I need to be writing an essay right now. I can't. My thoughts are elsewhere.
The state of Maine has financial problems, but the University of Maine System does not. All of the bullshit about us needing to cut is just that, bullshit. They're firing fifty teachers. How many non-teacher staff get the ax is not yet known.
They're cutting profitable programs.
They're actually actively working to make the university lose money in the future. They're trying to make it fail. What no one really knows is why. All of the theories that can explain things sound like conspiracy theories. What does it say when the only plausible explanations are conspiracy theories?
Applied Medical Sciences: Cut in totality.
American and New England Studies: Cut in totality.
Arts and Humanities at the LAC campus: Cut in totality.
Communications and Media studies: 13% cut.
Community Planning and Development: Cut in totality
Computer Science: 40% cut
Criminology: 40% cut.
Economics: 44% cut.
Education: only 9% cut.
English: 28% cut.
Geoscience: Cut in totality.
History: 14% cut.
EVERY SINGLE FUCKING LANGUAGE: Cut in totality. With them the Only Art historian, the entire classics program in the state of main comprising not just multiple campuses but four distinct UMaine universities.
Leadership and blah, blah. blah: 20% cut.
Music: 20% cut.
Natural and Applies Science: 33% cut.
Philosophy: 17% cut.
Physics: 40% cut. (Physics is the poster child for this bullshit because it's massively profitable.)
Psychology: 25% cut.
Political Science: 20% cut.
Public Policy and Management: Cut in totality.
Social and Behavioral Science: 17% cut.
Sociology: 44% cut.
Technology: 33% cut.
Theatre: 17% cut.
The things that are actually losing money? 0% cut.
It is at times like these that one is tempted to fall back on the old standbys and utter the famous Anglo-Saxon tetragrammaton that starts with F and rhymes with luck, however perhapse a more elevated style is called for.
Ceterum autem censeo austeritatem esse delendam.