We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...the animating principle of the modern university is a focus on the image and “brand” of the university, rather than the underlying substance of the education experience received. Governance of the modern university is almost completely absorbed by how to market the school’s brand rather than how to improve its underlying quality. The focus of every discussion is what impact a particular action (or inaction) will have on the school’s brand.
Recently got my alumni magazine from Williams College. The featured cover article was on acceptance of transgenderism at the College; the rest of magazine was a smorgasbord of articles on sexual and racial political correctness. My initial reaction as "why would anyone want to go to school here?" Even my wife was laughing, it was so bad (although since she went to Smith, I am not sure why she feels she can get so uppity given what goes on there).
I am used to seeing such drivel from the other institution I unfortunately attended (U.C. Berkeley), but it's depressing to see a once fine college descend to these depths. This on top of the largely successful efforts in the last couple of years to force Christian students underground, on the ground that they are homophobes. Although my alumni donations to this school have gone from substantial to largely nominal this year, this is the first time I have seriously contemplated not giving them a penny.