I am a librarian working toward my Master's degree. I love baseball and theatre. Someday I hope to travel, but until then I guess I'll settle for the internet.
This is a repost of a repost from a friend. I do not claim any credit for this letter, but I do agree with it. I think it is an example of the sad shape we are in right now. Please take the time to read it, and PLEASE pass it on. This letter should not have to be the impetus for social change, but if you agree, do so fervently.
Dear colleagues and students,
After a year and a half as Chair of the department, I am stepping down. Professor Andrew Winer will be taking my place, for which we should all be grateful.
As my last act as Chair, I would like to share with you my sense of the gravity of the situation we face. I spent most of my academic career doing what most of us do—teaching, writing, reading graduate applications and theses, having office hours, reading in my field, doing research. I didn’t pay much attention to the University and its administration. None of us have that luxury anymore. Budget cuts after budget cuts after budget cuts have left us all painfully aware of how the sausage is made, or not made.