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Ryan Nelson: Dichotomy of practical, liberal education unnecessary, unproductive

Ronald Reagan shaking hands on the campaign trail in 1966, only one year before he made a speech on the role and importance of higher education as California governor. (Courtesy of Brett Tatman)

Ronald Reagan shaking hands on the campaign trail in 1966, only one year before he made a speech on the role and importance of higher education as California governor. (Courtesy of Brett Tatman)

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Before he ever tried to tear down a wall, former president Ronald Reagan had a much more local foe: the University of California. Forty-eight years ago this past Saturday, the conservative California governor delivered a stirring sermon: The state budget was tight, education was expensive, and people shouldn’t be given “intellectual luxuries” on the state dime.





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(Jesse Wang/Daily Bruin)

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(Gayane Kechechyan/Daily Bruin)

During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama outlined various initiatives he plans to tackle before the end of his presidency. (Courtesy of Pete Souza)
During his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama outlined various initiatives he plans to tackle before the end of his presidency. (Courtesy of Pete Souza)


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