All monks, please don your Slankets: Arizona State University may need an as yet undetermined number of you. Or so says John Kavanagh, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, of proposed budget cuts there:
Department of Alchemy? I could be in to that (as would my vaguely Harry Potteresque son). Just don't change my English Department into a scriptorium. And please also void logic from the philosophy department, since the linking of budget cuts to medieval-destined time travel makes very little sense. Did Arizona really have an institution like Cambridge or Oxford or Bologna or Paris during the Middle Ages, and if so who was attending it? Was their budget truly that slender?
Back to the Middle Ages . . . There are many ways to measure the impact of state-budget cuts. There's the obvious dollar amount. There's the effect on people's lives. And then there's the historical perspective.
Members of the House Appropriations Committee were debating the cost of photocopying at Arizona State University and whether those costs decline as the semester wears on and students drop classes.
But committee Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, interrupted to say the conversation was way too 21st century.
"Since our cuts are going to send ASU back to the Middle Ages, the question is how many monks will they need?" he said.
Kavanagh warmed up to the Middle Ages metaphor, noting that the Department of Chemistry should be changed to the Department of Alchemy.
Story pasted from here. Thanks to my colleague Margaret Soltan for sending it my way.