Chapter 3

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"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward..."

-- 1 Corinthians 3:10-15


Losing revenue and losing faith amongst the public for months, the committee decided to seek outside help, to deal with such a threat. Primarily, the mayor of New York had this radical idea. She decided right then and there on her proposition with the Dean of the Sycamore University.

In the Dean's office, Mayor Michaela Bloom is going over her proposal. Bloom assumed her duties as the 108th Mayor of New York City on January 1, 2003. She won re-election in 2007. As mayor, Bloom initially struggled to gain high approval levels from the public; however, she subsequently developed and maintained high approval ratings.

Her re-election meant the Republicans had won the previous four mayoral elections (although Bloomberg's decision to leave the Republican Party and be declared an independent on June 19, 2011, resulted in the Republican Party's losing the mayor's seat before the expiration of her second term).

Bloom stated that she wanted public education reform to be the legacy of her first term and addressing poverty to be the legacy of her second. Per the National Assessment of Educational Performance, fourth-grade reading scores rose nationally by 11 points.

The newly minted Dean who was currently in charge of Sycamore University was the elderly Samantha Dixon. Samantha Dixon was chosen only by the Teamsters but by the Sycamore University committee. Rising the ranks, she fought well and hard for equal opportunity of education. However, this was something outside her scope. That is why she brought in the elderly veteran Jacob Wyatt who is the new head of security after his predecessor was unceremoniously fired.

In Dean's office at the heart of central campus, it was two days before they reopened the University. The mayor of New York was there along with Jacob Wyatt and Samantha Dixon.

Amongst the three of them, there was an acceptable amount of tension and dread in the room. A sudden thick atmosphere surrounding the University as they begrudgingly opened their doors to the public once again for this school year.

As always Mayor Bloom put on a charismatic swagger and her game face on as she worked her proverbial magic, "so how long has it been? Three or four months has this place been shut down?"

"Roughly 6 months," Samantha regrettably admitted.

"Okay, six months," Michaela stood corrected. "Which means one or two things: This animal is gone or is some psycho in this school who is doing the killing."

"Of course, someone is doing the killing. We just don't know who," Jacob boldly interjected. "That's why I want tougher security. Firearms, better security cameras. Enough of this minimum-security bullshit."

"That is why most of our students come here," Samantha rebutted.

"And that is why 11 people are dead! Do you want to write another letter why somebody's son or daughter is not coming home? No. I don't think so." Jacob argued as he pointed his attention to the mayor. "And what is your proposal that everybody is clamoring about all over campus?"

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