Earlier in the semester, I mocked Pomona's Prometheus. I stand by my ridicule. While Pomona students may think themselves Promethean in gifts they have to offer the world, they'll find their really quite Sisyphean. (The metaphorical boulder being of about equal weight with the average Sagehen's ego.)
In any event, I find The Community Colleges Section of The Chronicle of Higher Education disagrees with my aesthetic tastes. (Does anyone else get the rich satisfaction that Pomona is mentioned in the Community College Section?)
The Chronicle writes
The Mexican muralist movement, whose best-known members were Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, has left its mark at several other American colleges as well. Rivera painted murals at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the University of California at Berkeley. Orozco, a visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College in 1932, left behind a sweeping series of murals, in the basement of Baker Library, on American civilization. A Pomona College building displays Orozco's fiery mural of Promethe-us.Of course, Pomona students have a history of defending this artwork, which allegedly spawned the forgotten era of Mexican murals.
When Orozco arrived at the Claremont depot in March, 1930, he was met by an enthusiastic delegation of Pomona students, who were to play an important role in the project. Although the faculty of the time were divided about the merits of the commission, the students rallied to the artist's support, helping to raise funds for his fee. Watching the painting progress from day to day, many came to know Orozco personally, and alumni of the period recall with pride their personal involvement in the project.Woe onto me for criticizing a work of art, but why doesn't Pomona use its billion dollar endowment to more productive ends?
While the question of international students getting aid is perhaps a discussion for a different time, I'm sure we can think of a great many places to put the money besides murals.