“It is important for society to avoid the neglect of adults, but positively dangerous for it to thwart the ambition of youth to reform the world. Only the schools which act on this belief are educational institutions in the best meaning of the term.”
– University President Alexander Grant Ruthven, in a 1938 speech given in New York City.
It seems a natural goal of a liberal arts institution like the University to encourage students in their perhaps idealistic efforts to shape their world. That the benefits of our education would were necessary to the “happiness of mankind” was written in the 1787 Northwest Ordinance and later carved in the fa