“We’ve Lost Our Minds”

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Students at Missouri State no doubt discussing why Missouri has not expanded Medicaid to low-income adults. Photo by Dan Gill for the New York Times.

 

Regarding my recent post titled “The Future of Teaching,” thanks to the regular reader who supplied the title for this post, along with a link to this piece in The New York Times

 

“Making a Splash on Campus: College Recreation Now Includes Pool Parties and River Rides,” by Courtney Rubin, Sept. 19, 2014

 

When Louisiana State University surveyed students in 2009 to find out what they most wanted in their new recreation complex, one feature beat out even massage therapy: a lazy river.

 

But with dozens of schools (including some of its Southeastern Conference rivals) building the water rides, the university had to do one better: When its lazy river is finished in 2016, it will spell out the letters “LSU” in the school’s signature Geaux font.

 

“The students involved in the planning process wanted something cooler than what anyone else had,” said Laurie Braden, the school’s director of recreation. “University relations said it was O.K. as long as it followed the font appropriately and didn’t take it out of scale.”

 

In the university recreation center arms race — with 92 schools reporting over $1.7 billion in capital projects, according to a 2013 study from the Nirsa: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation (formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) — the latest thing is to turn a piece of campus into something approaching a water theme park.

 

Continue reading the story from the NYT.

 

 

A couple at Texas Tech completing a small group assignment for their philosophy course, "Virtue and Happiness in Plato." Photo by David Bowser for The New York Times

A couple at Texas Tech possibly completing a small group assignment for their philosophy course, “Virtue and Happiness.” Or not. Photo by David Bowser for The New York Times

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