The late Howard Strauss, former manager of academic outreach at Princeton, collected and reported on faculty comments regarding the introduction of electricity at the university in the early 20th century. (Spelling uncorrected by Strauss or your humble blogger.)
- Electricity is just a fad, just as silly as the Wright brothers flying, it wont survive
- We could buy a years worth of candles for the cost of cabling up the campus
- They will use it for non-academic purposes like reading trashy novels, and we shouldn’t be providing for their non academic life.
- It will allow night classes so we will have to work more hours and it will turn universities into learning factories