hear people who make 6 figures at CHCCS dismiss teachers so easily is insulting. There is enough harm coming from the State; the kindest thing to do would be to make lemonade. Unfortunately, there are individuals whose desire to make people's jobs and lives miserable crosses over into sadism. I would rather be waterboarded than to be back at CHHS. And it's not because of the teachers or students or support staff. The vast majority of them are kind and caring, dedicated to providing excellent education for students despite all of the obstacles placed before them. When taxpayer dollars are employing you to be leaders, you need to govern yourselves with respect and set honorable examples. Hold yourself to the same standards you hold staff and students to. And you need to be at the school all the time earning those 6 figures, immersing yourself in the community, coming to games, plays, concerts, keeping your office door open, listening to teacher and student concerns, not putting students and staff in physical danger by being negligent of environmental factors, and in general, just try to be a good person. Earn the respect of the school. Plagiarism? It's just ginger beer compared to what really goes on.
In my opinion the show did a wonderful job at incorporating the over the top style that this show is inherent to while also adopting a more realistic approach to these characters, which was very refreshing from the usual performances of it where it can feel like you are being hit over the head with joke after joke with no reprise until intermission.
Also, from seeing past performances with the William-Peace students I would have to point out that they all continue to do an amazing job as budding actors and actresses.
It's a truly delightful show and I would love to see it again, hopefully my murderer will get picked next time.
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