Question of Priorities

I’m not one to write letters to the editor regarding what I read in newspapers and magazines; however, I was so profoundly dumbstruck by the juxtaposition of the President’s letter (The President’s Report, 2008-2009) touting the belt-tightening that Fairfield has endured with the immediately following, Architectural Digest-worthy spread trumpeting the new $11 million Jesuit Community Center, that I do feel compelled to pass on my outrage at the latter. Even allowing for the fact that this residence was conceived during the high-flying days of 2006 when surely things would continue to be wonderful forever, I cannot fathom how the University could pursue a project that would cost $11 million to house less than 20 people.

Are the powers that be at Fairfield so disconnected from reality that they can easily accommodate a project of this size without questioning the ethics of such a project? While I would never discount the importance of the active Jesuit presence at Fairfield University, at more than $500,000 per resident, perhaps the structure should also be able to feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

Jennifer Toole ’92

Send your letters to the editor of Fairfield University Magazine to Alistair Highet at ahighet@fairfield.edu

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