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Minority Reporter Week of February 11-17, 2013

Minority Reporter Week of February 11-17, 2013

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Local, National News and Features Serving the African-American Community in Rochester, New York.
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feb 11 - 17 
| 
2013
An Open Letter on MCC’s ProposedDowntown Campus at Kodak
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 www.MinorityReporter.net
 
From Information to Understanding
 
Minority Reporter 
rochester 
ny
vol. 
6
 no. 
10
february 11 - 17 
2013
also inside...
page 3
City Council President
Launches Program to Help Struggling Young Males
operation
transformationTWO PROGRAMS
TWO MISSIONS
ESL PARTNERS WITH RCSD
 TO DIVERSIFY IT’S STAFF
 
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2013
Minority Reporter 
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Minority Reporter, Inc. is a family of publicationsand other media formats committed to fostering self awareness, building community and empowering people of color to reach their greatest potential. Fur-ther, Minority Reporter, Inc. seeks to present a bal-anced view of relevant issues, utilizing its resourcesto build bridges among diverse populations; takingthem from information to understanding.Minority Reporter reserves the right to edit or rejectcontent submitted.The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher.Minority Reporter does not assume responsibilityconcerning advertisers, their positions, practices,services or products; nor does the publication of advertisements constitute or imply endorsement. Minority Reporter invites news and storysuggestions from readers.Deadline for all copy is Tuesday at noon.Call 585-301-4199or email info@minorityreporter.net.
In This Issue:
{COVER
 
Pg 8 - 9
ESL partners with RCSD todiversify it’s staff 
{LOCAL
Pg 4
• RCSD Superintendent testimonyregarding Governor’s proposedbudget• Rochester gets high ratings frombond rating agencies• Growing community support for terminated East High AssistantPrincipal• Former pro-football player lookingto open charter school in Rochester • Police taser guidelines vary
{STATE
 
Pg 6
• NY car dealer admits keeping$92K in sales tax•Suspected NYC-to-Buffalo drugkingpin arrested• NYPD releases 2011 stop-friskgures• NY GOP lawmakers push to limitquick bill passage
{NATIONAL
 
Pg 12 - 13
• Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill• Ravens hold off Niners in Super Bowl Thriller • Postal service issues special RosaParks stamp
{POLITICS
 
Pg 13
• Obama to campaign for gunproposals in Minnesota
{WORLD
 
Pg 13
• Pakistani girl shot by Talibanappears on video
{COLUMNS:
 
Pg 14-15
 Dr. Mole Kete Asante: The Truth
 
by Gloria Winston al-saraG
• Rochester Police Shoot Man BeingEvicted From His Apartment 
by davy vara
• Aren’t There Enough Laws?
by c. michael vauGhn
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feb11-17 
| 
2013
An Open Letter on MCC’s ProposedDowntown Campus at Kodak
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 www.MinorityReporter.net
 
FromInformationto Understanding
 
Minority Reporter 
 
rochester 
ny
vol.
6
no.
10
february11-17
2013
also inside...
page 3
City Council President
Launches Programto Help Struggling Young Males
operation
transformationTWO PROGRAMS
TWO MISSIONS
ESL PARTNERS WITH RCSD
TO DIVERSIFY IT’S STAFF
to include your event on this calendar email us at
Events
@
MinorityReporter.net
CALENDAR 
 
february
8,15,22Gospel FridaysTime: 12:30pm - 1:00 p.mLocation: City Hall Atrium - 30 ChurchSt.Visit our Gospel Fridays page to viewvideo samples from previous yearsSchedule: Feb. 1: Tina Jackson;Immaculate Conception Choir. Feb. 8:Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Choir .Feb. 15: School of the Arts Choir. Feb.22: Charlie Wells and the OriginalVoices of Clouds10Rochester Polar Plunge 2013Times: 9:00am to 1:00PMLocation: Charlotte BeachIt’s wild, crazy and FUN! So grab your friends, neighbors and co-workersand form a team! Raise $60 to takethe Plunge and receive an ofcialPolar Plunge Sweatshirt! Registrationbegins at 9:00 a.m., Plunge is at Noon.Contact: Tysha Martin Phone: 585-586-7400 x109.Admission: $6016Heritage Gospel ConcertTime: 6:00 p.m.Location: Immaculate ConceptionChurch - 445 Frederick Douglass St.19Black Heritage Story TellingTime: 1:00 p.m.Location: Ryan Community Center -530 Webster Ave.Featuring local storytellers22 - 24Special Olympics New York StateWinter GamesTime: 8:00pmLocation: Riverside Convention Center Over 650 athletes and coaches fromacross the state will participate in the2013 State Winter Games, featuringFloor Hockey at the RiversideConvention Center, Figure Skating andSpeed Skating at Genesee Valley IceRink, Nordic Skiing at Bristol Mountain,Snowshoeing and Alpine Skiing atSwain Mountain.Join us for the 2013 State Winter Games! All events are free and opento the public. Winter Games is one of three annual state games and morethan 3,500 total competitions held eachyear throughout New York. Nearly 850athletes and coaches will be joining usfrom around the state. Recurring daily.For more information on volunteeringemail volunteer@nyso.org or call1-800-836-6976. Register via Onlinehttp://sonewyork.vsyshost.com/22Black Heritage Conference “150 YearsSince the Emancipation Proclamation:How far have we come.”Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.mLocation: 1 Lomb Memorial DriveKeynote speaker: Rev. Dr. MarvinMcMickle, President, ColgateRochester Crozer Divinity SchoolTickets: $75 general; $50 students.Can be purchased from the CityBureau of Youth Services, 2nd oor of Sibley Bldg., 25 Franklin St., or CityHall Room 202A.2311th Annual Black Heritage GalaTime: 6:00 p.m.Location: Rochester Plaza - 70 StateSt.Tickets: $50 per person, can bepurchased from the City Bureau of Youth Services, 2nd oor of SibleyBldg., 25 Franklin St., or City Hall Room202A. For more information about theHeritage Gala, call 428-9857 or visitwww.blackheritagerochester.org.
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Our 20+-year search for a permanentlocaon for our downtown campusculminates next week as the MonroeCounty Legislature votes on theproposed purchase of propertycurrently owned by Kodak. As we nearthe conclusion of this phase of oureort to give our students a campusthat meets their needs and supportstheir dreams and aspiraons, I wouldlike to take one more opportunity toshare with you our vision and how theKodak property supports that vision.In the fall of 2009, we renewed oursearch for a downtown campuslocaon aer Renaissance Squaredissolved. We revisited our needs andupdated our site criteria, using themas our guide during a lengthy processthat entailed looking at dozens of properes. Our criteria were madewidely known throughout the process(and are posted on our website hp://www.monroecc.edu/downtown):• A visible and prominent presence• An appropriately sized and orientedsite• Accessible parking and publictransportaon• Availability/ease of purchase anddevelopment• A college green (or gathering space)and a complete college concept• Compable adjacent land usage• Access to uliesBecause it best met our criteria,the Kodak property at State Streetand Morrie Silver Way earned theunanimous support of our Board of Trustees in December 2011, and thesupport of our student governmentsand our Faculty Senate. This was clearto all: the Kodak property provides thebest opportunity to meet the needs of our students and is the most scallyresponsible to taxpayers.What followed the recommendaonwas a full year of discussions withstakeholder groups; extensive duediligence with the County, SUNY, andstate agencies around the suitabilityof the site and environmental reviews;and tours of the Kodak site for hundredsof community members. Then, inDecember 2012, the Monroe CountyLegislature unanimously approvedthe bonding of $28 million for the rstphase of our new downtown campus.The budget for the project is $72million.As with all capital projects, theborrowing will occur over me at boththe state and county levels as thefunds are needed, so as not to incurunnecessary interest costs. Whilethe County bonds the full cost of theproject, SUNY will reimburse up to50 percent. In fact, 25 million in statedollars has already been set aside forthis project, waing for MCC for years.We are asking the Monroe CountyLegislature to approve the purchaseof 561,951 gross square feet of property for $2.999 million. The sizeof the property will meet our needstoday and in the future?just as 300acres were purchased for the BrightonCampus in the mid-1960s with aneye toward the College’s current andfuture needs. The Damon City Campushas grown 30 percent in the lastdecade and, in terms of undergraduatestudent enrollment, is already largerthan several Rochester area collegesand many SUNY community colleges.In our future home, we look toexpand programming crical to ourcommunity needs: growing workforcedevelopment, adding a small businessincubator, increasing universitytransfer curriculum opons, andadding both pre-collegiate programsand a university center for studentsseeking four-year degrees. In addion,the Kodak site oers room to providea full college experience—student lifeand leadership development space,dining opons, and study rooms—forour deserving Damon City students. Weseek to expand opportunies for non-tradional students looking for newpathways to prosperity in a changedeconomy. For this vision to be realizedand for our community to benet,the reality is simple: our currentdowntown campus is incompablewith our vision and the Kodak propertypresents the best opportunity to meetstudent needs, today and tomorrow, ina scally responsible way.MCC’s journey to realize thiscomprehensive and impacul visionfor downtown Rochester has notbeen smooth. In fact, last week, fully13 months aer our selecon of theKodak property, Winn Companiesonce again proposed that the Countypurchase space for the College in theSibley Building: space that is less thanhalf the size of the Kodak propertyfor 2.5 mes the purchase price. Theproject budget also raises signicantquesons regarding its compliancewith requirements for publicinstuons. In addion, this truly lasthour proposal circumvents the well-publicized, comprehensive, deliberate,and extensive review process engagedin by MCC, the County, and SUNY.MCC would not move to acquireany site if we were not condentthat we have already completed athorough due diligence process—onethat included outreach to all of ourstakeholders. And, it is fair to say thatneither the County nor SUNY wouldsign on to the acquision if they werenot condent in the process as well.MCC is a public instuon, and wetake this responsibility seriously, so wehad an independent, third party (onefamiliar with the legal requirements of public projects) analyze our opons.It is abundantly clear that purchasingand developing the Kodak property isin the best interest of our students andof taxpayers.As our students say, “It’s Timeto Move.” We are ready to moveforward to establish a permanent,aordable downtown campus that willinspire students and strengthen ourcommunity. I invite you to join us inthis excing new endeavor.If you would like to know more aboutMCC’s downtown campus at Kodak,please visit www.monroecc.edu/downtown.Sincerely,Anne M. Kress,President
EDITORIAL
An Open Letter on MCC’sProposed Downtown Campus at Kodak
 Anne Kress

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