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(AP)   State sells part of Massachusetts Turnpike to Harvard for $75 million   (ap.tbo.com) divider line 81
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2003-05-31 08:34:40 PM
I want to go to road when I go to college, Daddy.
The road of life is best begun with a solid education and road.
Los caminos de la vida son muy dificil de andarlos, HARVARD!!!
 
2003-05-31 09:10:55 PM
Typical Masshole ridiculousness...
 
2003-05-31 10:24:28 PM
Nice to know the tuition is going to help the kids.
 
SU
2003-05-31 10:24:41 PM
anyone else find it funny the spokesman used the phrase "our use will take place far down the road" when dealing with a subject like this?
 
2003-05-31 10:24:44 PM
You can only drive on it if you got higher than a 1400 on your SAT.
 
2003-05-31 10:25:18 PM
Ivy Leauge roadkill surrenders
 
2003-05-31 10:28:05 PM
I hate Harvard. They have more money than some small countries, and yet they continue to charge huge tuitions. I got into a big argument with my girlfriend about this. She thinks it is their right to charge 35 grand or whatever a year (and it is) and sees nothing wrong with it. I see a problem when they could be giving college away or very nearly away, and not suffer noticeably.

Bastards, all of them.
 
2003-05-31 10:28:25 PM
Next up: Yale International Airport.
 
2003-05-31 10:32:52 PM
as a resident of the fine commonwealth of Massachusetts I have but this to say...

death to the benighted sphere of lunacy that is Massachussetts.

Fark Mitt Romney, Fark the State house, Fark the turnpike authority.

/thanks... feeling slightly better now
 
2003-05-31 10:33:44 PM
05-31-03 10:24:44 PM Wydok

You can only drive on it if you got higher than a 1400 on your SAT.


Phew. I thought they were going to make the cut at 1500. Good to know I'm safe.
 
2003-05-31 10:37:45 PM
I pahked my cah at Hahvahd yahd.
 
2003-05-31 10:38:58 PM
Good lord, I hope this doesn't turn into a dick-waving contest.

1490.
 
2003-05-31 10:40:43 PM
Hey McRat, don't Fark the State House, I have my bid in!
 
2003-05-31 10:40:53 PM
pretty much what I expect from the state who gave us "The Big Dig" ... Boston has to be one of the most corrupt cities in the US.
 
2003-05-31 10:45:46 PM
Does anyone else hate the fact that it seems that everyone who ever thougth they were funny at Harvard seems to get a job writing for sitcoms?
 
2003-05-31 10:46:00 PM
Well I guess you could say that those students are road scholars...or perhaps Hardvard's new slogan could be, "The road to success starts here." Or how about.. (gets hit in the head)
 
Rat
2003-05-31 10:47:17 PM
heya, a McRat

/I feel violated
 
2003-05-31 10:49:57 PM
JokerFoo

That goes for Atlanta too and almost every other city
 
2003-05-31 10:52:07 PM
SockMonkeyHolocaust: Does anyone else hate the fact that it seems that everyone who ever thougth they were funny at Harvard seems to get a job writing for sitcoms?

Good things that have come from Harvard:
Most of the writers for The Simpsons
Conan O' Brien
many of the SNL writters

I don't know... I think they're pretty damn funny.
 
2003-05-31 10:52:19 PM
As long as the Sox keep winning, who cares.

/delusional
 
2003-05-31 10:54:15 PM
Unless Harvard sets up a toll booth who the hell cares?
 
2003-05-31 10:57:43 PM
This is dumb. It's not like Harvard can close the road. And if the turnpike authority wants to expand, they can just reclaim the land through eminent domain (forced sale for the good of the community) and compensate the university. Chill out.
 
2003-05-31 10:58:35 PM
Harvard is just jealous that Stanford owns a mile or so of Interstate 280 (Along with thousands of acres and one of the most profitable shopping malls in America). They are just trying to jock our style.

Go Cardinal!
 
2003-05-31 10:59:42 PM
Massholes are so dumb. They'll do whatever the "experts" at Harvard tell them to do. What a bunch of serfs.
 
2003-05-31 10:59:45 PM
Hytes Xian

Good lord, I hope this doesn't turn into a dick-waving contest.

1490.



Then why are you waving your dick?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-05-31 11:00:22 PM
Greed.

The state spent a billion dollars, most of it federal aid money, buying off the opposition to get the Big Dig started. They spent a billion more to line the pockets of the major campaign contributors. Oh, did I say campaign contributors? I meant contractors and the management company. The cost more or less doubled, with much of the increase fraudulently hidden from the people. When the overruns came to light the federal government told the state "we're not paying for this any more". Uh oh, we're short a few billion dollars. The state legislature decided the Turnpike would get to pay for the overruns. Because the Turnpike already had toll booths. Better to make people driving into Cambridge from the west pay for a new road that lets people drive in from the north for free.

So the state will sell its future for the sake of cash in hand now.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-05-31 11:04:03 PM
Oh, should I have been dick-waving instead of ranting?

I got a 780 verbal/690 math the first time I took SATs. That's Harvard quality. But we all knew it was a mistake. I was a math genius with no verbal skills. So I tried again and got a proper ratio of scores.

I've been inside the walls of Harvard twice, and neither trip was academic. But now I can drive through Harvard every day if I want to.
 
2003-05-31 11:08:15 PM
Oh, should I have been dick-waving instead of ranting?

I got a 780 verbal/690 math the first time I took SATs. That's Harvard quality. But we all knew it was a mistake. I was a math genius with no verbal skills. So I tried again and got a proper ratio of scores.

I've been inside the walls of Harvard twice, and neither trip was academic. But now I can drive through Harvard every day if I want to.


and we should care? **yawn**
 
2003-05-31 11:11:39 PM
*awaits the arrival of nelson*
 
2003-05-31 11:16:45 PM
"The sale gives Harvard room to expand and the turnpike authority much-needed cash. "

The Mass Pike was paid off years ago..once it was paid off, it was supposed to be a free travel road.. but that never happened.. they jacked up the tolls..much needed cash..my arse!
 
SU
2003-05-31 11:19:56 PM
to bad SATs just test your test taking skills
 
2003-05-31 11:21:02 PM
KarlHungus,

Would you be willing to send me $10 by PayPal (for nothing in return)? - only if you wouldn't suffer noticeably by doing so, of course.
 
2003-05-31 11:25:45 PM
So, this makes Harvard primarily a commuter school now?
 
2003-05-31 11:27:22 PM
Harvard:

NOW WE HAVE THE TURNPIKE

HO HO HO
 
2003-05-31 11:34:44 PM
Harvard can afford to drop $75 mil on 90 acres? Yikes. I guess it's only a matter of time until they trot out the death ray.
 
2003-05-31 11:39:45 PM
People bash Harvard, myself included, but...bottom line...without Harvard, Cambridge & Lower Allston would be as disgusting as Somerville and, um, the rest of Allston.
 
2003-05-31 11:41:58 PM
Harvard's in Cambridge, folks.
 
2003-05-31 11:54:40 PM
So where is the Massachusetts tag?

/Florida resident rant
 
2003-05-31 11:55:53 PM
Stealer_of_sleep:

"KarlHungus,

Would you be willing to send me $10 by PayPal (for nothing in return)? - only if you wouldn't suffer noticeably by doing so, of course."

Do not try to hoist the angry socialist by their own petard. No matter how much logic you throw at them, they will never admit defeat.
 
2003-05-31 11:59:54 PM
What's the tuition at Harvard? What will it be when they pass the cost of this along?
 
2003-06-01 12:01:42 AM
WTF does "petard" mean? I'm too lazy to look it up.
 
2003-06-01 12:01:49 AM
Zaz i hate to tell ya that they have spent alot more then that :( Crazyness i tell ya
 
2003-06-01 12:07:30 AM
Petard: 1. a case containing an explosive to break down a door or gate or breach a wall
2. a firework that explodes with a loud report

Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary
 
2003-06-01 12:12:04 AM
NashvilleDave: $37,928 for 2003-04

And Hogans: Yale really could use an international airport.
 
Seb
2003-06-01 12:12:43 AM
05-31-03 11:04:03 PM ZAZ
...I've been inside the walls of Harvard twice, and neither trip was academic...

05-31-03 11:08:15 PM ToStupidTooCare
and we should care? **yawn**

I care, since I can't compete with SAT bragging rights, I'll mention I too have been to Harvard for non-academic reasons. Hmm, that's even more boring written out than it was in my mind.
 
2003-06-01 12:16:37 AM
[Algore]

So basically, we have a situation, where there is no Controlling Turnpike Authority.

[/Algore]
 
2003-06-01 12:20:14 AM
06-01-03 12:12:04 AM EducatedSlacker

NashvilleDave:
$37,928 for 2003-04

And to answer your 2nd question... probably the same. Harvard has a farkton of money. Their endowment, last I heard, was around $18.3 billion.
 
2003-06-01 12:27:02 AM
05-31-03 11:27:22 PM Garanimal
Harvard:

NOW WE HAVE THE TURNPIKE

HO HO HO


That's farking hilarious.

/I hope I did the tags right...
 
2003-06-01 12:35:07 AM
When I read this headline, the first thing I thought was "Damn, we got farked with toll hikes to pay for the Big Dig. Now they'll probably tear up part of the Pike and make us pay for that too." I'd love it if some of the money would go towards picking up the (get this) DEER LEG that has been rotting for almost a week by the westbound left lane over by the state police barracks. (As for the rest of the deer, I couldn't tell you where that ended up.)

Re: tuition - Boston University's 2003-2004 tuition is $38,194 (compared to about $25,000 ten years ago when I graduated). I think by now, Silber owns all of Kenmore Square and a good chunk of Comm. Ave.
 
2003-06-01 12:41:02 AM
How much financial aid does Harvard give out each year?

Something worth thinking about: right now, rich families pay more to send their kids to Harvard than poor families.

No doubt Harvard could afford to let all students attend for free - then rich families and poor families would pay the same. Would this be more or less fair than the current arrangement? I can see arguments for either way, depending on whether you think "fair" means that people should pay the same or should pay according to their ability to pay.

I think it might make sense for Harvard to lower tuition if they had trouble attracting applicants. But as it stands, they are already turning most people away. They could probably raise tuition by 30%, and still be turning people away.

If someone wants to go to a cheap school, there are plenty of choices available.
 
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