We all have our qualms about Georgetown, but few of us has ever aired our grievances with such reply-all audacity as Ivan Batishchev did yesterday afternoon.
In response to an email from Todd Olson’s office which announced that the Fall 2008 Student Affairs newsletter (whose homepage is graced by the Todd himself) was now available, Batishchev, who identified himself as a “HOYA parent,” sent an irate reply–to everyone who had received the original mailing.
And nothing, it seems, was out of bounds for Batishchev: “Oh yeah, remember that poor girl who killed herself? Yeah, a girl killed herself, ” he wrote in reference to the fact that the University did not publicly acknowledge the suicide of a grad student in October until after someone else broke the story first.
That’s not worth $50,000 to Batishchev. The full text of the email is after the jump.
Somehow this newsletter doesn’t mention things I’ve heard about the campus from my child, such as the contamination with the Norovirus, your ineffective measures of preventing further problems (methyl alcohol hand-soap, REALLY? Georgetown administration should go take a basic biology class), rising costs of tuition, diversity issues on campus, frequent crimes and break-ins that are ineffectually dealt-with by the administration through placating us with e-mails about the incidents when it is far too late. Oh yeah, remember that poor girl who killed herself? Yeah, a girl killed herself. Something seems that could be useful information for a parent paying over $50 000 a year to know.
So, Mr. Olson, please do take a good care of our children.
Have a Happy Christmas, and please, never contact me again, especially with those annoying requests for donations.
Sincerely, a HOYA parent.
No students are listed in the Georgetown Directory with the last name “Batishchev,” but an Ivan Batischev is listed–perhaps the junior of this rather on-the-money parent. Neither Todd Olson’s office nor Bashtichev responded to requests for comments by the time of this post’s publication, but naturally, we’ll keep you updated.