I work on Campus and would welcome an increase in security. It makes sense. There is an unusual amount of crime -- I've been solicited for handgun purchases in the parking garage, a number of women have been assaulted in adjacent buildings, clearly imbalanced people regularly wander into the office and make a scene. It'd be helpful to have a swift security response so that front desk staff don't have to endure the brunt of a lot of creepy business without support. People working on the weekends have an especially difficult time -- the campus is nearly empty and security response is very slow.
But then again, I'm an obvious and well-known Nazi.
The only purchases I ever make on Blake Friday are alka-seltzer for my hangover, and gas to get the hell away from my family and hometown.
Some of the rooms had beautiful and inventive installations (Dawn Sharp, Kate Towers, Sword + Fern), but a great deal of them were really uninspired. It's really not enough for boutiques simply to lay out their wares in a room and charge $20 for people to see it. What's the point of that? Content should make clear in the future that the space should be used for a clever installation or spectacle.
I err on the side of trying not to beat, shoot, gas, or unnecessarily jail people who aren't really threatening anyone, even if they're disobeying police orders. I don't mean to be facile, but this sort of thing takes on a creepy authoritarian, even crypto-Fascist vibe, when clearly non-threatening people -- elderly and children, for instance -- are on the receiving end of police violence and others get really excited, smug, and even enthusiastic about it.
It takes a lot of chutzpah, or maybe just a heaping load of cognitive dissonance, to stand on the side of pepper spraying high school girls. To me, it's one of those things that is measurably, objectively evil.
Andy Williams is dead?! ... apropos of nothing, does anyone know where Claudine Longet was at the time?
It's frustrating that bureaucracy can be so unyielding. More than likely this has nothing to do with swindling you, but is a case of institutional incompetence. Everyone's case seems unique and its solution cut and dry (doubtful PCC is going to shutter its windows and close shop without your $500), until it gets lost in a complicated and unwieldy bureaucratic process. There are no doubt hosts of office trolls and lazy middle managers that either want to shuffle your problem to another department, or dismiss it outright without bothering to review. I work at a school that is an organizational mess (PSU), and this stuff happens almost daily.
Write to the school's President and appropriate Vice Provosts if you haven't already. Be angry, be obnoxious. It's usually a case of the squeaky wheel -- you just need to be loud and annoying enough to make them want to get rid of you. Sadly.
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