The New Image of Baruch?
November 28th, 2011.
We were warned in our first class of b-school that would come to pass. Cynicism. The bright-eyed eager students in MKT 9703 couldn’t believe it would happen to them. Well, as I walked out the library today into a phlanx of 50+ (yes I counted) of New York’s finest, it dawned on me that it happened to me.
Let me explain. I’m rather sympathetic to the protesters for making their voices heard. I quite admire it. However, cynicism took root after so many late bleary-eyed nights trying to take the second derivative of Porter’s 5 forces times an IRR divided by NPV and discounted by 1 plus core competency raised to power of absurdity. I see those 50+ police and at two dozen CUNY’s campus safety officers, and the PR men and women and wonder . . . what is all this costing? Is anybody accounting for this? Is the Board worth it?
I won’t pretend to take a side or try to even understand what is going on. This I do know. What crappy year for the CUNY Trustees. The Kushner debacle, the Academic Excellence Fee kerfuffle and now this? Sigh.
I hope everyone will be calm and that I don’t have to add pepper spray and sutures to the debit column.