As a resident of Corvallis, I sincerely wish I could be proud of "our" university, Oregon State University. When I see that OSU is adopting an austerity program and hear how little respect the students and staff get there, I am ashamed.
As per usual in the neoconservative austerity model, the bottom end is the one that has to sacrifice and the top end remains unaffected. Not only is there rising housing and food insecurity among the students, the staff are also experiencing increasing economic insecurity. Especially hard hit are the graduate teaching and research assistants; they are both students and workers. How can this be, in a university that appears to be thriving?
Administration is most generously served by this system. If there were a cut in their benefits or pay, it would not hurt near as much as the contract the university is presenting to its workers. The president would not have to choose between a co-pay, feeding the children, or paying the electricity bill.
And this is a public university! Without staff or students, it would be a hollow shell. This lack of respect for both staff and students is a shame. It has also a direct effect on our community, both economically and morally.
Corvallis (June 3)