Deep thinkers missing in action |

Scholarships for chess players??? How cool is that! And I thought that American Universities were judged by the size of their football stadiums! (Sorry, I’m joking here).

By Mark Clayton | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Even at elite campuses, some students and faculty fret over anti-intellectualism

Cheerleaders for a collegiate chess team? It may sound odd, but the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, doesn’t mind going to such lengths to celebrate smarts.
In an effort to draw more academically talented students, this mid-size research institution offers scholarships to top chess players. It recently won the American Intercollegiate Chess Championship for the sixth time, handily surmounting intellectual bastions such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

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