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Thursday, September 3, 2009

No More Pencils No More Books, No More Teachers' Dirty Looks -- The State Is Broke and Colleges are Closed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM

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Those of us who grew up in Northern California never experienced the joy of a school "Snow Day" in which reading, writing, and arithmetic are abandoned in favor of the ecstasy of winter frolicking. Growing up here, I vividly recall the time I witnessed ice on the sidewalk near a drainage pipe while walking to junior high school in 1988. You should have seen it. It was frozen solid.

Like justice, however, joy delayed is joy denied. While a great many San Francisco State students who also never benefited from snow days will probably enjoy their pending six-day weekend, the knowledge that this is happening because the state is too goddamn broke to keep the school open on Sept. 4 and Sept. 8 really does slip the turd into the punchbowl.

As we reported last month, SFSU capped a year of conditions more befitting a university in which classes are occasionally disrupted by bouts of rocket attacks by posting an official "furlough calendar." The school has posted an update on its Web site; reading it feels like being privy to someone else's heart-breaking how-to manual. 

For example, the updated Web article includes templates for suggested staff or faculty e-mails announcing the pending closures or the scripts for answering machine messages. For example:

"Reduced funding from the California legislature and governor has necessitated a furlough program (time and pay cut) for San Francisco State University. As a result, the University will be closed [insert dates, ex.: Sept. 4 and 8 ]. The [fill in name of office] will reopen on [insert date, ex.: Wednesday, Sept. 9 at [insert time]."

There's even a suggestion as to how to phrase a message instructors could leave on their door. Apparently "Gone Fishin'!" won't cut it.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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