So I see that we still have naysayers as we look at what's happening with respect to Morris Brown College. It is my understanding that all of the ink is not totally dry yet on the Family Dollar agreement with Morris Brown. However, if that deal does go through, I suggest that instead of assuming a negative attitutde about such a move (no one else stepped up with a better offer), we should instead assume a position of "watchful waiting" in order to give this arrangement time to work. I am sure that MBC's attorneys have looked at this, pulled the carpets up to see what's under there, and have entertained all kinds of "what if's" and worst- case scenarios regarding any partnership between Morris Brown College and Family Dollar LLC.
I quite agree with you Mark but perhaphs you are missing my point. I see absolutely nothing wrong with insitutions of hight leraning cooperating with the business community as long as the instutions continue to operate as they always have. To partner with Morris Brown like Family Dollar did is risky. All investments are. But when you invest in something, you expect at least some sort of positive return from that investment. In the case of MBC and Family Dollar, no one else stepped forward with an offer that was better. So, if this helps Morris Brown College to regain her position as a viable institution of higher learning, and if she can take up the task of doing what she has historically always done, then she has my blessings. BTW, do you have any ideas for any other options that the school might have considered?
Am I missing something here? If Morris Brown College is going to be saved by this move, then I'm all for it. Apparently no one else presented the school with an offer that it could live with. The school is in dire straits and to move from this, it has to start somewhere. First, let me say that I have contributed (financially) to Morris Brown's survival as well as my own alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. I say now and have always said: Morris Brown College belongs to "us" and if there was any way that all of the institutions in the Atlanta University Center could have gotten together to save our sister school, we should have. Secondly, It seems like most of the comments here are discussing Family Dollar Stores. I want to talk about the survival of Morris Brown College. If this agreement is worked out so that there are no problems, and if it provides Morris Brown College with the leverage that she needs to grow...., not only to grow, but to prosper...then I'm in support of it 100%. Hopefully this will lead to the school's eventual re-instatement into the UNCF and her assuming her rightful position as one of the jewels within The Atlanta University Center. Thirdly, I think outside the box (most of the time), and this could be the cutting edge of future cooperations between institutions of higher learning and the business community. The business community has already done this with cities and sports franchise owners as we are seeing more and more stadiums, arenas, and other places that are sports related wearing the badges and names of different bussinesses on their scoreboards, in their parking lots and even on the facilities themselves. Don't take my word for it though. The next time you are in New Oeleans (for example) take a real good look at the SuperDome. It's not just the SuperDome anymore. Now, it's the Mercedes Benz SuperDome and guess what? I'll bet Mercedes Benz paid a "pretty penny" to have that name up there too!
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