If you're keeping score, we look at: Aaron Brooks, Scott Cowen, Ed Blakely, Greg Meffert, Mark Kurt, Eddie Jordan, Allstate, DePauw University, Clarence Ray Nagin, and Chief Riley. Let's jump in!
Aaron Brooks got cut by the Raiders. He was 0-8 as a starter for Oakland. Remember this is the Aaron Brooks that dissed New Orleans; and also the Aaron Brooks that called out his Oakland teammates for not hustling. Mr Pot -- Mr Kettle.
Wet Willie's homage to Mr Brooks.
Scott Cowen, Resident of Tulane University, has kept up his stellar record. This time, "Based on Tulane University’s environmental policies and the way it handles its endowment, the Uptown university has received a C in a national survey by a Massachusetts research firm."
World class, Scott. "It received failing grades for not disclosing such endowment-related information as the stocks it holds and the way it votes those shares." Whaddya bet a lot of those shares are in Newell/Rubbermaid?
The report criticizes the administration's "refusal to provide any but the most generic evidence with respect to the declared state of financial exigency." By doing so, it deprived more than 200 terminated faculty members of the ability to assess how such evidence applied to their particular cases. In declining to relocate faculty members into alternative positions, the report says, Tulane violated its own policies. In splitting the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences into separate schools without faculty consultation, it violated faculty bylaws and AAUP policies. Its "recent and ambitious plans for rebuilding," it states, "undercut its own claims of continuing financial exigency"
Basically, 210 faculty got whacked by Cowen, and an additional 90 bailed immediately afterwards. Cowen surgically cut selected programs and eliminated Computer science so that he could get his grubby paws on David Filo's and Jim Clark's endowment money. $60M to spend as Cowen sees fit.
Part of the joke is on Cowen. He kept BME, partially because of one of their stars, Natalia Trayanova. Of course, good faculty are mobile, and she wasn't about to stay around for this bloodletting. She's now at Johns Hopkins, bringing in millions and millions of grant money. Another long-sighted smart move, Scotty!
His abandonment of Engineering has been a boon, however, to UNO.
He does have enough money in the kitty to fire the football coach, pay him over a million dollars to leave, and get a more expensive coach. Jeez, couldn't that money have gone for engineering? Nyaaahhhh. Levees? We don' nee' no steeeekeeeng levees!
Our Tsar, Blakeley I, is taking his $150k salary and....going on a 10 day vacation to Australia, China, and other places where he "will continue his ongoing work as a planning consultant". He reminds me of Ron Forman and his "deputy mayors".
Ross said Blakely's two-week jaunt will include "working on his climate change research project with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy." Blakely was hired last fall as a research fellow at the Massachusetts-based think tank; it is unclear how much time he expects to devote to that job.
Blakely also continues to be employed as a professor by the University of Sydney in Australia. According to a news release on the institution's Web site, "the university and the city of New Orleans have come to an agreement which will allow him to continue his teaching and research commitments.
Man, how can I double and triple dip like that? Oh, here's a way: "Five months after news broke that the city’s former technology chief was holding parties on a 53-foot yacht that belonged to a city contractor, Greg Meffert acknowledged in a recent interview that he never owned the boat — despite his repeated claims that he did — and that the yacht has always belonged to a group of his former employees who had a lucrative city contract he oversaw."
His free use of a yacht owned by a city contractor is a clear violation of state ethics laws, whether or not he planned to buy the boat, Loyola Law School professor Dane Ciolino said.
The boat was purchased a few months before Katrina by the four partners in Imagine, which has held lucrative technology contracts at City Hall since Meffert arrived in 2002. The group includes St. Pierre, Scott Domke, Paul Hastings and Mark Kurt, who last year replaced Meffert as chief technology officer.
Kurt resigned his city post last week.
Once again, Ashley for CTO.
Allstate? Mooks to the nth degree. Allstate is based where I teach, and I typically have many Allstate employees in my classes. Of course, they're not the ones making these decisions, they're just doing their jobs. However, to quote Luke Jackson: "Calling it your job don't make it right, Boss".
And aren't you glad you don't go to DePauw?
H/T to Adrastos for the Chronicle article.