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Sep 17th 2004

UVSC: The Zoolander School For Administrators Who Can’t Read Good

Utah Valley State College, always eager to set itself apart, has reinforced it’s statewide image as “that other school near BYU.”

In a a not-so-surprising move for a school populated by functionally illiterate administrators, UVSC has decided to spend $40,000 to bring Michael Moore to its campus. Unable to entice the world’s fattest pundit with funeral potatos and green Jello, UVSC will be giving Moore a per diem for food and personal hygiene items instead.

Joe Vogel, UVSC vice president of academics for the student government (ie. the “cool teacher” who likes to hangout with kids since he was a dork in college), explained that “It’s been kind of scary.” This was not his reaction to meeting Moore in person, but in response to the predictable uproar from the student body and surrounding community.

Apparently the student government at UVSC gets $50,000 to spend on speakers each year.

Bassi (UVSC Student Body President) said Moore’s publicists sent UVSC an e-mail asking if they would be interested in hosting the filmmaker. Though the student council initially stalemated over the issue, Bassi said vice president Joe Vogel ultimately decided that it was an opportunity the school couldn’t pass up.

“Cool teacher” knows best when it comes to spending students’ money!

11 Responses to “UVSC: The Zoolander School For Administrators Who Can’t Read Good”

  1. As a student of UVSC, I helped pay for Moore’s visit with my student fees. I don’t want to listen to him, and now we don’t get to hear other speakers because all the money has gone to pay for Moore. They are also talking about charging us to listen to him, so as students we will be paying twice! It would have been better if they had let the student body decide if they wanted Moore to come or not.

    It will be interesting to see what happens after Moore’s visit.

    Oh, and the Zoolander refrence is kind of harsh… not everyone who goes to UVSC couldn’t get into BYU. Some of us are there by choice. πŸ˜‰

  2. Doug

    No offense was meant to students of UVSC, just the administrators. πŸ™‚

  3. Joseph Price

    Bringing Moore to UVSC is a fantastic idea. I don’t agree with his politics and perhaps most of the people at UVSC don’t either. Great!
    Hearing from people with different opinions is an essential part of education. Maybe the rest of you should try trade school. Can you say heating and air conditioning?

  4. Doug

    Maybe the rest of you should try trade school. Can you say heating and air conditioning?

    “Heating and air conditioning.” I can say it!

    Look…the idiocy of bringing Moore to UVSC’s campus has nothing to do with his differing beliefs, and everything to do with the fact that they are laying 40 large down for a widely discredited political commentator (although revered in very hardcore Democratic circles).

    If UVSC wants “different opinions” there are dozens of engaging, and intelligent, figures that would serve the purpose much better than Moore. Why not bring someone like James Carville, Paul Begala, or Mike McCurry?

    Why not? Because the administrators at UVSC aren’t interested in “different opinions,” but in causing a stir. And when college administrators are more concerned with seeing their names in the papers than with educating (“hearing from people with different opinions”), they deserve to be ridiculed for the fools they are.

  5. Exactly! I think the real meat of the issue is how much was spent on JUST ONE PERSON. Now, if we are to have any other view points, the person will have to be willing to speak for free. At least Hannity is willing to come and balance things out, and for free. I think that if it hadn’t cost $40,000 to have Moore speak the issue would be already over… until after he spoke of course. That’s going to start a whole new set of debates!!!

  6. Trade School? Isn’t that what UVSC is?

  7. Trade school?? Umm… no. University status soon, it has all the bachelor’s degrees.

  8. Krista

    People wake up and smell the roses!
    I would like to make a couple of things clear, first of all at no time has any one said that they are going to charge students to attend this event.
    Second UVSC is a great institution, its a growing changing institution, which will grow to become a university within a couple of years.
    I am surprise! Well not really this is something which was expected, We all know that Michael Moore does not represent the values of this state in special, we all know that Michael Moore may be controversial, and yes a jerk. Lets say we were only spending about $10,000 the contreversy would still be there, Just because he does not believe what we believe in doesnt mean that we should bubbled ourselves off from the world, this person represents a different view, I dont think any of us will loose any of our beliefs or stand points by lessening to him. Why are we so afraid!!! bottom line if you dont like him dont go !!!!

  9. Doug

    Krista, a UVSC apologist, graces us with her prose. You just can’t make this stuff up…

    I am surprise!”

    “…does not represent the values of this state in special…”

    “…the contreversy would still be there…”

    “…doesnt mean that we should bubbled ourselves off from the world”

    “I dont think any of us will loose any of our beliefs or stand points by lessening to him.”

  10. L O Hadden

    You ever hear that one about people who live in glass houses? You belittle UVSC administrators as “functionally illiterate,” you blast Krista for her numerous errors, yet you don’t bother to proofread for your own typos.

    And you stoop to insulting Moore’s physique. Have you ever read one of his books? Have you seen his award-winning films? What are you so afraid of? To insult with impunity, yet without any substance, only makes you look sad and petty.

    A different opinion wouldn’t corrupt you. It’s called EDUCATION. Try it.

  11. doug

    Like I said, you just can’t make this stuff up…

    “To insult with impunity, yet without any substance, only makes you look sad and petty.”

    followed by

    “A different opinion wouldn’t corrupt you. It’s called EDUCATION. Try it.”