Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Footbath Economics

Stunned to see this article in NY-Times today. What could be the economics behind this?

  • More than 10% of the students are Muslims. University of Michigan seems to be interested in attracting more Muslim students. After all, Michigan has higher percentage of Muslim residents than any other American State.
  • $25,000 towards foot washing stations in several wash rooms. Who pays for this? This can not be imposed on the Muslim students alone since the washrooms could be used by any student
  • Altering the rest rooms to install wash stations would mean lesser space for regular closets, sinks etc.
  • Training janitors to clean the new wash system.
  • The scene would be similar to the common house hold bathroom in India - Wet !!!. So the new washrooms in the University would have a permanent sign "piso mojado"

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