Anna B rips into Tracy Jan's article in the Globe on the suckitude of UMass Amherst:
She is my age and she went to Stanford. Stanford costs about $38,000 per year now. Guess which one of us graduated with no student loan debt? ME! Maybe Umass Amherst has a bad rep because snobs like Tracy Jan love perpetuating that myth. Guess what? Umass Amherst was an amazing experience for me and I learned a lot. Sure, my dorm didn't have maids or ivy growing up its walls facing the quad. But I sure liked graduating debt free.
Dave Copeland, who also graduated from UMass and now teaches a class at Bridgewater State College, also tears into elitists in a tough economy when not everybody can afford a private college:
You want see a driven kid, find one who could have gone to those top-tier, state-system schools Jan gushes over in her article but, for whatever reason they ended up at a Bridgewater State or a UMass. There's a bit of a "fuck you, I can do this and don't tell me I can't" attitude that, frankly keeps me as an instructor on my toes. It's really hard to be dismissive of a student’s shortcomings saying "well, they are just Bridgewater State students" after you've been on campus for much more than a semester.
And it's really fun to be in that kind of classroom.