We noted on Monday, in advance of Corbett's budget speech, how rare it was for Pitt's Mark Nordenberg to hold a news conference. For instance, he didn't even talk to the press after dozens of his students were among those arrested -- allegedly violently -- at the hands of police at the end of the G-20 in 2009.
Nordenberg has now asked alumni for their help in turning back a proposed $80 million cut in state budget help. Infinonymous wonders if the sonic cannons used that weekend (for the first time against US civilians, you may recall) might come back to haunt him:
Within hours of Gov. Corbett's Spare-The-Shale, Rod-The-Children budget proposal, the University of Pittsburgh circulated a plea for support, begging alumni and friends to pester legislators. Since the University abandoned its students during and after the G20-related siege of Oakland (left), however, some recipients might have a hard time hearing Pitt's request for help -- even if the University used a military-grade sonic cannon (like the one used on Pitt students without objection from Mark Nordenberg).