Editorial: How to Be Remembered

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Seniors are kicking off their annual gift campaign this week, collecting money and deciding how to leave their mark on this university, offering three possibilities for senior class gifts.

Those who donate have a vote in what gift the money will fund. But of the three options presented, only one is worthy of the designation "senior class gift."

The best project is the rebuilding of the Campanile area, the esplanade. Years ago, there were four large, throne-like benches in the esplanade, surrounding the Mitchell Fountain. These oversized, high-back benches eventually eroded into rubble and had to be removed, but copies sit on the Clark Kerr Campus. Money would also be spent on restoring the Abraham Lincoln bust, which was actually sculpted by the same artist responsible for Mt. Rushmore.

The other two options are decidedly less attractive. One is to aid the renovation of a room in Moffitt Library. But do the seniors want to be remembered for adding more Internet ports, effectively spending $30,000 for people to instant message each other in the library?

The other option is to establish a Sept. 11 scholarship. While this is worthy and timely, it would only benefit a few people by giving scholarships to students studying international relations.

The esplanade is a campus hub, and fixing it benefits everyone. That's how the senior class should want to be remembered.


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