For a little entertainment, my boys and I watched a few minutes of Jim Cramer’s Maddmoney show on CNBC tonight. Crazy, I know – but it’s a hilarious and interesting way to learn some things about companies and stocks from one of the most popular and even intelligent (if not loudest) voices on Wall Street. One interesting tidbit I learned is that Cramer used to recruit at BYU – I’m guessing MBAs or accountants when he was working as an analyst for Sachs and Goldman. Nice to hear a quick plug for BYU.
I’m not sure how heavy recruiting is recently at BYU, but let me throw in my two cents. I was on campus in September representing my company, and while not primarily recruiting, I did get to talk to a number of students as well as faculty members. I came away strongly impressed with the quality of students there. They seem suprisingly bright. I respected the school when I was there as a student, but I believe things are better than ever, in spite of the human politics that occur in any university.
Regarding university politics, I’ve had professors at other schools tell me that the politics in corporate America are nothing compared to what goes on in typical academic department, and BYU is not free of such human influences, as BYU Alter Ego has occasionally hinted at on this blog. But neither BYU nor the Church claim to be free of human beings among their leaders, so whether you’re going to church or to a church-owned university, be warned: human stuff happens in both, and it’s not always altruistic human stuff. But I’m sticking with both as excellent choices. And while the Church should be for everybody, BYU is not – there are many other fine choices, but I’m partial to that amazing school where young people can not only have a great education, but also have their values sustained (on the average), not deliberately torn down.