Partial Score

The late comedian George Carlin had a shtick back in the 1970s where he played a television sports anchor. With mock seriousness, he’d stare at the camera and say, “Here’s a partial score: Notre Dame 6.” I thought of this as I read David Callahan’s perceptive...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Start Nonprofits

I’m often approached by people asking for advice on creating a new nonprofit. My response, inevitably: Don’t do it! I say this not because I question the power of nonprofits to change the world for the better. Nor do I doubt the sincerity of the person hoping to...

Getting Something for Nothing

Sometimes relatively insignificant measures can assume an absurdly disproportionate importance. For decades U.S. News and World Reports has been ranking the country’s top universities and colleges. These rankings have taken on great importance to college...