When theÂ billionaire T. Denny SanfordÂ meted out cash, his philanthropy often begot physical tributes. Hospitals plastered his name on emergency rooms and nursing homes; bronze statues were erected in his likeness. In the case of National University in San Diego, the school’s chancellorÂ reportedlyÂ displayed a cardboard cutout of Sanford following a $350 million pledge in 2019. The university agreed to name itself after him, too.
Now, following reports that Sanford has been investigated for possible possession of child pornography, some National students are calling for distance.
â€œThey should just give the money back,â€ said Perry Craz, who is pursuing a master’s degree in special education and teaching. â€œI don’t see any benefit by having Sanford’s name put on the top of the ticket.â€
If, and that’s a big if, Sanford gets indicted on any charges and convicted (I’m not holding my breath) Sioux Falls would become the laughing stock of the Midwest for all the money we sucked out of him. It reminds of the scene in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where George sees the name of the town as ‘Pottersville’ or should we say ‘Sanfordville’.