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As Thoreau, or possibly Charles Schwab, advised: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." For almost a decade now, NYU has been livin' the dream--their Unstoppable Hugging President's dream, in which NYU is a visionary, transformative global research university for the new century, like a late-capitalist Harvard (we're paraphrasing). This means, among other things, starting a satellite NYU in Abu Dhabi
, eventually owning all property
in Lower Manhattan, etc. More recently, in an effort to "maintain the University's momentum" despite the recession, J-Sex has overseen cuts in student services, administrative hiring and raise freezes, and staff layoffs--while the Journalism Department announces the creation of six new Distinguished Writer-in-Residence positions
, filled by big-name academic gets (momentum!). As Thoreau, or possibly Eric Tsang, also observed: "What thousands must die so that Caesar may become great."