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NYU Professor Scott Galloway: Ouch

February 23, 2010

A  student in the NYU Stern School of Business wrote an email to business school professor Scott Galloway complaining about the professor’s late policy. He arrived one hour late and the professor dismissed him. He wrote an email to Galloway saying that he was “bothered” by the late policy. Read Professor Galloway’s response.

I ‘laughed my butt off” reading this email.

FYI Scott Galloway is the founder of redenvelope.com. He was on the New York Times board of directors before resigning last week.  He has a reputation for being a “self-important jackass” ( according to A.J. Daulerio via deadspin.com)

Ha Ha. pure comedy. Enjoy

Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:15:11 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Brand Strategy Feedback

Prof. Galloway,

I would like to discuss a matter with you that bothered me. Yesterday evening I entered your 6pm Brand Strategy class approximately 1 hour late. As I entered the room, you quickly dismissed me, saying that I would need to leave and come back to the next class. After speaking with several students who are taking your class, they explained that you have a policy stating that students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted to class.

As of yesterday evening, I was interested in three different Monday night classes that all occurred simultaneously. In order to decide which class to select, my plan for the evening was to sample all three and see which one I like most. Since I had never taken your class, I was unaware of your class policy. I was disappointed that you dismissed me from class considering (1) there is no way I could have been aware of your policy and (2) considering that it was the first day of evening classes and I arrived 1 hour late (not a few minutes), it was more probable that my tardiness was due to my desire to sample different classes rather than sheer complacency.

I have already registered for another class but I just wanted to be open and provide my opinion on the matter.

Regards,
xxxx


xxxx
MBA 2010 Candidate
NYU Stern School of Business
xxxx.nyu.edu
xxx-xxx-xxxx

The Reply:

—— Forwarded Message ——-
From: scott@stern.nyu.edu
To: “xxxx”
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 9:34:02 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: Brand Strategy Feedback

xxxx:

Thanks for the feedback. I, too, would like to offer some feedback.

Just so I’ve got this straight…you started in one class, left 15-20 minutes into it (stood up, walked out mid-lecture), went to another class (walked in 20 minutes late), left that class (again, presumably, in the middle of the lecture), and then came to my class. At that point (walking in an hour late) I asked you to come to the next class which “bothered” you.

Correct?

You state that, having not taken my class, it would be impossible to know our policy of not allowing people to walk in an hour late. Most risk analysis offers that in the face of substantial uncertainty, you opt for the more conservative path or hedge your bet (e.g., do not show up an hour late until you know the professor has an explicit policy for tolerating disrespectful behavior, check with the TA before class, etc.). I hope the lottery winner that is your recently crowned Monday evening Professor is teaching Judgement and Decision Making or Critical Thinking.

In addition, your logic effectively means you cannot be held accountable for any code of conduct before taking a class. For the record, we also have no stated policy against bursting into show tunes in the middle of class, urinating on desks or taking that revolutionary hair removal system for a spin. However, xxxx, there is a baseline level of decorum (i.e., manners) that we expect of grown men and women who the admissions department have deemed tomorrow’s business leaders.

xxxx, let me be more serious for a moment. I do not know you, will not know you and have no real affinity or animosity for you. You are an anonymous student who is now regretting the send button on his laptop. It’s with this context I hope you register pause…REAL pause xxxx and take to heart what I am about to tell you:

xxxx, get your shit together.

Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance…these are all really hard, xxxx. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility…these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right xxxx. In and of themselves they will not make you successful. However, not possessing them will hold you back and you will not achieve your potential which, by virtue of you being admitted to Stern, you must have in spades. It’s not too late xxxx…

Again, thanks for the feedback.

Professor Galloway

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J Cole & XXL

February 21, 2010

J  Cole has been selected for XXL’s freshman class.  His words below:

“It’s an honor to be selected for XXL’s Freshman class, I remember seeing previous covers and praying that one day I can be noticed in this hip-hop game. I recognize that being apart of the cover doesn’t make you, rather the real work starts now.”

-J Cole

For some reason the video wouldn’t embed on the site. So here is the link to his freestyle for XXL.

http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=70834

Other artists that have been featured on XXL’s freshman class cover are Wale, Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, Blu ( Blu has some hot ish), Cory Gunz, Kid Cudi and Curren$y.

Well Congrats J. Cole. Keep expanding :]

Pursuit of Happiness

February 20, 2010

I was perusing the internet, and I came across this old Vybz Kartel creation . He added his vocals over clips from the movie, Pursuit of Happiness, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden.  I think he did a good job with it.  The clips used and the lyrics together are heartfelt. Although he is discussing Jamaica, the message is universal. Enjoy.

Las Bellas

February 3, 2010

Here are some pics of a few beauties who rock their curlies well. They look good!

Erykah Badu

Corinne Bailey Rae

Grace Mahary... Leading Lady in Trey Songz Invented Sex Video

Ayannah, Model for House of Orange

Judith Hill, Sang duet with Michael Jackson in This is It

Judith has a few extensions here, but she has her own curls to flaunt too.

Shingai Shoniwa, Lead singer & bassist of The Noisettes

Laura Scott, Model for Major Models

Powerful Stuff

January 25, 2010

I saw this ad when I attended the Advertising Women of New York conference my sophomore year.  I’m an ad major, so I come across different ads, but this one I never forgot.  It’s for Amnesty International. This ad is pretty powerful. Check it out.

Love, Love, Love

January 23, 2010

I came across YumiKim’s blog. She’s a NYC fashion designer. Her clothes have been seen on different celebrities  such as Kim Kardashian, Paris & Nicky Hilton, Lauren Conrad and others.  She’s garnered press in Cosmo, Vogue, Lucky, Nylon and other magazines.

I wasn’t impressed by her whole collection, but I did find a select number of cute items.  I’m really posting about her because she had a post about what love  means… to kids. It was so cute. Check it below.

You can check out her blog here.  Peep her SUPER cute Brian Atwood shoes and some of her cool pics from Hong Kong.

Natural Tresses (Pt. 2)

January 23, 2010

If you’ve just visited my site, thanks! Read the post below first-> Natural Tresses Pt. 1

I’ve heard different points of view about the topic. Some say it’s just hair, as I’ve noted before. Others who have gone natural have different view points.  Some feel like it’s the ‘real them’ coming forth. It’s been an adjustment admittedly, but they wouldn’t go back for anything. A lot say ‘God didn’t make any mistakes. They’re proud of what they have.’ A few, go back to relaxing their hair and say it was too difficult to manage. Some try again because of all the new info available out there and access to online communities.

Many say natural isn’t for everyone. Personally, I’m in the middle ground right now and not sure. I won’t tell someone what’s best for them.  I think I owe it to myself to try something out and see how I like it.  Let my curiousity take me somewhere new. If it’s not what I’m looking for, I could always go back.  Either way, you can’t fully speak on something unless you’ve done it yourself or you have adequate info and understanding.

So here are a few sites that have lots of great information. They can benefit you whether you’re relaxed, natural or in between. You might pick up some cool hair tips, but  you don’t have to take my word for it. Check them out for yourself!

1. CurlyNikki (she’s a UNC-CH alum btw. how random, but pretty cool)

2. Black Girl with Long Hair

3. TightlyCurly

If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve listed a few suggestions for each site:

1. CurlyNikki: Skim through at least the 1st page. If you see something interesting or an appealing face, click on it and read their story.

2. BGLH: Go to the top of the page, click Gallery-> Now & Then. You can see pics of people’s before and afters.

3.TightlyCurly: Left-hand column, put mouse over ‘Photos’ -> Teri’s Hair. Her transformation is SO dramatic. Obviously everyone’s hair won’t end up looking like hers, but it’s an example of when you figure out how to take care of something properly, it can really blossom.

-Later pplz. Go out and explore. Don’t be afraid to push past your limits :]

**(SideNote: It’s not just women in one ethnic community that have hair issues. I’ve learned many women of all races have some issues with feeling pressure to straighten their hair ALL the time. Granted it’s by a flat iron, but still…kinda interesting.

I don’t think anything is wrong with straight hair. I think it’s great to have versatility and mix it up. The only issue is if you feel like that’s your only option in order to be “beautiful.” ( also see-> “long hair is the only way to be perty” which=false) To each their own. Still, I think a few beautiful ladies in the media have rocked all different types of styles and have showed us how cool versatility is! Can you think of any? )