28.2.04

THE UNIVERSITIES AND THE RAILROADS, CONTINUED. Two presidents of the Great Northern Railroad made insightful comments about the presence of passenger trains on railroads intended primarily to move freights. James J. Hill, the Empire Builder, suggested (using a barnyard analogy) that the passenger train was neither useful nor ornamental. John Budd, a mid-twentieth century successor to the Empire Builder, described the passenger train as the window through which the public viewed the railroad. (Some railroad managements made too much of this observation: the Milwaukee Road management expected a windfall of freight traffic from providing the Missouri River to the Lakes portion of Union Pacific's Cities. Not, but I digress.) Mr Budd's observation was that the railroad either had to present the public with a clean window (good passenger trains) or cover it with a shade (no passenger trains.)

In light of the continued football scandals at Colorado (and elsewhere, particularly in the allegedly "revenue" sports), what is the status of the window through which much of the public views the university?

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