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October 05, 2003
Jacuzzi U'

How different from the home life of our own dear students.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 04:39 PM
Category: Higher education

Ah, yes, I can remember the luxury of the college dormitory I lived 'way back in the dark ages -- each floor of the dorm (holding perhaps fifty students) had a lounge with a black and white television that received seven stations, each hallway had a wall-mounted telephone that could receive incoming phone calls routed through the school switchboard (but not between eleven at night and seven in the morning) and outgoing calls could be made through the pay telephone on the ground floor. The basement laundry room also had vending machines for soft drinks and candy. The student center building had a snack bar which was open every evening, except Sunday (which, unfortunately, was the day that the cafeteria only served breakfast and lunch). Living in the lap of luxury, indeed.

Comment by: Jim on October 5, 2003 11:21 PM

I love the "Cleopatra" allusion!

Comment by: Scott Wickstein on October 6, 2003 11:53 AM

Back in our salad days?

By the way, the final paragraph in that article mentioned the University of Rhode Island's new sports complex with luxury boxes -- I'd just like to point out that the inclusion of this in the collection of luxurious facilities for students actually weakens the thrust of the article -- URI did not build that for the students, they built it to boost the basketball program, build alumni loyalty and (especially) alumni donations, and to pick up money leasing the luxury boxes to corporate sponsors. As someone who lives in the same township and whose daughter attends URI, let me point out that not only does this not help students (except basketball players and skaters), it drained university resources, made the already difficult parking situation on campus much worse, and added to traffic congestion in the campus area.

Comment by: Jim on October 6, 2003 10:32 PM
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