Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Calvin pissing on Pike

 I stole these from VM's facebook.  I thought the rally was a good thing.  Of course the outrage against the pepper-spraying is warranted.  I wish I saw more activism and outrage about fee hikes and tuition increases.  And cops who make $114,000.
Tonight! Nacho Business, Wet Illustrated and Touchez at Bows!  Bows is such a rad place to see a show.  I love it.  And they start pretty close to ontime, folks.

8 comments:

Liv Moe said...

I'm a big fan of this one even though I don't get the DiCaprio reference.

http://gawker.com/5861431/uc-davis-pepper-spray-cop-is-now-a-meme/gallery/5

Anonymous said...

"I wish I saw more activism and outrage about fee hikes and tuition increases." - Amen! At this point, is there any actual public/state of California funding going into the UC System? It seems like the decline of it actually being a public institution started with Pete Wilson's first fee hikes.

Anonymous said...

The decline started when Reagan was governor. He made it a tuition-based system while before that it was free for all California residents.

Anonymous said...

It's notable that Reagan saw the protest movement on college campuses as a break down of law and order and famously called for a crackdown. "If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement!" When the Kent State shootings happened, he had to walk that back a little bit.

That said, I have to get way too wonky for this thread and disagree with the premise that pricing higher education was a bad policy that began the decline of our UC system. Giving away a resource in high demand for free comes with costs, too. Take a drive on the I-80 at 8 AM to see this principal in action. Pricing higher education and subsidizing disadvantage students was how California squared the circle of giving all the baby boomers a quality education (i.e., rising demand for a limited resource) while maintaining opportunities for poor students.

The problem of rising tuition is partly the fault of California's budget woes and partly the fault of something mysterious (at least, according to the wonky econ blogs I follow). The cost of education has been rising faster than inflation for decades, and currently tuition is on the rise in the middle of a huge recession when prices normally fall. Something is awry.

My own half-educated, take-with-huge-grain-of-salt policy proposal is to extend high school by two years (my hope here is that marginal costs to keep students in HS longer would be low enough to make this feasible) and streamline the under-graduate degree programs. If you're going to sink some heavy cash into an education, you should expect a potential reward, and a bachelor degree just doesn't buy you what it used to. So make the degree cheaper and easier to acquire.

--knowcebo

talkaboutcharles said...

I work at a community college. High School has been extended by two years.

Charles Albright

ps. I completely forgot about the Bows show. Damn.

Anonymous said...

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/strutting-leo-leo-strut

Anonymous said...

I love the logo! It prefectly encapsulates that John Pike is to college kids what the Dead are to music.

-omf

Anonymous said...

I'd say music could use a little pepper-spraying right about now!

-miller