"Quanta...like spit in the dust of a baseball field" - Cody

April 08, 2004

Numbers don't mean anything

There is a columnist in the San Francisco Chronicle who thinks that liberals have taken over San Francisco State University.

Darlin', we've been there for years.

In her recent column about the proposed dissolution of the school's College of Engineering, Debra J. Saunders berated the Urban Studies Department, from which I graduated in 2003. I submitted my response to the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle, and I have copied it here for your enjoyment.

Dear Editor,

As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Urban Studies department, I was pleased to read Debra J. Saunder’s commentary “Social Engineering 101.” Her column berated the social sciences and other “soft” subjects, calling them inferior to the study of engineering, physics and other subjects that use lots of numbers. Not understanding numbers very well myself, I share with her a great respect for people who do.

I was disappointed that she did not label journalism as one of the “expendable” areas of study. Clearly, a subject that encourages students to hastily write stories on tight deadlines about the complicated world around them deprives us all of a fair and balanced understanding of, for example, California politics, the budget process and the higher education system.

Ms. Saunders should spend less time lauding one area of study over another, and more time considering if cuts in education are really a wise course of action.


Cody Sisco

Posted by cbsisco at April 8, 2004 09:30 PM

Preach on brotha man!!! Don't even get me started on cutting arts funding.

Posted by: Clint at April 9, 2004 05:46 AM

zing! nice.

Posted by: didofoot at April 9, 2004 08:04 AM

Whoa, insult a man's major and the claws come out! I love it: scathing, sarcastic and right up in that bitch's face! I hope they publish it.

Posted by: Kristina at April 9, 2004 10:45 AM

It looks like they won't publish it after all. Condaleeza is stealing my glory! The letters to the editor page is full of reactions to her "performance."

Why are all the papers running huge pictures of her?? Could it be a remarkable resemblance to....hmmmmmmmm, SATAN!!?!

Posted by: cody at April 9, 2004 04:20 PM