Tisch waltzes through no-confidence discussions

Graphic by Beyoncé Knowles/WSN

Graphic by Beyoncé Knowles/WSN

The Tisch School of the Arts is preparing to hold a vote of no confidence for current NYU President John Sexton. The vote of no confidence already passed in the College of Arts and Science.

While CAS may have used an e-ballot system to ensure a systematic and secure voting process, Tisch is taking a slightly different approach. Next week they are presenting “Tisch: A Night of No Confidence” at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Each department of Tisch will perform original compositions representing how they interpret and feel about Sexton and the no-confidence vote. One featured performance will be the dance presentation, which will be an abstract ballet highlighting the internal struggles between Sexton and the university.

“We really wanted to try and represent both the good and bad that Sexton has done for the university,” Tisch dance instructor Sophia Clarke said. “The fluidity of the movement, combined with the electronic Japanese drumming, mirrors this struggle.”

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While Tisch may be making waves with their vote of no confidence, other colleges within NYU also have plans for no-confidence votes.

Beginning tonight, the Gallatin faculty will hold a symposium on what it means to a be a president, as seen in the light of the modern university education infrastructure at the crossroads of the digital commons era. Each member of the faculty will be voting in their own way, as per their interdisciplinary focus and medium of choice.

“I am most looking forward to hearing the votes that are to be presented in the form of a performance piece by anonymous faculty that connects the meaning of the vote to stopping global poverty within the social construct,” said an individualized person who wished to remain unnamed.

The Silver School of Social Work has not made official plans to hold their own vote.

“We need to look into how the social work faculty feel about this vote before we can think about holding it,” said Lynn Videka, the dean of Silver.

If they do decide to hold it, the 40 students in the Silver School of Social Work plan to protest.

“How can they hold this vote without looking into Sexton’s background and family history, without taking into account the stress of our society?” Silver senior Tina Smith said. “It will be hard to fully assess his community impact without doing extensive field work.”

While CAS kept it simple with their e-ballots, the rest of NYU will have the opportunity to vote. It is still uncertain what the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will do.

Emily Bell is a deputy city/state editor. Email her at [email protected]

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 1 print edition. Rory Gilmore is a Stars Hollow resident. Email her at [email protected]

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