Thursday, December 08, 2005

NYU is Teaching Cynicism

Thanks to Zach for the tip on this editorial is Newsday by labor historian Gordon Lafer. The title? "NYU is teaching cynicism." Here's a snippet:
Union busting is a sleazy practice in any industry. But in a university, it takes a further toll. It undermines the very integrity of intellectual life that draws people to academia in the first place. There is still time for NYU to reverse course and do the right thing. It is for all of us - particularly New York taxpayers who subsidize the tax-exempt university - to insist that it do so.
NYU gets more than just tax-exempt subsidies from the government; it was recently granted $8.5 million in state aid as well. Cynical me thinks this is what's called "corporate welfare."


Blogger zach said...

I'm sure NYU also gets millions or hundreds of millions in NIH/NSF grants as well.

12/09/2005 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Joel Schlemowitz said...

Dr. Who?

Did anyone catch that totally bizarre exchange in the Washington Square News feedback to the Gordon Lafer piece?

"By the way, I don't know why all you pro-labor folks continue to call NYU's administration 'Draconian.' If you want to insult someone, I think "Draconian" is sort of the wrong way to go; they sound alright to me. :)
The Draconians are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Their only television appearance to date was in the 1973 serial Frontier in Space. Unlike many "monster" races in Doctor Who, the Draconians were articulate and portrayed as having a sophisticated and advanced culture not unlike that of feudal Japan.

This was followed by:

To Evelyn:
I find your critique of the use of the term "Draconian" to be highly misinformed. The word "Draconian" actually refers to the Greek archon, Draco, who established a very harsh code of law in 7th century BC (of which the Draconians on Dr. Who are in reference to). Using wikipedia as a sole resource for information is yet another disheartening reminder of the state of academia in the United States. Try the OED next time.
Word Whore

12/10/2005 2:06 PM  

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