Still Not Flaccid: Yale Senior Class Gift Uses Original New Marketing Technique

Just when we thought the “[object]-in-a-box” cultural phenomenon had breathed its last, here come the EMTs from Yale to blow another gust into its collapsed lungs. This time the object in question is the Senior Class Gift, a donation pool that “goes directly to fill gaps in financial aid, student life (club sports), facilities (renovations), faculty and curriculum development (international fellowships), etc,” according to a class-wide e-mail sent out Monday.

Included in the e-mail was a link to this desperate plea:

These guys — Dave Grisold ’07 and Mike Rucker ’07 — will never be confused for troubadors. They probably would have been a lot better off pulling a Bunny and lip-syncing over a Whiffenpoof rendition. But for every clashing harmony, forced baritone, and tone-deaf falsetto, there’s some Yalie out there who will give money for the sole reason that these guys made this movie. So propers for the philanthropy. But please — let’s all just close the box, seal it with duct tape, wrap it in chains, and hurl it into the gaping void from whence it came.

  • arbiter of funny

    not funny.

  • arbiter of funny

    not funny.

  • arbiter of funny

    not funny.

  • arbiter of funny

    not funny.

  • bulldog07

    The people responsible for the senior gift drive are extremely obnoxious. After they knocked on my door a few days ago to brainwash me about “the needs of the university,” I am seriously considering whether or not to give anything at all (even though I was initially going to).

  • bulldog07

    The people responsible for the senior gift drive are extremely obnoxious. After they knocked on my door a few days ago to brainwash me about “the needs of the university,” I am seriously considering whether or not to give anything at all (even though I was initially going to).

  • bulldog07

    The people responsible for the senior gift drive are extremely obnoxious. After they knocked on my door a few days ago to brainwash me about “the needs of the university,” I am seriously considering whether or not to give anything at all (even though I was initially going to).

  • Snowed in Red

    We can be grateful that this box phenomenon didn’t happen right before Halloween.

  • Snowed in Red

    We can be grateful that this box phenomenon didn’t happen right before Halloween.

  • Snowed in Red

    We can be grateful that this box phenomenon didn’t happen right before Halloween.

  • ViolentQuaker

    What idiot gives money to Yale when they already have $20 billion?

    As long as you’re going to be giving money to a multibillion dollar institution that doesn’t need your money instead of a starving African who does, at LEAST give it to the poor Ivies…

  • ViolentQuaker

    What idiot gives money to Yale when they already have $20 billion?

    As long as you’re going to be giving money to a multibillion dollar institution that doesn’t need your money instead of a starving African who does, at LEAST give it to the poor Ivies…

  • ViolentQuaker

    What idiot gives money to Yale when they already have $20 billion?

    As long as you’re going to be giving money to a multibillion dollar institution that doesn’t need your money instead of a starving African who does, at LEAST give it to the poor Ivies…

  • ViolentQuaker

    What idiot gives money to Yale when they already have $20 billion?

    As long as you’re going to be giving money to a multibillion dollar institution that doesn’t need your money instead of a starving African who does, at LEAST give it to the poor Ivies…

  • wow

    this wouldn’t be nearly as bad if these guys weren’t such bad singers.

  • wow

    this wouldn’t be nearly as bad if these guys weren’t such bad singers.

  • wow

    this wouldn’t be nearly as bad if these guys weren’t such bad singers.

  • wow

    this wouldn’t be nearly as bad if these guys weren’t such bad singers.

  • Bulldog07

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. Anyway if you read what they say, it’s not about the money (Yale does has enough) it’s about showing pride in our class…with guys willing to do this, how can you not have 07 pride?

  • Bulldog07

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. Anyway if you read what they say, it’s not about the money (Yale does has enough) it’s about showing pride in our class…with guys willing to do this, how can you not have 07 pride?

  • Bulldog07

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. Anyway if you read what they say, it’s not about the money (Yale does has enough) it’s about showing pride in our class…with guys willing to do this, how can you not have 07 pride?

  • Bulldog07

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. Anyway if you read what they say, it’s not about the money (Yale does has enough) it’s about showing pride in our class…with guys willing to do this, how can you not have 07 pride?

  • Captain Obvious

    Which Mustache were you, Bulldog07?

  • Captain Obvious

    Which Mustache were you, Bulldog07?

  • Captain Obvious

    Which Mustache were you, Bulldog07?

  • whicuz

    Ok, so I’m on the Senior Class Campaign at Cornell, and we had this EXACT idea about a month ago, but haven’t gotten around to making it yet. That’s very not cool.

    By the way, Annual Fund Gifts cover a significant portion of a yniversity’s costs each year. You should support your university because even though it may be “rich” it’s still fostering the spirit of philanthropy and providing affordable education to many.

    Then again, Cornell doesn’t have nearly so much money, and our annual fund covers about 375 million dollars a year of our budget, so if you want to give, but believe that Yale’s endowment is large enough, go here:
    https://www.alumni.cornell.edu/secure/giving/online_giving.cfm

  • whicuz

    Ok, so I’m on the Senior Class Campaign at Cornell, and we had this EXACT idea about a month ago, but haven’t gotten around to making it yet. That’s very not cool.

    By the way, Annual Fund Gifts cover a significant portion of a yniversity’s costs each year. You should support your university because even though it may be “rich” it’s still fostering the spirit of philanthropy and providing affordable education to many.

    Then again, Cornell doesn’t have nearly so much money, and our annual fund covers about 375 million dollars a year of our budget, so if you want to give, but believe that Yale’s endowment is large enough, go here:
    https://www.alumni.cornell.edu/secure/giving/online_giving.cfm

  • a correction

    It’s Griswold, not Grisold. Just saying.

  • a correction

    It’s Griswold, not Grisold. Just saying.

  • a correction

    It’s Griswold, not Grisold. Just saying.

  • a correction

    It’s Griswold, not Grisold. Just saying.

  • Sugata Bose

    NICK & CHRIS,

    THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

    THAT IS *NOT* FUNNY.

    STOP IT.

    SUGATA

  • Sugata Bose

    NICK & CHRIS,

    THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

    THAT IS *NOT* FUNNY.

    STOP IT.

    SUGATA

  • Sugata Bose

    NICK & CHRIS,

    THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

    THAT IS *NOT* FUNNY.

    STOP IT.

    SUGATA

  • Sugata Bose

    NICK & CHRIS,

    THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

    THAT IS *NOT* FUNNY.

    STOP IT.

    SUGATA

  • token

    I’ll give to Yale when I am gainfully employed, or alternatively, when I marry well. I better start working on the latter.

  • token

    I’ll give to Yale when I am gainfully employed, or alternatively, when I marry well. I better start working on the latter.

  • token

    I’ll give to Yale when I am gainfully employed, or alternatively, when I marry well. I better start working on the latter.

  • token

    I’ll give to Yale when I am gainfully employed, or alternatively, when I marry well. I better start working on the latter.