Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vice Chancellor of What?

No one argues the value of a higher education for many students.

No one argues that it costs.

What we don't see argued enough is this idea that the cost needs to rise every single semester.

Does it really?

It does if you have to add more faculty and staff. Such as a Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.


We can't just include people and treat them with equity without having to have a formal vice chancellor overseeing it?

Apparently not, at least at Berkeley, where said vice chancellor pulls down a base salary of $194,000. That is as much as 3 1/2 new assistant professors.

Then, of course, if you are a vice chancellor you need your own chief of staff and 16 underlings. It would be a pretty poor vice chancellorship if you didn't have underlings, people to boss around.

Do we really have to be baby sat to this extent?

If so, be prepared for the rise in college education prices to continue indefinitely, with bigger and bigger salaries going to more and more micromanagers of every single thing you do on campus.

Today is:

All Hallow's Day a/k/a All Saint's Day -- Holy Day of Obligation (Roman Catholic Church. A holiday in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta (for schools only), Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain)

Andhra Prodesh Foundation Day -- Andhra Prodesh, India

Bulgarian National Revival Leaders' Day -- Bulgaria

Cook for Your Pets Day -- did the dogs lobby for this?

Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan

CrossQuarter Day

Day of the Innocents -- Mexico

Eid al Adha -- Saudi Arabia

Gooseberry Humble's Tummy-Rumbling Contest -- Fairy Calendar

Graveyards Day

Independence Day -- Antigua & Barbuda; North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic, from the Ottoman Empire)

Karnataka Foundation Day -- Karnataka, India

Kerala Foundation Day -- Kerala, India

Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez -- Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala (kite flying in the graveyard to scare away evil spirits)

Liberty Day / D. Hamilton Jackson Day -- US Virgin Islands

Melbourne Cup -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia

NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writer's Month, write one if you have it in you!

National Author's Day

National Day -- Algeria

National Family Literacy Day -- turn off the tv, pick up a good book!

National French Fried Clam / Deep Fried Clam Day

National Vinegar Day

Old Celtic New Year

Olive Festival -- Galilee, Israel (through the month)

Pomonia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival to Pomona)

Revolution Day -- Algeria

Samhain -- Celtic, 3rd Station, and Wicca, Northern Hemisphere (Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere)

World Vegan Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Fernando Valenzuela, 1960
Lyle Lovett, 1957
Dan Peek, 1951
Larry Flynt, 1942
Gary Player, 1935
Stephen Crane, 1871

Today in History:

The name "Austria" is first used for Ostarrichin, 996
King John of England begins imprisoning Jews, 1210
The Duke of Brabant orders the execution of all Jews in Brussels, claiming they were poisoning wells, 1349
First exhibit of the works of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1512
The Netherlands is hit by a flood disaster, resulting in the deaths of thousands, 1570
Shakespeare's "Othello" first presented, 1604
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" first presented, 1611
An earthquake in Lisbon leaves over 50,000 dead, 1755
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies, 1765
George Washington gives his "Farewell Address" and the Continental Army is dissolved, 1783
John Adams becomes the first Us president to move into the (still not quite finished) White House, 1800*
*Note: It was still called the Executive Mansion at this time
The first published reference to poker, as a Mississippi riverboat game, 1834
The Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse, which is still in use, is lit for the first time; its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for 19 miles in good conditions, 1859
Passage of the first US Civil Rights Bill, 1866
First publication of "Harpers Bazaar", 1867
The US Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) begins operations, with 24 locations, 1870
Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (now the Cleveland Press), 1878
The Gaelic Athletic Association is founded at the Hayes' Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, 1884
Dr. Roux of Paris introduces a vaccine for diphtheria, 1894
Nicholas II becomes the new Tsar of Russia, 1894
The National Geographic Magazine publishes its first picture of bare breasted women (from a Zulu tribe), 1896
The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public, 1897
Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male college fraternity in the US, is established at Richmond College, 1901
Parris Island becomes the officially designated Marine Corps Recruit Depot, 1915
The Ottoman Empire is officially abolished, 1922
Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "the match of the century" in horse racing, 1938
The first animal conceived by artificial insemination, a rabbit, is displayed, 1939
American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography, 1941
The first issue of Ebony Magazine is published, by John H. Johnson, 1945
Charles Cooper of the Celtics becomes the first black NBA player, 1950
The first hydrogen nuclear device is exploded, by the US, at Eniwetok Atoll, 1952
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante wears a protective mask for the first time in an NHL game, 1959
The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens, 1963
The Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X, 1968
Honda becomes the first Asian automaker to build cars in the US, 1982
Serbia joins the United Nations, 2000
First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation by members of the Liberal Party of Canada, is released in Canada. 2005


  1. Had missed this one. Eeeep. I wonder why the various schools keep having rising costs. Then something like this is pointed out. While I see the use of possibly having a general update/class/education for the educators... A CHANCELLOR of equality? With a staff and all?

    I think my mind stripped a gear...



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