We told you recently nearly all the professors in Virginia Military Institute’s English Department had quit. Hear now from one of the profs still there.
Kurt Ayau is one of the few who remains in VMI’s English Department but he’s already let the administration know of his intention to resign, too. A VMI spokesman says the profs quit after the dean announced a curriculum change, focusing more on writing and less on literature. But Ayau says that was just the tip of the iceberg. The impetus for the change in curriculum he says, was a 2011 faculty evaluation.
While Virginia leaders would like to call the Commonwealth the most veteran-friendly state, they’re acknowledging a major problem with the number of overseas, active-duty sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who actually participate in local and national elections. And with thousands of Virginians deployed elsewhere, their absence at the polls could make a difference in election outcomes. State officials have analyzed why members of the military are not voting … and are launching an initiative to address those problems.
With heavy rainfall like we have had this year we have seen flooding throughout the area that has inundated cars. Many of these end up as salvage and are auctioned off to automobile recycling centers where not all are dismantled and sold as parts but resold to go back on the road. Flooded cars could be a good value for a wise car buyer.
George Aznavorian runs East Coast Auto Source in Bedford County and he looks for “Flood Cars".
It’s no secret that opera in America is struggling. In 2008, only eight percent of adults said they liked opera, and only two percent had been to one in the past year, but here in Virginia that could be changing thanks to summer programs designed to build the base for opera.
It’s not unusual for opera goers to give long and enthusiastic ovations – for cast members to take bow after bow, but people who love this complex art form fear their audience may not always be there.