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Your name here?

Chris posts about his ideal CS curriculum, which doesn't sound too bad by the way, but which brings me to a question I've wondered about...

For x dollars, I bet you could get Washington University to change its name. The big queestion is, what is a least upper bound on x? I've been tempted to try to find this out, by writing the University saying I might be interested in changing its name.

Actually, I am interested, and although I lack the inclination and the funds, there are many worthy people out there whose name could be affixed over Wash U.

Maybe if Chris strikes it rich at the UPS package handling, he can get the name changed to Chris University.

After all, we already have the Hill-top campus.


I think that looking at x as a function of time would also be interesting. With tuition rising at a rate of about 8% per year (it was that high when I was a Wash. U. student from '93 - '97) I would guess that x(t) is outpacing inflation, reducing the name pool every year.

As a least upper bound on the cost I propose the value of the endowment.

Posted by: Chris 2 at September 27, 2003 8:40 PM

Well, I hear that it costs about $1 million for naming rights on a building at WashU. There are probably about 100 buildings on campus, so I'm think $100 million will get you naming rights to the universtiy.

Posted by: david at September 28, 2003 2:10 AM

Either that, or every building could be called the "David Warner Building" -- could make classroom assignment interesting

Posted by: rkc at September 28, 2003 8:30 AM