Dear Cappy,I am a fan of your work and I wanted to share with you what knowledge you have shared with me through your work. I really think this is worth sharing with you.
This is not the first year I get these calls, but this will be the last year.
I told her no, I will not. I told her to instead of calling the Allumni for money to donate to students, I told her to go the president of the school for those donations. The student loans and grants go to fund the president's place of residence on school property, living expenses, and anything else the president wants. I also informed her that the school's administrators have a huge budget (we are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars per year) to redecorate their offices. At the expense of the students.
I told her that most of her money was not going towards her education. I told her that amount of adjunct teachers were very high at that school. They do not get paid as some of the administrators, who do not do real work in the first place. The school keeps asking for more money, but the quality she is paying is not going to her as a student.**
I also informed her that her very expensive tuition is high because there is no cap for tuition as long as the government is willing to pay whatever they want for her piece of paper. The school can keep asking for more.
I finally asked her if she was even getting paid for doing this cold calling (Vampire University is notorious for using student labor and not paying them). She told me she was getting paid: at a call center. I told her "Great, that is fantastic. Do not ever work for free."
After that I told her to take me off the list and for her to think about the true cost of what she is getting out of what she is paying for.
**When I was going to school there part time as a student and working full time as a warehouse manager at a stevedore company at a port, we stored brand new AC units for a building under construction at that university. These AC units were as big as single wide trailers, costing somewhere in millions of dollar range in total(I do not remember the exact number, it's been 3 years or so since I have worked there). The AC units ended up going on top of a 5 story building. The building is for Interdisciplinary Science... which holds classes for majors like "Interdisciplinary Social Studies". AKA: Bachelor of Arts degrees in Gerontology, Humanities, Latino Studies, etc. You know "non productive" courses the kiddies love.
Keep spreading the good word, sir. I appreciate the work that you do.Thank you,
Our Agent in the Field highlights something I've thought about and is going to be a HUGE problem in the future for universities and colleges that raped their students for their tuition money:
Who in their right mind is ever going to contribute to their alma mater?
You see, in the past maybe college was a fond memory, full of friends, socializing, and fun times. But it was also likely more rigorous, challenging, and productive. Professors were not washed up losers who could not hack it in life, but people with real world experience that decided to share their wisdom. Also pricing was a "tad" cheaper back then, to the point a degree was a positive rate of return. And finally, said degree ended up landing those people better jobs and careers, giving them said extra income to contribute to their fond alma mater.
But not today's kids and certainly not my generation.
I know personally I would NEVER give the U of MN a penny. I don't know one person who actually enjoyed their college experience there. And the lies and propaganda that was fed to me and my fellow 50,000 students during the 90's was unforgivable. Like most other educational institutions, it was a place of evil.
So when it comes to donation drives and ginning up the ole graduates from Whatsomatta U to donate to their college, I see today, as well as into the future, students doing precise what our Agent in the Field did and telling them to pound sand.
This presents a huge financial risk to the futures of nearly every university. Without endowments and donations, what precisely are they going to do to make up for the loss of funding.
Well lieutenants, economists, agents in the field, and others, you know precisely what they're going to do:
Demand a bail out and government money.
And when they do, it will at least be an admission as the evil they truly are.