I'll soon offer my Contracts II students a performance of "Excuses," a country-and-western flavored song that illustrates the defenses of mistake, impracticability, and frustration of purpose. I began that annual tradition in 2005. This year, though, I aim to add something new. Since I'll have my guitar on campus, anyhow, and since I've got several new compositions I'd like to air, I plan to hold a twee concert fundraiser, open to all students and faculty. Here's the poster I worked up to advertise the event:
What good cause will the concert fund? I'll let the audience decide. Specifically, I'll let them vote between two options: An "Entertainment Law Study Scholarship" (which will help its recipient defray the cost of textbooks and provide a nice addition to his or her C.V.) or a contribution to support the woefully underfunded law school newspaper, "The Courier." As the poster indicates, each person who buys a $2 ticket to attend the concert will automatically get to cast a vote in favor of one of those two options. Additional votes will cost $1/each. The good cause that gets the most votes will get all of the concert's revenue.
Why that unusual arrangement? I figure that it might encourage strategic vote buying by parties especially eager to steer the collected funds towards their favorite causes. That effect would, of course, increase the total amount of money raised. Granted, my scheme presents some complications. Properly administered, though, I think it might provide some good, clean fun. It might illustrate a thing or two about game theory, too.