Thursday, May 30, 2013

At the University of Chicago, it's no longer "sink or swim"

From 1954 til now, you had to be able to swim to graduate from the University of Chicago.

I am not making this up.

At Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT and Notre Dame you still do.

Here's what UC alum Hassan Ali had to say about his experience:

"Entering college is intimidating enough, let alone getting half-naked in front of your peers and trying to prove your physical acumen,"

And here's what the great Christopher Zorn had to say about Mr. Ali's quote:

"For those of us who didn't attend U of C, that was known as the "good part" of college".

Proving that Public Choice is everywhere, the article did find someone in favor of this ridiculous policy:

Fred DeBruyn, aquatics director and assistant physical education director at Cornell, said the swim tests served a valuable purpose: preventing drowning.

Not to mention helping to fund Mr. DeBruyn!


Bruce B said...

Damn kids these days - I had to swim a mile in 20˚ weather after jumping off a bridge into the gorge.

(CU '83)

JorgXMcKie said...

When I attended the US Air Force Academy in the middle 60s you had to pass a swimming test just to get into your second year. At the Naval Academy there was no swimming test at all.

Hip 2 B A Gnurd said...

Hey, I went to the Institute (as we lovingly call MIT) and the swim test was easy Pi. Much harder was finding earth women willing to breed with us.