Ever wonder what’s involved with being a “Tier One” university? Bet you didn’t know it included offering table massages with “extra pampering.”

The University of Texas is this week offering table messages with “extra pampering” this week. According to the UT website, it means things like “hot towel, aromatherapy, deep tissue, lemon verbena hand treatment or peppermint foot treatment”.

And here I always thought academia was focused on instructing students and doing productive research… Apparently life in the tax-funded ivory tower comes with some interesting benefits.

While there are no doubt mandatory fees that students must pay to underwrite the costs of the rec center where these “massages” are being offered — remember that taxpayers still greatly subsidize the state’s university operations.

It is probably just a coincidence that while most students are gone for the summer, the UT rec department is offering these massages while the Legislature is in town. Again, coincidentally, lawmakers get free access to UT’s recreation center and fitness facilities.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."