Just goes to show you the difference between UPS, where we all went to college, and a big, public, land-grant university. At UMass, when we talk about Poly-Sci, we mean Polymer Science--not Political Science. Polymer science is so big at UMass, they get this swank new building.
Meanwhile, the ol' standby economics department--my domicile for the next four or so years--gets a dilapidated 50's era monolith.
As far as I can figure, they get this nice building because they do weird shit like this: cutting holes in the sides of cows to dissolve rubber in their tummies. I just study radical economics. Not as much industrial or military application of what we produce.
I guess it all comes back to the utility function, though. My department may not get the multi-year NSF and DOD grants, but we don't have to work with cow feces either. Isn't individual agency grand? While they are shoulder deep in ol' Bella, I'm in some old dungeon breathing asbestos and typing on a Commodore 64 computer. Try estimating a two stage least squares model on one of these babies: