USF Poly offers some answers for Darth Vader purchase
We told you in today's St. Petersburg Times how USF Poly spent $10,000 on statues of Darth Vader, a Star Wars storm trooper, E.T. and the chair of Captain Kirk.
USF Poly justified the purchase in a memo, saying the statues were necessary to encourage creativity in its business incubators. We pressed USF Poly further, asking what exactly the sci-fi likenesses have to do with a USF Poly education.
Late last night, USF Poly spokeswoman Samantha Lane sent an answer:
USF Polytechnic's Blue Sky incubators are designed to change the culture of entrepreneurship and create environments where creativity and innovation happen. Blue Sky facilities were intended to be something different, innovative, progressive and creative. The incubators were developed to encourage creative thought in ways that are not restrained by conventional expectations and will be a hub for students, faculty and businesses to innovate together. This collaborative space is used to encourage inspiration beyond conventional thought. The movie-themed items will add to this concept of a creative space where collaboration and innovation can flourish.
Okay, but what does Star Wars to do with that?