The President Hits the Fan

March 5, 2009

Faculty were expressly and forcefully not welcome when the president met with some alumni recently. They lit into her. One Chicago alum said the campus looks like Cabrini Green. Many complained that the campus looks awful—traditionally, it’s been a green, tree-filled, beautiful campus with a row of old oaks students wait years to walk down for graduation. Now, that row of old oaks has holes, stacks of bricks, and machinery all over it. They complained that there’s no sign in front with the name of the college on it. One expressly asked the president, Did you buy a million dollar house? The President’s answer: it was actually a Board decision but I did look at the house before it was purchased. The follow-up question: And you stand by this decision? Alumni also took her to task for changing the school’s logo. That’s history, was the complaint.

If they knew what was really going on, the president wouldn’t’ve made it out of that meeting alive.


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