Pitt sophomore Rose Kalgren and senior Yanni Hronas are bobbing in the deep end of the Trees Hall pool waiting patiently for Intermediate Swimming class to end. Four minutes left. The rest of the class has already quit treading — the final exercise of the day — and hangs, near-silently, onto the side.
“Trickle down economics is the only plan that’s ever worked in this country,” says Hronas, his right arm coming out of the water to emphasize his point.
“But the wealthy can afford a few thousand more in taxes that are going to be cut from the middle class,” retorts Kalgren. “They need that extra money so much more.”
The discussion escalates, but only a bit; it’s hard to carry on a full economic debate while treading water.