Brendan O’Shaughnessy | July 1, 2020
New provost Marie Lynn Miranda knows how to tell a story to drive home a point.
When her now-grown son was in Kindergarten, he saw her walking to pick him up and yelled loudly — likely to impress his friends — “Hey stinky!”
The area went quiet. Parents and students alike waited to see how one of the small school’s few mothers who worked full time would handle the situation. Her son’s eyes grew wide with anxiety. Would she discipline him? Let it pass? Ask why he said that?
With only seconds to decide, she strode up and said, “That’s Dr. Stinky to you, son.” She smiled and put out her hand. He grasped the peace offering, smiled in relief and skipped away to the car. They laugh to this day while replaying the piece of family lore.
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