University Diaries, on the fruits of beer-'n-circus.
If any particular enterprise with university in its name loses its seriousness, as expressed in a scholarly atmosphere, a liberal arts curriculum, and the training of students for higher study and for jobs, state legislatures and citizens will begin to question the special forms of financial support (there are many besides tax exemption, of course tax exemption is shorthand for them all) they are providing. Politicians will appropriate less and less money; alumni will offer fewer and fewer donations. Eventually, for the worst among our universities, students will stop applying.
Her focus is on the sports enterprise consuming the university president's job. Go, read, understand, and contemplate the generalization to the other ways in which higher education abdicates its seriousness.

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