The University of Texas may be renowned in many fields of research, but commonsense does not appear to be one of them.
Sarah and Ernest Butler, who have supported the university for almost 30 years and gave $55 million in 2008 for a music school that is named after them, offered an immediate $33 million for the school to be hived off from the faculty of fine arts and given the independence and prestige to challenge the best conservatories in the country.
No thanks, said the university. The music school stays where it is. We don’t want a stand-alone conservatory. What we believe in is ‘closely integrated interdisciplinary interactions rather than narrowly isolated disciplinary silos’. Can you believe that?
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