First, by way of comparison,
a typical classroom at the University of Delaware.
The University of Delaware
is not an Ivy League school. It is a public university. It does
not have a huge endowment. But it does play athletics at a relatively
modest level -- the UDel athletics budget is $16 million a year,
versus Rutgers' $56 million -- and it does devote its resources
to giving "real" undergraduates -- as opposed to hired
semi-pro athletes -- facilities that symbolize the school's commitment
to teaching and learning.
Wouldn't you like to
go to school in classrooms like this one? Wouldn't you feel better
about yourself and your university and the whole enterprise of
Try this. Print down,
in color, a picture of this University of Delaware classroom.
Then, the next time you have a class in Scott Hall or one of
the basement classrooms in the River Dorms, take out your UDel
picture and compare it with what you see around you. You will
be learning something about the damage being done by commercialized
Div IA athletics at Rutgers.