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Nevada and UNLV could both stand to trim the fat from some of their unneeded departments

There has been a lot of secessionist talk going around the country. For those of you who don’t know, a couple of weird people posted petitions on a blog run by the Office of the Executive branch of government asking for their state to be allowed to secede from the Republic. A whole bunch of people signed those petitions, and it was a news story for about five minutes. This is treated as news because CNN does not film us bombing mud huts in underdeveloped countries anymore. There is no new news.

We live in a state that cannot secede. One of the two conditions for statehood was to put in the Nevada Constitution that we would never break the bond that was being made with the federal government. The second of course was to vote for Lincoln in the next presidential election, and the rest is history.

Since we cannot jump off the federal debt express before it derails and bankrupts our currency, I have come up with a few local things that we need to abolish ties with.

I believe it is time to say goodbye to UNLV Parking and Transportation services. Instead of having an office and all the costs associated with that department, why don’t we have a flat parking fee of four or five dollars per credit? This would generate the same, if not more income for the upkeep of the parking areas and the university could save money by cutting most of that department. The university could also use the savings to hire more graduate students.

Some departments have so many graduate students that they use them mostly for making copies, but in our department, we do not have enough for the courses they are required to teach as part of their training. Of course we could keep it the same, because in our land, even a position that has no purpose and is completely inefficient shows how government creates jobs.

It’s time to abolish the current pay structure at the university. At UNLV, regardless of major, the cost per credit is the same, about $220 when you take into account all the extra fees. Currently the cost based on merit is not the same since people with high GPAs have more opportunities for scholarships. Here lies my issue. I personally know students that are constantly losing and gaining back scholarships, constantly almost disqualifying themselves, because quantum chemistry is historically harder than a 400 level communication class.

I am not saying that a degree in communication studies is a bad thing, or is not hard to achieve, I am just saying that trying to understand a science that Albert Einstein had trouble with is more intellectually rigorous.

People leave the sciences to keep college affordable and when that happens there is a massive science labor shortage in the United States. And in my dream field, nuclear forensics, there is literally no one going into it. College costs should be based on popularity of the major. The business and liberal arts degrees should cost more to lower the costs of science degrees. The science degrees should be so inexpensive that no scholarships are needed, and all the financial aid money can go to the business and liberal arts students. If you had the opportunity to get a degree that guaranteed a job out of college in engineering making $65,000 and it only cost you $1000 a year, would you do it?

The last thing is that we as a people need to abolish the Nevada Highway Patrol. This is not as extreme as it sounds. I am thinking of removing them from duty between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. If they decide to pull people over within a mile radius of the 95, I15 interchange, everyone in Las Vegas has to add 15-20 minutes to their commute. I know, I keep track. If they are pulling people over, my 20 minute commute turns into 45 minutes of pollution generation and low gas efficiency. As a commuter campus, this is a serious issue. They inconvenience 100,000 or so commuters so that they can get, what, $1500 dollars in ticket revenue? This is unacceptable.

It’s funny how sometimes life can be improved not by adding new things, but by taking away the old. What else should we end? Maybe having pass/fail courses for non-major requirements? Let me know.

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