Art You Ready?

by Abdullah Pullin

Clean your brushes and dip them in paint! The Student Government Association (SGA) will hold monthly art shows in Student Life’s lobby. These showcases will feature visual art, from paintings to sketches to photography, and hopefully in the future will be able to add literature, music, performance art, and various forms of art from around the college, but as of now, it will stick to canvases.

Jasmine Rozario, president of SGA and fashion columnist for the Vanguard, and self-proclaimed “bad bitch” was responsible for the event’s excellent turnout. All expected artists arrived, as well as CCP president Dr. Generals, several members of the Vanguard and Phi Theta Kappa, and students just passing through, scrounging for food and staying for art.

“For me personally, I always love to promote art and culture” says Jasmine, an art history minor expecting her Associate’s in May of 2020. The showcase has a lot to do with artistic expression in its various forms with students confidently being able to leave a mark on the school as they transition to a four-year college. To get featured, go to the club’s office in S1-12 and ask for J’Ro.

“I hope that more students come out to support the college and artists” she says. Along with art “the showcase shows that we want to support the students in whatever fi eld or major they’re in.”

An artist who caught my eye was a student who goes “Zaria” jack of all trades in the craft whose skills include photography, graphic design, cinematography, writing, painting, and a
self-proclaimed craft and glitter enthusiast.

“For me, art is a part of my healing journey” she says. When Zaria first began her artistic journey, she was only taught about white male artists. “Very rarely was I exposed to art by women of color and the only time I saw them, it was from the male gaze.”

Zaria took it upon herself to let it be known that her art was worthy of praise alongside white male counterparts. On the table, were four pieces with her face on them coupled with graphics, almost as if it were a way to interject an outspoken black female artist into it and say “this is who I am.” “This pieces are significant to me because, not only to feature myself in a period where I was learning to find self-acceptance as a black woman, but also because it was a period in my life where I didn’t know where to begin my healing process.”

This is evident from the way her face appears on her work, surrounded by a jumbled mess while looking perplexed. Other artists came to the event and the Student Government Association will have another at the beginning of December. This year at the college will have a great deal of focus on the arts, including the English department’s partnership with Toho Journal and Green Street Poetry, an open mic series in the works, the LGBT Center’s upcoming drag shows, Loser Leaves Town, premiering this November, and the Vanguard covering it all. This is shaping up to be an exciting 2020 for all!

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April 2, 2019

Council President Clarke Urges Swift, Fair Resolution to Avert Strike.

Philadelphia, April 2, 2019 – Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) on Tuesday issued the following statement on Community College of Philadelphia staff and faculty contract negotiations:

“The Community College of Philadelphia is one of our City’s crown jewels, offering a great and affordable education that is highly accessible — no matter where you come from, how old you are, if you were formerly incarcerated, or if you are a parent or caretaker. City Council is proud of our record of funding CCP at a higher percentage than our suburban counterparts for these very reasons. It is imperative that students enrolled in CCP continue to receive their education without interruption, and as such I urge both sides to remain at the bargaining table in order to reach a fair contract as soon as possible.

“I am disturbed by reports that staff and faculty could lose health benefits in the event of a strike because of a state statute. That scenario must be avoided at all costs, given the potential harm to employees and their dependents. Council does not have standing as a negotiating party, but we do have an interest in the best and fairest outcome for students, faculty, and taxpayers alike. We stand ready to assist college leadership and the Faculty & Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia (FSFCCP) in whatever ways possible.”


April 3, 2019

BREAKING NEWS:

There will be no strike!

Community College of Philadelphia faculty and administration has come to an agreement that will be discussed amongst union members. The College’s VP for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff Judith Gay stated: “We are grateful that we have come to an agreement and that we are able to focus on student success.”

Co-President for the Local Union at CCP, Junior Brainard, stated as well: ” We are excited to work at CCP and support our students. We will be holding a meeting with our members in order to vote on the tentative deal brought forth.”


Statement from Community College of Philadelphia on Tentative Agreements:

In Philadelphia, a Tentative Agreement Averts a Strike as Administrators, Faculty and Staff Find Common Ground Promoting Student Success:
Community College of Philadelphia’s Administration and the Faculty and Staff Federation reached three tentative agreements on a new labor contract in the late evening hours of April 3, 2019. The agreements were reached with the help of Richard Lazer, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for labor, and state mediator Bill Gross. The tentative agreements with the College’s support staff and full-time and part-time faculty members must be ratified by the union membership to take effect.

“With a lot of time and effort on everybody’s part, we were able to come up with a successful resolution.” said Dr. Judith Gay, the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff.
Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College added, “This proposed contract puts the needs of CCP’s diverse students first and enables the College to expand programs and provide grander opportunities. In the end, our shared desire to help students enabled us to find common ground. Community College of Philadelphia is stronger today as a direct result of this vigorous debate and dialogue. This is a great day for the entire City.”

Community College of Philadelphia’s Administration and the Faculty and Staff Federation reached three tentative agreements on a new labor contract in the late evening hours of April 3, 2019. The agreements were reached with the help of Richard Lazer, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for labor, and state mediator Bill Gross. The tentative agreements with the College’s support staff and full-time and part-time faculty members must be ratified by the union membership to take effect.

“With a lot of time and effort on everybody’s part, we were able to come up with a successful resolution” said Dr. Judith Gay the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff.Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College added, “This proposed contract puts the needs of CCP’s diverse students first and enables the College to expand programs and provide grander opportunities. In the end, our shared desire to help students enabled us to find common ground. Community College of Philadelphia is stronger today as a direct result of this vigorous debate and dialogue. This is a great day for the entire City.”

Information received from Linda Wallace, Director of Communications.


(Below) Photo Credit: Naomi Smith

CCP Faculty and Staff rallying in front of the Bonnell Building on March 20th 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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