The Dallas Morning News editors have repeatedly argued that the Bush presidential library at Southern Methodist University will be Great for Dallas, even elevating SMU to National Prominence. Some SMU faculty and students, on the other hand — even regular members of the United Methodist Church — have objected to it. Others — like the Dallas Observer‘s Jim Schutze — have argued that SMU should have used the deal to leverage the president into rescinding his Executive Order 13233, which grants the president (and his family) the right to block public access to presidential papers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has taken this whole discussion one step farther — into the design of the library itself. The Chronicle held a “back of the envelope” design contest. Readers were asked to submit their sketches for the library. Some 120 did — “good, bad, serious, humorous, abstract, or really angry” ideas — and now the Chronicle is asking readers to vote on which one is best. Go here for the full report and the chance to vote (press the little red “vote” button next to the name of your preferred design).
Or you can just watch the amusing little clip.