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    Pot, meet Kettle

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ife_harvard_dc

    Harvard in Lather Over Campus Maid Service

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - A Harvard University student's fledgling dorm-cleaning business faced the threat of a campus boycott on Thursday after the school's daily newspaper slammed it for dividing students along economic lines.

    The Harvard Crimson newspaper urged students to shun Dormaid, a business launched by Harvard sophomore Michael Kopko that cleans up for messy students.

    "By creating yet another differential between the haves and have-nots on campus, Dormaid threatens our student unity," the Crimson said in an editorial.

    "We urge the student body to boycott Dormaid."

    Like many elite American universities, Harvard comprises a mix of affluent students as well as those who are less well-off.

    But Kopko, 20, said he could not understand the Crimson's reaction to his business, which he said was all about creating jobs and wealth at the Ivy League school.

    "In a free economy it's all about choice, and the Crimson is trying to take choice away from people," the student entrepreneur told Reuters. "I think it's a very uneconomic and narrow view. It's essentially against creating wealth for society."

    Kopko said since launching his dormitory-cleaning service last month in the Boston area, he has signed up 50 clients. He plans to expand the service to other parts of the country and is aiming for $200,000 in annual sales in a year's time.
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    Re: Pot, meet Kettle

    Those who could afford to use this service have probably grown up with other people cleaning up for them anyway. Silly argument, IMHO.
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    Re: Pot, meet Kettle

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    Those who could afford to use this service have probably grown up with other people cleaning up for them anyway. Silly argument, IMHO.
    Yeah. I just find it ironic that people who go to Harvard are all of a sudden worried about dividing students along economic lines.
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    Re: Pot, meet Kettle

    Yeah. I just find it ironic that people who go to Harvard are all of a sudden worried about dividing students along economic lines.
    I imagine there are very few issues to complain about at Harvard, so the newspaper had to dig up *something* to stir up controversy.
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    Re: Pot, meet Kettle

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    Yeah. I just find it ironic that people who go to Harvard are all of a sudden worried about dividing students along economic lines.
    I see what you're getting at. But keep in mind Harvard has a sick endowment, and IIRC a lot of people are there on full rides. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that a millionaire's kid is put in a freshman suite with a kid from the projects.

    Personally, I think that a poor kid who's bright enough to go to Harvard has probably already overcome a wee bit more than the indignity of having to clean his own room while his/her fellow students pay for it.

    He/she can handle it.
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