New York University is expensive - it's a fact I'll be reminded of every month for the next 20 years (thanks, Sallie Mae!). But the get-what-you-pay-for excuse for its exorbitant tuition is really only applicable in regards to having access to the school's world-class instructors and resources - especially when it comes to the Tisch School of The Arts, the dream school of every annoying theater kid you knew in high school and the alma mater of legends from Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee to Lady Gaga. So yeah, I get it.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, however, NYU has joined colleges and universities across the country in suspending in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. Needless to say, students who've coughed up way too much dough for online acting classes are not pleased.
As a collective, Tisch students have banded together to request a partial refund of their Spring 2020 tuition. Sounds reasonable enough, considering their hands-on learning experience has been cut short for reasons out of their control. (It's also worth noting that NYU has a $4.35 billion endowment.)
In response, however, administrators not only denied the request - they did it in as dramatic (and unhinged) a fashion one would expect from Tisch. The school's dean, choreographer and visual artist Allyson Green, emailed displaced students to tell them they weren't getting their money back with a video of herself inexplicably dancing to R.E.M's "Losing My Religion."
Was it some sort of metaphor for "losing your tuition"? Is this the way she processes trauma? Has she joined the rest of us in just totally snapping while in social isolation?
The only answer we'll get, it seems, is this:
The Dean of Tisch sent this as an attachment to the email saying they won't give us our money back. Embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/Q63x5GqsJm
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[Photo via @nyuniversity]