Editorial

    California Gov. Gray Davis is coming to UCSD for the groundbreaking of two buildings on the Earl Warren College campus. The Guardian feels that Davis should be ashamed to come to the university after he reneged on his campaign promise to not cut education and slashed UC funding by $162 million.

    The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology building, as well as the Jacob School of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering department building, will be the subjects of the dedication ceremony. Davis will try to use the trip to gather support from younger voters in an election year, but the students of UCSD should take it with a grain of salt.

    Davis will be putting on a show at the ceremony, trying to look like he is still championing education as he promised in his campaign. The truth is that Davis just made significant cuts to the UC budget after he promised not to. While the cuts protect “”core functions”” of the University of California, they make large cuts to research, something that is vital to UCSD in particular.

    The Guardian is not trying to vilify California’s governor. We are simply pointing out to the students that Davis made a promise not to touch education four years ago and is now making cuts. We understand that these are hard economic times and that cuts needed to be made, but if Davis valued education so much, couldn’t he have found other places to trim fat?

    The Guardian has previously expressed its opinion that all other avenues should have been explored before such cuts were made to education — apparently, Davis wasn’t reading.

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