[LINK] Cultural destruction
Thu, 22 Mar 2001 06:47:51 +1100
What is the world coming to? I read the headline on this story thinking it
was a censorship story. Instead it's destruction due to
underfunding. What a sad state of affairs. couldn't they have at least
given the books to community libraries, nursing homes, literacy centres,
etc etc? What sort of respect for learning does this express from a
Sydney university forced to bury books
Source: AAP|Published: Wednesday March 21, 10:15 AM
A Sydney university has been forced to bury 10,000 books in the ground
because it cannot afford to store them.
The University of Western Sydney today admitted to burying the books,
which include first editions and tomes up to 100 years old, The Daily
Low funding and high student growth over the past five years are to
blame for the problem, the university said.
Students also complain of tutorial classes of 35 students instead of
20, 110 students crammed into lecture theatres with a capacity of 85 and
only 10 photocopiers in the library to service 5,000 students.
The Universities of Sydney and NSW get Federal government funding of
around $17,000 per student, while UWS gets less than $11,000, the paper said.
"There is no doubt we have always been under funded in comparison with
older and far wealthier universities in the city's east," UWS
vice-chancellor Janice Reid said.