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PAUL GREENBERG: The new vandals

They operate with the state’s blessings

By Paul Greenberg

This article was published July 8, 2018 at 2:03 a.m.

Here come the book-cullers, a species far more dangerous to this state's literary, political and cultural heritage than the ordinary book-burners. For they operate under the protection of modern gods like efficiency and economy. Their latest ill-advised plan is to move three-quarters of the collection of literature, which numbers some 1.2 million books and printed materials, from the University of Arkansas' Mullins Library into off-campus storage.

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BoudinMan says... July 8, 2018 at 5:49 a.m.

Good stance, Greenberg. You are n the right side of this one.

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mrcharles says... July 8, 2018 at 11:03 a.m.

Now what state had a school ban wizard of oz.

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DoubleBlind says... July 8, 2018 at 11:36 a.m.

This is outrageous and very troubling. Kudos to PG for shining a bright light on it. How can this be stopped; it must be stopped.

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TimberTopper says... July 8, 2018 at 12:22 p.m.

People, People, one must stop and consider what is truly important. One must weigh the importance of the decision to the future of the state. They say they need more room in the library, and by taking out the books, that extra room will be available. That way they will not have to make that horrible decision on the amount of money they would need from the sports division, to be placed in the intelligence division. After all just what the hell do you people want, educated young people, or great sports teams? Now, back to the important stuff, do we need a stadium the same size as AT&T for the cowboys or do we need one larger for the future Go Hogs Growth.

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LRCrookAttorney says... July 8, 2018 at 12:56 p.m.

TT...You are right on top of this one. Way back when I attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas Engineering school, most of the students were from the middle east, India and china. They could not wrap their heads around the fact that we had to beg for money to do research while paying a coach millions of dollars to run a brown watermelon down the field. Don't get me wrong, I love football as much as anyone, but education is the most important commodity of the University. When standards start to fall (not only for sports but W's stupid "no child left behind" legislation), an education is not worth the paper it is written on. You can see it in the failing BAR exams around the country. We went from 70%+ pass rate to below 50%. The graders said they just believe that an attorney should know that a sentence starts with a capital letter and end in some type of punctuation.

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ozena says... July 8, 2018 at 3:38 p.m.

The UA has never been user-friendly, especially to its bread and butter clients, undergraduates, who are treated like peasants. When I was at UA only grad students and faculty were allowed to browse in the stacks. We proles had to go to the Dewey decimal system and submit book requests to a hard woman behind a counter, who may or may not have approved your selection of The Illustrated Kinsey Report. Maybe Hendrix still has a library full of books that students can peruse.

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