The small percentage of on-campus students was a big detriment in many ways including culture, traffic, pride, etc.
Parking was a nightmare
Facilities were well-maintained but disjoint and divisive. “South Campus” was a different world then “North Campus”.
What Marty Meehan has done was needed and has been great for both the city and the university (my only regret is the demolition of Smith Hall; that was by far the best dorm in the University; because it was small people were closer).
I do agree that cost and quality should continue to be on the radar. Those two things made UML stand out when I chose a college in the 90s. Thus this conversation is certainly worthwhile. I also find the talk of private dorms rented with public money concerning.]]>
The former reads like Keith Olbermann discussing the Republican Congress.
The latter reads like John Boehner complaining about President Obama.]]>
Trust me, I’m guessing there are about 50 inane things this Council did I could have included. But eventually I had to go to press with the hours I had already put into this thing.]]>
But you did mention the DeMoulas kerfuffle as inappropiate.
Aren’t they equally inappropiate since the CC has no power over either issue?]]>
I’m going to respond here, but not because Mike is important enough to respond to. His comments can stand on their own in their absurdity.
No, I view his comment as an opportunity to have a discussion (really, one that doesn’t require him), and I’m not talking to him but to other readers.
To begin with, I think he needs to look up the definition of “civic engagement.” In a democracy, we don’t all need to running for elected office. (That would be crazy, of course.) No, civic engagement can be as simple as showing up for elections (I do, even the lame primaries with no one running opposed), chatting about politics around a water cooler, working on campaigns, hosting discussions in the community, and engaging in conversations about our civic life, which no one can say with a straight face that I have not done.
In fact, my civic engagement has been effective enough that Mike lost an election because – and I gladly take some credit at least – his racist, anti-immigrant, and cronyist actions on the GLT school committee were brought to light on this blog. That, my friends, is civic engagement. And obviously he’s still angry over it!
But let’s set that aside – I applaud everyone reading this who even just cares a bit about local elections (or state or national), who goes to vote when they can, and who tries to stay on top of issues they care about. Unlike Mike, I am glad you are civically engaged in whatever way you can be, and I won’t insult you for not running for office. Without you, a democracy can’t function. Thank you. Stay active in whatever form you want to.
But what I find really funny, in all this, is the attack that I didn’t support Rady Mom. Well, I hate to tell Mike, but half the Cambodian community hates him. And not over something trivial, but over the history of genocide, and who’s in charge in Cambodia right now. It doesn’t surprise me that he would back someone who’s divisive, but let’s be clear here – he didn’t back Rady Mom for any other reason other than Fred Bahou was running as an indepdent in that race. He can’t stop being angry at Fred for winning and knocking him out. Which is ironic, because all Fred did was run for election for something – something apparently Mike says is so important in order to be able to speak out in a democracy. If you aren’t running for something, shut up. If you are running for something, it better not be against Mike Hayden, because that’s wrong too!
I also had absolutely no idea what Rady Mom stood for on the issues – he was very vague and noncommittal at best – and just because someone has a D after their name on the ballot, does NOT mean I am required to be active for that person. If Nangle ran for State Senate and got the Democratic nomination you can bet your sweet tootsie I am sitting that one out, at a minimum.
PS – regarding running for office, I’m actually not that old yet, so my political life isn’t over. Who knows? Maybe I will run for something someday. And if Mike is still alive to see it, I bet I am the recipient of enormous rant and froth about how wrong that is that I’m even allowed to do it! You see, consistency isn’t Mike’s strong suit.]]>
As always you favorite target
Yeah right, “interested party” (and in what way are you interested I wonder? are you a an elected official trolling under a pseudonym?) like I’d be mean to people I actually have nothing mean to say to…it’s not like it’s not well known I’m a supporter of the Bills, Kim, Kristin and Connie’s. The rest of them? I have major issues with. Truth hurts…
This Council has been horrendous and I wasn’t going
Also half this list isn’t mean. Heck the list goes easy on Rita even…]]>
Regards — Cliff]]>