Letters to the Editor

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March 3, 2008

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To the editor:

I am puzzled by the Kansas University Annual Report that I received as an insert in my paper Thursday morning. I presume it was one of thousands that went out to the community. So often, there are articles in the paper about the various financial woes of the university and of course the students who have seen their tuition rates rise dramatically in the past few years. Then comes this 19-page annual report on nice shiny virgin paper. Just to be sure I looked on each page hoping to find a reference about some new type of shiny recycled paper but was sadly unsuccessful.

I appreciate that many Journal-World readers were glad to receive the report, but I can't help but think of what seems a colossal waste of resources - all those trees and in a community that prides itself on its efforts to be a green city.

I wonder if the people who are happy to have the annual report would have minded a different look and feel so that recycled paper could have been used. If you wouldn't have minded, please let the university know. In KU's efforts to show off their university to their hometown, KU has offended many and on some level made a fool of itself for not making better choices with our resources and not knowing its community better. Who is the provost of judgment up there?

Catherine Bolton,

Lawrence

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 4 months ago

KU isn't running out of money, it's just that they want MORE.

And Mangino ate the rest of it.

nettieb 7 years, 4 months ago

In response to this letter, I would roll my eyes exxageratedly if I could.

KU_cynic 7 years, 4 months ago

As a faculty member whose mailbox is routinely stuffed with high-cost KU documents, fliers, brochures, etc., from programs in which I am no interest personally or professionally (my favorite -- rural health initiative newsletters), I can attest that whatever the public sees in terms of KU's high-cost, high-environmental impact document surge is merely the tip of the wasteful and dirty iceberg.

kansas778 7 years, 4 months ago

In my last two undergrad years, professors starting posting everything on the web or e-mailing it to us because the department supposedly couldn't afford to make copies of all the papers and handouts, so we had to print out all that crap on our own dime. Apparantly they can afford these fancy fliers though...

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