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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

My Big Debut

Sunday, June 26, 2005

A couple of months ago, the editorial board at the Kansas City Star put out a call for people to join an "advisory panel," made up of citizens. The panel, they said, would advise the paper's editorial board on which issues were of most pressing concern to the local community.

I applied, with about 400 other people. I didn't get it.

But what I did get as a consolation prize was the opportunity to participate in a List Serve with the editorial board. Here's how it works: someone from the editorial staff sends out an email to the list, asking for people's opinions on any given issue. People write back. Then the paper picks the responses they want to publish.

The first email solicited input on UMKC, that is, the University of Missouri's Kansas City campus. Kansas City civic leaders (and donors) have been squawking about wanting more "local control" of the university. I have a friend who is on the Residence Life staff at the university, and he told me it was a bad idea. So that's what I responded with. Two sentences: UMKC separating from the MU system is a bad idea.

And--ta-da!!--here it is (registration required).

Before you read it, an admission: the statement that UMKC already enjoys more local control in Kansas City than the suggestion to sever the school from MU suggests is made with absolutely no factual evidence with which the writer might support it. The sentence sort of produced itself, and it represents my vague sense of things from having known a guy who works in Residence Life there.

Does that lack credibility? Anyway, enjoy it.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 8:04 AM


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