There were no fewer than four NYU tours taking place in the atrium of Bobst at 11:30 this morning. According to NYU ambassador-in-training Natalie Veenhof, Bobst is a routine stop and the tours were scheduled in advance of today 300 download. She said she only found out about the suicide at Bobst when she arrived here this morning, and she did not know whether the ambassadors conducting the tours even knew about it yet.
Veenhof said that NYU ambassadors go through special training to hande difficult questions, but she hasn’t gone through it herself yet and did not know whether suicide was one of the topics covered.
I understand it is tough balancing the tragic death of a student with the normal operation of the university, but surely someone at the Office of Public relations could have sent out an emergency message suspending Bobst as a stop until we find out what exactly happened?
Update: According to former NYU ambassador Will Pulous, his trainers said one of the toughest questions a tour guide could get was,”Do you think the high rate of suicides at NYU is tied to unsatisfactory financial aid?” Pulos said ambassadors were told to mention the Wellness Exchange and its helpline.