Colbert Retort: Admissions Head Trumps Truthiness

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on May 1, 2012 · 0 comments

in Alumni Life, Modern Geekhood

Admissions head Stu Schmill '86 responds to Colbert.

Admissions head Stu Schmill '86 responds to Colbert: "We like to think with our heads.....

In a spoof on a recent Stephen Colbert interview about education, MIT Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill ’86 responds with his own The Word segment.

Read his blog post below, then take a look at his hilarious two-minute video:

Believe it or not, admissions officers occasionally try to do things besides reading applications to MIT. One of the things I enjoy doing in my downtime (besides playing with Legos) is watching the Colbert Report, which is one of my favorite television shows.

During one recent episode, Stephen Colbert interviewed Richard Hersh, a former university president who recently coauthored a book on how higher education is failing in America. During that interview Hersh—who I think it is fair to say is somewhat down on education in America today—had some very kind words to say about MIT. (Thanks Richard. The check from Tim Beaver is in the mail).

Stephen, though, had some unkind words about MIT, and moreover didn’t seem to really “get” what makes this such a special place. Now, I know such complex concepts may be difficult for him to grasp (after all, truthiness will only get you so far), but, as someone who cares deeply about education, I felt compelled to try.

So Stephen, a few of us here at MIT Admissions put something together in a form you might understand…




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