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Buffalo News Editors Publish Disinformation

We’ve reported for the last week and a half about how the SUNY student assembly duped the Buffalo News by citing its own fraudulent student poll to make the argument that 465,000 New York students want their tuition raised.

The student assembly collected responses from only one tenth of one percent of state students, and has yet to share the actual results of those 489 votes that did trickle in. Read about it here, too.

Such facts are no matter to the News editorial board. They sum up their hogwash this way: “The governor and legislators should listen to the students’ chants—raise my tuition, please!”

One tenth of one percent doesn’t make for a very loud chant. If SUNY administration continues to undermine the mission of SUNY, while disenfranchising 99.9% of the students they were hired to serve, there’s no telling what kind of response they’ll wind up provoking.

But then, a good student uprising can also sell papers, as it did in Buffalo after tear gas floated over the UB Main Street campus in 1970.


  • Peter A Reese

    Great video! Why is the BNews so enamored with UB2020? Do they have a financial stake in this gig?

  • Jim Holstun

    Tomorrow’s BN headline:

    BN EXTREMELY STUPID AND VENAL, BN ITSELF ADMITS!

    Yeah, from the way the BN gobbles up and spews forth UB2020 propaganda, you’d almost think that that BN Publisher Stanford Lipsey was on the Business Council of New York with SUNY Chancellor and statewide UB2020 huckster Nancy Zimpher, or that BN President Warren Colville was a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership with chief local UB2020 huckster John Simpson, and a member of the 43×79 corporate thug group with perennial UB powers behind the scenes (Jordon Levy, Jeremy Jacobs, Louis Ciminelli, etc.), or that . . . .

    I luv my hometown independent media, yes I surely do!

  • Jake Sechowski

    Not that this is the only thing wrong with your arguments, but it’s certainly a weak point:

    It costs $29,450 for a Cal resident to attend a UC school and live on campus for an academic year;

    It costs $20,050 for a NY resident to attend a SUNY school and live on campus for an academic year.

    Does higher cost suggest higher quality? Not necessarily. But our system, which is among the cheapest in the country, is fiscally unsustainable.

    So unless Jim Holstun wants to lose his precious union-protected job where he can spout socialist crap at students, we might need to think about new funding models. Taxing the rich? Maybe in part, but we know how adaptable rich people can be to places like Texas.

    BTW ArtVoice – waiting for just an ounce of objectivity instead of liberal bull. Stop pandering to your biggest blog supporter.

  • Jim Holstun

    Jake, Jake, where did it all go wrong? Even if we’ve grown apart, let’s not ruin the memory of all the good times we shared.

  • Jake Sechowski

    still funny…

  • David Iredale

    Think of the really good public universities: Cal Berkeley; UCLA; Virginia; Michigan; Washington; WIsconsin; North Carolina; Penn State … By comparison, even the best SUNY school (Binghamton) is weak. It’s pathetic that NY doesn’t have a better public university than that, and it won’t happen unless the system is decentralized; the local campuses are given more control; and tuition is raised at some campuses.

    As a member of a university-related union, it really burns me that the unions have opposed UB 2020. Apparently, most union members are happy as a pig in sh*t, and they’d rather wallow in mediocrity than make a serious bid to improve UB’s reputation and quality.

  • Jim Holstun

    David–strange, I can’t turn up what university union you’re part of, since you don’t seem to work at UB (you’re not in the directory, anyway). Your union solidarity is a little lacking: “pig in sh*t”? really? Charming! With union brothers like you, who needs management?

    But your knowledge of the unions is even worse. United University Professions is absolutely aware of the crisis and has proposed reasonable responses, such as raising state income tax, which doesn’t seem to occur to you here.

    Your approach to the problem seems more like John Simpson’s, Nancy Zimpher’s, or Andrew Cuomo’s: “Privatize the university, and soak those wealthy students for some more tuition money!” You might try talking to a few students first to see if the money’s there. My students are too busy rushing between their full-time class loads and their full-time jobs, and worrying about the student debt they will graduate with.

    in solidarity,
    Jim Holstun
    Pig in sh*t

  • Jake Sechowski

    I have to admit that David is off a little, as he obviously doesn’t know enough to know that UB is by far the elite institution of New York. Please DON’T read U.S. News and World Report or any of their rankings. UB and Stony Brook are AAU universities that are on the cusp of being elite in the world.

    Prof. Holstun, on the other hand, is off by more than a little, as he is unaware of the broad effect of raising taxes, and how that will likely not benefit UB or any SUNY school in the end.

    What strikes me, though, is how UUP and GSUE always rise to the fight to keep the status quo, for their own interests. They should not pretend to fight for students. Students want quality and access, not just the latter by sacrificing the former.

  • Jim Holstun

    Jake, I think you mean “GSEU,” not “GSUE.”

    Yes, it’s true that students want quality and access, not just access by sacrificing quality. And, I would add (do you agree?) they don’t want to sacrifice access for quality, either.

    How to accomplish this incredible feat? There’s only one surefire way: increase NYS support of SUNY by raising taxes on the rich, who are actually paying state and local taxes at a rate LOWER than that paid by the poor and the middle class.

    Jake, I don’t know what this ominous “broad effect” you mention is. But the “broad effect” of raising taxes on the rich is more money in the public coffers. When the 2009-11 NYS income tax surcharge went into effect, Richie Rich didn’t leave NYS in droves: “On the contrary, during the three years of the surcharge, New York saw a substantial increase in employment as well as the number of high-income taxpayers” (http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/FPI_BalancingStateBudgetAndUpstateEconomy.pdf).

    Check out the website of the Fiscal Policy Institute for refutation of the various bugaboos trotted out by anti-tax (i.e., anti-working-class and poor) activists: http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/. For the undersupport of SUNY, see http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/UnderinvestmentPublicHigherEd.html.