Jan 28, 2010

heard on chat

Posted by Mary |

I pay a huge athletics fee to subsidize teams I don't care about (and CGI polar bears) and the library is broke? WTF?
--Tom, discussing the fact that the UAF library
doesn't have money for any new acquisitions until July

If you don't know what he means by CGI polar bears, check this out:

I was about a minute in and thinking, "Hey, this doesn't have nearly enough music from Top Gun," and then BAM there was some Highway to the Danger Zone. Awesome.

The fee schedule at UAF has long perplexed me as well. If I take 3 or more credits, I have to start paying all sorts of fees. My tuition is free, thanks to work, but I have to pay the fees. Examples of fees a 3-credit student would pay:
  • ASUAF $35 per semester - Student government. Also pays for the newspaper, student radio and television station, concerts, etc.
  • Athletics and campus recreation - $8 per credit - Grants free access to the campus gym. Oh, wait, my bad. I still have to pay for the gym. This lets me go to home games.
  • Student sustainability - $20 per semester - This supports green initiatives. I assume that means the aluminum can recycling bin, because we just throw everything else out.
  • Technology - $5 per credit - I have no idea. Maybe the computer labs? Doesn't everyone have a laptop these days?
  • UA network fee - 2% of tuition - Technology maintenance.

So, in conclusion: I pay all that every time I take a course. And the library can't buy a book.

In another rant: Parking. Let's just review: I know there's snow on the ground covering those little parking lines. However, the headbolt heater is shared by two spaces. Therefore, one can assume that you do NOT park your car with the headbolt heater perfectly aligned with your hood ornament. That is what is known as "taking up two spaces and parking like a jackass."

Rants over.


Archeobot said...

Sometimes I think you live on another planet...

Anonymous said...

I can tell you that the library also cannot buy CDs, DVDs, equipment of any kind, etc. because our supply budgets as well as our acquisitions budgets have been cut. To say that this is crippling our workflow is to understate the case.