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The MR degree

Brett Ubl | Monday, March 7, 2011

The Viewpoints “The anti-MRS” (Mar. 1) and “MRS degree is alive and well” (Mar. 3) have both left me furious. It is the 21st century! What happened to gender equality, Title IX, the Equal Pay Act? Why is the MRS degree getting all the attention while the male equivalent MR degree remains on the sidelines? It is time that we raised the level of public discourse to the point where women’s and men’s issues are both discussed civilly. It is time that we recognized the MR degree as every bit as prestigious as the MRS degree.

I am not afraid to admit that I chose Notre Dame in pursuit of the MR degree, and I know that others secretly harbor the same ambition. We have all come to this prestigious university with our charming smiles and surefire pick-up lines in pursuit of that beautiful gem (a.k.a. the professional woman.) Honestly, my current Arts and Letters major offers limited prospects, but if I can persuade a future business leader, lawyer or doctor to make me her husband, I’ll be set. Heck, if I can win over a biochemical engineer I might even switch my secondary major (after MR) to something like French or sociology! Considering my indecision, even anthropology isn’t a bad idea. There are young men all over this campus, struggling through coursework, who have hedged their bets on their weekend pursuit of that special someone — that person who makes all your financial worries melt away.

I also must admit that I believe the women of Notre Dame are more attractive than the women of Saint Mary’s. What can I say? I’m a diploma chaser, and a dual degree in business and engineering is worth more looks than an education major. Let’s be serious, fellas.

Suffice to say that the MR degree is real and present on this campus, and I am looking forward to life as a stay-at-home dad. Thus, I leave you with the wise words of Webbie: “She got her own money. She don’t need no help, man. I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T — do you know what that mean, man?”


Brett Ubl


Fisher Hall

Mar. 4