Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Losing your soul may be another matter

by Ken Houghton

N. Gregory Mankiw cites the current Dean of Admissions at Pravda-on-the-Chuck and comments:
"They wouldn’t write for Harvard because they thought it was a bunch of Communists, a bunch of atheists, a bunch of rich snobs, and if you went there you’d flunk out and you’d lose your soul," said William R. Fitzsimmons ’67.

Today at Harvard, it is almost impossible to flunk out.

Two of Shira's three cousins graduated Harvard: one is an astrophysicist at UCSC, the other in her residency years at UCSF Medical School.*

Good thing they didn't have to worry about failing, or they would probably be begging on the streets these days.

*The "runt of the litter" went to Oberlin, and is now writing about education for U.S. News and World Report. The slacker.

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