Grapevine on fire

Because the Internet


Technology, they say, is both a blessing and a curse. If you’ve kept up with my blog at all — which is indeed a loose tribute to Gambino — you know that I tend to advocate distancing oneself from the pomegranate seeds of technology.
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Who is going to fight for us now?

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: With the tuition hike approved, the university moves away from its traditional, state-funded model and increases its dependence on students.

When the state allows a university to turn students into a significant source of funding, it is allowing the university to slowly discard its public identity.
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UC Board of Regents committee approves $27 billion UC budget

A committee of the UC Board of Regents approved the university’s almost $27 billion budget for the 2015-16 academic year during its meeting at UCSF Wednesday. The budget, which includes a $459 million increase in proposed revenue and expenditures, incorporates additional funds from the state government and a proposed fee increase. The plan proposes the university spend about one quarter of those funds on mandatory cost increases, with the rest invested in academic quality, enrollment growth and high-priority costs such as deferred maintenance.
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