September 29, 2007
— LauraW. At the University of Illinois.
Capitalism and limited government at a public university? How can that be?
asked Robert Novak, conservative commentator and University of Illinois graduate.
A conservative group of alumni has decided that if the University won't pay for courses about such core American and conservative principles, they would do it themselves.
Funny thing, higher education: there's all this money floating around to hire some hippy-dippy professor to teach young people about the social impact of The Muppet Show, but nobody could scrape up a few shekels to teach kids about capitalism?
How it actually works, I mean. Not how it destroys native villages in the Andes.
Posted by: dave at September 29, 2007 07:54 AM (bGPt5)
You know why? Because the New York money men are hording them, that's why.
Posted by: Wesley Clark at September 29, 2007 08:37 AM (hlYel)
In their lobby they have some placards with notable U of I graduates. I don't ever recall seeing Robert Novak having a place of honor. Hugh Heffner, yes. Novak, no.
Posted by: Blarg the Destroyer at September 29, 2007 08:46 AM (teCtV)
Posted by: Bill D. Cat at September 29, 2007 08:52 AM (uOuIl)
Wow, what a great idea. This could really mushroom into something massive over time, since odds favor at least a third of the nation's alumni identify themselves as conservatives. They could start skewing their endowments to the new, independently managed dept. of capitalism studies.
Posted by: Dogstar at September 29, 2007 09:19 AM (FgxdU)
That's got "ukelele playing for classroom instruction" beat by a mile.
Posted by: someone2 at September 29, 2007 10:14 AM (G5v3y)
Posted by: Jar-Jar at September 29, 2007 10:37 AM (HlorC)
Or perhaps "Mein Gott! Ze evil Western Civilization eez making inroads against our ztranglehold on Academia! Zees mussen be gestopped!"
Posted by: Merovign at September 29, 2007 11:11 AM (IaYDo)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 29, 2007 11:30 AM (wmgz8)
I ceased donating to both my colleges a number of years ago over their PC BS. Instead I donate to other schools or programs which seem to be doing things right - and I tell both my old school and my new recipient why. It boggles my mind how any alumnus successful enough to be making significant contributions could be stupid enough to to support such garbage, but they do.
Posted by: Glenmore at September 29, 2007 11:44 AM (49+Va)
It actually has no official connection with the university.
Novak does have a nice picture in the Illini Union building along with other notable alumni (I don't think Hefner made the cut for that one).
Posted by: Dead Career Sketch at September 29, 2007 12:10 PM (NdG3x)
Posted by: Ralph L at September 29, 2007 01:58 PM (AoKjV)
Awww, man, you ruined my day...I'm celebrating our Fightin' I----i's win over Penn State, and now you broadside me with this broadside. I think the issue with the Chief/nickname has antagonized a few of the old guard as well.
When I was there, I got a B in Muppetology but only cuz I banged Professor Piggy.
Hey Blarg, I wrote for the Daily Illini in 92-93. I'll never forget my first exposure to the unbiased media during the 92 election; youda thought the football team had actually won a bowl game based on the whoopdeedoo in the newsroom. All in all, though, the student body at Illinois have always had more of a conservative bent than Wisconsin or Michigan, with all of the accounting/engineering majors. Wouldn't you know it, this morning I got an alumni e-mail solicitation this morning from the Screw of I, right between the e-mail about the dw&rf H00kers and the one from Omaha Steaks.
Posted by: Xenu at September 29, 2007 05:27 PM (QFFYI)
Posted by: roy at September 29, 2007 06:50 PM (tx8ru)
Did I ever say IMG were a part of the U of I? No, I did not. However, the IMG is a sham and a fraud. They pretend to be a non-profit group while at the same time having a retail store in their building that is owned by them.
How can it be that a NPG owns and operates a strictly profitable enterprise when they aren't supposed to make any money?
The building is on U of I property. It employs students at the U of I. It uses Illini in its name. This company is also party to blacklisting a student editor that dared run one of the infamous Danish Mohamed (Pork Be Upon Him) cartoons.
The IMG can fuck itself.
Posted by: Blarg the Destroyer at September 29, 2007 07:40 PM (teCtV)
I agree with you that U of I, on the whole, may be less moonbat than other colleges given the caliber of the engineering school and what not. But the paper you wrote for may not be the same paper that exists today.
Amongst my friends it wasn't called the Daily Illini, but the Daily Idiot. It is bad man, it is real bad.
Posted by: Blarg the Destroyer at September 29, 2007 07:44 PM (teCtV)
Oh, the DI sucked back then too, but I stayed because I had the hots for one of the editors. Thank God she turned out lesbian.
I was just resume padding, writing stories about the local gentry. In fact, if you read my articles, and decipher it in the proper manner, it will spell out "the IMG can go fuck itself."
Hail Alma Mater!
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