Elsewhere in the Neoliberal University
Look, I can’t think of any better use of the suckers’ skyrocketing tuition money than this:
The University of Florida is making sure its newly hired president, former Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, can dive into the job: It is spending $300,000 to build a new swimming pool behind the stately mansion where Sasse will live with his family, the school confirmed.
Construction on the expensive addition to the 7,400-square-foot, four-bedroom mansion — provided to Sasse at no cost — started in November and is nearly complete, ahead of his first day as UF’s new president on campus next month. Beyond a perimeter fence, mounds of dirt and pallets of pavers were set to the left of the house, promising a finished pool in coming weeks.
A university spokesman, Steve Orlando, said Sasse did not ask for the pool to be built and provided no input on its design. Sasse had no pool at his family’s home in Fremont, Nebraska. Orlando said the estimated $300,000 to cover its cost came from the mansion’s donors, John and Mary Lou Dasburg of Key Biscayne, and other private sources he did not identify.
I mean, I do believe that the money probably did come from the stupid donors, but this should not distract us from the point that higher education leadership comes straight out of the corporate scumbag elite that gave us the Great Recession and they have learned nothing except to bilk the suckers out of everything they got. After all, how can you get quality university leadership like [checks notes] Ben Sasse without a swimming pool running north of a quarter million?