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Academic Cesspools

SVARA Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:15 PM
Dr. Williams' column confirms primarily why I didn't and will not give to the University that I have graduate degrees from. Last year when we were called, I asked them several questions on who the money would help if I donated (they asked first for over 500 dollars if I remember correctly, and when they could not give me good enough answers, I told them to take me off their call list). They have not called since.

Over the past 10 years, I have written columns variously titled "Academic Cesspools," "Academic Dishonesty," "The Shame of Higher Education," "Academic Rot" and "Indoctrination of Our Youth." Therefore, I was not surprised by David Feith's April 5th Wall Street Journal article, "The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World." In it, Feith tells of a golf course conversation between Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, and philanthropist Thomas Klingenstein. Klingenstein voiced disapproval of campus celebration of diversity and ethnic differences while there's "not enough celebration of our common American identity."

Because Klingenstein wouldn't help finance the college's...