College of the Ozarks, according to the paper, is "spread across a thousand acres of the hardscrabble hills and hollows of southwestern Missouri." Makes you want to hit your knees and thank God you can wring a living from the barren, meager land. It's a wonder more people don't up and die from their Joadesque torment.
The NYT report does include this factoid-packed graf:
College of the Ozarks also gets students to do its maintenance and office jobs; student labor accounts for 7.5 percent of the $51 million budget, said Rick Hughes, the business manager. And the college has a $362.8 million endowment, 173rd among the nation’s colleges, which allows it to hand out $11.5 million in scholarships. Three of four students have family incomes low enough to qualify for Federal Pell grants of up to $4,310.