Robert Rowling doesn’t need your money. In 2018, Forbes magazine ranked the owner of TRT Holdings, which in turn owns the Gold's Gym and Omni Hotels chains, at number 107 on its 2018 list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $5.8 billion. Over the years, he’s doled out mega-millions to conservative causes, including $6 million to Karl Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads.And yet, Arizona State University president Michael Crow is intent on indirectly gifting the Republican hotelier $21 million in tax breaks as part of a deal allowing Rowling to build a 30,000-square-foot conference center on university land at the southeast corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue.The deal, which both the Tempe City Council and the Arizona Board of Regents have signed off on, allows Omni to take advantage of ASU’s tax-exempt status and rake in the cash. It’s money that might otherwise have gone to fund K-12 and community colleges.Ever the … [Read more...] about Mark Brnovich Aims to End Michael Crow’s Crony Capitalism, and That’s a Good Thing
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Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 7:41 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Arizona State University President Michael Crow was awarded $150,000 in bonuses by the Arizona Board of Regents Thursday, the largest amount of the three state university presidents. The bonuses, called "at-risk compensation" by the regents, stem from various goals and reports Crow was required to complete at the regents' request, some this year and some over the course of several years. He also received an increase in contributions to his retirement plan of about $20,000 per year, bringing the amount put into his retirement account each year to nearly $145,000. The bonuses come about four months after Crow received a 15 percent raise in his base pay, bringing his total annual compensation to more than $1.1 million, which includes housing and vehicle allowances and supplemental pay from the ASU Foundation. RELATED: ASU President Crow drops in pay ranking among public-college … [Read more...] about ASU President Crow gets $150K bonus, NAU, UA leaders get $35k
Angela Forburger Arizona Republic Published 7:27 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 Moving carts filled to the brim with suitcases and room decor, music blasting down the street and hundreds of students eager for the school year to begin — it's move-in day. Taylor Place at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus hosted its move-in event Friday, welcoming students to the start of a new school year. "I've lived here my whole life, in the same house, so this is my first time moving out," said Jenna Clark, a freshman nursing student from Chandler. "I'm ready." Located at Second and Taylor streets, the residential community houses primarily freshmen students studying at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. For students like Clark, the move isn't far, but it's still monumental. "I'm really excited to live on my own and do stuff for myself," Clark said. Parents of freshmen students often … [Read more...] about Arizona State University students move into downtown Phoenix dorms
By Heide Janssen | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm | UPDATED: June 16, 2017 at 10:06 am We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 214 instrumental music students. Some plan to go to work and some are taking a gap year, but most are off to college, to study everything from instrumental performance to elementary education to computer science. We’ve listed them by the school they will attend, including their major and minor fields of study, statements about how the arts have influenced their plans, and their reason for choosing the institute they’ll be headed to. $ = scholarship received Ashley Teves, Tesoro – UC Irvine: computer science (Photo courtesy of Ashley Teves)Michael Gonzales, Huntington Beach – Cal State Fullerton: business administration (Photo courtesy of Michael Gonzales) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEmily Hong, Capistrano Valley – Harvard … [Read more...] about Where are 2017 Orange County instrumental music students going to college?
Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 When Jaziel Olmeda returns to community college this month, his tuition will be triple what it was last fall. He's been through worse. The 19-year-old Phoenix College sophomore has survived leukemia three times. He made it through two bone marrow transplants, numerous rounds of chemotherapy. And he finished high school on time. Now, his future is uncertain again, albeit to a lesser degree. While Olmeda attends college less than a mile from his high school alma mater, Metro Tech High School, he’s blocked from paying in-state tuition rates. "After everything that I have been through, everything I accomplished, it’s all just going to be taken away from me because our lawmakers believe I shouldn’t be eligible for in-state, or I shouldn’t be eligible to follow my dreams?" Olmeda said. Olmeda is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, … [Read more...] about After tuition ruling, Arizona Dreamers face uncertainty about education future