Because I blog under my own name rather than anonymously, I take care what I say about my colleagues. But this is egregious. Our department secretary organized a cash going away gift for our work-study student, who is graduating. This is the student person who has happily done our scut-work for three years with a cheerful attitude & a friendly word for everyone, even those faculty who didn't know her name. If all the tenured faculty had kicked in twenty bucks, the tenure track ten, & the adjuncts five, we'd have put together a gift of over $300. We managed $120. That's just shameful. What a bunch of schmucks.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Skinflints”

  1. Actually, that is pretty cheap. She could probably use a little extra cash to start out with, too. Too bad your department comrades doesn’t appreciate hard work.

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