a truly important question
We deal with lots of important questions here at Texas in Africa on issues ranging from mass rapes in the Congo to tracking down rebel leaders' goats and wacky presidential campaign slogans. Today I've got a question on what I'm sure you'll consider a Much More Significant Issue, namely, the color of my doctoral robes.
While I don't want to count proverbial my chickens before they pass the defense, it does appear that I just might get to graduate in May. Even if that doesn't happen, I will graduate eventually, and doctoral robes are something a faculty member needs for future graduations and other major university events. They're heavy, involve difficult-to-clean fabrics, and aren't flattering to anyone, so of course I need to get some of my own.
Here at the U, we actually have a choice between ordering traditional black robes (with indicators of the field of study in accent colors on the hood) or of going with the full-on burnt orange. Either one costs a small fortune, so it's not a matter of price, but rather of taste.
Normally, I'm proud to go with burnt orange in wardrobe as in life, but, well, given the location of my future employment, I'm already going to stand out a bit in academic social situations, and I'm not sure that the burnt orange will strike the right look. Then again, if you're going to stand out, why not go all the way?
What say ye, faithful Texas in Africa readers? Shall I go with the burnt orange robes or the black ones? In the end, I'll go with my heart, but I want to know what you think. You can look at the options here and then answer in the poll below and leave any additional comments in the comment section. (Comments referring to the superiority of other colors of robes will be deleted, so no messing around, Aggies et al.) Robes are on sale Wednesday - Friday, so vote early and vote often:
Update: the poll doesn't work and I have no idea why. Thanks for all the feedback!