Is Lloyd Blankfein afraid of some Columbia students?
The Goldman Sachs CEO backed out of an appearance at Barnard College that was originally scheduled for Oct. 12th, siting a scheduling conflict. However, The Columbia Spectator notes that he might have conveniently avoided protests over his impending arrival.
The Spectator has more:
In response to Blankfein's invite, Columbia students had organized "School the Squid" week--referring to writer Matt Taibbi calling Goldman Sachs "a great vampire squid"--including a series of discussions and film screenings focused on corporate greed and abuse of power.
Now, CU Activists will be holding a celebratory gathering outside the Barnard gates on Wednesday.
The New York Times reported that some twitter users have associated Blakfein's planned appearance at the university with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, with one claiming, "Who wants to give Goldman Sachs's CEO a few problems on October 12?"
Barnard has strong ties to Goldman Sachs.
In June, the president of Barnard, Debora L. Spar, was named to Goldman Sachs' Board of Directors. Blankfein and his wife, who is a Barnard alumnus, gave $50,000 dollars to the college in the fiscal year ending on January 31, 2010.