It’s easy to be so free with other people’s money, isn’t it?

CBS News reports:

California regents party at university’s expense, report says

The University of California Board of Regents spent tens of thousands of dollars on parties, including a $17,600 banquet the night before they voted in January to raise student tuition, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

“I will be regrettably supporting the tuition increase, and I think that every single one of us in this room doesn’t want to raise tuition for our students,” Regent Charlene Zettel said at the January meeting, according to CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV. “It’s very painful for all of us.”

The office of UC President Janet Napolitano has reimbursed the regents for more than $225,000 in dinner parties since 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. During that period, the regents held four to six gatherings a year for themselves, their spouses and other guests.

Two weeks ago, on May 17, the regents threw a $15,199 party at San Francisco’s elegant Palace Hotel for 59 people – a $258-a-head event also billed to the university. Hours earlier, angry students shut down the regents meeting, shouting “greedy” in protest of the tuition increase and revelations by State Auditor Elaine Howle that the university president’s office kept $175 million in secret funds.

“The office of the president is not doing a good job,” Howle told the regents, according to KPIX-TV.