By Mark C. Ebersole
Hail to Thee, Okoboji U! is a suite of articles, tales, poems, and cartoons that pokes irreverent enjoyable at greater schooling. not anything is sacrosanct; every little thing is reasonable online game: admissions methods, intercollegiate activities, pupil affairs, professors, collage presidents, commencements, alumni affairs, fund-raising and the cirriculum-English, tune, paintings, historical past, philosophy, technology. The anthology comprises a few of America's such a lot extraordinary writers and artists, together with: Woody Allen, Richard Armour, Russel Baker, Jeremy Bernstein, Roy Blount, Jr., Robert Benchley, Peter DeVries, Max Eastman, Jules Feiffer, John Kenneth Galbraith, Randall Jarrell, Fran Lebowitz, Henry Martin, Don Marquis, Mary McCarthy, Ogden Nash, Vladimir Nobokov, Samuel F. Pickering, Jr. John Crowe Ransom, Leo Rosten, Frank Sullivan, Delmore Schwartz, James Thurber, Calvin Trillin, Garry Trudeau, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and E.B. White. notwithstanding better schooling is universally well known for fostering prodigous studying and wondrous wisdom, Hail to Thee, Okoboji U! is a reminder that eminent highbrow associations are frequently stuck within the meshes of the nonsensical and the ludicrous- the querolousness of college conferences, the posturing of school presidents, the banality of graduation speeches, the inanity of arcane scholarship- and consequently, an institution's vital personages had most sensible now not take themselves too heavily. Hail to Thee, Okoboji U! deals a light-hearted examine the groves of academe and appeals to directors and college individuals, graduates and scholars, and all who want to have an insiders examine what is going on within the ivory towers.
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It has been said of sexual congressas I was brought up to call itthat the pleasure is momentary, the position is ridiculous and the expense is damnable. Considering what laughter does to our dignity, to our reputation and thus to our academic income, our attitude must inevitably be the same toward any lapse from solemnity. In my youth I tried hard to master the Harvard academic style and often believed I had succeeded. You tell me today that, sadly, I did not. It is nice sometimes to be rewarded for failure.
The word ''donor" comes from the Latin donate, to give, and is not to be confused with dunare, to dun, though it frequently is. When a prominent alumnus was thrown to the lions, customary procedure in the alumni office was to observe a moment of silence. " The Middle Ages In the period known as the Dark Ages, or nighthood, higher education survived only because of illuminated manuscripts, which were discovered during a routine burning of a library. It is interesting to reconstruct a typical classroom scene: a group of dedicated students clustered around a glowing piece of parchment, listening to a lecture in Advanced Monasticism, a ten-year course.
What are you taking? " Page 21 "Not necessary, Mom," said Mike cheerfully. " I asked. " said Mike confidently. "That will take care of everything I need. . " That noise you hear is my father in heaven, roaring with laughter. Gather Round, Collegians Roy Blount, Jr. Generally my advice to young people is, Don't listen to advice. I say that not only because it is something young people will listen to. I say it also because questionable advice ("Hey, organic chemistry will take care of itself") is always so much more appealing than sound advice ("Worry about everything").