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Hungover at Mason

The Washington Post has noticed that there’s a school called George Mason University in its neck of the woods, and the editors sent a reporter there to find out what goes on:

From the administration offices to the switchboards — where the recorded greeting is now “Welcome to George Mason University, home of a Final Four basketball team” — the 34-year-old Fairfax school exulted in the Patriots’ extraordinary upset victory over top-seeded Connecticut on Sunday.

But success comes with a price:

Classes seemed reasonably well attended, but it was hard to miss the wink-and-nod in Provost Peter Stearns’s early morning e-mail to faculty: “Without in any way wishing to distort our priorities,” Stearns wrote, “I write to urge a bit of leniency in response to any absences from undergraduate classes today. Thanks for your understanding.”

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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