University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce must be feeling left out in the “Let’s Go Crazy” games. After all, Whitman College’s President received attention for suggesting that the school’s Missionary mascot needed to be changed because it somehow keeps qualified students for applying to the Northwest’s most expensive school. And, Seattle University’ Interim Provost has been in the news for submitting to protestor demands to remove a dean for subjecting students to classic literature.
So, not to be outdone, President Cauce has decided that the UW campus is the perfect place for a homeless tent city, because, after all, that fits with the University’s “mission”.
As President Cauce spun it, “Our educational mission and role as a public university call us to find innovative ways to teach, learn and serve. It is my firm belief as a teacher, a scholar who has studied these issues, and a citizen of our community that hosting Tent City 3 is wholly consistent with our mission.”
Evidently, the UW has a glut of parking available so it can convert a parking lot into a tent city. And, the school — which must routinely beg an often-unresponsive (when Democrats were in control) legislature for money — must have an excessive of cash sitting in special accounts because the president promises, “We will not use any taxpayer or tuition funds to support this work.”
Since it is a school setting, and two blocks from an expanded UW childcare center, perhaps they can call the location “The Jungle Book.”