Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact
Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n14 (04/07/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Town and Gown

As concerned graduate students at the University at Buffalo, we think it’s time to more deeply connect the city and the university. There will be no escaping the state’s enormous budget deficit, nor the way Albany has betrayed SUNY by raising tuition and then reclaiming most of that money for the state’s general fund. It is clear that neither UB and SUNY, nor our legislators in Albany, are willing to take a bold stance to solve together longstanding and common problems facing our university system. We don’t want to be addressed as just believers, nor as consumers of a product. We think that engaged students acting as citizens sharing our knowledge and skills in civic issues is a neglected resource. We can’t keep cutting funding; research universities can and should generate ideas and stimulate economies, but not at the cost of selling off public investments to private interests.

Inside the Republican Mind

I look with wonderment at Professor Niman’s insights regarding my party (“Those Crazy Republicans,” Artvoice v9n13). Admittedly, I haven’t been altogether happy with them, but in the breadth of his knowledge, the depth and temperance of his thought, he’s set me reeling. Without the will or intellectual discipline to be a hardline lefty, he can only manage the shrillness.

Back to issue index