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

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”