That's Why They're Called the Fighting Illini
When it rains, it pours. Some time ago, much was made about the Governor being heartily booed at a Champaign appearance. In an opinion piece in today's Daily Illini, a columnist covering the installation of the University's new President, B. Joseph White, kicked it up a notch. It started with an observation of the Governor's presence at the event:
Then it got interesting as the article turned into a pretty damn strong diatribe against the re-election of the Governor (emphasis added):
In all the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration, however, I couldn't help but be embarrassed and angered at the same time. Several key elected officials sent their greetings to the President via video recording, and they were played at the beginning of the event. Senators Obama and Durbin and Speaker Hastert, flanked by American flags and formally dressed, were eloquent and cordial in their welcoming of President White. Yet, our esteemed Gov. Blagojevich, in a clearly unrehearsed speech, wearing a plain blue polo shirt, standing with hands on hips, succeeded in perpetuating his own decline.
Those affiliated with the University, even you College Democrats, must not support Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign for re-election. The University is the state's greatest asset. Our faculty brings in over 500 million dollars annually from out-of-state research sources, which in turn creates more jobs and grows our economy. Yet, this governor has leeched off of our institution, allowing our buildings to crumble, our tuition to soar and our good name to tarnish. We cannot afford four more years of the same.
This is my call to political arms for our campus. In about 13 months, we will have an opportunity to install new leadership in Springfield who will give Illinois the funding and recognition we deserve. Read between the lines: our new president is calling for a change. We should give him all the help he needs.
Now I'm guessing that the Daily Illini leans left. And I realize that they are motivated by selfish, albeit legitimate, concerns. But if this article reflects more than just the sentiment of one reporter, there is a bumpy road ahead.