A reader of the blog (a faculty member at a university) chimes in with the following story:
I was in a Dean’s office earlier today, meeting about some matter, when an email arrived in her in-box detailing the following: another Dean was stepping down. Let’s call the Dean I'm in the office with “Dean.” Here is our commentary about the email starting with what "Dean" said:
Me (again): “And your point is…?”
Note from TB: The Dean thinks there is a problem. Is there a problem? Is the problem with the school or with the Dean? What is the problem exactly? Exercise for the reader: precisely explain what the problem is and then give a cogent argument that there is a problem here.