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Students Request Refunds, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean Responds With Dance Video

Students Request Refunds, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dean Responds With Dance Video

“He said his initial reaction was that the video was ridiculous and ‘tonedeaf’.”

Like students at many other schools, some students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts are asking the school for refunds now that the campus has closed over Coronavirus.

One student who made such a request got a rather unique response.

A dean at the school sent a video of herself dancing.

NBC News in New York reports:

NYU Tisch Students Demand Tuition Back, Dean Responds With Dance Video

Students at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts want some of their tuition money back because they say virtual classes aren’t what they paid for — but instead of addressing the situation, the school’s dean sent them a video of herself dancing to REM’s “Losing My Religion.”

Following several communications between students and the school administration, Dean Allyson Green earlier this week attached her dance video to an email to students in which she explained that she doesn’t have the authority to refund tuition and that it’s “challenging” for the school to give students their money back right now…

“This was not an accident, this was her sort of way of trying to reach out to the student body,” Price told NBC News. He said his initial reaction was that the video was ridiculous and “tonedeaf.”

A year’s tuition at Tisch costs about $58,552 (it’s arguably a lot more when you consider other fees) and most of the students at the private and prestigious art school require hands-on education. The school informed students that it would not be reimbursing tuition fees even though they were forced to move to remote learning due to the spread of COVID-19.

See the video in the tweet below:

This has sparked quite a few responses:

Campus Reform has a response from the dean:

“The focus of my career as a performer, choereographer, and dance educator, and my most authentic mode of expression, has always been dance. In the video, I shared the song with which I have welcomed first-year students to the Tisch School of the Arts for the past eight years. It is a piece that — as I explained in the accompanying email — speaks to frustration and disappointment, and that helped see me through the loss of 30 friends to AIDS — another difficult period for artists.

What I meant to demonstrate is my certainty that even with the unprecedented hardships of social distancing and remotely-held classes, it is still possible for the Tisch community to make art together, and that all the artists in our school will find ways to remain closely connected even as circumstances challenge us. I regret it if my email left the reasons for my dancing misunderstood — although I will note that I have also received many positive acknowledgments — but its intent was surely neither frivolous or disrespectful.

What a bizarre time we’re living in.

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I think that every news report about any college administrator should include their annual salary. How much do you think she gets paid (as opposed to “she earns”) every year?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JoeSackett. | March 30, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Last year as study revealed that 97% of college professors had donated to the Democrat Party.

    All students of cancelled on-campus college classes have legal recourse. It is the classic Marketing “Switch and Bait.”

    Sue On Future Graduates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every movement has a meaning.

What she’s saying is….”piss off!”

    Even Julie Andrews couldn’t be more heartlessly charming than this bitten lefty as she dances and sings,

    I feel petty
    Oh, so petty
    I feel petty and witty and bright!

    And I pity
    Any student who isn’t me tonight
    I feel charming
    Oh, so charming
    It’s alarming how charming I feel!
    And so petty

    That I hardly can believe I’m real
    See the petty girl in that mirror there
    Who can that attractive girl be?

    Q. Who can that attractive girl be?
    A. The petty woman who says NO REFUNDS

Democrats are nuts.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to cgray451. | March 30, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Speaking of such…..

    Target customer to Target checker: “Where are your nuts?”

    Target Checker: “They’re in the Toilet Paper Aisle.”

She appears to be mocking the request. What the hell is wrong with these educated, enlightened people? They seem to be enjoying every minute of this manufactured crisis. My bet is they won’t be laughing and dancing when mobs of fed-up students storm their homes and drag them into the street.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to scooterjay. | March 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    She is mocking.

    She’s administration.

    They just gave themselves a 4 month paid vacation.

Close The Fed | March 28, 2020 at 12:36 pm

She’s a surprisingly good dancer, but insulting. Students deserve a refund; let her learn to sweat it like the private sector. If there is a board of regents for the school, I’d dock her pay in a heartbeat.

Given Price’s title of Breitbart is racist filth (Which is a Leftist BS lie) it is evident he is a Leftist as is his crazed dean. I have no (NO) sympathy. He is a huge part of the problem so let him enjoy the Lefts idiocy without his Parents money refunded. Personally I would be fine with shipping them all out for a “learning” sabbatical to a socialist or islamic fundamentalist country for a while so they could get up close and personal with the Leftist pet projects and truly learn what reality is in regards to what the Left is pushing. The little dancing act is no where near enough to wake them up.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Sunlight78. | March 30, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Remember the Leftist/Democrat Professors’ greatest fears now are that everyone can see what crap they are teaching and that they are in fact also incompetents.

    Remember, their students will be recording their online presentations for study, so all the parents must demand those recordings be handed over to them for review.

    “Bring an Adult/Parent to College Day”

I suggest Billy Joel …

I am the entertainer
And I’ve had to pay my price
The things I did not know at first
I learned by doin’ twice
Ah, but still they come to haunt me
Still they want their say
So I’ve learned to dance with a hand in my pants
I let ’em rub my neck and I write ’em a check
And they go their merry way

The Communist China General Consul Office in NYC is on 12th Avenue …. the snowflakes should just walk over and present the CCP with a bill marked “Tuition Refund for Wuhan Virus”.

bobinreverse | March 28, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Wonder what she would charge for a lap dance. A very high class lap dance

I’ll bet that was her audition video for the job of Dean. I hear her other video was Foxy Lady by Hendrix. Give the students some money back.

amatuerwrangler | March 28, 2020 at 1:47 pm

Wait! North of $58K a year for art school? Maybe Bernie is right: some people do have too much money.
Kudos to Tisch for their efforts to address that.

To the Little Boys and Little Girls at Tisch. Do you want credit for the semester towards a diploma or a refund and delayed graduation?

Lucifer Morningstar | March 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm

. . . and that it’s “challenging” for the school to give students their money back right now…

Which means the dean and the rest of the administration has already spent the money and don’t have the funds in the school’s accounts to refund anything.

Wonder if she gets impeached.

healthguyfsu | March 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Seriously though, if they’ve moved to remote learning and are still taking classes, then they aren’t getting a refund no matter how much they whine about it.

Room and board maybe? Tuition, not a chance.

Performance “art” in response to “I want my money back” just doesn’t quite cut it.

    Idonttweet in reply to Idonttweet. | March 28, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Especially when her response is essentially telling everyone they’re simply not ‘sophisticated’ enough to understand the message she’s allegedly trying to convey.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Idonttweet. | March 30, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      You can almost her what she said under her breath.

      “Sniff Sniff. Refunds are only for us Fat Cats.”

Even though tone-deaf, this is a far better response than that of Oberlin.

Oberlin has a large number of music students, for which remote classes are quite inadequate, not to mention students studying drama, or requiring such things like lathes.

Is Oberlin refunding any tuition for these students? Like NYU, no.

But Oberlin also requires most of its students to live on-campus. Is it refunding the amounts that students already paid for food and lodging?


Their official statement, in response to the require for room and board refunds, is “These are extraordinary circumstances. At this point in the academic year, most of our costs are fixed. For instance, it is past the point where students can drop classes and be reimbursed.”

I think that a dance number would shown a lot for respect for the students!

    Chuckin Houston in reply to slither. | March 29, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Oberlin should first call all their students ‘racists’ and then refuse to refund a single dime because that would be in keeping with ‘Oberlin’s community values and practices.’

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to slither. | March 30, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    These tone-deaf colleges have not yet figured out that millions of their students WILL NOT BE BACK for Fall 2020.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to slither. | April 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I think that Oberlin, and many other colleges will be sued, the bottom line is that they are trying to defraud their students.

IneedAhaircut | March 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm

This school makes an excellent argument for student loan caps. You wanna borrow money to go to school? You get $10K/year max. You want to spend $60/yr learning how to dance? You find the extra $50K.

What dance for “Oh shit I caught the Corona”?

What a raging idiot this woman is.

But then, look what else infests our schools.