An email from a Binghamton graduate
Posted on: September 29, 2009 8:51 pm
The Binghamton column has generated a lot of emails, but none more interesting than the one I got from a Binghamton graduate. To me, it exemplifies the problem the school created by trying to be something it isn't, and probably shouldn't be.
The email was from C. Tyrrell.
It read: As a graduate of Binghamton and College basketball fan, I found your article to be right on in terms of holding the School President and AD accountable for what has occurred. The schools strong academic reputation has been harmed by their actions. It appears in accepting these students with less than stellar credentials it was not about improving their academics as it was about improving the chance of an NCAA bid. It is ironic that my school pride has diminished in the year it made its first NCAA basketball tournament. You can have pride in a school with principled academic standards and a poor basketball team, but not the other way around. I recall the days, just 20 years ago, where we would be excited when we had a player that could dunk the ball. Now we have players that can dunk the ball and administrators that have dunked my degree down a notch.