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UB Students Speak Out Against PHEEIA

What’s this? Do my eyes deceive me? Young people unafraid to speak out against a plan that will steal their dream of an affordable education?

It’s TRUE. Yesterday, at UB Amherst, a group of students went so far as to embarrass a man wearing a suit!

The sheer impudence of this younger generation. Maybe there’s a way to put some language into the PHEEIA bill that would allow President Simpson to assign detention to these delinquents.

It must be so frustrating for the UB News Center, as they strive so mightily to control the school’s public image that they offer the faculty this handy set of tips on working with reporters.

Did you know, ladies, that for TV interviews you should avoid wearing short skirts? And gentlemen, if you will be representing the university on television, avoid wearing short socks.

And remember: “Mention UB in your remarks, and ask your interviewer to properly identify your affiliation with UB. By the way, we prefer that our institution be referred to as “University at Buffalo” in the first reference with all media and “UB” in subsequent references. Do not refer to the university as “SUNY Buffalo.”

In other words, don’t describe things as they truly are.

  • april fools

    Amazingly, this is not a joke.

  • artvoice- we wish you would have came out yesterday and reported on the REAL point of the rally. I was about privatization and jobs, mainly. the news really liked our tuition signs.

  • Jessica

    This is real? It looks like someone was there for 5 minutes and didn’t actually listen to anything being said….good job, Artvoice.
    Actually, the real point was to gather around 200 people and let them watch a life size game board.

  • Brad

    1. Coaching employees on how to deal with the media is a common business practice – especially at businesses that are making a conscious effort to build their brand-image, as “The University at Buffalo” is doing currently. There is nothing detestable about that.

    2. Nice allusion in the last line. But you should have just used the word “play” to be sure. Don’t be afraid to be literary, even in your “journalism.” This is Artvoice – that’s why we read it.

  • Buck Quigley


    1. I’ve worked in marketing for a private business, and I’m very well versed in controlling proprietary information, but here’s the thing: The State University of New York at Buffalo is not a private business today. From 1846 until 1962 it was a private business, but since then, its growth would not have been possible without the massive public subsidy it receives. There are 150 private colleges in New York State, and what they do is their business. But the SUNY system was created in 1948, based on the need for a state university system. Now, for SUNYAB to make a “conscious effort to build their brand-image” without acknowledging a huge debt to the public should be laughable, if not detestable, to every taxpayer in New York and every alumnus, like myself, who benefited from an affordable college education there.

    2. Thanks for reading!

  • Arrogant a*holes

    “Speak slowly, in short, concise sentences. Most reporters, especially those working for the broadcast media, are generalists. Avoid using jargon. State your position in simple, easy-to-understand language.

    The arrogant attitude towards those somewhat bright generalists is one of the main reasons that SUNY at Buffalo will never be a sought after partner for business start up in WNY. Who needs to be lectured to by over-educated paper pushers that have never held a job outside of academia?

  • Brad

    @ arrogant a*holes,

    You must have a HUUUUUUGE chip on your shoulder, and it appears to be interfering with your reading comprehension skills. There is absolutely nothing offensive about that statement. “Generalists” is not an insult – it’s just a reminder to professors not to speak in their usual jargon/nonsense talk. That is, don’t start lecturing the reporter about quantum physics, or mechanical engineering, or law, or medicine, or the chemistry of drug interactions, or whatever. Sounds like good advice to me.

    But since you want to hurl insults, I have another one: You represent the reason why businesses are repulsed by WNY – the anti-intellectualism. Smart people generally do smart things and go places where they can associate with other smart people. That is to say, not here. And, since I consider myself a smart person, I’m also insulting myself (since I chose to live here), so don’t get too offended. I’m just trying to stir the drink a bit….

  • I think the point that we’re all trying to make is that public schools aren’t business ventures- they’re altruistic redistributions of some of the common wealth. The point of a public school is not to make money- it’s to attract people who are very smart, but not very well off and then educate them, and give them a good footing in the world.

    also not the point of a public school: make the working class community even more poor by not guaranteeing living wages to all their employees; something else related to this point is that PHEEIA will allow contracting/privatizing jobs and functions to the lowest bidder.

    SUNY shouldn’t have to brand & coach & and have an “image.” everyone knows about it. it’s the sort of thing that’s just supposed to exist, that you can access when you need it, and depend on it to be good.