Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Priceless? Well No, Actually: Campus Occupations Could Cost UC Hundreds of Thousands

It's a clever advertisement. Communications students at UCSD are pulling the heartstrings with this mock-Master Card ad featuring a young student eating Cup O Noodles for dinner. But it's been the campus occupations that've generated the most media attention, and the childish protesters may end up costing the university system hundreds of thousand of dollars in damages. See, "UCSC Demonstrators Say They're Not done; Damage From Kerr Hall Occupation Tops $50K":

As campus officials continue to clean up the mess left behind by the three-day occupation of Kerr Hall at UC Santa Cruz, student organizers are rallying support and planning their next move.

Protesters have said university officials have been too quick to criminalize their actions and that the focus on the damage, not the students' message, is disappointing.

Early damage estimates top $50,000, but no one has been arrested or otherwise sanctioned for the demonstration, UCSC spokesman Barry Shiller said Tuesday.
The university has posted pictures as well, "Re: Kerr Hall Protest ends; Cleanup May take Days."

Students destroyed tables and telephone conferencing systems, and refrigerators were used to barricade the doors. It looks like a disaster area. Obviously, students demonstrated absolutely no concern for school property during the "occupation," an action of course designed to extort even more resources from a public the students clearly disdain. It's shameful.

And we're not just talking about UC Santa Cruz, ultimately. No doubt cleanup and replacement costs will be even higher at Berkeley and UCLA, and remember law enforcement units came from the Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, and the Oakland P.D. in Berkeley. It all costs money. The student shakedown artists conveniently left those details out of their unlimited list of demands.

And the response of
some advocates of direct action is for students to clean up after themselves? Too bad we don't have someone like Ronald Reagan in office.

RELATED: From Inside Higher Ed, "
Unnatural Enemies."


Grizzly Mama said...

Shame about the damage.

I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks Grizzly Mama!

Dana said...

There are several students charged with misdemeanors for the occupation. A simple solution: have one buy a refrigerator to replace one that was damaged, have others do some of the repair work, have others clean the carpets, etc.

You'll quickly find out who are the poor students and who are the snobs with their noses in the air who are above such menial labor.

JorgXMcKie said...

Nah. When they damage stuff, just don't fix it. Put up the best pictures you have of the 'protesters' and point out to other students who is responsible for the place being a sh*thole.