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Re: “Dogs and Ponies

She may want to be a Congress"Man" but if Diane Black were a true conservative she and her rivals would drop this whole thing and get back to the kitchen where they belong and prepare themselves for some pussy grabbin'.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 10/28/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Ground Breaks on the University of Memphis' New Music Center

Of course with the truly crappy condition and quality of area schools, the campus must be flooded with out of state and foreign students to justify UM's existence. And what says Memphis more than music and pointless construction.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 10/28/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Radio Silence: Rep. Holt on Las Vegas, NCRM on Bernice King's Anti-Gay Stance

I guess OJ wasn't available.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 10/28/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Radio Silence: Rep. Holt on Las Vegas, NCRM on Bernice King's Anti-Gay Stance

its so sad that a black has no idea about her fathers work. First of all, she never even knew her father. Secondly, she supports the EXACT SAME people who denied blacks equality in the 60s!! WTF is wrong with her? Coretta, who knew her husband best, said MLK Jr would 100% support gays. Shameful indeed.

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Posted by NormanDostal on 10/27/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Pontotoc opening next week on South Main

Don't leave out the 70s and 80s,90s jazz please,keep it cool ok !!

Posted by AKM 778 on 10/26/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Memphis: America's Fattest City

So many men in this comment thread with tiny penises. Sad!

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Re: “Memphis: America's Fattest City

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Re: “Marsha Blackburn’s “Unintended Consequences”

"She is a horribly stupid, corrupt, inept, idiotic, scumbag" ... No need to qualify it or add her to the swamp...

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Posted by Terry R. Kirby on 10/26/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

DavidAlGregory ,

It's very expensive to take over a college. The University of Memphis has spent around 9 million on it's Lambuth campus in Jackson, Tennessee, which appears to be mostly deferred maintenance on existing buildings. [1] I imagine a college like Lambuth did what ever it took to stay open and pay it's staff, fixing the HVAC system might have been a second thought. I imagine MCA has similar issues, so any institution who takes them over must be careful.

But if done correctly, a University can certainly benefit. The University of Memphis has had impressive enrollment growth of around 300% at the Lambuth campus. And it's certainly an economic benefit to West Tennessee that Jackson has an affordable public institution. But it's taken 5 years to get that campus up and running, and probably be another 5 years before it's at full capacity. This is certainly a long term multiple decade process.

So here's the problem. There's going to be a baby bust around 2028. [2] It won't be that bad in Tennessee. But it's going to have a national impact, especially in the Midwest. It's going to take a school with a large endowment to save MCA, and withstand the impact of the baby bust.

The only schools that have an endowment large enough to take over MCA would be Rhodes or Memphis. CBU is facing many of the same issues that were facing Lambuth and MCA. CBU doesn't have a large endowment, and is dependent on enrollment to keep it's doors open. It's certainly a peer. But CBU did the smart thing in 2010, and hired a new president who certainly knows what he is doing. While, CBU did hit a 20 year low in enrollment in 2013 with 1,156 undergraduate students. [4] It appears they have turned the corner. I have heard they had their largest freshman class ever this year. But still, it would be a large risk for them. They currently are already in a capital campaign, and they are doing a lot of work on their main campus. More specifically, they just built or in the process of building a new art building.

I think Rhodes make the most sense. In the article, I linked above about the increase in college closures. [3] If you look at the actual Moody's report, they list around 20 schools that are performing the best despite the trends. Rhodes was one of those school. Their leadership has done an absolutely fantastic job over the years. They have a good sized endowment, and there main campus is conveniently located next to the park.

The University of Memphis certainly could afford to take over the school. But the distance from the main campus is certainly a problem. If this was Audubon Park, Yes absolutely. The city should probably have them more involved in Audubon Park. MCA was a benefit to Overton Park. The University of Memphis could be the same to Audubon Park.

But either way, just because they can do it. It doesn't mean they should. Here's an article about the same exact situation in Massachusetts between a merger of an art school and a public university that failed. [5] But here's an example of a successful merger. [6]

I hope that helps.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 10/26/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “New Names on the Marquee

Harold Ford Jr could not tell you how to get to the University of Memphis if he were standing on the Highland Strip. He is the worst kind of political creature- a Republican pretending to be a Democrat just long enough to con you out of your vote.

He could do us all a favor and switch parties.

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Posted by DavidAlGregory on 10/25/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Amazon Prime-time

I think part of the drive to have a second HQ was quality of life for Amazon employees. Seattle has gotten very expensive and that Amazon payroll will buy you a far higher quality of life in low cost Memphis than most any other city in the nation.

As to the educated workforce, the jobs will draw the necessary people.

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Posted by DavidAlGregory on 10/25/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

So why can't the College become part of CBU, Rhodes or University of Memphis rather than let it go away?

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Posted by DavidAlGregory on 10/25/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

Too bad, I enjoyed walk-in in to check out the exhibits once every season or so. But this isnt necessarily a bad thing for MEMPHIS long-term. There are still quality fine-art programs at our Memphis, Rhodes, and CBU, so its not like Memphis will stop educating artists. As far as the building, maybe thats just an opportunity to open something accessible to more of the community. Same with the Brooks, which I think we should emphasize is just moving location, not shutting down. Personally, although I live in Midtown, Id love to see ithe Brooks downtown. I went to school downtown for three years, and that space is surprisingly dead right now.

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Posted by Jake Brown on 10/25/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Environmental Groups: TVA Should Should Not Use Wells Until Full Investigation

You can read the letter from SELC, including the independent geologist's report, as well as the full Remedial Investigation Plan at…

Posted by Scott Banbury on 10/25/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

William S. Paley,

This isn't a Memphis issue. [3] Anyone blaming the city, or it's people, for this is beyond ignorant.

You do know that Aquinas College in Nashville fired 90% of it's staff this year in a downsizing right? [1] Or that this happen in Omaha, Nebraska this month as well? [2]

This is due to mismanagement by a private board. It has NOTHING to due with our city.

You are the loser. Move to Nashville. Get stuck in a real estate bubble.

Just stop using your "codes" here. We aren't stupid. We know what you mean.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 10/25/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

There is no reason for this. I don't trust these Conservancys. Next thing you know, the Academy will be someone's home with Overton Park for their front yard. Give the Art School all those tax grants that you give new businesses, and leave it alone. Just tell the public how to get to its elevator, downstairs.

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Posted by Karen E. Francis on 10/25/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “#25 Memphis 42, Houston 38

One word...EPIC!

Posted by hsvtiger1 on 10/25/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

what do you expect? Typical Memphis...and Memphians wonder why Nashville, is laughing at us...MCA was a train wreck...Bad real estate purchases, Questionable debt, Slowly laying off Top tier teachers..High COSTS to Attend...followed by shrinking enrollment...and this is what you end up with...The President and the MCA Board deserve a big FAT 'F' for failure..Welcome to LOSERVILLE.

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Posted by William S. Paley on 10/25/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Memphis College of Art to Close

Yet another nail in our fair city's coffin. (sigh)

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Posted by Laura Salovitch on 10/25/2017 at 2:49 AM

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