Anne Ryman Arizona Republic Published 8:16 PM EDT Apr 29, 2019 A man accused of exposing and fondling himself in front of a minor was a part-time math instructor at Paradise Valley Community College. College officials said Victor Sergeevich Ochkur was adjunct faculty at the northeast Phoenix college where he taught two classes this semester. He had been employed by the Maricopa County Community College District since Aug. 14, 2004. "As soon as we learned of his arrest, we removed him from teaching and barred him from any of the campuses," Matt Hasson, a district spokesman, said. Phoenix police said Ochkur, 42, who lives in northeast Phoenix, drove up alongside a 13-year-old girl who was walking home by herself along East St. John Road from 28th Street on March 27. He stopped the gray, four-door sedan and asked her if she had a boyfriend while exposing and fondling himself, according to court records. Witnesses later … [Read more...] about Paradise Valley Community College accused of exposing himself to minor
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Phoenix — It was supposed to be a simple gesture: PGA stars Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar providing a special day for a Special Olympics athlete. But then, Amy Bockerstette, a golfer with Down syndrome, hit her tee shot in the practice round for this month's Waste Management Phoenix Open. The shot plopped in the sand. "There was a moment when Gary Woodland offered to take the ball out of the sand trap. She would have nothing of it," said her father, Joe Bockerstette. Amy had an eight-foot putt for par, and made it. The shot was met with applause — a moment Amy dreamed of. Video of the moment has now been viewed over 18 million times. Golf is Amy's passion, and she's the first athlete with Down syndrome to earn a full athletic scholarship. She now plays on the Paradise Valley Community College golf team. "People with Down syndrome have value and they bring joy," said Jenny Bockerstette, Amy's mother. "The response that we've gotten from parents of people with disabilities … [Read more...] about College athlete with Down syndrome wows pro golfers in Arizona
opinion Elvia Díaz Arizona Republic Published 10:02 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 It’s a pity that hardly anyone is paying attention to the folks vying to govern Arizona’s largest community college system, which has been marred by infighting. This election could determine the future of the 10-college system and the type of education its 200,000 students get. Yes, it’s that serious. Four seats are open on the seven-member board. Only one incumbent, Jean McGrath, is on the Nov. 6 ballot. Board member Augustine Bartning was booted because of invalid petition signatures. What's wrong with MCCCD? McGrath is among the mostly conservative governing board members who with Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick made dramatic decisions that infuriated faculty and staff: They got rid of meet-and-confer, a longstanding policy used to negotiate salaries and working conditions. They got rid of the district’s football program after the 2018 season, saying it was too … [Read more...] about Maricopa County Community College District: Who should I vote for?
The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Published 1:23 PM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Early ballots have gone out, and Election Day, Nov. 6, is just a few weeks away. The ballots are packed with choices — from candidates to ballot measures. The azcentral voter guide offers detailed information provided by candidates for each race. Here is what's on your Arizona ballot, and where you can find more information about the options. U.S. Senate: Martha McSally, a two-term Republican congresswoman from Tucson, is running against Kyrsten Sinema, a three-term Democratic congresswoman from Phoenix. U.S. House, District 1: Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran is running against Republican Wendy Rogers. U.S. House, District 2: Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is running against Republican Lea Marquez Peterson. U.S. House, District 3: Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva is running against Republican Nick Pierson. U.S. House, District 4: Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is running … [Read more...] about Arizona ballot for Election Day 2018: What’s on your ballot?
Anne Ryman Arizona Republic Published 1:04 PM EDT Oct 17, 2018 Tense relations with faculty and a decision to end junior-college football are expected to be key issues in this year's election for the Maricopa County Community College District governing board. Four seats are open on the seven-member board that oversees the state's largest community college system. Only one incumbent, Jean McGrath, is seeking re-election after board member Augustine Bartning was booted from the Nov. 6 ballot for invalid petition signatures. The election comes as relations between the governing board and faculty have become strained over the board's February decision to abolish a 40-year policy, called "meet and confer," used to negotiate faculty salaries and working conditions. That decision came shortly after college district officials announced they would end the junior college football program for financial and safety … [Read more...] about Football, faculty strife focus of Maricopa Community Colleges election