Lately at the CIA there have been rumblings of discontent from the students (myself included). Those voicing their concerns were not satisfied with merely going through”approved channels” in the school, so they took matters into their own hands. They staged a walk-out. As this NY Times article explains, it was peaceful, professional and well-organized:
The reasoning behind this is to raise awareness of what students and faculty see as a drop in academic standards, the lack of communication between administration and students, and the increasing debt of the student body. It’s a terrible problem that affects the majority of the student body and many of the professors and chefs all agree with the complaints leveled at the administration, specifically the school president, Tim Ryan. Us students never see him outside of the welcome address he gives us when we first arrive and the farewell address when we graduate. That’s it. Even when we do get a rare glimpse of the school president, he’s usually too busy wining and dining some wealthy benefactor or big name chef to say hello to the students that he’s in charge of. There’s a clear disconnect between the administration and the students on campus and it’s getting to the point where even members of the faculty; chefs and professors alike, are siding with the students. Pres. Ryan has had multiple votes of No Confidence leveled against him but he has done nothing to fix that or the mounting concerns of the students.
I just find it ironic and a little more than sad that at the world’s greatest culinary college, that the students cannot efficiently find a meal in between classes. My friends and I have had that particular problem since the Associates program and it’s our biggest complaint right now. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this school. I’m thankful for my education, but I hate to see it in this state. I know this school can be run better and more efficiently, but right now, it’s not. The administration needs to be more proactive in caring for and looking after their students. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask, now is it?