Posts Tagged ‘Prezbo’
At the beginning of the month, the big news was that Nicholas Dirks, executive vice president of Arts and Sciences, was stepping down to become the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
Yesterday, the big news was that the governor of California, Jerry Brown, wasn’t happy about just how much Dirks was going to get paid, and that regents still went ahead and approved his salary.
How much you ask? $486,000 plus $8,916 as a part of a car allowance, $30,425 per year for four years as an “relocation allowance,” and the opportunity to live in the totally sweet 2.5 acre chancellor mansion.
In light of this, we decided to take a look at just how much he (and all of the other big people) was making at Columbia. Turns out it was around $420,000 (according to 2008 data), so he’s getting a pretty nice raise.
But even his new salary doesn’t compare to that of President Bollinger’s. All data is from 2008.
President Bollinger, in addition to being our illustrious president and Donald Trump’s favorite person on earth, is a renowned scholar of the first amendment. So when he speaks on the topic of free expression, people listen.
Bollinger did just that in the December issue of Foreign Policy , where he writes about defending free speech in the digital age. In his article, the entirety of which is well worth your time, Bollinger lays out three changes that “distinguish this era’s tensions surrounding global free expression from the battles of the past.”
In broad strokes, the first change is that modern life, especially when it comes to economics and the “global marketplace,” depends on the free exchange of information, and the second change is that the “very essence of modern life is the opportunity for people everywhere to speak, hear, persuade, change their minds, know what others are thinking, and think for themselves.”
Both of these dynamics are facinating and well developed by Bollinger, but perhaps the most interesting change to circumstances of the free speech debate is the new legal abilities available to protect free speech world wide have begun to evolve. More »
Inspired by Grantland’s glimpse of the email account of Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, I whipped out my investigative journalism skills and found an even more fascinating mailbox. Since this is an opinion post, I will assert that this (most likely) is not actually what PrezBo’s Gmail account looks like. More »
Some people were surprised when President Bollinger announced that he would lead the search for Lemann’s successor. They shouldn’t have been: the J-School has always been close to PrezBo’s heart. Prior to Lemann’s appointment in 2003, Bollinger suspended the hunt for a dean so that the school could “rethink the school’s mission and curriculum,” according to the NYTimes.
To make guesses about the type of person who is likely to fill Lemann’s shoes, then, it makes sense to find out what PrezBo thinks about the direction in which journalism should be heading. Luckily, he hasn’t been shy about his opinions on this issue. More »
Abigail Fisher says she was rejected by the University of Texas at Austin because she is white. She’s seeking $100 from the school in wasted application fees. This morning at 11 a.m., the United States Supreme Court will hear her case.
Why should you care? Because the Court’s decision could end affirmative action forever. Because the outcome of this case could permanently change the makeup of college student bodies.
And last but not least, because the Court’s decision will either affirm or overturn a landmark Supreme Court ruling and President Bollinger’s best-known legal victory. More »
In today’s paper, Finn Vigeland informs us that Prezbo will garner “Columbia the distinct, if mundane, honor of having the longest-serving Ivy League university president come July 1,” since the presidents of Yale and Princeton both plan to step down at the end of the academic year.
“Mundane?” Let’s not be too quick with our judgments here. Even apart from Fun Runs and fireside chats, there’s got to be some excitement to go along with a long tenure of presidency at Columbia. What exactly? Well, let’s trace Columbia’s history and look at the men (No women. Sigh.) who have paved the way for Bollinger.
- Samuel Johnson, our first great overseer, completely petrified of smallpox, sucked it up and continued to teach his class of eight “woefully unprepared” boys—that is, until his wife contracted it and he realized that smallpox was probably more powerful than Latin or Greek literature.
- Evidently, Myles Cooper, while successful in setting up the second medical college in the US, more less known for his academics and more for his bar selection and 18th-century partying.
- Barnardians (and all females on campus) owe a lot to Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard. He was the progressive BAMF who insisted that women should have access to equivalent educations as men.
- Seth Low. Yeah, that guy, that building. You got it. More »
President Bollinger’s daughter, Carey Bollinger, got married yesterday at the Church of Notre Dame near Columbia. Bollinger was a doctoral student in research psychology at Columbia (she is currently on a leave of absence) and is also a graduate of Columbia’s law school. The groom was Benjamin Franklin Danielson, a high school teacher from Minnesota.
Bollinger’s new name is Carey Bollinger Danielson. The groom took her name as well, so he is now Benjamin Franklin Bollinger Danielson.
No word on whether, leading up to the wedding, PrezBo had any issues with superfluous buns.
Congrats to the bride and groom!
J.P. Morgan Chase announced last month that it lost $2 billion this past quarter. The losses apparently stemmed from “errors, sloppiness, and bad judgment,” according to J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Now some are calling for Dimon, who has a seat on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s board of directors, to step down from his post at the Fed to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
One person who doesn’t think Dimon should step down? Lee Bollinger, chairman of the New York Fed’s board of directors. Prezbo says Dimon should not resign, and anyone who says that he should resign has a “false understanding” of how the Fed works, and is being “foolish.” You can check out the full story at the link, or the Reader’s Digest version after the jump: More »
On Friday, Spectator sat down with University President Lee Bollinger. You’ve heard what he had to say about GS Class Day; here are some more highlights from the interview:
- Faculty members at the School of Engineering and Applied Science have expressed extreme dissatisfaction with SEAS Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, continuing to call for his resignation despite the development of structural changes intended to alleviate their concerns. Bollinger acknowledged the problems, saying, “I know there are controversies, and we’ve been talking to Feni, and we’ve been talking to chairs and faculty and alumni.”