Frontier Former Editor

January 21, 2008

Maybe the little things do count more

Filed under: Blacksburg, bureaucracy, observations, old college days, rationality, schools, Virginia, Virginia Tech — Frontier Former Editor @ 4:35 pm

I spent part of the coldest day of this year in Blacksburg, Va. Sunday and picked up this little piece of literature:




Now, I’m a firm believer in the concept that studying an institution’s bureaucracy often tells more than studying its deeds. Virginia Tech still has the same president and the same campus police chief it had on April 16, 2007. The campus now features a memorial to the dead of that day: a half-ring of stones each inscribed with the name of one person murdered, with each stone illuminated by a small shielded lamp. The memorial is unnoticeable except for the sight of those who have found it and are looking at it.

Less than 200 yards straight-line distance from the memorial, in a brochure rack outside the Vice President for Student Affairs’ office, is the pamphlet displayed above.


  1. I don’t get the markings on the figures….?

    Comment by nursemyra — January 22, 2008 @ 6:50 am

  2. They’re pseudo-tribal icons intended to show the uniqueness among the community of outline drawings . . . . . sorry, my tongue got stuck in my cheek

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 22, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  3. oh. ok.


    Comment by nursemyra — January 23, 2008 @ 6:44 am

  4. Well I’d be distressed, too, if I had to walk around Virginia Tech with a target on my shirt.

    Comment by raincoaster — January 26, 2008 @ 7:41 am

  5. especially a target in a poor rendition of batik or some other faux-African/Middle Asian tribal motif

    Comment by Former Frontier Editor — January 27, 2008 @ 10:10 am

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