No Corbett at Millersville Graduation

It's about self-respect

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rcpress-sean:

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to conduct my first interview for the Raging Chicken Press.  Our first guest was Philip Aroneanu, a co-founder and the camping director for 350.Org.  The interview was conducted moments after the Senate voted on the Hoeven Amendment, which was a non-binding agreement to insert the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline into the Senate budget.  In this interview we talked about the Pipeline, fracking, the State Department, President Obama’s potential legacy on climate change and future actions revolving around the Keystone XL Pipeline.

rcpress-sean:

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to conduct my first interview for the Raging Chicken Press.  Our first guest was Philip Aroneanu, a co-founder and the camping director for 350.Org.  The interview was conducted moments after the Senate voted on the Hoeven Amendment, which was a non-binding agreement to insert the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline into the Senate budget.  In this interview we talked about the Pipeline, fracking, the State Department, President Obama’s potential legacy on climate change and future actions revolving around the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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"Cliff Diving - The New Normal for Higher Education Spending in Pennsylvania?"
When further cuts were taken off the table in 2012, Governor Corbett gathered the leadership representing the 14 PASSHE institutions and the four state related universities for a nice photo-op, and then proceeded to explain that his proposed higher education budget cuts were taken off the table.  Then last month, a week before his budget, the governor brought the leadership of the PASSHE institutions and four state related institutions to embrace the notion of cliff funding higher public education for another fiscal year.  During his press conference, the governor said: “I think both sides understand that a young man or a young woman’s future should not begin with a mountain of debt,” and “our young people appreciate the investment Pennsylvania taxpayers make toward their education.”

"Cliff Diving - The New Normal for Higher Education Spending in Pennsylvania?"

When further cuts were taken off the table in 2012, Governor Corbett gathered the leadership representing the 14 PASSHE institutions and the four state related universities for a nice photo-op, and then proceeded to explain that his proposed higher education budget cuts were taken off the table.  Then last month, a week before his budget, the governor brought the leadership of the PASSHE institutions and four state related institutions to embrace the notion of cliff funding higher public education for another fiscal year.  During his press conference, the governor said: “I think both sides understand that a young man or a young woman’s future should not begin with a mountain of debt,” and “our young people appreciate the investment Pennsylvania taxpayers make toward their education.”

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Article by Kevin Mahoney, “Millersville U Commencement Speaker Controversy: It’s About Self Respect.” Read it on Raging Chicken Press or AAUP Academe Blog.

"Millersville students and alumni have been especially good about focusing much of their ire on the university administration’s decision and not as much on the right of Gov. Corbett to speak on campus. They have critically questioned the university’s judgement of inviting the person who threw their own educational careers into a tailspin to speak as an honored guest on the day they are supposed to be celebrating their accomplishments. That seems to be where the outrage is coming from more than anything else – and that’s the point Kyle Johnson was making in his interview on the Rick Smith Show (you really should listen to his entire interview, students like him lift my heart and give me hope). The collective voices of students, alumni, parents, and faculty seem to demanding an answer to one pointed question: “What the hell were you thinking?” They are questioning the judgment of the university administration. While spokespeople for the administration say “It is not unusual for both private and public universities to invite officials elected to statewide political office to speak at commencement,” what the growing opposition wants to know is why THIS PARTICULAR public official AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME given THIS PARTICULAR CONTEXT? In effect students and alumni are asking the very questions that many of us try to teach them to ask in our classrooms.”

Article by Kevin Mahoney, “Millersville U Commencement Speaker Controversy: It’s About Self Respect.” Read it on Raging Chicken Press or AAUP Academe Blog.

"Millersville students and alumni have been especially good about focusing much of their ire on the university administration’s decision and not as much on the right of Gov. Corbett to speak on campus. They have critically questioned the university’s judgement of inviting the person who threw their own educational careers into a tailspin to speak as an honored guest on the day they are supposed to be celebrating their accomplishments. That seems to be where the outrage is coming from more than anything else – and that’s the point Kyle Johnson was making in his interview on the Rick Smith Show (you really should listen to his entire interview, students like him lift my heart and give me hope). The collective voices of students, alumni, parents, and faculty seem to demanding an answer to one pointed question: “What the hell were you thinking?” They are questioning the judgment of the university administration. While spokespeople for the administration say “It is not unusual for both private and public universities to invite officials elected to statewide political office to speak at commencement,” what the growing opposition wants to know is why THIS PARTICULAR public official AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME given THIS PARTICULAR CONTEXT? In effect students and alumni are asking the very questions that many of us try to teach them to ask in our classrooms.”

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It’s about the students

Hi, my name is Sara and I will be graduating this Spring as a history major. While I probably won’t make it to commencement, the thought of having someone who has cut funding for Universities to such a level that we are almost decrepit, I cannot fathom. He is here to talk to the students about how hard they have worked? What he really should be doing is apologizing, not that that will solve any of my or all of my friends’ student debt. I know so many people who, after he became governor, were either not able to get the government loans for college or decided not to go to college at all because it was too expensive. His presence here would be a mockery and would just pour salt in the wounds if students (and professors) were to see him. 

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