Sunday, April 15, 2007

more good news

I'm kind of into the good news thing lately. I think it might be because I'm about to become a government flak.

At any rate, I got all inspired watching a rerun on 60 Minutes tonight about a liberal arts degree program at a maximum security prison. It's offered by Bard, a high-dollar East Coast school.

I see things like this and I think solutions are so simple. Seems to me we've got everything we need in this country to do what's right. Maybe the reason we don't do it very often is so it'll be news when we do.


ginak said...

That's how I felt when I read this:

I wish everyone in a position of power thought this way.

joe said...

The link didn't work. Can you repost?

ginak said...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Billionaire media entrepreneur John Werner Kluge is giving $400 million to Columbia University for financial aid -- one of the largest gifts ever to an American university.

The New York Times reported that the university is to announce the gift from Kluge, 92, a Columbia alumnus, on Wednesday.

"Obviously, this is an extraordinary gift by any standard," said Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger. "It's huge in its consequences and effects on the university."

The gift from Kluge is the largest in the school's history and will come from his estate when he dies. The money is intended for financial aid to students, officials said.

Kluge, who attended Columbia on scholarship, credits the opportunity with helping him become a successful broadcast entrepreneur. Typically, large donations are made toward the construction of a new building or to endow a professorship.

"I'd rather by far invest in people than buildings," Kluge said in 2004. "If I can infuse a mind to improve itself, that'll pass on to their children, and to their children's children."

for rest of story:

ginak said...

aw hell. i don't know why the whole url doesn't come out. sorry about that. just look up "columbia university" on, and you can find the rest of the story.

kyes said...

The degree program at Bard is indeed a good program. If you are interested, check out the website for the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project: