Mike Adams

Dear Chancellor:

Recently, some students complained to me that the computer labs had run out of paper on just the second day of the semester here at UNC-Wilmington. I immediately suspected that the reports were accurate. After all, many of the labs ran out of toner and paper last April. They even shut down for large portions of the day after the school ran out of money to pay the employees who operate the labs.

I wanted to make certain that the handful of students who complained were not giving me false information, so I surveyed my classes this semester to determine whether the problem was widespread. This was achieved by simply asking the following question: ?Have any of you gone to a university computer lab this semester and been unable to complete a homework assignment because the labs were either out of paper, out of toner, or shut down altogether??

In all three of my classes, numerous hands shot up immediately. Many students also offered strong verbal complaints about the failure of the university to meet basic educational obligations.

At first, I considered the possibility that the shortage of paper and toner may have been the result of a few selfish students printing out personal emails and otherwise hogging the resources of the collective. But, of course, that doesn?t explain the shutdown of various computer labs over the course of the last year.

Furthermore, such a view would be incompatible with the socialist mindset that pervades this university. Various programs sponsored by the Office of Campus Diversity have taught me that individuals will act in the best interest of the collective, as long as the government sufficiently taxes them and properly oversees the redistribution of public funds.

So, that really leaves me with only one conclusion: A few individuals in the administration are mismanaging student technology fees. In other words, those who control the means of production are oppressing the masses in the student population.

After an extensive discussion of this apparent mismanagement of student fees, one of my classes strongly urged me to take this issue into the court of public opinion on their behalf. That is why I am writing you today with the following suggestion:

In light of the university?s decision to charge the 10,500 students at UNC-Wilmington a technology fee of $187.25 this semester without actually providing them with the services they paid for, I am asking the school to refund $1,966,125 to the students of UNC-Wilmington by the end of this semester.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.