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The week that the county squashed the city's "arts" dream, Maitland wondered what art was, cops and firemen got angry and Full Sail became a full male

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got a hose?: Area fire and police officers await the Gov.'s fiscal hydrant

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pterrible:DPAC gets its ass handed to it by the county, then pretends it all came out of nowhere


Amid last month's ominous headlines of "pension timebombs," we spoke with John Park, a corporal with the Orange County sheriff's office and president of the Central Florida Police Benevolent Association, the group that is bargaining with the county on behalf of the police officers. Park said that fears of unsustainable pensions are overblown, and if cuts needed to happen, legislators should look elsewhere. "We have no opposition to tweaking the whole plan, but [we don't support] putting it on the backs of those who haven't had raises in years and have skyrocketing health care costs," he told us. "I don't think we should start contributing to our plans when we don't get paid that much to begin with."

 

Time to be a rock star, then. Somewhere between Egypt, Tiger Moms and Mark Zuckerberg, TIME magazine found the space to shine the spotlight on Full Sail University for, oh we dunno, BEING A GRAMMY FACTORY. From the piece:

"With a 191-acre campus that features a back lot, soundstages and 110 studios packed with dazzling equipment, could it be the best-kept secret in higher ed?"

In the relatively short profile, author Ada Calhoun hits the major pros and cons we've all heard a million times in Orlando: "Full Male," for-profit rip-off, state-of-the-art facilities, etc. The weird part is she quotes Phil Tan, one of Full Sail's Hall of Fame superstars, then posits him as if he's only recently found success. (And the drummer for the Crazy Carls as a cited source? Weird.)

But that's nitpicking. The angle is a great one, and the success of its graduates is a major source of pride for the school: Every single one of this year's Grammy nominees for Album of the Year was mixed or engineered by a Full Sail grad. So congrats to Full Sail, which happens to employ at least two former/current editors of Orlando Weekly and many members of the local arts community. FTW!

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