Recent funding cuts have taken their toll, and universities across the country are beginning to scale back the number of humans on campus as they question traditional reasons that have justified them in the past. Where it was once commonly taken for granted that humans were a benefit to society, proponents now face increasing criticism by those who say there is in fact no guarantee of this. “Yes, humans can be very beneficial to society, but they can also be quite destructive,” said one professor who wished to remain anonymous, “and we need to think about that when we let humans on the university campus. It is expensive to keep them there, and a positive outcome is not always guaranteed.” Another noted, “With technology increasing the way it is, we just can’t keep doing things the way we used to in the past. We have to adapt and be flexible, and find innovative ways to make humans interesting again. In the meantime, it is unfair to let such a large number of humans go through the system when there is nothing in it for them at the other end. The competition for those seeking success is fierce, and for every one that achieves that goal, ten fail. We just have to be more realistic and quit living in the past.” But some are upset by such cuts, and suggest that administrators don’t quite know what they are doing. “Humanity is a tradition going at least as far back as Shakespeare,” said one student. “It would be a shame to sacrifice this tradition in order to pay more administrators.” When asked about the matter, university president Dr. Isaac Bickerstaff denied reports that the university would be affected in any detrimental way by what he described as modest and reasonable cuts: “When funding is tight, we all have to make sacrifices, but the university administrators continue to strongly support the concept of humanity. After all,” he concluded, “some of us administrators began our careers as humans.”

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