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“We Don’t Need to Listen to this Crap”



Above: Academic plutocrat

University of California president (and former Arizona governor and Secretary of Homeland Security) Janet Napolitano sums up the opinion of pretty much all university presidents and provosts toward any of the lowly proles protesting or advocating against their policies that concentrate resources in the academic 1 percent:

University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn’t have to listen to this crap” as protesters denounced potential tuition hikes during a meeting Wednesday in San Francisco.

Napolitano was sitting next UC regent Chairman Bruce Varner as a group of about two dozen protesters shouted loudly, denouncing potential tuition hikes when she made the remark, which she may not have known was being recorded.

As the protests began, the cameras stayed on the regents. There was some confusion over what to do. That’s when Napolitano leans over to Varner and said, “Let’s just break. Let’s go, let’s go. We don’t have to listen to this crap.” Her hot mic caught the comment.

Whether it is students not wanting to take out more debt so that schools can hire another vice-president for strategic dynamism, professors speaking unpopular opinions, or campus workers organizing, university presidents, other high administrators, and boards of trustees, see them as nothing more than flies to be swatted away. How dare they protest the corporate university! Don’t they know that CEOs and college presidents are lords of the manor who deserve every penny of their massively bloated salaries?

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  • barthandelus

    “Let them eat ramen!”

    • wca

      Gotta keep Maruchan happy!

      • mds

        Big Noodle is more than just Maruchan. Connect the acini di pepe, sheeple!

      • J. Otto Pohl

        No, Indomie is the way to go.


        • Redwood Rhiadra

          I’m pretty sure that brand isn’t available to Californian students… (I’ve certainly never seen it, in any of the many markets I’ve been in.)

          • J. Otto Pohl

            I guess they are not as diverse as they thought they were. ;-)

          • Jackov

            If you find an Indonesian market it will carry Indomie.
            Or you could order your noodles from Amazon.

            • J. Otto Pohl

              Or a West African market. It is everywhere here in Ghana. There is a factory in Nigeria.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    You can see why she was such a “good” fit as Secretary of Homeland Security.

    • divadab

      Where she publicly stated that most of the 9-11 terrorists came from Canada. She’s as ignorant as most Faux news viewers – which figures considering where she comes from.

  • Phil Perspective

    And people wonder why the Democratic Party is screwed. People like her are example #1.

    • Honoré De Ballsack

      Yeah, you’re right. She can’t really pull off the whole “patronizing, dismissive hostility” thing with the masterful skill of, say, a Chris Christie or a Dick Cheney.

  • AcademicLurker

    I’m shocked by the low traffic this thread is getting. Do people really hate grammar Nazis more than upper level administrators?

    Priorities, people.

    • DonN

      I think it is fatigue. Higher ed seems under attack throughout the country. The republican legislatures are more aggressive (and open) in their attacks but it feels overwhelming.

    • Origami Isopod

      Oh, for chrissakes. A lot of important political posts get low traffic in comparison to posts that are less, or seem less, important. It doesn’t mean people don’t care about the issues. All of us only have so much time and energy.

      And if you consider that grammar policing has always been used to classist, and often racist, ends? That post was pretty damned important.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      FWIW, the article’s

      they “didn’t have to listen to this crap”

      should be

      they didn’t “have to listen to this crap”


      they “[didn’t] have to listen to this crap”

      That should get things rolling.

      • keta

        How very diplomatic of you.

    • keta

      Aaaaaand another mild joke gets slammed in earnest at LGM.


      • AcademicLurker

        Mild jokes are counter-revolutionary.

        • jim, some guy in iowa

          well, yeah. we can’t go over the top without going over the top, it seems

    • Jackov

      As loathsome as university presidents are and as broken as the UC system is, it still actually does a decent job enrolling and educating non-rich students. Berkeley has almost as many Pell Grant recipients as the entire Ivy League. System-wide 42% of UC students are Pell Grant recipients and 44% are first generation college. The UC high fee/high aid model appears to be one of the better of the bad options pursued by state university systems over the last decade.

  • wca

    I’m shocked by the low traffic this thread is getting. Do people really hate grammar Nazis more than upper level administrators?

    Every academic hates upper level administrators. Everyone hates grammar Nazis. There’s your difference in traffic.

  • MAJeff

    Class consciousness among the academic management class is an ugly thing.

    • Lee Rudolph

      To be fair, in the case of some of them, it may be the only kind of consciousness they’ll ever achieve.

      • MAJeff

        There is that.

  • Unemployed_Northeastern

    “University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn’t have to listen to this crap” as protesters denounced potential tuition hikes during a meeting Wednesday in San Francisco.”

    Meanwhile in Washington…

    “Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives released a spending blueprint that would freeze the maximum Pell Grant for 10 years and roll back some recent expansions of the program. On Wednesday they revealed that their plan would also abolish the in-school interest subsidy on Stafford loans, reverse a recent expansion of income-based repayment, and end public-sector loan forgiveness.”


    • keta

      An educated populace really puts a wrench in their future political plans.

      When this Congress presents a bill proposing public education be cut back to K-8, and absolutely no more federal money for post-secondary education, well, hopefully that will finally be the day pitchforks are brandished and torches are lit.

  • sparks

    I’m guessing she wants to be remembered as fondly at Cal as Sam Hayakawa.

  • burritoboy

    Napolitano needs to resign. Now. Today. This afternoon. She does not get to dismiss the entire student body’s – and millions of California parents who hope their kids will have the UC system as an option – entirely reasonable and completely understandable concern.

    Frankly, I think the UC Board of Regents should refuse to pay her her last paycheck and Gov. Brown go on TV to announce that, as Napolitano’s supervisor, he cannot recommend her to any future employer due to her inadequate performance.

    • Juicy_Joel

      Please direct comments to:

      Office of the President
      University of California
      1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor
      Oakland, CA 94607

      Email: [email protected]

    • West of the Cascades

      Does Gov. Brown have authority to fire her?

  • CP

    Education is the next health care.

    (And to think we’re not even close to having fixed health care yet…)

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