At Charleston Law School, reports Joe Patrice on Abovethelaw.com, the two founders have cancelled the post-commencement ritual of booze, tiny edibles and small talk. Odd. Also, uncivilized.
That may be the last time members of the Class of 2015 and faculty will ever see each other. The two with garlic in their soul are the ultra wealthy George Kosko and Robert Carr.
From 2010 through 2013, they made $25 million in profit (not revenue) from operating this institution of legal instruction. But recently, pickings have been slimmer. So they put their business heads together and made the necessary difficult decision to bypass the code of Southern social gentility.
In response, the graduates and alumni are passing the hat. They need to collect about $6,000 to put on the traditional social part of the commencement rite of passage. This echoes the ethos of those old Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movies in which they cook up a scheme to save Pop's store.
What also resonates in this cartoonish but chilling tale are those iconic lines from T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men." They are: "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper."