Monday, May 24, 2010


Holy crap - they are gutting LSU. Included in the cuts are getting rid of the Masters program for Library Science, the Center for French and Francophone Studies (set up after the mandate of the Legislative Act No. 409 stipulating the "development, utilization, and preservation of the French language as found in Louisiana for the cultural, economic and touristic benefit of the state"), the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History (one of the premiere oral history centers in the country) and the United States Civil War Center (located on Raphael Semmes street, named after the famous Civil War admiral and LSU professor). So this year our state has suffered the man-made disaster of the oil spill (killing our coastline) and now the decline of LSU (killing our education and heritage).


BC said...

I'm sad, but not surprised. Apparently no one is supposed to speak Cajun French or care about the state's cultural history. Our culture is the only thing that sets us apart from the rest of the world.

I'd like to think the cuts were made because nobody utilizes those programs anymore, but more likely it's to preserve some political sacred cows.

Kevin M. Folta said...

Yup, we still had a prominent place in higher education as a nation. LSU is just like the rest of us- enduring cuts in research and education.

If we don't see some funds for revitalization we're toast.