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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #495 on: August 13, 2020, 09:20:28 AM »
That could very well be the dumbest policy decision in the history of the University.  NO field trips?  So, having 10 students, socially distanced, in the great outdoors is not OK, but 3 hours in a limited air circulation room is a practice that passes muster?

Who decided this?  The Three Stooges?
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #496 on: August 13, 2020, 07:37:41 PM »
That could very well be the dumbest policy decision in the history of the University.  NO field trips?  So, having 10 students, socially distanced, in the great outdoors is not OK, but 3 hours in a limited air circulation room is a practice that passes muster?

Who decided this?  The Three Stooges?

Wow! We’ve managed to keep field trips although the conditions have varied as government restrictions change.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #497 on: August 14, 2020, 07:44:09 AM »
That could very well be the dumbest policy decision in the history of the University.  NO field trips?  So, having 10 students, socially distanced, in the great outdoors is not OK, but 3 hours in a limited air circulation room is a practice that passes muster?

Who decided this?  The Three Stooges?

Wow! We’ve managed to keep field trips although the conditions have varied as government restrictions change.

That "as government restrictions change" may have something to do with the other school's decision to cancel field trips.  With all the other shifting sands of policy they have to deal with, they may have decided to simplify by eliminating the field trip issue altogether.  Maybe shortsighted, but I can kind of understand the thinking there, if that's it.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #498 on: August 14, 2020, 08:08:26 AM »
That could very well be the dumbest policy decision in the history of the University.  NO field trips?  So, having 10 students, socially distanced, in the great outdoors is not OK, but 3 hours in a limited air circulation room is a practice that passes muster?

Who decided this?  The Three Stooges?

Wow! We’ve managed to keep field trips although the conditions have varied as government restrictions change.

That "as government restrictions change" may have something to do with the other school's decision to cancel field trips.  With all the other shifting sands of policy they have to deal with, they may have decided to simplify by eliminating the field trip issue altogether.  Maybe shortsighted, but I can kind of understand the thinking there, if that's it.

As a State School, we already have to follow the State Policies (what is recommended for privates is required for us) and the sites we would visit (Audubon sanctuaries and the like) are also following the guidelines, or in some cases, not even open to general public but will allow us.

Blanket policy decisions are typically both too broad and too narrow.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #499 on: August 14, 2020, 08:31:33 AM »

Blanket policy decisions are typically both too broad and too narrow.

Never thought about it quite that way, but that's a really good way of putting it.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #500 on: August 14, 2020, 05:28:28 PM »
There’s a slight difference between a 12% and a 15% budget cut. In our case, it’s about $500,000. I don’t have that much in non-salary budget. Either you deliberately lied to faculty this morning when you said “no furloughs and no layoffs” or you’re an idiot who can’t read a budget. Since the budget with your notes about deficit and the summons to a meeting on RIF policy came before the faculty meeting, I conclude that you deliberately lied to our faculty.

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #501 on: August 15, 2020, 08:19:41 AM »
I don't know why I bothered to look up the methodology for the thing you linked on Facebook and post my expert opinion on it.  You might reply this time because I found a different source with a better methodology that agrees with your conclusion.  Maybe.  However, you completely ignored me last time when I typed a page of detailed analysis that disagreed with you.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #502 on: August 17, 2020, 04:59:28 AM »
Listing admincritters’ credentials with highest degrees of “ABD” or “graduate coursework” is disingenuous, and just reinforces how poorly qualified they are for their jobs.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #503 on: August 17, 2020, 03:01:55 PM »
Can you whining crybabies just do your work without complaining and emailing me constantly for clarification!!!!!!!!!! You are supposed to be grown adults...with college degrees! Why is this such a mystery to you?

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #504 on: August 17, 2020, 04:12:37 PM »
I really wish that, if I were not so afraid to comment, that a good part of popular dissent at present is a result of groups that wish to make major problems, like dealing with countering the Coronavirus 19, worse. What are the motives for doing such? I am not clear on that but I sure they will emerge. I would go on to say that thousands upon thousands, and possibly millions will be damaged, disadvantaged, injured, and killed by these amazingly powerful groups of villain's actions! SO, ENOUGH NOT SAID.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #505 on: August 18, 2020, 01:07:18 PM »
My current IRB request has just been approved! I hypothesize that there is a positive correlation between the number of times a faculty member requests travel, supplies, and equipment after being told that the department budget for travel, supplies, and equipment was reduced 90% this year and the number of times that faculty member has had a significant personal finance issue (eviction for nonpayment of rent, foreclosure, bankruptcy, appearance on the state list of top 500 tax debtors, etc.). You’ve all just become part of my longitudinal study.



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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #506 on: August 18, 2020, 02:37:16 PM »
There's a state list of top 500 tax debtors?  How much does number 499 owe?
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #507 on: August 18, 2020, 03:21:19 PM »
There's a state list of top 500 tax debtors?  How much does number 499 owe?

Which state? Individual or corporate? I’ve been known to have students review and discuss use of these lists as an incentive to pay taxes. Here’s the CA, SC, and WI lists, if you want to explore.

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/top-500-past-due-balances/index.html

https://dor.sc.gov/top250

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Delqlist/topten.aspx

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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #508 on: August 18, 2020, 04:09:59 PM »
There's a state list of top 500 tax debtors?  How much does number 499 owe?

Which state? Individual or corporate? I’ve been known to have students review and discuss use of these lists as an incentive to pay taxes. Here’s the CA, SC, and WI lists, if you want to explore.

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/top-500-past-due-balances/index.html

https://dor.sc.gov/top250

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Delqlist/topten.aspx

Gross generalization is $100k as the lower bound.
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Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Reply #509 on: August 23, 2020, 12:36:38 PM »
Ahhh! Someone please take these plastic drawer thingies. There's no good space for them in my new place, and I am tired of rolling them out of the way.