Saturday, August 3, 2013

At UC: 'Nasty Grade' Travel and Entertainment

See: UCLA Officials Bend Travel Rules With First-Class Flights, Luxury Hotels By The Center for Investigative Reporting, Includes a $2 Million Dollar Infographic
Officials have taken flights costing more than $10,000, taken chauffeured town cars to the airport and spent nights at a Four Seasons hotel at university expense.

The UCLA officials added luxury and comfort to their travels while the UC system underwent one of the worst funding crises in its history. Undergraduates have seen tuition and fees increase nearly 70 percent since the 2008 school year.

For Olian, 61, the costs add up quickly because she has a doctor’s note that allows her to fly business or first class on her frequent trips to the East Coast and abroad.

At the same time, she competes in athletic events. In April 2011, she conquered the Wildflower Triathlon’s considerably difficult cycling leg in about four and a half hours. The course includes a dreaded five-mile hill that climbs 1,000 feet, earning it the nickname “Nasty Grade.”

Should it be a surprise? Coming from the realm of the kingdom where this happens...

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