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July 13, 2006

More Egg on Harvard's Face

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Tyler Cowen links to an in-depth, now-it-can-be-told Boston Magazine account of the Harvard/Lawrence Summers mess. This morning's WSJ (not online as far as I can tell) reports that Summers' resignation has had a big impact on the school's fund-raising attempts. So far, $390 million dollars in promised donations have been withheld by Summers-supporting fatcats. My own take on the whole affair has been to dodge the usual men/women/science debate and to let fly with a great big Yippee!

Any time Harvard makes itself looks foolish, it's good for the nation.



BTW, for anyone who was in the slightest doubt that the Ivies are, shall we say, overrepresented in the big-city media world ...

posted by Michael at July 13, 2006


"Any time Harvard makes itself looks foolish, it's good for the nation."

Why the bile? Just to cut them down to size? I have no particular like or dislike for Harvard except to acknowledge that it is the #1 credential.

Posted by: David Sucher on July 13, 2006 8:09 PM

Anytime Harvard makes itself look foolish, that's good for the nation.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I care for more about a lousy ivy being seen in a strong light than any gender or science issues that might be attached to this kerfluffle.

Posted by: j.c. on July 13, 2006 8:37 PM

David -- "Bile"? It feels more like slight annoyance and bemusement ... Anyway, yeah, sure, I cheer when Harvard falls on its face. The Harvard mystique strikes me as a bit of a curse on the nation. We take it too seriously, and god knows the Harvard crowd takes itself too seriously. We shouldn't be as impressed by "Harvard" as we are, and they shouldn't be as impressed by themselves as they are. Buncha brown-nosing, self-important, anxiety-ridden smartypants ...

J.C. -- Great to see you again. What's the latest? Any cultural discoveries?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 14, 2006 11:55 AM

Here's one story about this. Sorry, don't know how to do the link thingey. I went to a state school.

Posted by: beloml on July 14, 2006 12:03 PM

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