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Will Get Fooled Again
I was reading the Arizona Daily Wildcat this afternoon in the absent-minded way that I reserve for reading that newspaper and came across a story about how the University of Arizona was planning to shut off the air conditioning to classrooms and dorms in a cost-cutting move. Yes, I got fool'd. But it says a lot about the financial situation of my institution that the story seemed completely believable to me even after someone had reminded me of today's date. News of a modest increase in College of Humanities spending, by contrast, would have immediately struck me as outlandish. These are not good times for public education.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 3rd, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Not so far from the truth. . .

In the late '90's, a (now retired) member of the U of A English faculty told me that the reason there was no hot water in the classroom buildings (despite there being hot water spigots) was b/c the hot water had been turned off during the oil crisis in '78. Once the U realized how much money they were saving, they decided not to turn the hot water back on.

So the air conditioner scenario is not at all far fetched (and totally reminds me of growing up in Phx when we used to have "brown out" days in school when the city's circuitry was overloaded, the school's AC was blown, and they had to excuse us from school or risk lawsuits for killing children with heat exhaustion).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Not so far from the truth. . .

Yeah, I bet some bean counter read that story and thought, "A-ha!" No A/C would certainly help faculty retention. . . :-)
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