$70,000 Worth of–What?

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Tuition at Cornell Looniversity is $70,000 and change per year: the high cost of twaddle.

A few days ago, a Cornell student presented her senior thesis in her underwear. (https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2018/05/15/cornell-student-presents-senior-thesis-in-her-underwear-n2480750)

First she showed up in cutoffs and an old shirt. When a professor ventured to ask whether such attire was appropriate to the occasion, the student went on a babble about “women’s rights” and “systemic oppression”–apparently there is now a “right” to deliver your thesis in your underwear–she stripped down to bra and panties and encouraged her fellow students in the audience to do the same: which 28 of 44 did.

The professors let it pass without taking any action or making any further objection.

I remember the defense of my thesis with some pleasure. No students–just me and some of the top-ranking profs in the Political Science Dept. My topic was “A Systemic Analysis of the Viking Age,” featuring the likes of Harald Bluetooth, Ragnar Hairy-Britches, and Olaf the Peacock: sort of a Norse Mafia. We all had a good time. Someone should’ve brought beer and peanuts.

But I didn’t do it in my underwear. They would’ve kicked me out so fast, my shadow would’ve lost me.

This is Higher Education, 2018. You work your fingers to the bone to send your daughter or your son to college, with the costs going as high as the sky, and this is what you get.

Don’t do it anymore. Please. Our country can’t stand it.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

12 responses to “$70,000 Worth of–What?

  • UnKnowable

    At some tipping point, probably in the near future, there will be a sudden realization that what passes for college these days has become essentially worthless and these grads are going to be stuck with massive debt and little, if anything, to show for it.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Linda Sorci

    I’m speechless and utterly disgusted. What chance does this nation have with loons like this graduating from institutions of ‘higher learning’.

    Liked by 1 person

  • David Ingram (@debater2016)

    We are not told what Letita Chai’s thesis was about – maybe women’s lib, you think. I don’t understand the students in attendance who also stripped down to their underwear. Chai gets her name and recognition all over the Net (maybe some Reality TV offers, etc.) but those in the audience, nada.



    Man the rest of the world is probably laughing at us


  • Watchman

    Where do these supposed rights come from? Certainly not from the Bill of Rights. And if everything is a “right” how can anything be wrong? In actuality they are not rights they are wants, nothing more.


  • weavingword

    I don’t even know what to say about this stuff anymore. It’s too ridiculous to be real. On a lighter note, what an awesome thesis you had, Lee! I would have enjoyed hearing that one myself! 🙂 Gotta know though, how did that fit into a poli-sci major?


    • leeduigon

      Easy–I applied modern (1971!) techniques of political analysis to an historical era. Like, how did the “international system of the Viking Age” normally function, etc. Sounds like blather now, but the professors enjoyed it then. It was something no one had done before.

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