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All University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, faculty, and staff will be able to ride Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses for free Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21.

UCCS and Mountain Metro have teamed up to provide students, faculty, and staff free public transportation for one week. The program is intended to introduce newcomers to the local bus system and highlight how affordable, convenient, and sustainable taking the bus can be. UCCS is offering free travel training classes and local business, Poor Richards, is offering a 10% discount at all four of its businesses to UCCS riders for the entire week. Students, faculty, and staff simply need to show a valid I.D. card.

“This is a great way to introduce local bus service to the students, faculty and staff here at UCCS”, said Jim Spice, executive director of parking and transportation for UCCS. “Using the Mountain Metro bus system to get to school, downtown, shopping, and local attractions is an important transportation option for our community.”

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 39 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,300 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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Fountain Creek Nature Center is vying for a "Geenie Award".

You can vote for them in the "Community" category (one of 5).

Start here; http://posting.csindy.com/coloradosprings/Survey?survey=3636982

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The Griffis/Blessing retail portfolio continues to grow in with the addition of Vickers Place in central Colorado Springs. VIG Alliance, LLC has selected Griffis/Blessing, Inc to provide property management services for the 20,400-square foot retail center anchored by Allstate and Happy Hounds.

The Commercial Property Services Group team of Rita Dugan, ACoM, Portfolio Manager, Elizabeth Miller, Portfolio Assistant, and Cindy Colby, Property Accountant, will handle the day-to-day operations.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with local owner in enhancing the tenant experience and showing our experience in managing struggling retail centers,” says Senior Vice President Richard K. Davidson, CPM®. “This assignment has increased our retail management footprint to over one million square feet.”

Southern Colorado’s largest property manager of commercial and multifamily properties, Griffis/Blessing is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. The organization currently manages over 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.

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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity joins national movement in April to address affordable housing needs.

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One in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing or medical care. In El Paso County, we have one of the fastest rental rate increases in the country, and to afford a two-bedroom rental at fair market value of $950, a family needs an annual salary of $34,234 which is nearly $15,000 greater than full-time employment at minimum wage. To address the critical need for affordable housing in our community and across the country, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International aimed at highlighting the critical need for decent, affordable shelter throughout the month of April.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Pikes Peak Habitat ReStore during this season of spring cleaning to donate and recycle items. Donated items stay out of landfills, are repurposed by shoppers, and all proceeds from sales support Habitat for Humanity in building more houses. And now the ReStore offers recycling for metal and procelain items, including broken appliances.

“We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role positively influencing education, health and financial opportunities for families and individuals,” said Kris Medina, Executive Director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. “Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive, and yet many in El Paso County still live in inadequate housing conditions. We invite our community in joining us in April and help us partner with even more homeowners in need of a hand up and a decent place to call home.”

Founded in 1986 Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is one of 27 affiliates in Colorado, and is currently developing Country Living, a 34-lot neighborhood in Fountain, Colorado. Building on average six to eight homes every year, Pikes Peak Habitat has assisted 151 families in achieving permanent housing in El Paso County.

To learn how to get involved with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org.

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The average American has little knowledge of the extent to which our institutions of higher learning have been infected with a spreading cancer. One aspect of that cancer is akin to the loyalty oaths of the 1940s and '50s. Professors were often required to sign statements that affirmed their loyalty to the United States government plus swear they were not members of any organizations, including the Communist Party USA, that sought the overthrow of the United States government. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down loyalty oaths as a condition of employment in 1964.

Today we're seeing the re-emergence of the mentality that gave us loyalty oaths, in the form of mandating that faculty members write "diversity statements," especially as part of hiring and promotion procedures. They are forced to pledge allegiance to the college's diversity agenda. For example, the University of California, San Diego requires that one's "Contributions to Diversity Statement" describe one's "past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC San Diego's mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population (http://tinyurl.com/mm6vzzq)." George Leef, director of research at The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, has written an article titled "Loyalty Oaths Return with Faculty 'Diversity Statements'" (http://tinyurl.com/mxy363c). His article documents the growing trend of mandated faculty diversity statements -- such as that !
 at Virginia Tech, in which "candidates should include a list of activities that promote or contribute to inclusive teaching, research, outreach, and service."

College diversity agendas are little more than a call for ideological conformity. Diversity only means racial, sex and sexual orientation quotas. In pursuit of this agenda, colleges spend billions of dollars on offices of diversity and inclusion, diversity classes, and diversity indoctrination. The last thing that diversity hustlers want is diversity in ideas. By the way, the next time you hear a college president boasting about how diverse his college is, ask him how many Republican faculty members there are in his journalism, psychology, English and sociology departments. In many cases, there is none, and in others, the ratio of Democrats to Republicans might be 20-to-1. Nearly 100 percent of political campaign contributions from liberal arts faculty go to Democrats. At Cornell University, for example, 97 percent of contributions from faculty went to Democrats. At Georgetown University, it was 96 percent.

A study by my George Mason University colleague Daniel B. Klein, along with Charlotta Stern, titled "Professors and Their Politics: The Policy Views of Social Scientists" (http://tinyurl.com/qxne3db), concluded: "The academic social sciences are pretty much a one-party system. Were the Democratic tent broad, the one-party system might have intellectual diversity. But the data show almost no diversity of opinion among the Democratic professors when it comes to the regulatory, redistributive state: they like it. Especially when it comes to the minimum wage, workplace-safety regulation, pharmaceutical regulation, environmental regulation, discrimination regulation, gun control, income redistribution, and public schooling."
 

The fascist college trend that we are witnessing today is by no means new. As early as 1991, Yale University President Benno Schmidt warned: "The most serious problems of freedom of expression in our society today exist on our campuses. The assumption seems to be that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and to liberate the mind."

What diversity oaths seek is to maintain political conformity among the faculty indoctrinating our impressionable, intellectually immature young people. Vladimir Lenin said, "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." That's the goal of the leftist teaching agenda.

You might ask, "Williams, what can be done?" Parents, donors and legislatures need to stop being lazy. Check to see whether a college has diversity mandates for faculty. Check to see whether campus speakers have been disinvited. College administrators have closed minds about their diversity agenda, but there's nothing more effective in opening up closed minds than the sound of pocketbooks snapping shut.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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