As a long-time fan of The Walking Dead (even though I have to DVR it and watch it when my wife’s not around), I am fascinated with the apparent correlation between that show’s success and the sudden renewed interest in all things zombie. However, if the subject line of a recent e-mail I received is any indication, Miami University’s Farmer School of Business might be taking things to a whole new level by actively pursuing one of the undead to take over as Dean!
At first glance, this e-mail that I recently received appears to be nothing more than a teaser for an article about the school’s search for a new Dean being narrowed down to two people (as well as a reminder about how low interest rates are right now):
But wait! Something doesn’t seem quite right here. Let’s take a closer look at that headline again, this time with a particular word highlighted (by me):
“FSB’s search for a new DEAD down to two”? So does this mean that Miami University’s Farmer School of Business has exhausted their search for a new Dean among the living and has now begun looking among the dead? As much as I’d like to think that they are, it appears to be nothing more than a typo that slipped through, as it is fixed further down in the e-mail:
So while I’d love to start a vicious rumor that the two remaining candidates for the position, Mary Gowan and Kenneth Kavajecz, are zombies, I can’t. However, it is a bit strange that The Miami Student never issued a corrected version of the e-mail. So I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before fans of Alex Jones and Infowars jump on the story and run with it.
To be honest, the whole thing makes me a little sad. I, for one, would have loved to have seen a Zombie Dean. But maybe that’s just because I’ve always had a soft spot for zombies, long before the rest of the world started thinking they were cool. Case in point, I was the one who arranged for a Willis Family Picture to be done with us all walking like zombies in the parking lot of the Monroeville Mall, the location for 1978’s Dawn of the Dead.
Heck, I even have a sister who claims to have seen an actual zombie once! But that, as they say, is a story for another day!