Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Burness gets the Massage


John F. Burness, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, announced his retirement in an e-mail sent out today. Burness, as spokesman for Duke, has been widely criticized for his actions and remarks in the Duke Lacrosse Hoax . Recently former Duke Lacrosse Coach Pressler filed a lawsuit over remarks issued by Burness.


Burness E-mail:
It's been a long time in the making, but I wanted you to know that we are announcing today that I will be retiring at the end of this academic year. I told President Brodhead when I was renewed a few years ago that I'd give him two more years. Little did I realize that lacrosse would emerge with a half-life that extends seemingly forever.

Since I've been at Duke, I've had perhaps the best and most interesting job in higher education and truly outstanding colleagues to work with. This place has been on a roll and it's been a joy to be in the middle of it. But I'm coming up on my 63rd birthday, and after 17 years of 70+-hour work weeks at Duke-accentuated by the intensity of the saga of the past year-and-a-half-it's surely time for me to slow down and get a new life. I plan to lose weight and do some writing on issues on issues in higher education-not necessarily in that order. **** and I plan to stay in Durham, and I'm looking forward to continuing to be active in issues that matter to me.

I had a massage this morning, and my masseuse told me she had never seen me so relaxed. Must be a sign.

John F. Burness
Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
Duke University


40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Liestoppers:

"and I plan to stay in Durham, and I'm looking forward to continuing to be active in issues that matter to me."

When questioned, Waldo didn't say what issues mattered to him. Reports circulated, however, that there was a new pony and a Schwinn bicycle at the Burness household.

Ken
Dallas

Anonymous said...

Who would send out that e-mail? Calling this a "saga" and complaining about the half life? This man has been an embrassment for Duke. He can't keep his mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me more like a rat leaving a sinking ship....

Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Remember - the rats that jump first from a "sinking ship" are the ones who can swim.

Anonymous said...

"SAGA" !!!

What a jackass. It was a false accusation by a mentally disturbed stripper. The Captains gave true statements and the PC Crowd at Duke tried to use it for thier own agenda.

If Brodhead or Burness has any courage they would have stood up against the 88. What cowards!

Anonymous said...

In your cartoons, why do you always show Brodhead covering up his vagina?

Anonymous said...

Remember - the rats that jump first from a "sinking ship" are the ones who can swim.

That still doesn't assure them of reaching shore....

Rhonda

Anonymous said...

No - but they have the best chance of reaching shore. This is stupid. Sorry LS

Anonymous said...

wondering if he jumped or was pushed....

Anonymous said...

wondering if he jumped or was pushed....

Anonymous said...

wondering if he jumped or was pushed....

Anonymous said...

wondering if he jumped or was pushed....

Anonymous said...

I'm really not wondering all that much.... sorry

Anonymous said...

IMO, he jumped to save his own bum. I just love how they say they are "retiring" to avoid further responsibility. The scum just keeps on floating.....

Rhonda

Anonymous said...

His "masseuse" was most likely chosen because she knew the right things to say. Isn't that what "PR" is all about?

It's the SPIN, baby.

Michael said...

Was his masseuse exotic?

Anonymous said...

Do you suppose somebody could find a "masseuse" who would have the same effect on Brodhead and Steele?

Anonymous said...

You think she is from the Platinum Club?

Anonymous said...

Rat leaving the sinking rats.

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Carolyn said...

"Little did I realize that lacrosse would emerge with a half-life that extends seemingly forever."

Translation: "Little did I realize those damn kids would fight just because they were innocent."

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