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'Whatever it takes' Governor charges new task force with saving The College of Santa Fe

There are 80 comments on the SantaFeNewMexican.com story from Mar 24, 2009, titled 'Whatever it takes' Governor charges new task force with saving The College of Santa Fe. In it, SantaFeNewMexican.com reports that:

Photo: College of Santa Fe student Irina Zerkin, left, and Scott Seldin, a professor and adviser, cheer along with a crowd of CSF supporters at a news conference Tuesday in the O'Shaughnessy Performance Space in the schoola TMs Benildus Hall.

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Since: Mar 09

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Mar 24, 2009
Seriously, the College of Santa Fe campus would make a wonderful location for a Homeopathic Asylum. god knows all the good psychiatrists in Santa Fe are booked solid for the next 2 years. This is a very sustainable business and would be a dynamic incubator for more of the species of visual art which is becoming increasingly pandemic to Santa Fe--the type that takes about 15 minutes, 3 buckets of paint, a mop, one broom, one donkey's tail, and a close art promoter friend's palm greased with a little loot to "succeed".
Rob Low not Rob Lowe

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Mar 24, 2009
What we really need on the CSF campus property is an IKEA, California Pizza Kitchen, and Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cooking store. That's your public/private partnership right there. A decent hotel, gas station/breakfast burrito restaurant combo, and a MVD Office would top it all off.
Gandalf

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Mar 24, 2009
I can't understand how New Mexican leaders allowed a functioning college, with faculty and students, to disintegrate when education is (supposedly) a critical element in improving the future. NM is a stupid state and it now looks like it will get more stupid as a result of incompetence and inaction.

Companies which evaluate places to invest always look for good educational infrastructure as a sign that the area has a high respect for education and will be a high-quality place to locate their employees. It also looks for a good supply of skills in the workforce. This is a major blow for Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Our leaders have flunked a basic IQ test.
Nancy Wasser

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Mar 24, 2009
As an undergraduate of CSF and a graduate of the teacher certification program, the bilingual certification program and the TESOL certification program,all at College of Santa Fe, I weigh in on the side of Mayor Coss's remarks about keeping the arts focus but also considering other emphases. Santa Fe needs a good teacher ed program. It is imperative for our community to continue to maintain and improve the quality of our educational delivery system. Well educated teachers produce well educated students.
Puebloman

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Mar 24, 2009
Do you really think the legislature will have more money to play with during the special session? By then, it will become painfully obvious that there just won't be the money to fund this zombie institution....even more obvious than it is now. Pull the plug already. It is cruel and unusual punishment to keep stringing the students and staff along like this. Richardson just wants to look like the good guy who tried everything in his power to save the terminal patient. Ali McGraw is actually going to have something to say of any consequence in any decision making when it comes to the budget? Give me a break! This task force reeks of "let's all help cover Bill's a** and make ourselves look important in the process"! Pull the plug! Where is Jack Kevorkian when you need him!(By the way, I grant all the bleeding hearts out there permission to judge me negatively with your little icons. They mean as much as your wishing upon a star that CSF will survive.)
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#6 Mar 25, 2009
Thornburg can run the CSF straight into the ground with the same misguided strategies that he used at Thornburg Mortgage.
Susan Fletcher

Aberdeen, UK

#7 Mar 25, 2009
Who is willing to put money into a dying college which has been badly managed financially for years and years. Look at the timeline published in this paper some time ago. The writing was on the wall since at least the year 2000. Please put the taxpayer's money into something more urgent.
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#8 Mar 25, 2009
Maybe Garrett can take any money that CSF has left and invest it in CDOs or TMA stock at .75 per share. They will make a fortune.
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Mar 25, 2009
I hear that Dick Fuld and Bernie Madoff would be available to serve on this committee.
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#10 Mar 25, 2009
Heck get Rebeca Vigil-Giron, She knows a thing or two about misappropriating Federal funds.

P.S. Fat Bill, no more cowboy commercials you can't shoot straight.
Rat Watcher

Los Alamos, NM

#11 Mar 25, 2009
This is Fatty Bill Richardson's way to bow out gracefully by turning the fate of the college over to a band of misfits while receiving wild applause from people dumb enough to believe he actually cares. This is all done in view of a Legislature that claims to care about education but whose House is run by a speaker who is more concerned about patronage than the future of the state. What a charade.
kuklinsi

Mansfield Center, CT

#13 Mar 25, 2009
one more small tube added to the failing
life support system.
Laurel Summerfield

Bethesda, MD

#14 Mar 25, 2009
What are you people thinking? We live in Northern Virginia and have made numerous trips to NM with the intent of moving there within the next year or two. You folks have absolutely no idea how fortunate you are to have the College of Santa Fe in your state. We live in one of the busiest and most diverse areas of the country, and we would give anything to have a gem like CSF here. There is no college in the country that offers what CSF does for students drawn to the arts, as our daughter has sadly discovered through this unfortunate situation. Dozens of hours of research and 12 college visits later, believe me when I say that you have in your state the most desirable college we have been able to uncover. So could you please stop bitching and making fun of it and criticizing Richardson, and just appreciate what you've got?
Paolo

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Mar 25, 2009
CSF is a great school and its faculty never failed the Students!! Its administration, starting mainly with President Hansen were more interested in making themselves look good on paper than about what is best for the long run of the College.
Suzan.......what could be more important, urgent than having a four year College in the State capital? And as the governor put it, Colleges aren't supposed to Compete for students but rather work Together to offer Greater Opportunities!
Puebloman, Ali McGraw is one of the most Caring, Wonderful and Beautiful woman around. She has way more intelligence in her little pinky than what you possibly can accumulate in your lifetime!!
The College is perfectly sustainable as a Teaching institution, let the Hansen and Lombardi give back some of the money they took from CSF to help repay the debt it currently have.
Intercultural

Santa Fe, NM

#16 Mar 25, 2009
What a bunch of nonsense. But if nonsense is the way to go, then why not make the college a massive multi-million dollar train station. There's always money for the train.
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#17 Mar 25, 2009
But but but its a blue ribbon commission and FB is calling the legislature back so they can not do all the things they did not finish in the regular session. The Rio Chama should give FB a big contribution.
FB, if you run for anything again think about a Star Wars commercial, Jabba the Hut would work good for you.
joeblo is

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Mar 25, 2009
in desperate need of one.
joeblo

Santa Fe, NM

#19 Mar 25, 2009
Laurel Summerfield wrote:
What are you people thinking? We live in Northern Virginia and have made numerous trips to NM with the intent of moving there within the next year or two. You folks have absolutely no idea how fortunate you are to have the College of Santa Fe in your state. We live in one of the busiest and most diverse areas of the country, and we would give anything to have a gem like CSF here. There is no college in the country that offers what CSF does for students drawn to the arts, as our daughter has sadly discovered through this unfortunate situation. Dozens of hours of research and 12 college visits later, believe me when I say that you have in your state the most desirable college we have been able to uncover. So could you please stop bitching and making fun of it and criticizing Richardson, and just appreciate what you've got?
On behalf of the Ambassador, welcome to the Banana Republic. Be sure to bring your SUV, golf clubs, and of course your wallet.
Susan Stephens

Santa Fe, NM

#20 Mar 25, 2009
Thornburg doesn't need to run CSF into the ground, as they did a good job all by themselves. In as much as it would be a shame to lose a college, it is beyond rational that any institution could accrue the staggering debt..attesting to incredible poor management over time and expect to be bailed out. Do some homework and check out the balance sheets of other small private liberal arts colleges and you will see immediately that even though they are working with less they manage to stay in the black. Clearly it was not and is not sustainable and the fact the no other institution wants to assume the debt load says it all. If the college were truly sustainable, it would find itself where it is now.And Laurel Summerfield you clearly have not done your homework. There are several equally good and solvent schools.
Paolo

Santa Fe, NM

#21 Mar 25, 2009
Intercultural wrote:
What a bunch of nonsense. But if nonsense is the way to go, then why not make the college a massive multi-million dollar train station. There's always money for the train.
Yes and No.........We do need More Trains, the Nonsense is You.
Now....if you want to make a comment.........stick to the subject at hand.

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