Friday, November 1, 2013
Weird reasons to pick a college
One student picked Oberlin because the school would let students rent priceless art for their rooms--Picassos, Matisses. Cost--five bucks.
Colleges often have "signature events," marketed to show their character--brainy, light-hearted. I would add left-wing--viz., Brown letting students shout down the NY Police Commissioner.
William and Mary has the professors justify their existence and the superiority of their courses--the winners get to get on a raft and sail to safety--metaphorically, of course.
Lawrence University (no relation) has a trivia contest that attracts people worldwide.
Back in the day, whether a university had fraternities and sororities was selling point for some people. Maybe a Nobel laureate or world-famous writer in residence would be controlling. I went to Southern Illinois Univ--Bucky Fuller was a draw. Maybe a good drama dept would attract people.
Personally, worrying about some dude wrecking my on-loan Picasso would keep me up nights--and not in a good way.