The U.'s next president

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  • Cincinnatus Kearns, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    JCS at 7:39 a.m.

    JCS claims that the U has, "openly promoted atheism, free love, and alcohol consumption, all under the guise of academic freedom." I find that laughable. I attended, and graduated from the U. I never ran across any professor or staff member who openly promoted any of these things. I had classes that taught me to evaluate information and think for myself, including classes that touched on religion and God (philosophy and history classes, among others). I must have completely missed out on all the free love. And, as a state institution, the University, like all other colleges and universities in the system are legally dry. What students choose to do in their own time, is their choice, not the states'.

    JCS also claimed it was "time for the U to return to its historic role of promoting positive moral values." Whose moral values? Yours? The role of a University is to, as you put it, in almost a footnote to your comment, reach for "academic excellence." In reaching academic excellence, the University may just happen to study, theorize, test and teach about things you don't agree with.

    Tough. Your particular view of the world isn't the only, or even necessarily the right one. Academic freedom is maintained the great Universities so that they aren't influenced by any one person, group, creed or pattern of thought. Thank goodness. I'd hate to live in a world where "academic excellence" is controlled by narrow minded thinking.

  • Transparency 2 Walnut Creek, CA
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Californians subsidize the tuition of foreign students at UC Berkeley (UCB) in the guise of diversity while instate student tuition/fees are doubled. UCB Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for public UCB with a $50,600 payment from foreign students.

    UC Berkeley is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of assets funded by Californians are in foreign and out of state tuition calculations, out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition).
    Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure Up Must Go: remove Birgeneau.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    This editorial completely misses the point. As long as the academic programs of the U continue to be dominated by left wing thought, it does not matter who the president is.

    For far too long, the U has openly criticized and eveb denigrated the moral values of the local community. It has openly promoted atheism, free love, and alcohol consumption, all under the guise of academic freedom.

    It is time for the U to return to its historic role of promoting positive moral values, along with academic excellence. Unless the next president is willing to support this historic mission, there might as well not be one.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    I would suspect that missionary service has a large impact on Utah's four and six-year graduation rates. This the first place I would look for an explanation between Utah and similar institutions. Utah has the largest LDS Institute in the country and with so many students being away for so long, this would really make a dent. I don't think any new president is going to change that.