Point Park University http://wesa.fm en Organizers Hope Point Park Is Just The First to Unionize http://wesa.fm/post/organizers-hope-point-park-just-first-unionize <p>Point Park University Adjunct Facility have voted to unionize and the administration seems to be ready to let that happen.&nbsp;</p><p>“This is long over due,” said PPU adjunct English and French teacher Rebecca Taksel.&nbsp; “We adjuncts… have been marginalized for so long.”</p><p>Following the 172-79 vote, the University responded with a written statement, which read in part,</p><p>“We are pleased that so many adjunct faculty members took the time to make their voices heard on this important issue. We respect the decision made by those eligible to vote and look forward to working with all faculty members to fulfill Point Park’s mission of educating the next generation.”</p><p>The university had originally fought the unionization effort run by the United Steel Workers.&nbsp;</p><p>“As soon as we are officially recognized next Wednesday (July 2) we will be sending them (University administrators) a letter asking them for dates for bargaining,” said USW organizer Randa Ruge who thinks they will be able to negotiate better pay for the workers. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:35:57 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 31633 at http://wesa.fm Organizers Hope Point Park Is Just The First to Unionize In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-new-economy-organized-labor-reorganizes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like any English professor, Clint Benjamin spends a lot of his time grading papers.</span></p><p>“There’s a mountain – a teetering Matterhorn of papers at the end of the weekend, or during the week,” Benjamin said. “You’ve just gotta get through them.”</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 30504 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson http://wesa.fm/post/bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson <p>“Sex, democracy and rock ‘n’ roll” take the stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse this weekend when the colorful life of our nation’s seventh president is performed in the rock musical <a href="http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/current-season/conservatory-theatre-company/bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson"><em>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</em>. </a></p><p>The show’s director, Michael McKelvey, says the show portrays the leader in a time where the “true” roots of democracy dominated the political sphere.</p><p>McKelvey relates that power and democracy became a sort of drug for Jackson and he became obsessed with relating to his constituents and trying to appease every voice. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:47:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24722 at http://wesa.fm Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors http://wesa.fm/post/chair-one-movie-script-one-city-two-directors <p>One feature film, two directors, a pool of equal resources and the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>This is the premise of a new <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/01/14/Star-local-groups-back-The-Chair-film-project/stories/201401140046">documentary series</a> titled <em>The Chair</em> starting production this month.</p><p>Chris Moore, creator of <em>Project Greenlight</em> and producer of movies such as <em>Good Will Hunting</em> and <em>Promised Land</em>, developed the idea for the series.</p><p>Moore has reached out to directors Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci to see what direction a single production can take under <a href="http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2014/01/13/the_chair_reality_tv_series_from_chris_moore_and_zachary_quinto.html">different directors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:58:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24602 at http://wesa.fm The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors Business Lessons Learned in Gettysburg http://wesa.fm/post/business-lessons-learned-gettysburg <p>Even though the battle of Gettysburg was fought more than 150 years ago, <a href="http://www.pointpark.edu/Academics/Schools/Business">Point Park University</a> business professor George Bromall says there are lessons to be learned from that war, which are still relevant today. Lessons of supply and demand, transportation, construction, and more.</p><p>Through a class titled Business History Perspectives, professor Bromall takes groups of undergraduates to the battlefields of Gettysburg to teach the importance of adaptive leadership. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:27:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23833 at http://wesa.fm Business Lessons Learned in Gettysburg Patrick Cassidy Does OKLAHOMA! His Own Way http://wesa.fm/post/patrick-cassidy-does-oklahoma-his-own-way <p>Broadway star Patrick Cassidy is in town directing the musical OKLAHOMA! at <a href="http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/">Point Park University</a>.&nbsp; He's been in show business his entire life thanks to his famous mother, actress <a href="http://www.shirleyjones.com/">Shirley Jones</a>. She starred in the film version of OKLAHOMA!</p><p>While one might think Cassidy would be tempted to get input from his mother about directing the stage version, he says “I haven’t asked her one question.”</p><p>Jones says she's willing to help her son, but understands that he wants to take a different approach with the Rodgers &amp; Hammerstein production. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:12:02 +0000 Nick Frost 17767 at http://wesa.fm Patrick Cassidy Does OKLAHOMA! His Own Way