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Recession prompted changes in "the nature of gifts."
A private college raising funds from private individuals to build facilities and endow scholarship and programs...but I'm sure there will be plenty of complaining....like when people attack the Strib, a private business.
The wealthy upped their percentage from 90% of the nations wealth to 91%. Certainly they can afford to endow this private school to the tune of a mere $515 million. Where are they when the MN Orchestra or the SPCO need help? The arts are their responsibility now. The middle class cannot even afford these venues let alone donate to them
jcinmn: How do you know that those who donated to the St. Thomas fund did not also donate to the MN Orchestra or the SPCO? Many of these donors also love the arts. I will bet many of them DID also contribute to these organizations, along with the Guthrie, the Institute of Arts, etc. Jealousy is not becoming. Get educated, get a job, if you can find one in the Obama economy, and strive to enjoy the arts. Maybe someday you can contribute also.
Perhaps the teachers and "artists" could try experiencing the same austerity as the rest of the population, to allow more people to attend college and enjoy the arts.
kwiz01: I found it amazing that you bashed jcinmn for his assumptions and judgments about St. Thomas, but then bashed jcinmn by making an assumption that jcinmn is not educated or employed. St. Thomas is all about tolerance. You might want to try it. Go Tommies.
PS... as far as the Obama comment, and jobs in this economy, your time would be better spent writing to GM and Apple, asking them why they have outsourced contracts to China for batteries, and the iPhone5. I would imagine you can find many other companies that have done this as well if you just read labels on products you buy and where they are manufactured. It has little to do with politics, and much to do about corporate greed by SOME companies. Buy American.... go Tommies.
Time for UST to make a bid on the Ford Plant property for student housing, 'on campus' ice rink, and maybe even a new football stadium for when they move to DI in all activities!
Private people choosing to give their own money. Good for them and congrats to St Thomas.
Now they can afford to have Ann Coulter come back again and speak to the undergraduates about how we should force Middle Eastern countries to convert to Christianity or kill their leaders if they don't.
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