December 01, 2008
Bailout, University of Illinois and People Magazine
Posted by Christine Hurt

So, what is in the Venn diagram that has the financial bailout, the University of Illinois and People magazine meeting in an intersection?  Neel Kashkari.  Kashkari, who was tapped by Paulson to lead the $700 billion infusion some weeks ago, holds both a B.A. and master's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (as well as an M.B.A. from Wharton).  Now, he can add to his resume that in 2008 he was included in the "Sexiest Man Alive!" issue of People magazine.  Trying to keep everyone's publicist happy, People lists not only the "sexiest man alive," but other sexy men in various categories.  Kashkari is in the "Sexy A-Z" category under "B. . . is for Bailout Guru."  The editors are saying that Kashkari is sexy, but I guess in a miscellaneous sort of way.

Interestingly, UIUC is overrepresented in the "Sexy A-Z" category, so you may wonder what's going on out here in Champaign-Urbana.  Nathan Gunn, a tenured professor of voice in the School of Music, was "O. . . is for Opera Singer."

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