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How to get Harvard Medical School renamed after you

The Crimson reports Harvard will rename its medical school for the first person to give it $1 billion - although the money would have to come with no restrictions.

In contrast, Harvard renamed its public-health school after somebody for just $400 million.

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It'll be fitting when this ends up as the Dr. Ox School of Medicine at Harvard University...

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is there a rich bovine doctor out there I'm not aware of?

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Those GOP politicians love to exploit the educational benefits and connections of an elite East Coast education, and then repudiate it when they want to appeal to the mouth-breathing MAGA crowd.

Given what a whoring huckster and dangerous quack Oz has become, I would hope Harvard would spurn his money even if he offered it. Like Dr. "I Like to Pretend I Invented Email" and Governor Florida Man, he's now a shameful association for his alma maters.

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Dr. Ox is no yoke! In fact, he's outstanding in his field.

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"We will keep your name on it for at least 80 years or until the third skeleton is exhumed from your closet."

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"We will keep your name on it for at least 80 years or until the third skeleton is exhumed from your closet our morgue by a rouge employee ."

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When I worked at HMS I worked in Building D. It was purchased for an unknown (to us scientists) amount by some Italian guy whose family member who had been treated nearby at an HMS affiliated hospital. It is now the Armenise building. I can tell you that other than the name change on the building, no monies flowed into any of the laboratories for research purposes. Just went into their big old endowment fund,

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$51 billion. Having worked finance at one of the HMS hospitals, they don't spend the endowment. Just the interest. Every year we'd get interest from endowments designated for us transferred into the corresponding specific accounts for us to spend according to the terms of the endowment.

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it wood hav a hī'ər g.d.p. ħan half the nāshənz in ħa wərld.

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Another very normal day in America's perfectly normal educational system.

Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School — which was renamed as a memorial for former President John F. Kennedy ’40 in 1966 — are almost certainly not options for renaming.

It's nice to see that there are still some things which are almost certainly sacred.

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…. was called Littauer something or other back when my father was studying there.

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I believe that was just the name of the main building once occupied by that school -- which was called the Graduate School of Public Administration before it was renamed in 1966. That building is apparently now used by the Department of Economics.

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Anyone know who manufacturers those male enhance pills sold at gas stations? I think they could really hit the big time with a newly christened Harvard Gas Station Boner Pills Medical School.

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Just another example of how many influences medicine in the US. Ads making you paranoid about illness. Dana Farber changing affiliation for $$. Nursing homes charging $12k/month. You have to be rich to be healthy.

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It seems unfair to give this privilege to someone just because they donate "first." There must be better criteria when it comes to this incredible honor -- there are certainly perfectly suitable multi-billionaires who may not be as quick to the draw but who may be better equestrians, possess the most tasteful super yacht, or have the lowest income tax.

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That'll be fun.

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Get CatTurd to suggest it on Twitter and Musk will have an offer letter drawn up by midnight tonight.

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H.G. Moreau, M.D.

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that's their special Harbor Island veterinary facility.

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to have it renamed Magoo Medical School.

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GoFundMe page.

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Maybe Yale can give up the $1b from their endowment so they'd rename it the "Yale Medical School".

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Now, that’s COMEDY!!

How about the winner of the Harvard/Yale game gets privileges…

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If Harvard cared about people's health, they'd name the school for the first person to give $1 billion to an actual charitable organization that provides free health care to anyone who needs it.

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scribbling furiously
one billion and 0/100 dollars
(not to be used for cocaine or hookers)

although the money would have to come with no restrictions

Aw, no way man!
shreds check

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From the article:

rename the 10 academic departments on its main campus as the “Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.”

The institute even has its own dean.

What were these departments prior to the $200 donation? Just little insignificant groups of people who were not really doing anything until they became part of an instititute?

I like what the Baltimore Museum of Art did when they convinced John Waters to donate art. Actually what Water's requested: name the bathrooms after him. While Waters himself had no concern for Gay rights when Baltimore was still run by the closet case Gay hating Don Schaefer, at least he figured out to immortalize himself beyond silly movies.

Harvard (and the zillion "non-profits" in Boston) could use the example. After all, institutions such as the MFA sell the naming rights of elevators (does each rise of the elevator lift the named individual closer to Heaven?). So why not name the bathrooms?

Even then why stop. Name the toilets! Although perhaps those names could be given freely. the "Donald Trump not Gold Plated Toilet." Giving to Don everyday what he gave to America.

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During the Bush Junior administration, there was a ballot question in San Francisco that would have renamed the city sewage plant after him. The people who ran said plant protested on the grounds that their plant was modern, efficient, and good at what it did.

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That's right - The "New" Research Building at HMS still doesn't have a name.
It was finished in 2003.

Article from 2018 marking 15yrs w/out name:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/8/research-building-remains-nameless/

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My esteemed alma mater has taken money grubbing to new heights. How long will it be before it changes its name to Elon Musk University?

Harvard already has more money than it knows what to do with. It needs to remember that its mission is education not empire building.

I also get the impression they think they're Asimov's First Foundation, and they imagine they'll fare better than the Library of Alexandria when civilization crashes and burns around them.

They're not, and they won't. They need to return to the path that President Eliot put them on 150 years ago.

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then who is the Second?

I suppose the university with the best psychology department, but my father, a psychologist, thought that Asimov's idea of the psychologists ruling everything was ludicrous :-)

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only charged $100 million to rename _their_ medical school.

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