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.”
Clay Fitzgerald says
Perhaps Ana Mari Cauce should consider establishing a branch campus in Eastern Washington; someplace like Othello, Washtucna, Davenport, or Republic just to establish a tent city or cites for the homeless, then they could be put to work helping to harvest the crops grown in this state and actually contribute something instead of leaching off the rest of us. If UW has such a surplus of funds that they think they can justify it, make it worthwhile for everyone’s benefit by putting those people to work.
“We will not use any taxpayer or tuition funds to support this work.”
Cool. Will there be full disclosure on where the funds come from to support this work? After tuition and taxpayer subsidies, the list of funding sources for the UW drops like a rock. Or will it be more like, “We will kinda try to not use any taxpayer or tuition funds to support this work.”?
How about a fundraising drive, and only UW employees and students are eligible to donate? What an excellent opportunity for these folks to walk the talk. After they raise more than enough to fund the tent city and also (from the fundraising proceeds) provide training programs to gainfully employ all tent city residents – AND find gainful private sector employment for all – they’ll have my genuine respect. When they do this, the folks at the UW will have shown they are not hypocrites and takers from the private sector producers, but indeed part of the solution.
“When they do this, the folks at the UW will have shown they are not hypocrites and takers from the private sector producers, but indeed part of the solution”
Also, when they do this, monkeys will fly out of my butt.
Exactly. They won’t be hypocrites and takers when they step up and provide the solution without taxpayer funds or resources.
Lou Caldwell says
sounds like this lady (Ms Cauce) belongs in California with the rest of the crazies