This Site Will Go On
The time has come for me to make a tough decision. The short sidedness of just a FEW ignorant people has turned this site from a positive discussion about the Tulane community, to a ranting site with misinformation and purely malignant commentary. I’m disgraced that any of those people would call themselves members of my community, the Tulane community. The Tulane community is the wonderful group of people who showed support and love at the inception of this site. They have continued to care about the future of Tulane, despite the challenges it faces due to this catastrophe. This site's intent hasn’t changed, even though the situation has. We are still here to discuss the positive aspects of the Tulane community. But there are just too many people poisoning this site’s content, for me not to say something.
Do you have the right to question the people in charge? Of course. Do you have the right to answers to your questions? Undoubtedly. Do I mind if you voice opposition on this website. Not at all. However, you do NOT have the right to personally attack the administration and, more importantly, each other. Yes, there are questions to be answered, but there is a mature and respectful way to ask them. My Tulane Student Blog is for students, alumni, staff, faculty and parents to communicate about Tulane issues. Some parents have embarrassed the Tulane community beyond any belief, by obsessing about a few tuition issues, which are making positive progress each and every day. Certainly, you all have issues with the current situation, as it is extraordinary. I want you to have an opinion. I want you to have a place to voice that opinion, which is why I created this blog. But there is a tactful and productive way to get answers. Why do I have to explain to parents that ranting won’t solve anything? Isn’t that something we teach to a 10 year old child?
Other parents have been wonderful, many of which are communicating with me about how they appreciate my supply of useful information and analysis of the issues. To all of you, thanks for the kind words and please keep voicing your support. The site turned nasty when money came into the picture.
Let me first affirm- everyone is obviously entitled to their money. You are right to be worried, confused and uncertain. I do NOT disagree with any of your opinions. I do, however, disagree with the way you present them. Do you think your tone resonates well in the outside community? What do you think the CNN producer is looking to do a story on? She wants to report about how disgustingly obsessed some of these parents are with their money. She will tell the world how some of you can’t just wait a day to see what Tulane does, but instead demand and command before even knowing that facts. We all know that this type of person is in the minority of our community. But why isn’t it clear from the site? The interesting thing is, I entirely believe there are plenty of people who are not in comfortable enough financial situations to handle this. It’s terrible we all have to go through this and I think this ranting is only hurting those who really need the help. Those who really need the help are going through the proper channels- the university. Yes, it is nearly impossible to contact them, but they all know that in due time, they will be able to get their problems solved.
I’ve been told to shut down this site. I’ve been told to shut it down by students! These students are people who are having their hopes of a Tulane future shattered their own parents. These students can’t bear to read what these so called “parents of Tulane students” are saying. How could you be a parent of a Tulane student if you hate the institution so much? How could you claim to support your child while brutally criticizing the institution that he or she loves? Maybe you should talk to your kids and get their opinions. If you as unhappy as you say you are, maybe you should take them elsewhere.
I had to seek out the advice of my wonderful parents in dealing with this situation. I was so hurt by the scathing attacks both on my university as well as on the leaders of my university; I really didn’t know how to respond. My parents read your comments and gave me two pieces of advice. The first, “don’t shut down the blog, keep it positive and the students will still benefit from it.” So I won’t shut it down. Instead, I will keep posting my articles and thoughts, and hope that the students can benefit from what I’m saying, if nothing else. The second piece of advice came when I told them that I didn’t know how I could write again, because your comments brought my spirits so low. They told me, “This isn’t about them; it’s about you and the students who care about Tulane. Read their comments or not, just don’t become one of them.” So I won’t, I won’t stop my belief in Tulane. I won’t stop my belief in a future
Let me reiterate this argument. I am only speaking to a few parents who have truly crossed the line. Everyone is entitled to your opinion, and if you want to speak out against the school, you are welcome to do it on this site. But remember, you are examples of the Tulane community both to students as well as many people who are looking in from the outside. What do you want them to see?
Therefore, I’m going to continue this site as a resource for students. It’s going to get a bit more political as I start to talk about issues surrounding the relief effort. Expect to see some days with 2-3 articles. I’m still working on the non-profit organization as well as a concept to help Tulane recruit a 2010 freshmen class. Tulane, I’d like to share my ideas with you so email me.
To those who want to bring us down: if you hate Tulane so much, then take your business somewhere else. To those who love Tulane as much as me: join me by showing it on this site. Cheers to the future of Tulane University, to the future of New Orleans, and to a stronger Tulane community.
Brett N. Hyman
PS- If you really want to defend you comments, say who you are and put your email address after you comment. If we don’t stop the anonymous and mean spirited comments I will get rid of it as an option.