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Grave Problem

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has unearthed (a pun! a pun!) this odd news item:

University of Georgia graduates may love their alma mater, but for now, they can’t take it with them.
For nearly five years, W. Scott Walston sold caskets tastefully adorned with the university’s logo. Then in 2003, someone dug up an obscure University System of Georgia rule that forbids college logos on burial items (and on sex toys, toilet seats, alcoholic beverages, and other items that “may cause embarrassment or ridicule to the Board of Regents or its institutions”).
Now Mr. Walston is asking the system’s Board of Regents to rescind the 1982 rule so that the Bulldog faithful — along with alums from other Georgia campuses — can once again sleep the eternal sleep beneath a reminder of their college days. The regents are studying the situation, and Mr. Walston is optimistic that his company, Collegiate Memorials, will again be able to sell the caskets to Georgians.

By the way, when did CHE start referring to alumni as “alums”? 

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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