Saturday, November 11, 2006

College President Asks for Even More

Here is an article that details how the University of Arkansas is paying a Buddhist Monk to come teach courses on Buddhism. The fellow and one of his students have been provided taxpayer funded space in Old Main to perform a Buddhist ritual. They are making a "mandala", and elaborate and beautiful glass circle that is constructed in an elaborate and time consuming manner. There is also a picture. It really is a beautiful work of art regardless of your faith.

After it is constructed, the pagan professer will then smash the elaboratley-constructed work of art as a symbol for the impermanance of life. I'll stick with a religious tradition that celebrates life and has a bias toward human progress- we leave our stained glass windows unbroken and try to spend our days in more optimistic and productive efforts than making and then smashing art. The gross economic dispartiy in Christian-tradition vs. Buddhist/Hindu-tradition societies is not surprising.

The college chancellor who has helped fund this effort is not wasting any of his time either. He has come out today calling for the legislature to give him more funding. This is right after they won a bond issue that will distrubte an additional $150 million to the state's higher ed system on top of the money that they already get. Their bond-issue victory was won with the help of the establishment media of this state. They printed article after article in which the colleges made their case for the bond money but in those articles refused to print even a single sentence from anyone who was against the measure.

The fellow, Alan White, wants to expand facilites, I guess so that we can provide more college graduates to other states since we don't have an economy big enough to use more here. He knows that few people are left that would be willing to pay their own money to attend his institution, but he wants increased funding for "needs scholarships" so that they can do so with other people's money. Say you need more money for buildings to expand capacity, while at the same time ask for more money to pay people to come and expand enrollement. Hmmmm.

I don't have what it takes to be a college big-wig, which more and more looks like greed, nerve, and a vast sense of entitlement to the earnings of my fellow citizens.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fellow, Alan White, wants to expand facilites, I guess so that we can provide more college graduates to other states since we don't have an economy big enough to use more here.

Other states? Try other countries. There's hardly any American graduate students anymore. And undergraduate enrollment was down this year.

White just wants to build monuments to himself, and the Board is all too happy to throw these superfluous structures up without concern as to who is going to pay for their maintenance. And why should they be concerned? The voters keep voting for bonds and for liberals who will raise taxes to pay for such "necessities."

10:29 AM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was all for the bond. But making and breaking stained glass windows seems a bit...stupid. Perhaps the Leg. could send a message about the impermanence of funding by shattering this window idea.

11:12 AM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, state-funded Buddhist rituals are going to help Arkansas taxpayers... just how?

12:17 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stadiums, "education" subsidies, corporate handouts-- it seems that the flimsiest arguments for what could conceivably benefit the taxpayer-- however indirect and impossible to quantify-- justifies unlimited spending in our day.

12:21 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the "impermanence of funding" comment was good. Ha ha!

12:23 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark,

I am willing to bet that you don't even pay taxes because you don't own your own home. And... because nobody in their right mind would hire you for a legitimately paid job, you certainly don't earn enough to pay taxes.

You're probably gay, too. Adopted a foster child illegaly. And have illegal immigrants moving your lawn a couple of times per year.

Isn't that always the case?

4:35 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm willing to bet that you work for the government.

4:59 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article:

"It doesn’t matter how beautiful, nothing lasts forever"

Kind of like the Republican control of the House, Senate, and Arkansas eh?

7:59 PM, November 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans never controlled much of anything in Arkansas. This state's in the mess it's in because of a perpetual Democrat reign.

It's too bad the U.S. House was turned over, though. But as far as the Senate goes, I refuse to act saddened. It was little more than a rubberstamp for a sorry president-- at a time when we needed them to be more vigilant than ever.

12:37 PM, November 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you on everything except for the part about Bush being a sorry president. Not everything he's done I have agreed with. I honestly think he hasn't been strong enough in standing up to the Democrats. But as far as the war on terror and the economy, he has been excellent. If Slick Willie would have been even half as concerned as President Bush has been with protecting this country, we probably wouldn't have had 9/11 happen. But thanks to the REAL sorry president, Slick Willie, we were attacked because of his 8 years of inaction.

8:14 PM, November 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It doesn’t matter how beautiful, nothing lasts forever"

Kind of like the Republican control of the House, Senate, and Arkansas eh?"

Or....the current Democrat control of the House, Senate and Arkansas. That won't last forever either. COUNT ON IT.

8:15 PM, November 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I am willing to bet that you don't even pay taxes because you don't own your own home. And... because nobody in their right mind would hire you for a legitimately paid job, you certainly don't earn enough to pay taxes.

You're probably gay, too. Adopted a foster child illegaly. And have illegal immigrants moving your lawn a couple of times per year."

And I'm willing to bet that you're a moron. Certainly looks like it to me from your comments.

8:17 PM, November 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is, without a doubt, a sorry president. When he's finally gone from office, perhaps you'll be unbiased enough to admit it.

As far as his "legacy"- the war on 'terror' (whatever that means), he took advantage of events that resulted from a lax immigration policy (which remains lax still today) to bog us down in an irrelevant and patently unsuccessful endeavor in nation building. He is more of an anti-America New World Order clown than Clinton ever dreamed of being.

5:16 AM, November 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree- 4:35 is a moron.

7:16 AM, November 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John White wants more money to hire more over-paid administrators. Before any legislator votes to increase funding for higher education, they should ask White to get on his knees and explain why he needs so many bureaucrats to do the job he was hired to do, why he has cut the number of faculty positions, and why he needs a taxpayer financed chauffeur to haul his sorry self around Fayetteville on game days.

8:31 AM, November 13, 2006  

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