Here is something from the Boston Globe I have overlooked; it appeared about a week ago. It is about how universities poach "stars" from other universities; set them up, they hardly teach, yet it is in the universitys interest to do this. What are the consequences? Interesting, but long article, with many little ti-bits. Here is one on NYUs taking of Niall Ferguson from Oxford: "One couldnt imagine all of this happening in Oxford, where theres a kind of gentlemans agreement that were all equally brilliant," Ferguson says in an interview. "Its extremely bad form to suggest that one person is as vulgar as to be a star. But its rather sweet and flattering to be told youre good. And its positively disorienting to be told youre a star."