Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the on-going struggle to save Sweet Briar College, I must say that I am finding recent developments to be quite impressive. The Resistance, having lawyered up, has established its own Board and filed for 501(c)(3) status. Rumor says that even though we’ve already hit $2.6 million in pledges, a considerably larger sum of alumnae money out there is just waiting for the grant of non-profit status before it starts rolling in. Assuming the group hasn’t somehow wound up on the President’s IRS enemies list, I hope this will happen fairly soon. Meanwhile, current professors are starting to speak out, pols are starting to ask questions and enthusiastic alumnae foot-soldiers continue to make waves in the press.
Well done, Vixens! Holla! Holla! Holla!
Meanwhile, in another development the gentlemen of
Hamster-Squidney Hampden-Sydney College, realizing that the loss of SBC would negatively impact them, are also rallying to the flag. (Somebody today said that the two schools ought to merge, keeping their separate identities under one management structure. Conceptually, I think this is an intriguing idea.)
Even though I’m an alum of Dubyanell, HSC’s traditional rival, I can’t rag too much on the Squidneys here because I was only a law student there and really not much mixed up in undergrad squabbles. However, I can relate an amusing anecdote:
Mrs. Robbo was born on Lawn-Guyland and grew up in Connect-Ti-Cutt (State motto: “Left Lane Closed Next 30 Miles”). Prior to coming down to Sweet Briar, she had absolutely no knowledge of Southern sensibilities whatsoever.
Anyhoo, in her early undergrad days before she met ol’ Robbo and was thereby made an honest woman (I keed!), Mrs. R ventured over to HSC a few times with some of her fellow Vixens in order to frolic with teh Squids. Apparently, one evening she found herself at a party in some good ol’ boys’ dorm room, one with Confederate battle flags draped all over the place. As the beer flowed and the night grew older, talk apparently circled ’round to the War (which in those parts is always short for “The War of Northern Aggression”). Although I wasn’t a witness, I can guess well enough the major themes: Popular misunderstanding of the real Southern cause, history books written by the damned Yankees, strategic and/or tactical decisions that could have Turned the Tide, etc., etc.….
Anyhoo, the story goes that after these themes had been hashed out for a not inconsiderable time, Mrs. R in all her sheltered, New England innocence, suddenly blurted out, “I don’t understand why you all talk about the war so much. I mean, you lost.”
Looking back, Mrs. R still wonders how she made it out of that room in one piece.
UPDATE: The Roanoke Time runs a pretty good editorial pointing out the eerie parallels between the current situation and the attempted closure of Wilson College back in 1979 and suggesting that teh Vixens adopt a battle plan similar to that which eventually saved Wilson. I’ve heard a good bit of chatter along these lines and don’t doubt that something of the same nature is probably in the works. What I worry about, however, is whether there’s enough time and up-front money to implement it.