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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Have a Heart

The university has historically been a place for protest, liberalism and a forum for current events and activism. So, it came as no big surprise as I went by the New York Univesity campus yesterday and saw an Earth Day celebration. What did surprise me though was a 180 foot vegetarian sandwich made by Top of the Square Catering. I'm not sure of the tie-in to the day - the sandwich appeared as more of an indulgence rather that a statement of restraint. But, I suppose everyone has to eat and a vegetarian sandwich is a better choice than foie gras or veal for Earth Day.
NYU has a number activities (graduation ceremonies and other annual events) that are held in the streets around the university buildings, owing to the fact that they do not actually have a private campus - the streets of NYC and Washington Square Park essentially function as their campus. I have blogged a number of these these NYU events - see the links below.
I will end this posting with a popular quote which is apropos, attributed to Winston Churchill. Some say it is falsely attributed to him - I have not been able to substantiate this one way or another. You will also see many slight variations on the quote itself.
''If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40 you have no head.'' I keep this in mind whenever I am witness to student activism, passions and idealism ...

Related Postings of Interest: Grad Alley, Light on Bobst, La Rentrée, Obama, Danger and Caution.

7 comments:

naomid said...

I wonder if they offered any of that sandwich to the needy or hungry non-nyu students.

Lorelai said...

Wow, Winston Churchill couldn't have been more accurate.

Chuck Pefley said...

I like the Churchill quote very much! The sandwich, while amazing, seems just a bit over the top.

Anonymous said...

The Sandwich was exquisite!
I was there and non NYU people were able to eat as well.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice looking food without any flies. Perfect timing.

Grand Life said...

Great post. Wish I had been there.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if observing an Earth Day celebration at NYU really counts as a harbinger of 'liberalism,' let alone student activism. Earth Day has been mainstream for a long while, at least here in parts of the East Coast.

I agree with the poster about the sandwich being a little over the top, but way to go vegans!!