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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'Leary—who became embroiled in scandal as former President Bill Clinton's energy secretary—could 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 gift—like let's say, Superbowl tickets—from 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.


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