The Big Digs
QUIZ: THE YEAR IN CANTABRIGIA
Which of the following things actually happened in Cambridge this year?
[a] The city printed yoga poses on parking tickets in an attempt to soothe penalized violators.
[b] The city council directed officials to examine the possibility of installing a slide at one of Cambridge’s T stations.
[c] MIT funded the installation of a dog-poop-powered lamppost in a city park.
[d] Longtime residents were discovered to be Russian spies, and were deported.
[e] All of the above, BECAUSE IT’S CAMBRIDGE.
DEBATE: IS UMASS A GOOD SCHOOL?
No. On September 5, the Globe runs a story arguing that UMass “remains firmly lodged among the nation’s second-tier state schools.”
Yes. The Times of London ranks UMass as the 56th-best university in the world; the school takes out a full-page ad in the Globe trumpeting this fact.
Yes? Globe columnist and UMass alum Kevin Cullen responds, arguing that when you consider things besides intelligence and money, UMass is probably a better place than Harvard.
Yes! On September 7, more than 300 people gather on the Amherst campus to attempt to set a record by building the world’s longest piece of sushi. They succeed, making a 422-foot-long California roll. The school issues an official release on this great accomplishment.
The verdict? Yes. Sushi is delicious, and Kevin Cullen doesn’t go there anymore.