Former Binghamton University president returns to serve interim role

May 21, 2010 Full story: Star-Gazette.COM 7

A former Binghamton University president, C. Peter Magrath, has been nominated by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to be interim president of the university.

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Just Saying

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#1 May 21, 2010
He left SUNY Binghamton in 1974, just when I was starting my freshman year there. He was well liked then, but will have his hands full dealing with the mess left behind by the outgoing president, including the move from NCAA Division III to I, and the scandals with the basketball team, as well as other problems he'll inherit. Binghamton was and is a great academic school, and that should remain it's top priority.
end the hate

Brooklyn, NY

#2 May 21, 2010
Just Saying wrote:
He left SUNY Binghamton in 1974, just when I was starting my freshman year there. He was well liked then, but will have his hands full dealing with the mess left behind by the outgoing president, including the move from NCAA Division III to I, and the scandals with the basketball team, as well as other problems he'll inherit. Binghamton was and is a great academic school, and that should remain it's top priority.
I visited a friend there last weekend, she was graduating. It looks like a nice school, the dorm rooms are cute.
Just Saying

United States

#3 May 21, 2010
end the hate wrote:
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I visited a friend there last weekend, she was graduating. It looks like a nice school, the dorm rooms are cute.
I really enjoyed my time there, and received a good education as well. Although it's still a very good school, and highly rated, I just think it lost something when the outgoing president decided to elevate it's sports program as much as she did, which led to a number of problems.

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#4 Apr 13, 2012
Well maybe there will be some progress halting the nastiness on campus. They have halted all recruiting for sororities and fraternities because people outside of the campus were getting wind of the hazing and maltreatment. They are making a lot of noise about having a tolerant campus because the outside community got wind of racisim on campus and they are knee deep in damage control. Next is to publicize the fact that they will now actually investigate instances of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination on campus. That would be refreshing. Withholding review processes for those who request to file grievances is really horrible for those who had been treated poorly. It ruins morale. It speeds. If the administration can be encouraged to change the prevailing atmosphere maybe things will improve.
Xio Lee

Ridge, NY

#5 Apr 13, 2012
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>I really enjoyed my time there, and received a good education as well. Although it's still a very good school, and highly rated, I just think it lost something when the outgoing president decided to elevate it's sports program as much as she did, which led to a number of problems.
True, the focus shifted from academics to sports a few years ago. Don't forget the 6'8" basketball player who assaulted the young Jewish freshman and fled to Serbia (home court advantage).
Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#6 Apr 23, 2012
Xio Lee wrote:
<quoted text>True, the focus shifted from academics to sports a few years ago. Don't forget the 6'8" basketball player who assaulted the young Jewish freshman and fled to Serbia (home court advantage).
Yes, that too was disgraceful, especially the way he fled back to Serbia like a coward to avoid prosecution.
Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#7 Apr 23, 2012
post4all wrote:
Well maybe there will be some progress halting the nastiness on campus. They have halted all recruiting for sororities and fraternities because people outside of the campus were getting wind of the hazing and maltreatment. They are making a lot of noise about having a tolerant campus because the outside community got wind of racisim on campus and they are knee deep in damage control. Next is to publicize the fact that they will now actually investigate instances of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination on campus. That would be refreshing. Withholding review processes for those who request to file grievances is really horrible for those who had been treated poorly. It ruins morale. It speeds. If the administration can be encouraged to change the prevailing atmosphere maybe things will improve.
When I was there in the 1970s there were no frats or sororoties on campus, just one "social club", Tau Alpha Upsilon I think it was called. They were a bunch of jocks, but never caused any trouble that I was aware of.

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