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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 5:00 am

Enough is enough.

The past months have provided the clearest example of what students have suspected for a long time – M.R.C. Greenwood and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa administration are more than happy to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on “mistakes” and shady deals.

It’s bad enough that the $200,000 payment for the Stevie Wonder concert has yet to be recovered. 

It’s bad enough that Greenwood attempted to defend the university in a blast email to all students and alumni, stating that this has been “a thoughtful and transparent process first with our Regents and then with the general public.”

It’s bad enough that the Board of Regents has affirmed a proposal for a new position for former athletic director Jim Donovan, where he will take an administrative role in the Chancellor’s Office that will pay $211,200 annually – a decision made because Donovan had threatened to sue the university.

But above all, it is unacceptable that when the smoke has cleared, there is apparently no one at fault in the administration.

While the community may be upset, students should be furious. Each year, we pour millions of dollars into the university in the form of tuition and student fees. We continue to see tuition rates rise with no reprieve. We face ever-expanding class sizes and witness firsthand how much harder it is to meet academic requirements and graduate in four years.

Students, we deserve better than this.

We deserve so much better than what Greenwood and the UH Mānoa administration have given us.

We deserve better than the F’s that they have attempted to portray as A-quality work. 

Let us not forget, after all, what happens when a student produces F-quality work at a university. Surely we can hold our administrators to the same standards.

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