April 28, 2004

GO GIPPERS! (via Tom Morin):

Supporters Push Ronald Reagan University (T.R. Reid, April 28, 2004, Washington Post)

On the silver screen, he was a college football hero and a cheerleader. He played cadets at two different military academies. He appeared as a zoology professor in the Hollywood classic "Bedtime for Bonzo." But now America's only movie-star-turned-president may have another dramatic role in higher education: as the namesake and inspiration for Ronald Reagan University.

Backers of the ambitious plan to build a private university outside Denver that would focus on the former president's economic and diplomatic principles asked the Colorado legislature this week to endorse the idea. With a 200-acre campus site donated by a prominent Colorado Republican, the plans call for construction to begin next year and a student body of 10,000 to be in classes before the end of the decade.

"We have worked with an architect, and we think we're looking at an $850 million construction budget," said Terry Walker, a former professor and administrator at the University of Louisiana who is serving as founding president of the proposed school. "We are planning for a full-scale university, with a law school, business school and a graduate school of foreign affairs and public policy. We also want a performing arts school, to reflect the president's long movie career."

Looks like I'll be getting an MBA, honey!

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2004 2:16 PM

Time zone rule.

Posted by: Chris at April 28, 2004 2:26 PM

Damn! Looks like I'm back to Tuck.

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2004 2:42 PM

Oh, is MBA a foreign translation for JOB?

Posted by: The Wife at April 28, 2004 2:59 PM

I want a Fighting Gippers sweatshirt and license plate frame.

Oh, and I know where my kids are going to college now.

Posted by: Mike Morley at April 28, 2004 3:26 PM

It suddenly seems quiet in here.

Posted by: h-man at April 28, 2004 3:31 PM

OJ: Youch! Here's an icepack. That's bound to leave a mark.

Posted by: John Resnick at April 28, 2004 3:45 PM

I've had to put a bell on her so I can hear her stealthy approaches...

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2004 5:22 PM


You're my new hero. I'm a little scared of you of course.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at April 28, 2004 5:23 PM

How about a generous endowment to provide for scholarships for French and German students at the school of public policy and foreign affairs? Drive them crazy.

Posted by: Peter B at April 28, 2004 6:02 PM