"Warhol: Someone said that Brecht wanted everybody to think alike. I want everybody to think alike. But Brecht wanted to do it through Communism, in a way. Russia is doing it under government. It’s happening here all by itself without being under a strict government; so if it’s working without trying, why can’t it work without being Communist? Everybody looks alike and acts alike, and we’re getting more and more that way.
I think everybody should be a machine. I think everybody should like everybody.
Art News: Is that what Pop Art is all about?
Warhol: Yes. It’s liking things.
Art News: And liking things is like being a machine?
Warhol: Yes, because you do the same thing every time. You do it over and over again."
"Why do most private colleges price and discount this way? Most colleges believe that the public relates the sticker price with the quality of the institution and that the higher the price the higher the perceived quality. Second, many colleges believe that students and their families like getting scholarships. Families resonate to scholarships and take it as an indication that the institution wants their child. Third, the larger the difference between the sticker price and the net price the more colleges can charge different net prices to different students; this gives the schools more opportunity to discriminate in their pricing in favor of students who are most desirable to the college. Fourth, many schools are unable to get the enrollment that they need to fill up their classrooms at their sticker price because students and their families are either unable or unwilling to pay the price and thus they must discount the price to get the enrollment that they need for financial equilibrium."
"First, conjure as high a sticker price as possible for tuition. Second, schools plow a lot of that extra money into student amenities, including country-club perks that outwardly justify it–and help with college rankings that reward such largesse. Finally, use your financial aid pile not necessarily to help needier students but rather to offer discounts to lure richer kids who might pay the rest of that inflated tuition price in full. The average yearly cost for a four-year, private, not-for-profit college is now $41,000–compared with $33,000 a decade ago–but the average discount rate for incoming freshman is 46%."
"Biologists call cats “exploitive captives,” an evocative phrase that might be used to describe a lot of relationships, not all of them interspecies. I made the mistake, early on, of feeding the cat first thing in the morning, forgetting that the cat could control when I woke up — by meowing politely, sitting on my chest and staring at me, nudging me insistently with her face, or placing a single claw on my lip."