Like any good business school, Kellogg has it's share of drunken debauchery...but after reading an email that's been making the rounds all across business schools (and apparently dealbreaker.com), it seems like one of their events may have gotten a little out of control.
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:54 PM
Subject: Student Conduct at Social Events
During our time at Kellogg, we have many opportunities to
strengthen the "Kellogg" brand. Our relationships with one another and
the time we spend together, both at Jacobs and away from campus, often
provide great benefits to students and the school. Unfortunately, there
are also times when students' conduct can have a negative impact on the
brand. Since CIM Ball, there have been many rumors about what occurred
that evening. KSA would like to provide clarification as well as provide
a few reminders:
The Field Museum made the decision to shut the bar at CIM Ball
down early because of student behavior, NOT because they ran out of
alcohol. A few examples of such behavior included:
o Students were throwing things at a historic artifact: Sue, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which The Field Museum purchased for over $8.3 million
o Students were vomiting on themselves and on the Field Museum Floors
o Students were spitting at people
o Students attempted to smuggle in a substantial amount of alcohol (large trash bins full of bottles and cans and flasks)
o Students passed out in high-traffic areas
o Students arrived at an open bar event already too overserved
While these examples apply to a very small minority of students,
it only takes a few negative incidents to tarnish our brand. It is
pretty embarrassing that the Field Museum will refuse to host future
Kellogg events unless they can treat it like a high school prom, with
breathalyzers, high security, and chaperones.
The goal of social and cultural events is to have fun, but a
formal event at historical landmarks in Chicago should not be treated as
a night out at the Keg. Not only will few venues be willing to host
Kellogg events, but this type of behavior can decrease the value of a
Kellogg MBA for us and future students.
We ask that you bear this message in mind at future social,
cultural, and recruiting events, and that you treat students, event
organizers, and the host property with respect.
Kellogg has certainly thrown down the gauntlet...but I think we can top that...
Museum of Science and Industry anyone???