Monday, April 18, 2016

You want lower tuition, They want better brand recognition

UC Davis has been in the news in a bad way lately. At the directive of their chancellor - Linda P.B. Katehi - the University spent ~$175,000 to scrub the internet of references to the 2011 incident in which campus police pepper-sprayed peaceful Occupy protesters. Though the police officer who did the spraying Lt. John Pike was fired shortly thereafter, the chancellor and school leadership wanted to ensure this was not a permanent black mark on UC Davis reputation. So they allocated a huge sum of money to clean up the internet regarding the incident. In the wake of this revelation there are now calls for Chancellor Katehi to resign. Universities ought to celebrate the free flow of information, and not actively work to suppress it. Tom Paine's Ghost adds its name to the petition for Katehi to resign!

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