UCLA is a great school with big plans.Â During a time of tight budgets, we are investing in basketballÂ and perhaps even a luxury hotel.Â Â While I would focus our investments on hiring new faculty and increasing Ph.D. graduate student stipends, I don’t have much political clout.Â Â With this in mind, I will focus my new trial balloon on a unique piece of physical capital.Â I’ve learned that investing in human capital isn’t “cool”.Â We are costly. Â We aren’t new and shiny. We tend to leave (and graduate) and donors aren’t impressed when they look at us.
My ProposalÂ UCLAÂ shouldÂ open a new campus inÂ SienaÂ .Â Â I am in Italy and have just spent two days in Siena.Â I am convinced that ancient Siena is the future. Its quality of life is superb.Â Â If UCLA is going to start to charge “Ivy League” tuition, then we will need to offer some thrills and this might do it.Â I would be willing to teach there and I know where to take you for dinner.
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I like this kind of “inside the walls” thinking.
Just some positive comments for on campus accomodatinos at UCLA. Have benefited from the availability of the Tiverton House at UCLA [mentioned in the ‘hotel’ link]on numerous occasions – it may not be as luxurious as its neighbor the ‘W’ – but in overall functionality and value it is close and is a valuable UCLA asset.
I can’t imagine a town less like auto-centric LA than Siena. And the chow is indeed better.
…and like Houston, they don’t have zoning. Therefore their quality of life is equal and Ricardian rent should be the same.
The UC system is undoubtedly the most corrupt corporation in America. Student interests come first? What a laugh.
I was in Sienna 20 years ago, and it was the most extraordinarily beautiful town I had ever seen. Sounds like it still is.
“I was in Sienna 20 years ago, and it was the most extraordinarily beautiful town I had ever seen. Sounds like it still is”
Yes indeed, my family spent a week in Siena (1 ‘n’) last summer and it was the most gorgeous week of our lives. Lots of other beautiful hilltop towns within an hours drive, too.
Parking is awful on Saturdays though.
What a truly wonderful idea. I’d be happy to spend a few months a year there in residence on behalf of the law school.
Between USA nuclear experts helping out in Japan…
And USA telling Qaddafi to stand down…
It almost feels like an empire again capable of spreading its intellectual wealth.
Then I remember that we can’t afford to air Ira Glass anymore…
Or Click and Clack…
Or A Prairie Home Companion…
Or NPR books.
Nor of course can we afford to do science anymore:
So don’t get your hopes up for Siena…
“The UC system is undoubtedly the most corrupt corporation in America. Student interests come first? What a laugh.”
Well, the administration must be the most pathetic corrupt b*st*rds on the face of the Earth then, considering how much damage other corrupt organizations do on a daily basis.
The Palio Horse Race in Siena is absolutely thrilling, and ought to be worth at least a few college credits to those willing to participate.
I will enroll in all the classes you teach there. Siena totally rocks!
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