Broward College Professor: School's Response to Threat of Strike Is "Comical"

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On Tuesday, Broward College adjunct professor Evan Rowe came out swinging against school administration by accusing it of paying poverty wages. Adjuncts can earn a max of $16,000 a year teaching a full load, he said. He threatened to organize a strike.

Yesterday, the college responded, saying that it's illegal for public employees to strike but that the college hopes it doesn't come to that because it values its employees and will consider giving adjuncts a raise. Also, it said, adjunct positions are designed for people who have other jobs, and BC's adjuncts are paid third-best among similar colleges in the state.

To this, Rowe laughs.

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Broward College Adjunct Professors Make Maximum $16,000 a Year; They Are Now Unionizing, May Strike

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Broward College administration must be brought to account for paying starvation wages to its faculty.

I have taught American government and American history, primarily at Broward College, as an adjunct professor since 2004. Due to unannounced circumstances this semester, and as has been done many times to me in the past, my income was cut in half this term due to arbitrary scheduling of professors at the various campuses. Having been assigned a half load means I earn roughly $200 per week, as opposed to the normal $400 per week I make when I teach a full load. Either way, this is a travesty.

Even when teaching the maximum load of four classes per term, an adjunct can at most make $16,000 per year teaching both the fall and spring terms (the normal full year for full-time professors). This is half of the median income in Broward County.

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UM Student With Muscular Dystrophy Loses Medicaid Benefits at Age 21

Categories: Activism, Health

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For most students, turning 21 is a joyous occasion. It wasn't for Audrey Winkelsas.
Audrey Winkelsas is a junior at the University of Miami. She was just 7 months old when she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy. She studies biochemistry and helps conduct research for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She hopes one day to find a cure for her condition. Until then, Winkelsas' condition requires 24-hour care.

Originally from Apopka, a suburb outside of Orlando, Winkelsas received 24-hour attendant care for the past two and a half years while she studied at UM. However, as of her 21st birthday on October 16, 2013, Winkelsas' Medicaid care was taken from her since she is no longer considered a child or young adult. After appealing, Winkelsas was granted only three one-hour visits per day (none of which can be consecutive). She wishes her condition required only such minimal aid, but since turning 21, Winkelsas' mother, Keely Winkelsas, has had to leave her work behind to provide the care her daughter desperately needs to receive an education.

See also: Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief Settles in Medicaid Overbilling Case; Faces Second Case

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Venezuelan Protesters Swarm Marco Rubio's Palm Beach County Office

Categories: Activism, Politics

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About 50 or so protesters showed up at Marco Rubio's offices in Palm Beach County to show the senator their support and protest the Venezuelan government.

On Monday, Rubio took to the floor and gave what is probably the best speech of his political career, as he condemned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his oppressive regime.

In recent weeks, Venezuela has been rocked by violent student protests, which has reportedly seen at least 22 people die, including a beauty queen who was shot in the head.

See also: What the Hell Is Going on in Venezuela? A Guide To Understanding the Chaos in Caracas


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The Shrimp Industry is Killing Sea Turtles and the Government Isn't Doing Anything About It, Conservationists Say

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Landlubbers may not be aware of a current epic sea battle: shrimpers v. sea turtles. The reality is that we have very little idea what kind of impact the former has on the latter endangered critters.

In part, that's because the federal government is dragging ass about conducting meaningful studies into the relationship, not to mention enforcing guidelines it originally said it was going to back. Yesterday, a group of conservation groups sent off a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service announcing they were going to sue unless the government gets its act together.

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UF and Michael J. Fox's Foundation are Torturing Monkeys, Activists Say

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A Florida animal rights activist who's fresh off a stint in prison has a new target in her sights -- the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The organization tosses around millions of dollars a year, and some of that money has landed at the University of Florida.

That's where Camille Marino comes in.


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SeaWorld Denies Shareholders Vote on Whale Sanctuary

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, apparently owns 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, which it bought in April of last year.

And since PETA is a shareholder, it came up with an idea to create a coastal retirement sanctuary for SeaWorld's killer whales.

But, as things go in this fight, SeaWorld says PETA doesn't have the authority to submit such resolutions to other shareholders, even if it has the required shares to speak at annual meetings.

See also: Blackfish Filmmakers Challenge SeaWorld to Debate

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Florida Republicans Don't Know the Difference Between New York and New Jersey

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The Florida Capitol, which sources tell us is not in Alabama.
Before we begin, why don't you cue this one up.

Now, there we go.

So last week was the big lead-up to Super Bowl Sunday, and just about every piece of the cultural machine was calibrated in some way toward the Denver-Seattle head-to-head. Of course, this includes the political realm, where no one passes up an easy layup. For the Republicans at the steering wheel of the Florida House, the Big Game presented the perfect opportunity to dog some East Coast Dems.

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Petition to Deport Justin Bieber Back to Canada Hits White House Website

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America, it seems, has had enough of Justin Bieber.

And it would appear that his arrest for drunkenly racing through the streets of Miami Beach last week has inspired an official White House petition through Barack Obama's "Wee The People" project to have Biebz deported back to Canada.

The petition needs 100,000 signatures by February 22nd to be officially heard by the White House. As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been more than 75,000.

Finally, Obama has found something that unites ALL Americans!

See also: Justin Bieber to Arresting Officer: "What the Fuck Did I Do?"

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Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative

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In the week the Super Bowl is being played by two cities (Seattle, Denver) in states that legalize pot, Florida just got that much closer to being a part of the blaze.

The Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana be put on the ballot this November.

The court ruled 4-to-3 in favor of the ballot initiative on medical marijuana at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

"By reading the proposed amendment as a whole," the judgement reads, "and construing the ballot title together with the ballot summary, we hold that the voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain ―debilitating medical conditions."

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Author Jeff Clemens Says "It's About Compassion"

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