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Board to Death: A Mild Reflection on the Quiet Threat to Cultural Institutions

In 1971, the cartoonist Walt Kelly, playing on Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous War of 1812 words, had his Pogo proclaim, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”  And so it goes for cultural institutions these days, such as historic sites and universities.  1,373 more words


Sweet Briar College alumna: Current graduates are ‘latest’ graduating class, not ‘last’

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Graduation day is a joyous occasion for students and their families, but there’s certainly mixed emotions with commencement at Sweet Briar College Saturday. 678 more words


Economic Reality Comes to College Campuses

Finally, colleges get schooled in Economics 101.

For a long time, “market forces” didn’t really apply to institutions of higher learning — at least not in the classic sense. 731 more words

Social Commentary

Sweet Briar College alumna: The Board of Directors should resign

RICHMOND, Va. – Stacy Lukanuski, a Sweet Briar graduate, mother of a current student, and supporter of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. told CBS 6 in an interview Saturday that she has been hoping that the Board of Directors would resign and let those who care about the school lead it moving forward. 440 more words


Va. attorney general defers to board on college closing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s attorney general is not stepping into the pitched battle over the planned closing of Sweet Briar College.

Attorney General Mark R. 124 more words


"Now or Never Our Deliverance Must Come": George Washington and the Power of Contingency

“Contingency” is a historical concept easy enough to understand but among the toughest to convey, whether to students in a classroom or guests at a historic site.   536 more words

American Revolution

Sweet Briar equestrian director moving to Lynchburg College

Sweet Briar College may be closing in August, but it’s riding tradition will stay in central Virginia. Sweet Briar equestrian director Merrilee “Mimi” Wroten will join Lynchburg College as director of riding as the college works to expand its equestrian program. 727 more words