It is rare these days for college students to learn actual life lessons. For CU-Boulder students, however, that is exactly what happened this week when Chancellor Phil DiStefano politely and eloquently pointed out to those who have been whining about not getting tickets to the university hosted GOP debate that not everything is about them. Sometimes there is a bigger picture to consider (pause for dramatic effect as students try to collect themselves).
Congressman Jared Polis even got involved and called the number of seats available to students “insulting.” Never mind the fact that there has been no Democrat primary debates whatsoever and no uproar over that to speak of.
But DiStefano is having not of it. In an emailed newsletter to the campus, he laid out in no uncertain terms that hosting this debate is going to be a huge net benefit to CU given the amount of national and international exposure that comes along with it. He asserts that coverage will be good for the school’s image, increase awareness of its brand and “[enhance] the value of a CU-Boulder degree.”
He reminds students this is not a public event; it is actually a TV broadcast with a studio audience that requires stage set-up, lighting and cameras. And no taxpayer money, tuition or student fees will be used to cover the costs associated with hosting.
We have to agree with DiStefano on all points. And we’re glad to see a university standing up to an increasingly entitled population of college students. Kudos, sir.