The president of AIC spoke to the Republican editorial board last week to explain what a difficult job he has convincing people to let their kids go to school at his college. I think he’s right, it must be a tough sell, but discouraging students from leaving campus and buying into the idea that it’s a free fire zone in the neighborhoods surrounding the college guarantees eventual failure. Getting more students to interact more regularly with the community would do a great deal more in the long run. A local reporter wrote an opinion piece about the meeting with the AIC president and was honest about the likelyhood of him sending his own daughter to that school in a decade or so. I admired the reporters honesty but it’s apparent that his own newspaper’s skewed coverage has warped his sense of what endangers his daughter. Keeping her out of a car and away from places where cars speed by would do a whole lot more to keep her safe. I would venture to guess (It’s not really a guess) that commuting to ANY university is more dangerous than wandering around the neighborhoods surrounding AIC most of the time.
My “social media friend” who moved to CONNECTICUT to avoid the taint of interaction with casino gambling (yup!) further explained that the TRAFFIC from casino construction had already made her husband’s commute to Hartford “unbearable”. Funny, I live a block from the site and drive by it every day on the way to and from my place of employment. Quite literally I have seen no more “construction” than a guy with a broom!
Finally, Teflon Towne had a double header of media atrocities with the Edward Alemany trial coming to an end just as two kids barely out of their tween years decided to gun down a fellow child. As usual, Boston’s cultural, educational, and tourist related institutions remain unscathed by these events. Oh, that Springfield could be so lucky!