Wednesday, September 13, 2006

USSR???

So I was helping put up recruiting flyers for our first meeting, when I happened upon a map in Dunbar Hall. Apparently, we didn't win the Cold War, Mr. Gorbachev never tore down that wall, and there never was a large African country named after a really bad Michael Crichton movie (if you know the answer to that one, sucks to be you). My question, is why does the Board of Trustees in their infinite wisdom (two words: Judith Bailey) spend money on huge state of the art chemistry and fine art buildings, landscaping, and artwork only it's mother could love (I pray they were actually all donated), while neglecting the basics like maps made after the Carter Administration, chairs that don't give you scoliosis, or how about clocks? Is it too much to put a clock in a room? "No, let's encourage students to dig through their bag to find a cell phone so they can stop paying attention to the English professor ranting about neo-post-modernism-marxism-feminism." (stick any combination of words in there, I find them all mind-numbingly boring and mentally vacuous).

I'll be serious for a moment here (Grab your North Face there Satan), the spending priorities of this university need to change, and hopefully a new president will bring some sanity and common sense to the table. $300 dollars for a parking permit is highway robbery, and all these funding increases so we can drop majors and departments faster than a senior taking Holistics 1000. Next time your professor has to explain to a freshman why the big long squiggly country "over there" is not actually the USSR but Russia, take a look at the big screen TVs in the Bernhard Center explaining how to turn a pop-up blocker off, and hopefully you'll feel better knowing your and your parents hard earned money is in good hands...

3 comments:

Andrea M. said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. I'd talk to Devon B. about the state of the desks, he wrote former President Bailey a nice note about the state of the desks in Sangren. I'm sure he still has a copy.

Allan said...

Flyering is a great way to get to know campus. That's how I found the palace known as the College of Health and Human Services. Now I know what Bailey did with all our money.

Adam said...

Although I do think the price of parking is screwed up... the reason its so high is to deter some people from getting them. There just isn't enough parking on campus to satisfy the demand.