The Inquirer takes a strange angle in this article (entitled iPods will be free for wealthy kids) on yesterday's news about iPods being delivered for free to Duke University freshmen.
Giving the digital 'Duke box' away to one of the few universities where most of the kids can afford to buy them, is probably one of the most bizarre acts of philanthropism we have seen for some time.
Duke has managed the deal by spending strategic planning funds that it has set aside for one-time innovative technology purposes. It is also being helped out by Apple which has started a program called iTunes on Campus that allows colleges to obtain free institutional licences to distribute iTunes to students.
Duke officials said the iPod distribution is part of a pilot program between Duke and Apple Computer, Inc. that will be evaluated after a year. Duke is paying for the project with strategic planning funds that it has set aside for one-time innovative technology purposes. The total cost of the project is expected to reach $500,000 or more, which includes hiring an academic computing specialist for the project, grant funding for faculty, associated research costs and the purchase of the iPods.