“The University’s president and board have solemnized an alliance with the coal industry, in return for a large monetary ‘gift,’ granting to the benefactors, in effect, a co-sponsorship of the University’s basketball team. That — added to the ‘Top 20’ project and the president’s exclusive ‘focus’ on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — puts an end to my willingness to be associated in any way officially with the University.”Read Berry's "How to be a poet"
Poet Wendell Berry is ungifting his writings to his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, over its plans to name a basketball players' dormitory after the coal industry. Said Berry, who taught at the university:
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