In college terms, when people talk about sticking together through thick and thin, they often mean the first week of April.
That’s the time when many of the most selective colleges respond to their applicants, with letters either thick — containing details of how to respond to offers of admission, sometimes including literal confetti — or thin (Thanks for playing, now go away). Getting into some of these colleges may require high school seniors to be Superman, but to get the gist of the letter, X-ray vision isn’t necessary.
For Oregon higher education, reading the signals from last week — when Gov. John Kitzhaber testified before the legislature about his education vision — isn’t quite as easy. As usual, when people talk about the importance of Oregon’s universities, they tend to lay it on fairly thick; when it comes to actual support, things tend to run pretty thin.