President's Blog

Realignment? Misalignment? Reshuffling?

All this talk about athletic conference realignments reminds me of M. C. Escher’s Waterfall lithograph, where water flows down through a series of canals to end up in the same place.  Every university hopes to move up to a better, more reputed, more distinguished club. They leave partners behind for new ones, leaving spaces in turn taken by others. But the universe of players remains substantially the same, making the perception of perpetual ascension, an illusion. Meanwhile the dramas continue to fill pages, blogs and airwaves. Fun, fun!