... and off in the background, on this totally gloomy grey New Jersey day, wends a very respectably sized body, off to Old Queens and Richard McCormick's office (at least, by the look of it, his outer office), where he managed, more or less, to deliver a message in return ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWKCm9_Iji0&feature=channel_video_title (thank you L!!)
The most cheerful thing in sight were the colors of these economic equivalencies - which are collected together with an amazing surrealist logic. $24,000 could pay for 13 students to study for 4 years at the Sorbonne (which may be true, but would also reveal that some universities have classes even larger than Rutgres); $18,000 could buy you 3,636 Fat Sandwiches (if you're insider enough to get that one, you probably are shuddering at the thought); $15,000 could buy 231 Expos Textbooks (are they really $65 each? Really? Ouch); $12,000 could buy a 75 foot yacht. Now, that last one I don't believe, unless it were a termite-infested old tub. But is that a dig at someone? And, whilst we're at it, $12,000 could buy ... how much square footage in the renovated/expanded football stadium?
I was truly happy to see such a great turnout. It's things like this that tug at my heartstrings, or whatever gets tugged at on Voorhees Mall, when I think how very few days on campus I have left before heading off to an institution with, ironically, so very much more money to give out to students in economic need.