University of Denver? Get serious.
The University of Denver has become a punchline among the young people who chat around our dinner table. ("For every student, there's a different reason to love DU." But all of them love the fact that they will never see the library.)
DU has never been a very good school. But now it has given up any pretense of academic respectability. Imagine a university without a library. Well, no need to imagine. DU is ditching its library.
As I mentioned earlier, the University of Denver plans to get rid of its library in favor of a study hall with a cafe and virtually no books. The old library building will become the "Academic Commons."
I was happy to see a demonstration against this idiotic idea today. The demonstrators I chatted with are not rabble rousers. They were (tragically) sincere. They really thought that their demonstration might make a difference. Hearing a couple of them talk made me want to immediately go take over the provost's office just to vindicate their (misplaced) faith that people who speak truth to power prevail.
I have yet to hear anyone speak in favor of the trustee's plan, but the trustees apparently didn't ask the faculty for its opinion. (I'm happy to be corrected on that point, but I think it was presented as done deal. Why would the faculty care about the university's library?) Or the students. Or the librarians. Or the staff. They may have asked fellow trustee Pat Bowlen.
(Where is John Gilbert's daughter when you need her? Margot Gilbert is a trustee but apparently useless on this issue.)
Perhaps the trustees are gambling that if you have a good hockey team, no one will care about the education or research part.
Are people really that stupid? Maybe.