… the anal fixates at Harvard University.

… That Harvard’s endowment exists to advance education and research is not what an observer would infer from the institution’s behavior. Instead, Harvard appears to have decided to put financial dominance ahead of the current needs of students, families, and citizens — even while the institution remains almost unfathomably wealthy. Taxpayers, who help to support this nonprofit, have reason to ask whether this is the best choice.

Harvard has options, even if its financial gurus find many of them unattractive. The institution’s academic leaders need to remind them that endowment investment and spending decisions must be guided by the twin goals of furthering education and research, not winning the hedge fund Olympics.

And if Harvard’s gurus found it acceptable to follow an investment strategy that could, and did, lose close to 25 percent in a year, then they should certainly deem spending a few tenths of a percent more to hold harmless the operating budget acceptable, too…

Time to remind you of this editorial
cartoon from a few years ago:

SCREW U.

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