The University announced last Friday that it would be unveiling a competitive new liberal arts program in the fall of 2017. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for students of the humanities and social sciences to apply their skills into business and marketing domains. The program is called the “Spicy Green Chipotle Baja Double Major Leadership Initiative.”

University President Joel Seligman released a statement last week that he was “proud of the program for its diverse and flexible curriculum” that offers a plethora of exciting majors for students who want to “experience new levels of heat and bold flavor” in their academics.

“A skills-based initiative that offers this much choice to the student is simply unprecedented for a liberal arts college,” Seligman said. The president was eager to announce the selection of studies that the Spicy Baja Leadership initiative offered, including “Cool Buffalo Chicken,” “Poppin’ Jalepeno with Jack Cheddar,” and “Sizzlin’ Sweet and Sour Stir Fry.”

Danny Homestead, a Take 5 scholar at UR, is spending his fifth year on the Spicy Baja Leadership initiative’s “Acai Berry Energy Scholars with Green Tea Extract” work-study program. In an interview with the Campus Times, Homestead said, “I was having such a good time at UR as a senior, and when I saw they were offering a new line of dark chocolate and almond snack bars infused with hemp milk and taurine I knew I had to stay another year. With the Spicy Baja Leadership initiative, now I get to choose between the ‘Zesty Cilantro Lime Enchilada’ and the ‘Southwest Chicken and Rice Fajita Plate!’”

An unveiling ceremony for the Spicy Baja Leadership program will be commenced by Seligman on the first day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester. The commencement ceremony will feature numerous candles in a circle as well as a complementary food truck sponsored by Frito Lay offering “Curry Chicken Masala Dipping Sticks with Spicy Shiracha and Ginger Aoli Sauce.”

Seligman said that the Spicy Baja Leadership program is free for students with a GPA of 3.8 or higher, excluding payments for food, board, leadership opportunities, and other tuition-related expenses.



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