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Nicholas Murray Butler: His Role at Columbia University
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Barbara wanted to be a teacher. She liked working with children. She wanted to be well prepared. She would graduate in May with a bachelor's degree from Barnard College. She hoped to be accepted into Teachers College of Columbia University. She wanted to get a Ph.D. in elementary education. Barbara and her father visited the campus of Columbia University one fall afternoon.
2 "Barbara," her dad said, "If you are accepted to Columbia University like I was and your grandfather was, we'll all have Nicholas Murray Butler to thank."
3 "What about my good grades?" Barbara asked.
4 "Well, of course, your good grades are most important," Dad quipped back.
5 "And I thought Mom was always telling me the right financial aid was essential," Barbara added.
6 "Well, of course," Dad answered. "Boy, you won't even let your father take a walk down memory lane, will you?"
7 "Sorry, Dad," Barbara said. "This isn't going to be one of those I walked five miles in the snow uphill both ways to school every day stories, is it, Dad?"
8 "No," Dad retorted. "I just remember learning about Nicholas Murray Butler here. Without him, this school would not be what it is today. Can I share a little bit about him with you?"
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