Monthly Archives: November 2009

Burn Down John Sexton – The 10 Best College Presidents – TIME

John Sexton – The 10 Best College Presidents – TIME.

 

John Sexton and our dear David Leebron were both the Deans of NYU Law and Columbia Law respectively around the same time. But Time magazine overlooks Rice’s massive changes and improvements to praise Sexton as President of NYU for all that he has done.

Its like praising someone for winning the lottery and saying what a good businessman he is.

Oh it must be so hard being the President of NYU, what with its massive alumni base, media connections, and multimillion dollar donations. Not to mention the free PR NYU constantly gets for, gosh being NYU.

And what specifically is Time praising Sexton for? Opening a branch in Abu Dhabi. Its only so convenient that the campus was funded by the UAE government. Really hard work fundraising there.

On the other hand, Leebron is working uphill at a university with little history of fundraising and a localist mentality, trying to get Rice to be recognized as a truly national and international school. Now there is a challenge.

So, Time. Get outside the East Coast every once in a while, and not just to condescendingly praise whatever farmville hick school you can find.

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Burn Down Sterling Cooper

Last nights Mad Men was a pretty fantastic episode, kinda like one extended scene from Oceans 11 or the Magnificent 7 where they try to get together a team of wacky cutups, each with their own talents a skills. Pete finally came out of his weasel bubble and demonstrated in an oddly sexy interaction with his wife that he had talent beyond just whining.

Joan was brought back the most awesome way possible.

Peggy finally stands up to Don.

Sally is the voice of truth yet again: You say things and don’t mean them. Don is an ad man. A constant liar. Damn right he says things and doesn’t mean them.

But the historical context of the episode is the most interesting. Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price set out on it own on December 13, 1963, declaring independence from its British overlords, which only seemed to treat it as a financial resource, worrying only about the short term. It is only appropriate that this comes smack dab between Kenya’s independence from Britain on December 12 and Zanzibar’s independence from Britain on December 19.

There is no real reason why the men of Sterling Cooper needed to break away. They would have been paid. They would have worked until they were fired. But they needed to be their own men, masters of their own kingdom, to manage and work as they see right, not merely worrying about the bottom line or profit.

They did not want to be mined for natural resources until nothing was left.

But if the histories of Kenya and Zanzibar show anything, its that the sudden burst of elation and creativity after declaring independence will fall into power struggles and internal conflict.

Just be wary of defense pacts with Ethiopia.

Burn Down 9/11 Chapel

Ivy League Law Grad Torches 9/11 Chapel – Gothamist.

 

Well it looks like some Harvard Law punk beat me to it. Boourns.