Is an EMUTalk toilet on campus inevitable?

Also in Inside Higher Ed this morning is this story about colleges selling the naming rights to bathrooms.  Here’s a quote:

In a brazen effort to raise funds, Dixie State offered naming rights to individual bathroom stalls in a musical theater company’s planned building. The college wanted to help the troupe, which had moved on campus after being evicted from its previous stage, raise money for a new home somewhere else.

The St. George Musical Theater is now out of business, apparently having come up a few urinals short of its fund-raising goal. Also gone is the Web page announcing the lavatory sponsorships, which college officials edited Friday after being alerted to its existence by a reporter.

Laugh if you want, but Dixie State isn’t the first cash-hungry college to seek money for bathrooms.

The story goes on to describe how a $100,000 donation to the Harvard Law School created the “Falik Men’s Room” there.

2 thoughts on “Is an EMUTalk toilet on campus inevitable?

  1. Why stop there? Why not have a brick, light switch, doorknob, staircase, etc… dedicated in one’s honor? The possibilities are practically endless!


  2. This is old news. (January 2008)

    It’s an offer the University of Colorado couldn’t flush away: A Boulder venture capitalist paid $25,000 for the naming rights to a bathroom in the Boulder campus’ ATLAS building.

    And so it is that the second-floor men’s bathroom in the high-tech hub now has Brad Feld’s name on it and a plaque with some words of wisdom from the donor: “The best ideas often come at inconvenient times. Don’t ever close your mind to them.”

    Feld — managing director at Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital, both based in Boulder — said he tried to make a similar offer a few years ago to his alma matter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But the school, after considering whether a donor could have naming rights to a bathroom, rejected his offer.

    “I just wanted a plaque outside of the men’s room to inspire people as they walk in to do their business,” Feld said.


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