Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hmmmm ....

As all Macalester students and alumni know, once upon a time, DeWitt Wallace gave a lot of Reader's Digest stock to Macalester College. $450 million worth, in fact. I know about this because Macalester likes to make a big deal out of it -- in recruiting brochures, in alumni newsletters, etc.

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this on the Strib's website today.

"The University of St. Thomas announced Wednesday the largest fund drive in its 122-year history, with the acceptance of a $60 million gift that is the largest contribution ever made to a Minnesota college or university."

One of three things is going on here:

a) Macalester is no longer in Minnesota. I know we've always flown the UN flag on campus, but ....

b) The Wallace endowment somehow doesn't count because it was in stock and not cash.

c) A Strib reporter swallowed a press release whole and regurgitated it onto the page.

I wouldn't care so much if it didn't seem to be the hook he hung the whole story on. And if it wasn't St. Thomas, for fuck's sake.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

You know who's undermining the sanctity of marriage?

Albus Dumbledore.

In honor of this momentous occasion:

Things that fill Eli with rage ...

1. Bathtime.

2. Having to roll over.

(On the other hand, how cool is it that I can already roll over?)