Galactic Leadership for Women

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Perhaps alone among American universities, Bryn Mawr College decided to go on an all-out celebration of April Fool’s Day on Friday, announcing yesterday that,

Bryn Mawr College will be partnering with the Bithnian University of Science and Technology in the first intergalactic partnership between a liberal-arts college and an alien research university, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe today.

Bithnian University Chancellor Figrin Dahai [right] … praised the partnership: “For hundreds of years our people have been praised for their ability as spacecraft mechanics and in other technical fields. But the fact is that those jobs aren’t going to be around forever. Our students need to be better critical thinkers and more engaged members of the intergalactic community,” said Dahai.

The school did a follow-up piece focusing on some campus opposition to the partnership. “As an environmental scientist, I definitely think about invasive species,” explains environmental studies professor Don Barber. Such specifies “would really change the character of Bryn Mawr.”

The Bryn Bawr homepage also featured this image, in which Bryn Mawr’s president, Jane McAuliffe appears in a Princess Leia-style hairdo and announces a program of galactic leadership for women.

“Bryn Mawr is simply beyond global, and we are boldly going where no college has gone before,” McAuliffe explains.

I’m somewhat uncomfortable pairing the Star Wars costuming with Star Trek language, but the spirit of day was impressive. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer