This is why students at M.I.T. are different than you and me. (Unless, of course, you went to M.I.T.)
It’s not so much that M.I.T.’s alpine skiing and pistol teams have been dropped. It’s how the cuts were oh-so-subtly protested.
“These programs contribute to our ever-precious admissions yield, which in turn contributes to our esteemed public perception and high national ranking,” Ethan Solomon, a second-year student, wrote in an opinion article for The Tech, M.I.T.’s student newspaper. (New York Times)
See? I don’t even know what an “ever-precious admissions yield” is. And I’m not going to find out. Why? Because I don’t want to.
I had an uncle who worked at M.I.T. I never understood much of what he said, but he did get me astronauts’ autographs. That wouldn’t have been happening if he worked at Framingham State.
And then there’s UConn. Another Spring Weekend has come and gone. Here’s the math:
Great weather + 15,000 kids = 100± arrests. (They don’t teach that at M.I.T.!)
Spring weekend has become a sort of reality show. Because there was big trouble a few years ago, we all show up with our live trucks and cameras and wait for something to happen. Usually, drunk kids happen, attracted like moths to the TV lights.
If it were really a reality show, it would have been canceled a long time ago. But at least I understand it.