The University of Missouri, where I teach and which I dearly love, is in crisis. Freshman enrollment at the university’s Columbia campus (Mizzou) is down by a whopping 35% from two years ago. Missouri’s governor and legislature slashed Mizzou’s state appropriation by $22 million this year.
Administrators have responded by cutting Mizzou’s operating budget by 12% and laying off 307 employees (474 across the entire University of Missouri system). They’ve also closed seven dormitories to students, instead renting out the rooms for football games and special events like the recent solar eclipse.
Suffice it to say, morale on campus is low.
The primary culprit, of course, is Mizzou’s reaction to the student protests of 2015.
I had one just before 06:00 today. It was still dark and I was out driving the MX-5 RF (Miata) with the lights on high beam and automatic dipping. Just into the second to last bend before Nottingham Road, on the Midlands Meander route, and almost at the Bierfassl, I saw headlights and emergency flashers of a truck in the opposite lane.
No need to panic, I thought, but then I noticed that it was completely dark on my side of the road. No lights on in ye olde country inn.
Little voice said BRAKE (in big block capitals just like that). So I did, quite hard and with a touch of left-hand Body English just in case.
A split second later, the auto highbeams kicked in to reveal a mechanical horse and two articulated trailers; one completely across my lane and the second still exiting the driveway of the hotel.… More here ...