Things aren’t going so hot in Akron these days. Not like they ever really were, but this is bad even for them.
The University of Akron has come under fire lately for budget cuts that severely limit some departments and completely destroy others, all while university executives continue to make upwards of $200,000 a year, with President Scott Scarborough pulling in a ridiculous $450,000.
The university recently eliminated more than 200 positions, cut its baseball program and made other changes as part of a $40 million cost-cutting move. UA has faced significant public backlash over the decisions.
In response to the budget cuts, a group calling themselves “Graduates Over Greed” put together this video parodying a U of Akron board meeting. It’s interesting to say the least.
That piano music at the end is unreal. So good. It’s an absolute wall of fire emojis with no end in sight. I can’t get enough. I’ve been listening to it on repeat the entire time I’ve been writing this piece. I don’t even remember what the rest of the video was about at this point. A wild west saloon fight? A Greek Week vaudeville performance gone wrong? Oh, right, some greedy bastards trying to fuck over their students and faculty.
The execs gotta eat too, though. I’m sure they’re doing their best to cut out all unnecessary spending if they’re putting over 200 people out of work without taking pay cuts themselves.
This is the latest example of critics taking a swipe at the university because of its recent financial decisions. Someone created Facebook and Twitter accounts dedicated to a $556 olive jar that was purchased for the president’s home as a part of a renovation and furnishing project.
Now that olive scene in the video makes sense. Was pretty confused by that. You’ve got to respect the martini game of a man who’s willing to drop what would have been the income of a since-fired employee on a jar of olives, though. Scarbs, you motorboatin’ son of a bitch. I don’t like you, and I don’t like what you’re doing, but damn do I respect the way you’re doing it. If you’re gonna be an asshole, at least be frat about it..
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