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Setting the record straight

I just heard a bit of logic for not donating money to Washington University. Since that logic was wrong, and others may be suffering from similar misthinking, I thought I should set the record straight.

This person, whom I shall not name, thinks that the trips I take (to conferences, to ETS to write the GRE, to DARPA PI meetings) are superfluous, and that Wash U is wasting its money sending me to those places.

For the record, potential donors, Wash U spends not one cent on those trips. So, even if the trips were superfluous, and I claim they are not, you can donoate to Wash U with the confidence that your hard-earned money will not be spent to propel my travel to any venue.

I am amazed at the reasons people concoct to avoid donating money to worthy causes.


It would be nice if Wash. U. stopped asking me for donations while I was still paying off my student loans. My kick-ass educaton wasn't cheap; it's a bit off putting for my bookie to be hitting me up for spare change.

Posted by: Chris at April 12, 2004 11:56 AM

I'll give them their money when they refund my student insurance fee. Until then, the university as a whole is not getting one red cent from me.

(Individual student groups or departments are another matter. They're not getting any money because I'm poor, not because I'm annoyed with them.)

Posted by: joe at April 12, 2004 2:49 PM