Thursday, March 16, 2006

The rowdy students --and the bloody goat carcass--should scare them

My favorite columnist and Dallas Observer colleague, Jim Schutze, explores the Bush presidential library land-grab and--shock! shock!--discovers that the university prez has been bending the truth about the scheme to oust elderly condo residents to make way for the Bush-a-teria.

Writes Schutze: I'm not saying SMU broke the law. But I am saying the way SMU took this land was ethically filthy. And I wonder why now on this ugly foundation we should want to see a monument to George W. Bush.

Read the whole dirty story here.


Blogger PerpetualBeginner said...

What could make a more fitting foundation? After all it's intrinsicly symbolic of his entire presidency.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a dinner in 2002 at some nice administrator's house in North Dallas, where at one point the conversation at my table turned to University Gardens. When the subject of the apartments was brought up, the dean sitting with us (can't remember his name now.. they all look alike) was sneeringly arrogant about the deal, to the tune of "Why do you think we started Peruna Properties in the first place? This is how we're going to get the Bush Library," in an isn't-it-obvious tone of voice.

I still think someone should require the city of University park to do an "engineering study" on the entirety of the Binkley Apartments, the Daniel Apartments, and Mary Hay and Shuttles Hall, all of which had housing issues that were worse than the issues found in UG, at least from my experience and the experience of others I knew.

But we're not planning on building a library there, are we? And we don't really *need* old people or grad students on scholarship... but if we were to lose undergrad dorms because their living conditions were worse than what we put up with in UG, we'd lose tuition dollars too.

I am sick of institutions - this university and certain churches in particular - screwing with people by doing things under one motivation and giving another, completely unrelated, as the rationale. That's called 'lying' and it's hardly a Christian thing to do. SMU = Seemingly Methodist University.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Ed Fuller said...

From the SMU website: "Learning for life is exhilarating at SMU. Top-tier faculty. Academic excellence. Vibrant city. Research opportunities. International study. Leadership development. Successful alumni. Real-world preparation. At SMU, our undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and informal courses for all ages reflect our commitment to give you the highest quality learning experience in a caring, diverse community for the education of your life."

I guess SMU teaches students to be leaders who care . . but only about themselves and their rich friends. I suppose they do prepare students through real-world preparation--the administrators are great role models of how to lie, ibfuscate, and deal unethically to get your way. What a fine christian institution. And people wonder why I don't belong to an organized religion.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous sarah m said...

I adore Jim Schutze.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UG was a rat trap. Regardless of what SMU is planning to do with the land, more power to them for demolishing it and growing the Universtity.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived in UG last year, everything that could have gone wrong did... I had a dead rat in one of my walls, ants everywhere, and then over Christmas break the pipes burst and ruined everything! I say good ridance.

2:09 AM  

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