|A LITTLE "SIFTING AND WINNOWING"|
The University of Wisconsin system has been recognized as one of the great educational enterprises of the nation, if not the world. Since 1949, one of its stated basic tenets, actually a motto, has been the "sifting and winnowing" of human knowledge to find the truth; a fine goal.
The University of Wisconsin, we have recently been told, has a current budget surplus of one billion dollars. This at a time when tuition costs have been rising relentlessly, to the point where many deserving Wisconsin residents cannot afford to attend the institution. Of course some of this money is held in trust for specific programs. Nonetheless, this magnitude of surplus, which in plain language should be called a slush fund, is unwarranted, and is bound to lead to great abuse. When the cookie jar is filled to the brim, it is easy to overlook a few missing cookies, as any child, and most embezzlers, can attest to.
And all this comes to light as a new President is being hired at an annual salary of
It is way beyond time to bring this juggernaut under control, as it looks like it has been "sifting and winnowing" a lot more than knowledge. More like panning for gold.