Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Meet Monaco

This October is Monaco Month, more or less, with the new President of Tufts University being officially inaugurated on the twenty-first, just ten days before he is tasked with the time-honored tradition of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. In a brief interview with Dr. Monaco, I was able to confirm that he will indeed be accepting students on Halloween. Others drew out important facts from the president, such as his health concerns when distinguishing muffins from un-iced cupcakes.

The real noteworthy fact about our new leader, however, is his academic history. As this screenshot from his (actual) Facebook profile clearly indicates, Dr. Monaco has spent a good deal of time progressing through the levels of academic excellence.

We see that he starts at Princeton; respectable indeed. From there, he moves on to Harvard, an arguable step up the ladder. Later in life he goes on to Oxford, a particularity distinguished overseas university. But, as clearly shown, he ends up attaining the highest honor of all, a place at Tufts.

This irrefutable factual evidence, therefore, proves beyond all doubt that, while the goal of some students may be to go to Harvard, the long-term goal of the nation's best and brightest is to end up on the Hill, with perhaps a brief stay in England between.

Our previous university president, Larry Bacow, stepped down to accept a new position; in March of last year, President Obama announced Bacow's appointment to the board of advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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