“The college must remain competitive.” That is the reason that Arts and Sciences Dean Lepage gave in response to the mass outcry concerning the disproportionate budget cuts that the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance is currently facing. According to Lepage, “the Arts and Sciences deans decided to invest strategically across our departments,” reasoning that the College would “emerge stronger than we would if we uniformly reduced everything we do”. In other words, the Arts and Sciences deans ranked the departments in order of “importance,” protecting those departments that ranked closest to the top while sacrificing the “expendable” departments that came in at the bottom of the list. This is a horrible strategy! What makes the College of Arts and Sciences great is the vast amount of different studies that a student can choose from in equally strong departments. If you severely cripple the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance to protect another, you are losing out on the many applicants who would apply to Cornell for the arts. Without a strong performing arts program, what separates Cornell from John Hopkins, Northwestern, Yale, Harvard and every other school that boasts outstanding science and research programs?