Our final faculty meeting of the academic year had a congratulatory mood. SMG’s ratings are up, the quality of our (and Boston University’s) students continues to rise, we’re hiring terrific new faculty, financial donations are increasing, and curriculum changes are under way. Ken Freeman’s infectious energy has resulted in a flurry of ongoing projects and initiatives, the needs and interests of teaching faculty (like me) are on the agenda for the first time in my 13 years here, and there are many reasons to be excited. Now the question is whether cohorts of notoriously disaffected SMG and BU alumnae will be willing to sip the Kool-Aid. It’s a tough sell for many–but if they can suspend their animus the benefits should be apparent.