As If Anyone Needed Another Reason to Pull for VCU

VCU teammates celebrate their win over Purdue during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A few years back, when Virginia Commonwealth University launched a program called University College to help acclimate new students, it also started a “summer reads” program, whereby all incoming freshmen read the same book in order to have a common text to discuss in various classes.

And guess which book VCU chose as its inaugural “summer read?”

Yes indeed. We applaud their choice. And now we applaud their b-ball team.


I was one of the students in that first class of the University College and I loved the book. Myself and one of my other friends were super excited for the movie and watched it just last week.

Mike B

VCU's success is a disaster for statistics based fields like economics. A win for Freakonomics would involve the NCAA's seeding algorithm would perfectly predicting the outcome of all the tournament games. Furthermore the games wouldn't even need to be played which would be another win for efficiency.


Drake had this in place my freshman year ('03-'04). I think maybe one or two people in my orientation class of 20 actually read it.


I first read the book because it was a suggested reading for my econ class at the University of Georgia.