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The Senior Class Gift Pads the Numbers

Enthusiastic expressions of thanks for giving to the Senior Class Gift are going out to undergraduates who have not contributed any money as a protest against the Kim/Folt administration’s fecklessness. Such behavior puts the entire Class Gift effort into question.

From: Jamila C. Ma
Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Thank You and Final SCG Giveaway Pickup

Dear XXXX,

Thank you so much to all you [sic] made generous contributions to the 2012 Senior Class Gift.

With your help and 80% of your fellow ’12s contributing, we were able to…

Outgoing Student Assembly President Max Yoeli’s column in The D, Image Over Impact, referred to the media-driven focus of the Kim administration. I’d go further: Kim gave the example that looking good was more important than the truth. That message seems to have filtered down to the nether levels of the administration, who are feeding students “data” of dubious quality.

Addendum: The College carries on something of a tradition in the above vein. During the nine years that I funded the Departmental Editing Program, I was repeatedly told that my contributions were not to be counted as part of the then-ongoing capital campaign — they were a targeted gift. Then, lo and behold, as the campaign reached its “successful” end, I received a letter congratulating me on being one of its 1,111 most important contributors. What a happy surprise. I guess that I was giving to the capital campaign the whole time after all.

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