Dean Allyson Green at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is facing quite a backlash over a response to the demand for a refund from students of part of their tuition. Green sent out a video of her dancing. She has instantly become the image of a dean fiddling (or dancing) as academia burns in the Corona crisis. Indeed, the backlash is so great, they may be soon calling Emperor Nero the Allyson Green of ancient Rome.
The “Dancing Dean” video was attached to an email where Green explained that such a refund would be “challenging.” If that was not unnerving enough, students were then confronted with the video of the Dean dancing to REM’s “Losing My Religion.” While the lyrics express “Oh no, I’ve said too much,” the same could be true of dancing too much.
Tuition at Tisch is about $58,552. Decanal dancing is apparently supplied gratis.
Besides this is the traditional tuition refund refusal dance performed by faculties in response to students: