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Should state universities in present tough times decline $100T speaker's fees? 10 points for best answer?

What do you believe Calif. State University private foundation officials should do? -- this is posted at www. calcoastnews . com :

Increased pressure is coming from all directions, demanding that California State University officials reveal publicly the amount of money former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is being paid for an upcoming speech on the Stanislaus campus. [Orange County Register]

University officials have declined to reveal the Palin fee–reported to be in excess of $100,000–since the event is being sponsored by the school’s private, non-profit foundation. Revealing the fee would also violate the confidentiality clause in Palin’s contract.

Two activist groups–Californians Aware and the First Amendment Coalition–have both filed public record act requests for the information.

And state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has announced plans to hold hearings in Sacramento later this month on the Palin speaking fee and other issues of government secrecy.

Critics of the upcoming Palin appearance in June argue that cash-strapped universities should not be spending money on expensive speakers. Defenders suggest that Palin’s speech will actually help raise money for the Stanislaus campus.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    She is not of sufficient character and worthwhile life-experience -- remember that she opted not to finish the job she had been elected to (Gov. of Alaska) -- her performance as the handpicked runningmate by John McCain was quite polarizing for the American public. . .

    Use the $100,000 for needs at your particular campus for times like these when the state of California is in budgetary "meltdown"

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  • 1 decade ago

    The thing is, the money donated to schools isn't always donated to be used as the school would want to use it. Sometimes, it's donated for specific purposes - to support the art department, to build a new football stadium. The school doesn't get to choose to take that football money and use it for academics instead - the donor specified that the money goes to the football stadium, then that's where it goes.

    So some questions you need to ask include where does the money for that private foundation come from, and what, if any, stipulations are put on the use of that money? If the money is, for example, to be used to fund speakers, then it's not like the CSU can use it to hire new professors or to provide financial aid for students.

    And if the money *could* be redirected to other purposes, what's more valuable to the uni? Which of the critics are right? Is the $100,000 worth *more* if it's used to fund the Palin speech, because it'll bring in way more than $100,000 as a result of that speech? How do they know that? What are those figures based on? Do you agree?

    If you can answer all those questions, you'll have a pretty darn strong argument.

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  • 4 years ago

    A) 35 because of the fact a hundred% is all or an entire B)0.35 C)80x9=720 so like a million/9 of 720 is 80 D)70x8=560 so approximately 0.12 of 560 is 70 E)840 and the full quantity of 8th graders is a million,050 F)50 s x 40 =2000 so 200cmx40= 8000 stable success!!!

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  • eri
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    1 decade ago

    The money is coming from a private account that can't be used for things like computers, or renovations, or books. Those are separate accounts. Sure, I think paying her anything is a huge waste of money, but it's their private money to waste, not state money.

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  • 1 decade ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Colleges should not be spending that kind of money for anyone to speak, regardless of political affiliations.

    Source(s): Common sense
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