Meanwhile, in the ivory tower.
In the last five years or so, the courses and majors have cropped up at colleges including San Diego Stare University, Michigan Stare University, Tulane University's University College in New Orleans, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. They join the pioneering University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Reno.... Courses range from the study of gambling laws around the country to operating on sovereign Indian land, plus biometrics and "facial recognition" for casino security. Other courses train students to be pit bosses, dealers and slot machine repairers.
It gives a whole new dimension of meaning to the old song from the Carmina Burana: "O Fortuna, velut luna." Note, by the way, that many state institutions are going in for "casino studies," which means that your tax dollars are spent making teenagers more avid and better informed gamblers. In Pride and Prejudice, the eldest Bennet daughter, the beautiful and mild Jane, is finally shocked when it transpires that Wickham has not only run off with her youngest sister but has left gambling debts behind him. "A gamester!," she cries in horror. But that was before the age of "casino studies" and, besides, who reads Jane Austen anymore?
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|Title Annotation:||Notes & Comments: September 2004; gambling as curriculum|
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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