Excess != Humility

So, I read this article from AL.COM this morning:

Money fell from the sky over Samford University Wednesday night.

Luckily, there were about 350 students who made sure the money did not go to waste. It was part of a promotion by the Samford Athletics Department.

A helicopter provided by CraneWorks hovered over the baseball field after the Alabama vs. Samford game.  The students lined the right field wall in anticipation.  Then the money started to rain down and the race was on.

It occurred to me that Samford is a Christian university with one of their prime tenets being:


Samford Students Race for Money

Samford Students Race for Money courtesy of AL.COM

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others. 

I don’t know if throwing money down from a helicopter to students to greedily run around and pick it up fosters much in the way of ethical or spiritual growth.

I expected the end of the article to summarize that the students donated the money, but instead it ended with:

Most students managed to pick up a few of the 1,000 dollar bills dropped.  But there were five $100 bills flying around also.

Students headed back to the dorms with smiles on the faces even though the home team lost to Alabama 9-5.

I don’t pretend to be a paragon of spirituality, but I think that if they were passing out money to people who REALLY need it, like some of the tornado victims or battered wives and children, it’d find it easier to swallow.

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