Cognitive Dissonance

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Stay warm, kids

I keep seeing that North Dakota and Minnesota are getting life-threatening -50°F wind chills and all I can think about is that the University of Wyoming made us go to class on a walking campus when the wind chill was -61°F three years ago, telling us to suck it up when we complained.

Nope, we were right. Could’ve died but we didn’t.

#Winter2011 #NeverForget

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Mob-type mentality leads to bad decision making. Exposure through cameras and social media now makes those examples more likely to surface. People in stands need to realize — fair or unfair — their actions shape perceptions, good or bad.

And there’s a point to be made about alcoholism.

It’s a disease. That’s science. I’m all for giving opponents a hard time. Home court advantages are real and beneficial. But it doesn’t take too much critical thinking to connect the dots between fans chanting about alcoholism to fans chanting about cancer, or another damaging disease.

I think we can all agree some things should be off-limits, even in trash talk between bitter rivals.

The Casper Star-Tribune's Ben Frederickson on University of Wyoming fans taunting Larry Eustachy, Colorado State’s men’s basketball head Eustachy had a highly publicized battle with alcoholism several years ago, and has discussed his subsequent recovery with Colorado media. UW fans taunted the coach by chanting “alcoholic!” at least twice during the border war game last week.

UW Athletic Department marketing interns also distributed fliers encouraging this in their publication, called “The Dirt,” and published by the student fanclub. According to their site, it’s for intimidation of the opposing team: “As many of you know, we strive to provide you, the students, with the information needed to know our opponent and get inside their heads… [The Dirt] gives you all the dirty deet’s [sic] on the opponent players!!!” Here’s a photo of the flier from last week: 

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According to The Coloradan, it read: “CSU head coach Larry Eustachy is quite the party animal. During his career as head coach at Iowa State, pictures surfaced of Coach Eustachy partying with and kissing University of Missouri Coeds just hours after his team had lost to the Tigers. Where will Larry party with after tonight’s loss? Maybe the Parlor… When asked about next season’s prospects, Larry Eustachy pointed out that he prefers to party after losses anyway… All jokes aside, please lock your doors and stay in groups tonight. Larry Eustachy is a horrible person.” The flier also included the above ten year old photo of Eustachy with two college-aged women at the University of Missouri.

As Frederickson stated, yes, trash-talk is a part of sports, but does that mean the UW student fan club will next mock a opposing player or staff with a cancer diagnosis? What about a player with a sibling who has Down Syndrome? How low is too low?

The athletic department has apologized for the publication, but declined to identify those responsible. Those interns should lose their internship for using university resources to produce this bullshit, and any associated college credit or pay. What they did is beyond unacceptable. And by claiming the fliers weren’t “properly reviewed,” it leaves open the question of whether or not the athletic department knew about this prior to the fans’ behavior or “The Dirt” being distributed. 

Either way, these students and interns should be ashamed of themselves. Y’all can’t act right in your own house. What makes you think anyone will welcome us in theirs? It’s not like our men’s basketball team doesn’t have any skeletons in their own closets… 

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The only time you’re going to have an opportunity to study a whole area of the law systematically is in law school. You should not waste that opportunity. Take the bread-and-butter courses. Do not take ‘law and women,’ do not take ‘law and poverty,’ do not take ‘law and anything.’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, advising students during a speaking engagement at the University of Wyoming Law School in October 2012 that they should avoid “frill courses” during their time in school. (Source: Above the Law)

1. This explains a lot about that bitter old bastard

2. Because the law affects nothing else, amirite?

Because if we take “law and anything,” we might try to understand the ways “law” affects the “anything,” then that might change into action based on that understanding, and shit — those not old white men people might start getting all uppity and thinking they deserve things like rights.

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Andrew and I interviewed Kate Farrar, director of Campus Leadership Programs at the American Association of University Women, on tonight’s edition of Checks and Balances. 

Farrar came from Washington D.C. to conduct the Elect Her conference at UW on Feb. 23. We discussed the importance of women running for office and leadership roles, whether young women consider themselves feminists, AAUW’s mission, and Andrew’s experiences running campaigns and working for female candidates. (at Laramie Civic Center)

Andrew and I interviewed Kate Farrar, director of Campus Leadership Programs at the American Association of University Women, on tonight’s edition of Checks and Balances.

Farrar came from Washington D.C. to conduct the Elect Her conference at UW on Feb. 23. We discussed the importance of women running for office and leadership roles, whether young women consider themselves feminists, AAUW’s mission, and Andrew’s experiences running campaigns and working for female candidates. (at Laramie Civic Center)

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A Christian UW student asks a Tibetan Buddhist monk questions. Enlightenment does not ensue.

Student:
Do you speak English?
Monk:
Yes. Not good, but I try.
Student:
Where are you from?
Monk:
Tibet. But we are exiles and are in India now. Too dangerous for Buddhist to stay.
Student:
Buddhists? Like Buddha? Do you all believe in Jesus then?
Monk:
I believe in everyone.
Student:
No, but do you believe-believe in Jesus?
Monk:
*smiles* I believe-believe in everyone. Even you.
Student:
Huh?

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This is the state of higher education.
Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.
The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”
The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.
So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.
There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

This is the state of higher education.

Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.

The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”

The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.

So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.

There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

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Hey UW TransPark! Remember that one time that y’all gave me that parking ticket as I was running to my meter? It was at 4:57 PM, Friday of finals week. And then the guy who gave me the ticket laughed and said he was sure I’d find the money to pay it. Remember that? I do! And I can’t register for one of my classes because of it. Hilarious! 

You know what else is great? I found the money to pay it by saving up all my change, AND that same dudebro is working at the desk. 

I’ll be in at 4:57 PM today. Cheers, asshat.

Hey UW TransPark! Remember that one time that y’all gave me that parking ticket as I was running to my meter? It was at 4:57 PM, Friday of finals week. And then the guy who gave me the ticket laughed and said he was sure I’d find the money to pay it. Remember that? I do! And I can’t register for one of my classes because of it. Hilarious!

You know what else is great? I found the money to pay it by saving up all my change, AND that same dudebro is working at the desk.

I’ll be in at 4:57 PM today. Cheers, asshat.

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