Mrs. M and I, having deposited MondoSpawn with her grandparents, are vacationing for a few days in the city where we met some 22 years back. We’ve driven through the University of Kentucky neighborhood a couple of times already, and eaten at our favorite restaurant. The evening included a visit to a pretty good-sized bookstore, where I picked up… wait for it… a recent bio of Samuel Johnson. Tomorrow, I’ll hit a few music stores.
There are striking differences between the town I remember and the one I see now — new academic buildings, new stores, new sprawl. But some things remain the same. Sometimes that’s good; on a whim, we checked to see if a chocolatier we remembered was still in business. It was just where we had left it in 1992, and I think the same little old ladies are running the place — apparently making people happy is good business.
On the other hand, six years ago, the U of Kentucky announced a goal of becoming a Top 20 university. These days? Not so much:
During public forums before [Eli] Capilouto was named president in May, Capilouto said he wanted UK to have big goals. But speaking specifically about the goal of becoming a Top 20 university, he said that UK “may not get there in our lifetime.”
Instead, the University will pay a consultant $285 grand to examine new, more economically realistic goals. A couple of thoughts:
1) Maybe my alma mater could get by without dropping nearly 300 large on an outside consultant.
2) Does the former prez really need a new office to the tune of 143 grand?
3) And then there’s this.
I think I’ll be able to control my generosity the next time I hear from the alumni fund.
The pie was good, though.