Another edition of our ghastly campus wingnut ‘alternative’ paper came out today. I’m not going to go through it page by page — it’s just gotten worse and worse with every issue. Here are the three main themes:
Frequent complaints that our chancellor is overpaid, and that faculty salaries are too low. Guys, we might agree that the administration gets paid too much money, but there’s no amount of sucking up you can do to win the faculty over to your side. Also, whining about salary inequities from a group of goddamned Republicans is really, really unconvincing.
Yours truly got a grand 3 page spread, titled
A to (P)Z: The Pauley Myers Chronicle. It’s pathetic. They seem to have gotten a few (very few) facts from Wikipedia, and then spun it out into a bizarre fairy tale about how my whole life has been about showing up the kids with whom I went to high school. Lazily written, not a speck of creativity to it, and honestly, people…outshining your high school peers is something 19 year olds might dream of, but most of us outgrow it.
The worst: outrageous racism. A long article claiming Michael Brown was the real racist. Sample quotes:
No black-run city is livable.
The question is not whether police should shoot young black men; it’s whether we want the state to use coercive power in any way against minorities that threaten those communities.
Darren Wilson isn’t Bull Connor, he’s the misguided and confused white knight trying to help Cliff Huxtable raise a family next door to Old Dirty Bastard.
This rag is written by kids who hope to be UMM graduates? I’m embarrassed that they’re here.