For Whom Does the Bell Toll at U of Montana?

December 10, 2018

Seth Bodnar, president of the University of Montana, mistakenly referenced students’ funerals when he misused a famous John Donne line on Twitter, the Missoulian reported.

"Excited to spend time (and even play a duet) today with Barbara Ballas, who beautifully plays Main Hall’s Carillon bells every day at noon. What a treasure -- note the inscription on the bell … we know at our university for whom the bell tolls -- our students!” Bodnar tweeted Tuesday.

The university is currently facing budget cuts due to declining enrollment, and Twitter users jumped on the opportunity to make some pointed jokes.

“I do not think this reference means what you think it means,” one user replied. “Try taking an English class at UM -- unless you cut them all first!”

“That's exactly right, with all the cuts to humanities, and money pouring into athletics, the bell does indeed toll for the students,” another user tweeted.

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