back to article This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

The University of California, Davis has spent $175,000 on search engine optimization (SEO) and online reputation management – to hide an embarrassing incident in which students were pepper-sprayed on campus. The massive bill has come to light this week after the Sacramento Bee filed information requests on the university's …

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Re: Just like in Bolivia

Do the campus Police's badges have "How's My Smile?" written on them?

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They should have paid more

or find themselves a better PR company. They seem to have missed the Wankypedia page.

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Just wrong

Surely the question should be "Why in hell's good name does a university need its own police force?" Any society that thinks this even approximates to a good idea needs to take a long hard look at itself.

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Re: Just wrong

I see your point...but unfortunately, lots of young people there have access to guns...and some of those young people are a bit odd and highly strung.

It's a bit of a wider problem.

Look up University/College Shootings.

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True - that's the society bit I was thinking about. There doesn't seem any particularly good reason why students should be allowed guns on campus, but then you'd need a police force to disarm them I suppose.... If we'd had guns at university, the student union would have turned into a bloodbath on Saturday nights ;-)

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Way back in the Dark Ages when I went to college, the campus cops were more like security guards - to prevent frat pranks from damaging property, to walk lone students to the dorms late at night (why are so many American institutes of higher learning in nasty neighborhoods?) and to make parents think their kids are safe. Now, they are as highly militarized and SWAT teams and just as overused.

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Re: Just wrong

> I see your point...but unfortunately, lots of young people there have access to guns

Do you mean like in Finland, Switzerland, Czech Rep... Czechia, etc.?

> and some of those young people are a bit odd and highly strung.

Yes you do. :-)

> Look up University/College Shootings.

Nope, haven't found any for neither of those three countries I've mentioned.

So remind me, what's this "wider problem" then?

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It's hit the BBC now :-D

How much of an own goal?

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Does anyone know if hyperlinks are indexed with their associated content?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36053673

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Maybe not the pepper spray but .....

Such and similar financial practices, let's say misuse of public monies, have been endemic in UK public bodies for years.

The BBC and the list of attendees of the global warming farce? For what purpose?

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Just shows that universities are no longer about education and higher learning BUT simply part of the money grabbing capitalistic society!

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not being an American. "

I have to ask, since was America such a police state that universities require fully trained police forces?

For the record I live in the same city as the UK's largest uni and all they have is a small campus security body that basically just stops the public bathing in one of the fountains (it's a right of passage apparently) and by largest I mean as in there's enough students to start a mix sized town (70k students last time I heard figures being quoted).

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Re: not being an American. "

Sgt_Oddball part of the problems that some of these colleges are in real shit holes. Students get robbed by the locals at gun point.

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Re: not being an American. "

> Students get robbed by the locals at gun point.

Students are too pampered these days. Back when I went to college it was the locals who were afraid.

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The Internet is scrubbed every day in some way

There are many firms who specialize in scrubbing the Internet. It's turned researching into a real crap shoot.

What you know without a doubt that was there yesterday, can often no longer be there a year later. I've taken to downloading whole pages when doing research these days. Wished I had been smarter about this years ago.

Thank god for the Internet Archives. Although they are not perfect, they are better than nothing.

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Pies

It is quite clear from the picture who ate all the pies! Seriously chubby.

Walking nonchalantly with a pepper spray is probably just about all he could manage.

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University of California, Davis incident in which students were pepper-sprayed on campus.

Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis

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