The student art loan initiative (“Living with Art,” summer 2013), where students may have original works of art by Cézanne, Winslow Homer, Marc Chagall and others hung up on their walls, struck me as an excess. The cost of elite and other universities has skyrocketed. I would love to see Williams be a leader in the movement to manage the cost of its education, instead of competing to see what luxuries it can provide. Please direct alumni donations to more important funds and needs, and cut the current $58,900 total cost of attending.

—Claudia Rizzo Trapp ’95, Washington, D.C.