UMass east gate entrance one month ago
UMass east gate entrance this morning (New Dirt indeed)
Ten years ago UMass Chancellor John Lombardi received pushback from some state legislators in Boston for his prolific use of the term "flagship" with UMass/Amherst because it could hurt the feelings of the state's other four UMass campuses.
But in his typical Harry Truman style he basically told them to go to Hell.
Now UMass Chancellor Subbaswamy has gone so far as branding the moniker on expensive new signage, once again risking disfavor with some in Boston.
But far worse than that, by removing the name "Amherst" from those expensive new signs it will most certainly piss off the locals.
Like WTF UMass, do we embarrass you?
If you really want to be a city onto yourself then get your own damn Fire Department. Overburdened AFD spends 20% of it's time dealing with on campus incidents and oftentimes locals have to wait for an ambulance because they are all tied up dealing with substance abuse patients from your "flagship" location.
And better yet, get your own damn Water/Sewer Department so the 30% of OUR system you consume can be held in reserve for the local taxpayers who spent tens of millions constructing it.
Or start an elementary/middle/high school for the 56 kids who attend ours from your tax exempt housing that cost Amherst taxpayers over $1 million annually.
In other words, as Harry Truman would probably say, "Go to Hell!"
Geeze, maybe they will change their Twitter handle to "UMassFlagship"