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Monday, February 13, 2012

For The Love Of God

May I respectfully suggest to parents of college-aged children who are looking for a good education for their kids think about sending them to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where they'll be taught how to succeed in life as opposed to Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where they'll be taught the fine art of living in poverty?

Good grief.  This is beyond belief:
Hollins students are hungry to learn about poverty at dining event
By Amy Matzke-Fawcett, Roanoke Times

A group of students and community members at Hollins University shared an eye-opening meal, designed to raise awareness of world hunger.

About 15 people attended the Oxfam America Hunger banquet Sunday evening, a gathering called a "theatrical metaphor" focusing on awareness of world hunger and its causes. The event, being put on for the second time, was presented through Oxfam America, the U.S. branch of the international aid group and charity.

Attendees drew cards from a basket assigning them a persona in one of three groups -- low, middle or high income -- and were given a meal that corresponded with the income level.

"Not everyone leaves with a full stomach, which mirrors the state of hunger and global inequality," said Rachel Conn, event coordinator and a graduate assistant in Housing and Residence Life, which sponsored the event.

There are 1.2 billion people living in poverty in the world, and 842 million of those people are suffering from chronic hunger, according to statistics presented at the banquet. [link]
For those of you mush-for-brains students who attended this waste of time, let it be understood that no silly banquet like the one you attended is going to feed a poor person anywhere. Ever.  But employing those in need - and giving them a paycheck for services rendered - will.

Instead of wasting your time - and pissing me off - by indulging such idiocy, why not vow to become a business leader in your community?

Jobs and the vast array of opportunities that flow from them are what solve the poverty problem in this world, not some misguided, swellheaded event sponsored by overpaid and out of touch workers for a United Nations funded bureaucracy.

"Hollins students are hungry to learn about poverty." Good God. Go down that path and you'll surely learn - firsthand - what impoverishment is all about.