Welcome to the real world,
Congratulations to Maureen Mahoney, JD’78
February/04), on her victory for the University of Michigan. My
son, one of the top 100 mathematics students in Massachusetts, a
New England Conservatory–trained violinist, and a three-season
sports captain, with an SAT score in the 1500s and enough advanced-placement
and college credits to begin an electrical-engineering program as
a sophomore, was denied admission to Michigan. He received a letter
from the university that stated, “We must select the best
academically qualified from the entire applicant population.”
About the same time, I read a Newsweek article on MSNBC.com about
a student from a public school near Detroit who was afraid that
his 1270 SAT score would not get him into the University of Michigan’s
College of Engineering (but did).
There ought to be an
analogue of Sarbanes-Oxley that would result in extended incarceration
for anyone who put their hand to a letter like that. I am certainly
glad that Ms. Mahoney is “comfortable” with Michigan’s
position. Getting comfortable with a combination of suboptimal
resource allocation and barefaced dishonesty must be hard work indeed.
M. G. “Brandy” Brandon, MBA’77
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