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No Halls of Ivy: The Gritty Story of the College of Santa Fe 1947-2009 Hardcover – June 10, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: De La Salle Christian Brothers (June 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615704719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615704715
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Brennan on December 2, 2013
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As a 1967 graduate of the College of Santa Fe, I am the beneficiary of fond memories and a great education. Some of the benefits of a small college were small classes (I never experienced a large lecture hall class until graduate school) and a friendly atmosphere. Everyone knew everyone else.

When I found out the college was in such desperate financial condition and was on the verge of closing I was devastated. It felt like a loved one was terminally ill. When it finally did close its doors I felt no connection to the "for profit" institution it became. Calling it a "university" smacked of pretension also. If anything it was a small college,... once a small proud college.

The book "No Halls of Ivy..." gave me a great overall picture of the history before and after my attendance there. I confess to skimming the pre-Bruns hospital section of the book. The rest was absorbing. It was an honest, exhaustive history of the institution, warts and all. There was no attempt to "whitewash" the negatives. The author seemed to have given a fair account of the last years as it slipped into financial insolvency. Accounts of student dissatisfaction, faculty unrest, lawsuits, and accusations of financial fraud were all aired openly in the account of the final years.

My rating of five stars reflects my personal interest in this college. Had I not been a graduate I may have given it a 4 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve E. Rivkin on June 2, 2014
Hope I like the book but I also graduated from here and have mostly good things to say. No, it wasn't perfect - what college is - few I would say. They had a few meanies, a few nuts but mostly well meaning staff and teachers.
I did feel a few instructors got a raw deal or were not on the "we like you" list but there were internal school politics getting in the way at times. The drama department was great, the art department seemed to do well, the psychology department professor Byron Jones was trying to develop a great experimental psychology program but the school resisted, Laren Winters had a fine Outdoor Education program going - don't know what went wrong there, not Laren I'm sure. They dropped sports which was likely for the best from what I saw. After I left they started the Film program thanks to Greer Garson yet again and I hear good things were happening in the creative writing program with noted author Roger Zelanzy. I likely could create a good and bad list but all in all my years there were good, with many good teachers. I suspect some of the administration, board and some of the department heads were the greater problem with the school. As a student I only heard a little about their activities and sometimes a teacher would complain a little to me. I have a lot of good memories about both the school and of Santa Fe.

- Steve Rivkin , great nephew of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann

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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Panter on September 28, 2013
I had the misfortune of teaching at this anti-Semitic, misogynist, anti-intellectual, toxic waste dump of a workplace in the last four years of its existence. The only real surprise is that it limped along for so many decades before finally dying. I was lured there by the amazing little film program -- which was one of the best -- and whose talented faculty was, oddly, under siege and embattled by every other department and the administration. The resentment the rest of the place had for the film program was mystifying, but I witnessed continued needless spiritual, emotional and psychic abuses by others against the one successful department in the place (most of the students in this 100% acceptance rate joke of a school were there for the film program). The administration was expert at shooting itself in the foot, granting undeserved raises to management and of course, promoting the most incompetent members of the community into management positions where they gleefully and spitefully worked to ruin the lives and careers of more talented and accomplished hires.
After I was hired with promises of regular raises and other perks, when they didn't come through with the goods, I was penalized in promotion reviews for taking a second (part time!) teaching job that took place on the days I wasn't scheduled to work at CSF. I was so thoroughly traumatized by my experiences here that I ended up under a doctor's care. Oh, and when I was interviewing for the job here, I asked all the right questions of the president -- and was lied to about the financial health of the institution.
What I'd like to know is where the endowments for certain programs went (visiting artist/Film; MOV-IN Gallery) and where priceless assets like the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall photo archives went to. No one seems to know.
There is a special place in hell for these Lasallian phonies.
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