Last week, police had to escort new Fisk president Hazel O'Leary off a United Airlines plane after she "was getting loud and abusive," according to the flight crew. For a proud school that has had a notoriously difficult time lately finding and keeping strong leadership, O'Leary's antics are a PR nightmare. But O'Learywho became embroiled in scandal as former President Bill Clinton's energy secretarycould have gotten off to an even worse start. She could have:
♦ Flashed a nipple.
♦ Released Eddie George.
♦ Dropped the F-bomb on the Senate floor.
♦ Headlined with Linda Rondstadt.
♦ Promised that Fisk would become to academic excellence "what Vanderbilt is to football."
♦ Gotten wasted with Brad Schmitt and Phonethip Liu in a bar-hopping binge gone bad.
♦ Invaded Iraq when it was really Iran sheltering all the terrorists.
♦ Accepted an expensive giftlike let's say, Superbowl ticketsfrom a school vendor.
♦ Hired old colleague Sandy Berger as archives chief.
♦ Called her Fisk board of trustees "girly-men."
♦ Given away the secret twist of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, the ultimate in terror coming Friday from Touchstone Pictures.
♦ Married Britney Spears for 36 hours.
♦ Announced her art professor emeritus: Metro Council member Harold White.
♦ Opposed the appointment of a lesbian to the city's Human Rights Commission, thus proving the need for its existence.
♦ Timed her flight before the "You Are So Nashville If..." contest expired.
♦ Two words: Professor Jadakiss.