The university has historically been a place for protest, liberalism and a forum for current events and activism. So, it came as no big surprise as I went by the New York Univesity campus yesterday and saw an Earth Day celebration. What did surprise me though was a 180 foot vegetarian sandwich made by Top of the Square Catering. I'm not sure of the tie-in to the day - the sandwich appeared as more of an indulgence rather that a statement of restraint. But, I suppose everyone has to eat and a vegetarian sandwich is a better choice than foie gras or veal for Earth Day.
NYU has a number activities (graduation ceremonies and other annual events) that are held in the streets around the university buildings, owing to the fact that they do not actually have a private campus - the streets of NYC and Washington Square Park essentially function as their campus. I have blogged a number of these these NYU events - see the links below.
I will end this posting with a popular quote which is apropos, attributed to Winston Churchill. Some say it is falsely attributed to him - I have not been able to substantiate this one way or another. You will also see many slight variations on the quote itself.
''If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40 you have no head.'' I keep this in mind whenever I am witness to student activism, passions and idealism ...
Related Postings of Interest: Grad Alley, Light on Bobst, La Rentrée, Obama, Danger and Caution.