Nov 29, 2008, 10:30 AM
Post #330 of 1018
Wait -- first of all, was it Boy Meets World, or Saved By The Bell: The New Class!? Because Boy Meets World was in every way superior. (Topanga will always have a free ride in my heart).
Secondly, the issue under discussion wasn't whether a school should admit only those who can pay vs. those who require aid; the issue was whether a school should admit the under-qualified simply because they're famous -- or in these pathetic examples, marginally famous. In your example it sounds like the guy just happened to be on the career-killing Saved By The Bell: The New Class!. (And was this the undergrad or MFA writing program? And was it even at Columbia?)
What's weird, though, is that Columbia uses its MFA program as a cash cow in general. It's not a matter of some rich folks subsidizing fellow writing students; it's rich folks and middle class folks lining Columbia's pockets to the tune of, what, $75, 000? For a useless arts degree? That's been the traditional complaint against Columbia.
But getting back to your experience, I still have to take fault with something. Columbia does have the money to send poor kidz there, regardless of how many rich, inbred, hydrocephalic George Bush -types they admit. The may charge you billions to go there, but they don't actually pay billions for teachers and rent. Far from it.
apparently, both went there. I just looked up rider Strong, who I knew wrote, and he has some published poetry and went to Columbia. While I was there though, the controversy was over a saved by the bell: the new class person. that year news leaked that the PTB decided to call up potential students and ask if they needed financial aid. Those who promised to pay, they were admitted over those that didn't - note, this was off of the wait-list. which would makr the SBTB guy undergrad
But of course, it's beginning to sound like we're all getting high-horsey here, sounding like we think someone who acts can't also write, or are underqualified?
and columbia has money to send poor kids there because they get a lot of money from the rich ones. And they own a lot of land, and other stuffs.