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Sun Thinks Kids Should be Forced to Volunteer
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VANOC Wants to Close Universities - Students Will
Vancouver Sun Thinks Kids
Should be Forced to Volunteer
According to an "editorial" in the Vancouver
Sun on October 19, 2006, an anonymous CanWest writer thinks that local
school children should be forced to become Olympic volunteers, and accordingly,
that teachers should be forced to manage the program.
The Sun obviously didn't say it in these exact words, but it is exactly
what they mean. My complaint all along with the Vancouver Sun is that
they either tell half-truths, or they don't have a clue what they
are talking about. This editorial is a first, because this time around,
both complaints are true. The Sun often irresponsibly boosts the Games
without taking into consideration how it negatively impacts the community.
I steadfastly maintain that you have to tell both sides of the story in
order for our community to make an educated decision. When the Sun fails
to report critical information it hurts our community. They still operate
in the middle ages as if the public doesn't have a voice - like this blog.
Their recent editorial is a perfect example of a news media process that
Noam Chomsky describes as necessary illusion. In other words,
the Sun makes it look like it is good for you, but in the end, the sugar
will rot your teeth and make you fat.
The anonymous Sun writer (I don't trust anyone who doesn't have enough
courage to put their name on it) feels that it is our obligation (through
tax money given to the board of education) to support the 2010 Games.
What they fail to tell us is that support comes with a price tag. For
example, even though many parents in Olympic regions pull their kids from
school for security reasons, who will pay for daycare when kids are forced
to take two weeks off? And more importantly, why should school children
be forced to partake in political wrangling? At an academic level the
Olympics is about politics, not sports, or health, or anything else.
The Sun comes up with these flimsy schemes that undermine the community,
and then they actually try to lead readers to believe they are the first
to think of these scams. Stop the Presses!! It happens like this in all
Olympic regions, but the Sun would like us to believe their vision is
unique. The truth is, they are playing you.
The headline for the editorial was, "Give students a role in the
Olympics, not just a get-out-of-school pass." Well thank you very
much anonymous editorial writer whoever you are. It's very slick how you've
by-passed addressing in depth whether or not schools should even be shut
down for the two week period. Thank you for siding with VANOC in all their
vision and wisdom. It's a slick "compliance tactic" to assume
the sale. You want to shut down the schools, but who will pay to watch
the kids during this period? You are right when you wrote that Olympic
organizations historically do not want grade school students as volunteers.
They want university students. What the Sun failed to tell their readers
was that Olympic organizations do however want to conscript grade school
students to help them raise money, sell tickets, and raise local awareness.
Olympic organizations also need teachers to manage the hype, but the Sun
also failed to point that out.
Ironically, when it comes to teachers spending extra time at school to
coach or manage intramural sports teams, they strenuously resist and sometimes
outright refuse to play along. So how does the Sun figure that teachers
will be so eager to become Olympic boosters? Where does it say that teachers
were hired to raise money for the Olympics. Every second that teachers
spend hyping the Games to their students is paid for by tax dollars, but
did you see any of this listed as an expense on the auditor general's
report last month. Of course not, because it's another hidden cost.
Here's the "closer" for the Sun editorial. Their "Headless
Horseman" wrote, "School boards and the Ministry of Education
should be considering ways for students to take advantage of the Games."
Translation; Students shouldn't be just given time off, they should be
forced to volunteer. The Sun goes on to spout Olympic rhetoric that echoed
in ALL past Olympic regions, when they also wrote, (cue the horns and
strings) "The Olympics bring with them values that are particularly
appropriate for students (ed. Like maybe doping and cheating judges?),
who are in the stage of life when inspirational role models are important,
blah, blah, blah." Dear gentle reader, you're going to have a stroke
when you see what I predicted in my book, and in this blog well over a
According to the Sun editorial, John Furlong CEO VANOC wants to make sure
kids get to experience the Games firsthand. Well hell's bells John, why
don't you give them free tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies?
Or maybe free tickets to popular sports like hockey, figure skating or
snowboarding? That would certainly do it for 99.9% of the kids. It would
be a memory to last a lifetime. Give every kid in the region a free ticket
to at least one popular event, then maybe a parent won't feel so bad when
he or she has to fork over $500 per ticket so they can join little Sara
If you're a parent don't get your hopes up folks, because it ain't gonna
happen. It can't happen because the Olympic business model is flawed,
and as a consequence it is economically impossible to do as I suggest
above. Olympic organizations do not give away good tickets to locals.
The good tickets are reserved for corporate sponsors. If you are lucky,
and if you volunteer at least six weeks of your time you might receive
a single ticket for the "DRESS REHEARSAL" to an opening or closing
ceremony, or a single ticket in the nosebleeds for a sport that Olympic
organizations cannot sell tickets to, but I guarantee, a local will not
be able to buy a good seat for a popular event at any price unless you
go to a professional Olympic scalper. If you're interested in how it really
works read the following excerpts from my book.
Excerpt from Leverage
Olympic Momentum . . .
Everyone in an Olympic region gets in the ticket-selling game including
students, parents and the school system, whether they want to or not.
The public school system in most countries is already stressed, and adding
a heavier workload severely impacts their primary mandate, which is to
improve the educational experience for children. Olympic organizations
don't see it that way. They see the public school system as an organized
association with a captive audience. It's one thing for universities to
get involved, but at the public school level it causes a myriad of problems
that aren't easily resolved. To begin with, students in the public school
system are younger and cannot take on the more complex administration
workload that a university student can assume, which means it is passed
on to teachers and parents. Students can however be counted on to do the
grunt work. Inviting the Olympic enterprise into the school system also
opens the doors for corporations like McDonalds and Coca-Cola. In Sydney,
Olympic education kits sponsored by Coca-Cola and IBM were distributed
to schools as early as 1995. It was a sophisticated branding project to
get students tuned into Olympic ideology and subsequently introduce them
to Olympic commercialism. The programs were presented using an educational
subtext, but in reality provided a direct channel to impart the associated
brands into the young budding psyche. School documents were branded with
corporate logos, and students did literacy and numeric tests with Olympic
themes. When interviewed by media one young student thought there should
be a "test to see how much McDonald's you could eat in an hour." The imprinting
plan worked incredibly well. Visa also got in the game and presented an
"Olympics of the Imagination" program. The idea was to have kids create
art that symbolized what the Olympic motto, "faster, higher, stronger"
represents. The contest was featured in a regular Herald insert called
"Olympic Insight." Teachers managed the competition in the classroom and
as [Helen] Lenskyj pointed out, through default became "Visa and Olympic
volunteers." Art contests were also promoted that attracted 54,000 entries.
In order to enter, students had to give up their copyright and agree to
let Olympic organizations use the artwork for free to promote the Games.
The artwork was reproduced on t-shirts, mugs, pins, ties, etc. It generates
considerable revenue that is channeled to poorer Olympic countries. VANOC
used a similar contest to entice artists to design their logo (Ilanaaq
the Inukshuk), except in Vancouver artists had to actually pay a fee upfront
to enter the contest. (hjl80) end of this excerpt.
All the while NBC and all the other Olympic sponsors made a fortune, while
Athens incurred a 12 billion dollar debt, Salt Lake City $1.2 billion
deficit, and Turin is still counting their damage.
Next excerpt from Leverage
Olympic Momentum . . .
Considering that the Olympic spectacle is primarily a television spectacle,
and most revenue is generated through broadcasting as opposed to live
event ticket sales, it is important to note that locals are not given
special access to tickets for events. It is always a sensitive issue,
especially considering that the best seats on the open market are always
reserved for purchase by people from outside the host country. Popular
event tickets are often priced above what local fans can afford, and when
they do buy tickets they rarely have access to great seats. Olympic organizations
make a big deal about keeping ticket prices low and available for local
purchasers, but what they don't say is that the bulk of the tickets they
offer for local purchase are for unpopular events and positioned in the
upper reaches of the venues. From a promoter's perspective it makes sense
because you could not sell enough tickets locally to fill the venues.
Also, in most cases, if the hype and price is right locals will purchase
sub-par tickets because it is relatively easy for them to get to the venue
compared to someone who travels from out of town. In order to entice someone
from half way around the world you have to ensure they have access to
great seats and popular events. Plus, contrary to what Olympic organizations
would have the general public believe, the absolute best seats in the
house are always reserved for heads of state and high-ranking executives
of sponsor companies, and also executives of companies that might invest
in future Games. To make matters worse, they squander them. In almost
all Olympic regions prime tickets are allotted to sponsor VIPs, but they
rarely use them all or put the unused tickets back in the system. It happens
in almost all Olympic regions, which caused me to wonder why John Furlong,
was surprised to learn it happened in Turin. It's not news. If you want
good seats in 2010 look to sponsors like Bell, RBC, HBC, Rona, PetroCanada,
GM, CTV, and Rogers. They will all have prime tickets and they will have
them by the thousands. Olympic organizations also run a string of special
ticketing promotions to boost sales that include series sales (for example
you must buy a package that includes three events or more), to country
promotions and membership packages. They even promote 'Season Pass-like'
packages. Tickets are sold through "mail order, in malls, door-to-door,"
and in conjunction with promotions where, for example, a purchaser can
win an "Olympian-For-A-Day" prize. It's also typical of Olympic organizations
to boost or decrease ticket pricing relative to the popularity of the
first run of ticket sales. If they underestimate the popularity of an
event and the first tickets they market sell quickly, they have been known
to inflate the price for the rest of the tickets. When this is done at
a normal concert or event patrons go crazy because tickets in row Z could
cost more than in AA. Olympic organizations aren't too concerned though
with what patrons think because it is very hard for people to figure out
who pays what when there are so many complex packages being sold around
the world. Secrecy once again plays a huge role in ticket pricing. On
the other end of the spectrum when ticket sales are slow volunteers are
given more tickets than they can use and are told to give them away to
family and friends. Although in Turin, they were so disorganized they
couldn't get it together so many events looked barren. In the traditional
world of entertainment it's called 'papering the house.' The 'gift' to
the volunteers is positioned so it looks like Olympic organizations are
good guys taking care of their flock, when in reality Olympic organizers
are in panic mode because venues will look empty and they need bodies
in the seats to avoid embarrassment. Athens 2004 was also so poorly managed
they too never leveraged this strategy effectively. Many events looked
almost empty. Again, secrecy is of the utmost importance because if it
looks like Olympic organizations are 'papering the event' unaccredited
media will go crazy reporting it as a failure. Perception is nine tenths
of the law in the promotion game. Olympic organizations will also sit
on tickets with the hope they will increase in value. In Sydney it was
referred to as "executive scalping." Eight hundred thousand (800,000)
tickets were held and eventually offered to wealthy private club members
who were willing to pay on average two and a half times the price printed
on the ticket. Average citizens become upset because they were told they
could purchase tickets at face value in reasonable quantities. (hjl78)
Ticketing incongruities in Sydney were so serious the Australian Competition
& Consumer Commission investigated the process. The law firm Clayton Utz
and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu on behalf of the NSW Legislative Assembly
also did an independent review. The investigations reported "management
and oversight failures, lack of transparency, carelessness and an absence
of internal controls and safeguards predominantly in regard to ticket
inventory." According to the IOC, Sydney was supposed to be, 'the best
Games ever'. In resulting Herald articles SOCOG was portrayed as having
a "culture of secrecy and lack of accountability." Olympic spin-masters
turned the scandal around to make it sound like Aussies were enthusiastic
to purchase tickets and that the weight of the system caused them to experience
uncharacteristic challenges. Instead of an apology to the public the best
they could come up with was to admit that they "might have overdone themselves."
Media had a field day with it locally and around the world. A Nielson
poll indicated that tickets were overpriced and that only nine percent
of households with gross incomes of more than $30,000 planned to purchase
It wasn't until the bitter end that tickets were offered to low income
people at a rate they could afford. Olympic organizations felt that to
offer tickets to low-income families would be unfair to the rest of the
population, but they did offer special concessions for wealthy purchasers.
It was a clear double standard and the media ran with it. By June of 2000
only about 109,000 tickets were sold and the panic meter jumped a notch,
but still the local Olympic committee refused to reduce ticket prices
for low-income households. Leaders in social services felt local Olympic
organizations were being "mean-spirited." By this time the ticketing program
was investigated a second time due to complaints that Visa held a monopoly
as a sponsor and wanted all tickets to be purchased only using their credit
card. After a bit of controversy they agreed to also accept checks and
cash. Nice guys. (hjl79) end of this excerpt
To put a fine point on all of this, the Headless Horesman at the Vancouver
Sun wrote, "The best way to take advantage of all those learning
opportunities is to incorporate them into our schools, before, during,
and after the Games." What an idiotic, self-serving, and hurtful-to-the-community
If you want to know more about why VANOC wants to close schools, read
the article below entitled, VANOC Wants to Close Schools and Universities
- Students Will Suffer.
If you're tired of all the misinformation from mainstream media,
and you can't make heads or tails of all the confusion, buy
the book . . .
VANOC Signs Ontario Supplier
to Manage 2010 Resumes
On October 3, 2006, Workopolis was named "Exclusive Official Supplier
of Online Recruitment for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
VANOC negotiated a sponsorship agreement with Workopolis.com
to provide HR services respective to finding and processing volunteers
and paid workers for the 2010 Games. Bell Canada, which owns Bell Globemedia,
parent of CTV (the official 2010 television broadcaster), also
In reference to the Workopolis announcement, John Furlong said, “We're
searching for Canada's best ‘corporate athletes' who are looking for an
experience of a lifetime."
Experience of a lifetime -- what a loaded sentiment, and
Here's what I wrote about this signature Olympic phrase
in Leverage Olympic Momentum -- in 2005 . . .
Media is the Olympic organization's most powerful tool. Without media
the Olympics would not exist. It is media that promotes 'Olympic Spirit'
and leads us to put so much weight on the "once-in-a-lifetime experience."
And although the slogan is directed at the public in an effort to conscript
volunteers, as a businessperson it is also exactly how you have to look
at it too. Take your lead from media. Watch carefully what they do and
model your plan after theirs. Media use their relationship with the Olympics
to boost their visibility, and in turn sell advertising. You can create
a relationship with the Olympics to boost your visibility too. The difference
is that you don't necessarily have to do it in an official capacity as
a sponsor or supplier. In most cases you will never have an opportunity
to ever do it in an official capacity. Not all media become official Olympic
sponsors, but all media benefit simply because the Olympics come into
their region. How do they benefit? First, official media 'sponsors' pay
for the privilege, and in return for providing a conduit to the local
public they get first access to Olympic related information. Being the
first to publish new information is an outdated model, but nevertheless,
still a big deal for old newspaper hounds. For the privilege of being
the official Olympic sponsor, a newspaper will have to publish special
Olympic notices. For example they will produce "high gloss posters, souvenir
programs, Olympic schedules," etc. Each time they do the local public
learns to come back for more. As the Games draw near the frequency and
sophistication of these "special supplements" will increase. The newspaper
soon becomes the media of record. As you saw earlier this creates ethical
conflicts because newspapers are regarded as journalistic entities that
are supposed to adhere to news gathering and publishing standards. (hjl6)
Unaccredited media (those who do not pay for sponsorship rights) don't
have access or the authority to print special supplements, but they have
no problem benefiting from the Olympics by finding alternative viewpoints
to keep readers interested. Consequently many rely on human-interest stories
regarding the people behind the Games, like athletes, executives, sponsors,
etc. In other words, they talk it up. As I described earlier, you can
talk it up too, and shortly I'll show you exactly how you too can also
become a bona fide news source. The closer a region gets to spectacle-time
the deeper local people get sucked into the once-in-a-lifetime vortex.
Locals actually start to believe the stories about the Olympics in their
region, and reasonable consideration on their part is dismissed. The Olympics
are coming whether you like it or not, and regardless of whether you have
a direct role to play. To fight it outright is futile. The George W. Bush
threat of, "you are with us or you are against us" works every time. Opposing
factions of media will pull the public all over the place with increased
intensity as the Games approach. end
VANOC will most likely have to manage well over 100,000 core resumes in
order to fill 25,000 volunteer positions and 4,700 paid positions, and
it will all be processed online. Olympic organizations at even
(what they incorrectly refer to as) the Best Olympics like
Sydney 2000 struggle through serious challenges while trying to find and
keep workers on the job, volunteer or otherwise. If they can't
even get it right during the Games that they boast as being the Best Games
Ever, what do you think will happen in your region that is already falling
to pieces three years before the event?
As you are starting to see in mid 2006, Olympic organizations are not
financially transparent and are also so often mismanaged that at recent
past Games many volunteers went through two months of exhaustive part
time training, only to quit after one day at their post. Olympic organizations
like VANOC have to deal with an employment churn rate of 3:1, and sometimes
more, which means that if they need 25,000 volunteers, they must collect
100,000 resumes, interview 75,000 people, get them to commit to a temporary
volunteer job three six months in advance, and churn 50,000 of them through
the seventeen day ordeal because they quit in droves on day one or two.
When it happens, Olympic Spirit takes a big hit, and by day three,
even more quit. Unfortunately, this trend continues until the last spectator
By negotiating a deal with an online HR company like Workopolis.com, VANOC
can ease their burden considerably. It also allows VANOC to remove themselves
a step from the controversial and traditional sponsorship deal with
Here's another excerpt from my book . . . Leverage
Olympic Momentum . . .
... why not tap non-media corporate sponsors to pay for the advertising
and logistics needed to conscript volunteers and labour? It would mean
local daily newspapers wouldn't have to prostitute themselves. Today,
in some countries it probably could be done considering the internet is
so deeply ingrained in society, but it will take a lot of courage and
BIG vision to take that plunge. Remember too that buying [local news]
media off also keeps the fraternity on your side, so even if Olympic organizations
did raise enough capital to advertise independently, or if they went online
to job sites like Workopolis or Monster.com, it still might not
be in their best interests to do so. Another reason newspapers have traditionally
been placed in this clandestine sponsor loop is because corporate sponsors
like McDonald's or Visa for instance, are in the Olympic business to raise
their visibility - and spend the least amount of money doing it. Connections
with media through Olympic projects increases face time. Shareholders
of Olympic sponsor companies control large corporations. They vote with
their money and have no conscience. Their only goal is to make a profit.
In fact it is against the law for the directors of public companies not
to make as much profit as possible for shareholders, even if it comes
at the expense of the community. If you haven't read the book or seen
the movie, check out "The Corporation" to get a better idea of what you're
up against. It is written by, Professor Joel Bakan, from the University
of British Columbia. (jb1) end of excerpt
Although the announcement regarding Workopolis is relatively good news,
there is still a complicated back story that local businesses must monitor
Using Workopolis to find and administrate the mountain of resumes represents
only one aspect of the HR process. Spirit doesn't just happen.
VANOC has to entice people to these positions. Attracting people to upper
management hasn't traditionally been a problem, although thanks to blogs
like this things are changing rapidly, but jobs from Clerk II and down
can be like a drunken stumble along the banks of the Hades. Subtly weaving
Olympic influence into their daily mix is a sensitive process of timing
and execution for local newspapers. Someone has to manage the hype in
order to get and keep the resumes flowing. The question now is, will CanWest
newspapers, like The Vancouver Sun or The Province, have
any interest in becoming sponsors? Once local residents find out what
is required of them, and what it actually costs to become a volunteer,
or even a low level worker, they lose interest. In Sidney (apparently
the "Best Games Ever), and Athens, they could not find enough help
and had to resort to a constant barrage of media propaganda to fill the
positions. Prospective volunteers need to address due diligence just like
someone applying for a paid job. If they walk into it unprepared it will
catch them by surprise. VANOC needs the influence of a local newspaper
to manage and pump up the spirit.
Consequently, VANOC has yet to decide which local newspaper to bring onboard
to distribute corporately spun messages wrapped in Special Glossy Features
during the last two years ramping up to the Games. Glossy features are
designed to keep Olympic Spirit artificially inflated, much like we already
experienced regarding local real estate prices. It's no secret to anyone
by now that the newspaper that wins the dubious honor will be obligated
to protect the image of the Games -- even if it is to the detriment of
the community. That ... is a very difficult and fine line to tread.
Considering that Workopolis is owned by Bell Globemedia, and that they
also own the Globe and Mail, the odds of the Globe and Mail becoming a
serious contender just increased considerably. However, considering the
Globe and Mail's reputation as a newspaper read by intellectual business
types, why would they want to take a chance and jeopardize a hard earned
Plus, the Globe and Mail owns relatively small marketshare in Vancouver/Whistler,
and in order to be effective in the role they would have to grow quickly
to at least ten times their current share. Is it worth it, or is the Vancouver
Sun still the favorite propaganda horse to saddle? My money is still on
the Sun, but now only by a nose.
If the Globe and Mail takes on the challenge, you can bet that the view
CanWest newspapers take of the Games will change radically. Overnight
they will become the opposition party. In fact maybe they already have
and that is the reason for the recent about-face. Have they become a spurned
Look for a local newspaper decision to be made by May of 2007 ... if
I made the above prediction regarding
the announcement date in October of 2006,
and I hate to admit it, but this is the first major prediction I missed.
I thought for sure the Vancouver Sun would be named the official 2010
Olympics booster by May of 2007, but as it turned out the announcement
wasn't made until June of 2007. Guess who won? Drum roll please
... the new local 2010 Olympics trumpet is none other than The Vancouver
Sun. I think they delayed the announcement just to ruin my credibility
for more info...
VANOC Wants to Close Schools & Universities
- Students Will Suffer
On October 16, 2006, Global tv news ran an interview with VANOC CEO John
Furlong that addressed giving university students time off during the
Olympics so they could be conscripted as volunteers. Furlong characterized
it as a visionary idea, while the ill-prepared reporter
never blinked an eye or challenged this proposal that will have a negative
impact on students and the entire community. A similar story by Rod Mickleburgh
also ran in the Globe and Mail the next day, and there too, the reporter
never addressed the ramifications from a community perspective. Not one
news media report anywhere addressed the issue of daycare, and how working
parents would have to find someone to watch their kids. The articles did
however mislead people to believe that it would be a good idea for students
to have time off so they could attend the Games. Does anyone in our insular
little region have any idea how much Olympic tickets cost, and does anyone
here know that it is virtually impossible for locals to get good seats
even if you can afford it? Do they also know that any tickets that Olympic
organizations like VANOC give away are always for unpopular events that
are often absolutely impossible to sell? Students will be in for a rude
surprise when they discover that free tickets will NOT be provided for
Opening or Closing Ceremonies, and definitely not for hockey, figure skating,
or boarding. If you want tickets to those events, you have to pay for
them, and they will cost upwards of $500 each. Happy holidays kids. See
you at the curling bonspiel.
The truth is, school closings happen in ALL Winter Olympic regions. Vancouver/Whistler
is not unique, and this idea is not visionary. The only difference here
is that someone is proposing that all schools in the entire province close
for two weeks. I can't figure out exactly who is promoting this idea,
but I know why. The reality is that schools in Olympic regions have no
choice but to close down because it is one of the best ways to find much
needed volunteers, plus they need every bus available in the country.
Yes, all of Canada. 3,000+ buses are very hard to come by. So hard in
fact that the Olympic transportation system in Salt Lake City imploded
at the eleventh hour for the simple reason that they could not contract
enough buses. Just imagine what will happen in tiny BC stuck on the far
left coast when SLC, which is in the middle of the USA, couldn't make
it happen. (You really should read my book for the details)
It is ironic that on the VANOC website (see this
article) they claim they already have too many volunteers, but now
it seems they have no concern about disrupting the student body in an
effort to find more. Furlong is confused. Does he have too many, or not
enough? If, as he claims, that too many people have already indicated
they want to volunteer, why would he cut into university learning time
- time btw that grows more expensive every year? Why pick on university
students who are already saddled with heavy schedules and debt? It stuns
me that local media cannot, or refuse to connect the dots.
Cutting short the university semester creates serious issues, not the
least of which is that students will be forced to CRAM the same amount
of learning into one third less time. Furlong stated in the tv interview
that he supported giving students two weeks off, and again, not a blink
from the reporter. To begin with, someone should tell them both that the
Games run for seventeen days, not fourteen. In other Olympic regions,
when everything is taken into account, university students lose approximately
six full weeks, because, don't forget, volunteers have to be trained.
You can't just expect volunteers to show up on day one and know what to
do, but at this point I wouldn't put anything past VANOC.
Furlong stated it would be a good idea to give students time off because
he was going to shut down the public bus system during the entire run
of the Games, and consequently, students, would not be able to get to
school anyway, so he might as well give them a holiday and put them to
work. This BTW, is another "hidden cost" I addressed in detail
long ago. You can guarantee that removing buses from public service will
not be counted as an Olympic expense, and that students and local taxpayers
will have to absorb the cost and suffer the inconvenience. Seniors and
the physically challenged will suffer the most, and will literally be
shut in for the entire time the buses are assigned to Olympic service.
Again, the oblivious reporters never blinked an eye. Whose side are they
on? It's not responsible reporting.
Shutting down universities has only marginal impact on students in the
mid-years of study, but anyone graduating in 2010 will be subjected to
a living hell that includes having to deal with faculty and staff distracted
by their Olympic volunteer duties, which btw constitutes another "hidden
cost" when you consider that taxes pay for university salaries.
First year students will also have to deal with losing residence space
because universities rent campus rooms to Olympic organizations and make
students fend for themselves - mid term.
Here are two excerpts from my book . . .
Universities pride themselves on offering free and open debate on all
matters, but when Olympic culture is introduced the freedom to explore
and expound openly upon certain trains of thought is impeded. Some students
find it unconscionable, especially when they realize the university will
place undue stress on their education by putting Olympic needs over the
needs of the student body. It doesn't take long to sink in when costs
escalate and students are evicted from dorms or forced to cram a three-month
semester into eight weeks, etc. A university can generate revenue
in the million-dollar plus range as a result of leasing rooms and sport
facilities to Olympic organizations. Students often take a back seat.
Olympic organizations not only directly sway students they also influence
media through professors. By doing so they legitimize their position.
What better way to get the media to believe than to hear it from a respected
academic? (hjl84) end of excerpt one
excerpt two . . .
Schools in core areas [Salt
Lake City] were shut down due to terrorism and traffic concerns. Even
when schools in sensitive areas were not closed, parents would not let
children attend due to safety concerns. Day care became a nightmare and
it was something they hadn't prepared for adequately.
end of excerpt two
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