By Radhika Viswanathan
Published: April 1st, 2017
“Honestly, I think she’s gone off the deep end,” said Jason Carey, Brooklyn College’s assistant vice president of marketing, communications, and public relations. “We knew the stress would get to her; we just didn’t think it would happen so soon.”
Carey was referring to President Michelle Anderson’s most recent email, which notified the student and staff that she would be enrolling as a student beginning Fall 2017. “I have been trying to get more involved on campus life and get a better insight into students’ issues,” read the email. “There really is no better way to understand what students are going through than being a student myself.”
Anderson also listed the courses she plans to take, which include introductory classes in the Art, Mathematics, History, and Psychology departments. “I will be taking a diverse range of courses in order to interact with students and faculty from multiple departments on an intimate level,” she wrote.
This decision to enroll as a student is only the latest of several actions Anderson has taken to get more involved on campus. Last week, she was discovered asleep in one of the bathrooms on the third floor of New Ingersoll, holding plumbing tools in her hand. According to Stanley Yelnats, the staff member who found her, she was muttering several words, including “budget cuts” and “maintenance” in her sleep.
“We have since learned that Anderson has been afflicted with a very specific form of somnambulism,” said Carey. “She has actually been found on campus several times, attempting to fix leaky ceilings, trying to install Wi-Fi routers, the list goes on.”
These actions have added to the responsibilities of the administration members, who are taking turns monitoring Anderson’s sleep in order to ensure that she does sleepwalk.
“We were totally on board with the ‘We Stand Against Hate’ events and listening tours, but it’s now gotten to a whole new level,” said Carey, who has been fielding calls all week regarding questions about Anderson’s mental state.
Students have also been getting emails from Anderson asking for feedback for professors. “She asked me which math professor I would recommend,” said senior Tricia McMillan, a physics major. “And I’m just thinking, she may have a law degree, but as a STEM student, I can tell you that she has no idea what she’s getting herself into.”
Anderson has not yet enrolled in classes due to a Bursar Hold on her CUNYfirst account.