As I mentioned earlier today, I had to spend this afternoon looking at freshman essays, in order to determine whether the kids seem ready for our standard comp course. I did this as part of one of our Freshman Orientation sessions, so we have lots of freshpeeps on campus today and tomorrow.
So as I walked to my office in the near-triple-digit heat, I noticed something unusual. There’s a small bell tower between the library and the cafeteria, not far from my office:
Campus legend/tradition has it that those who walk under the bell tower will not manage to graduate in four years. However, you’ll notice that the Powers That Be have placed a supply of ice water beneath that very tower. Therefore, I wish to thank whatever evil genius found a new way to increase our revenue stream by luring our students into additional semesters and years of tuition payment.