They Came for the Basketball….

This cartoon is circulating among University of Virginia alumni… along with a link to an essay by Joel Gardner on the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal website, “UVA and the Dangerous Politicization of Our College Campuses.”


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6 responses to “They Came for the Basketball….”

  1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

    “From those, to whom much is given, much is expected,” or words to that effect, was mumbled by somebody famous (at 400 wpm and in a thick Cape accent).

    But when you expect both gratitude and complacency, it’s no longer a gift. It’s a bribe.

  2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    Alumni need to stop propping up universities because they love sportsball….
    If they want to run these idiotic programs let them find the money. Or use up those fat endowments… Then let the woke replenish them.

  3. TooManyTaxes Avatar

    Instead of sending money to woke colleges and universities, alumni could create a foundation that provides tuition assistance to low-income students with good grades and a motivation to learn.

    1. djrippert Avatar

      Or, send your money to non-woke universities like Purdue. Why should people contribute to their alma mater? There are plenty of universities in the US as good as, or better than, UVa. Many of those universities don’t have students and administrations acting like asshats.

  4. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
    Reed Fawell 3rd

    Excellent article on Uva. By Joel Gardner. Contrast it with FIRE report that is flawed in method I believe.

  5. Alumni activism could be effective if it expands. We know the boards will not take action. Alumni giving rate percentages have been going down at many universities, but the big donations are still coming in so universities do not see a need to change. I think many donors still think of their university as being like it was when they were there and it is almost certainly not. (I think of how much UVA has probably changed since DJ, Jim, Reed, etc. attended, but that probably applies to almost all schools.) I still send in donations, but I try to think harder about what will get the biggest bang for my few bucks. Hank Rowan, an MIT alumnus did that with his $100M gift to what is now Rowan University, but this should happen on the small scale as well. We shouldn’t prop up profligacy.

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