Sunday, December 25, 2011

Icin' bros

The pub is overpriced and fucking shitty now. Fuck this.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Urban Dictionary

Love urban dictionary yall via it makes me laugh.  Someone with the account "The Point News" made these two interesting entries.

Gonna be sad when the Podge graduates in a few months. 

Here is an entry on the college itself

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glass rikki, genuine glass

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My house is currently like that movie about the birds that attack people.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Construction traffic, fml

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Have a Great Festivus Yall

Only six more months of bloggin.  Who will take up the 'reigns' via needing successors. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A townie just told me that he snuck six natty bohs into the Green Door. Literally the cheapest bar #smh

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Recently [well, really a discussion that has been going on for awhile, and will continue to] a lot of discussion over the paychecks to staff [primarily grounds, maintenance, housekeeping, etc.] faculty and administrators.  Just gonna post some of the information/emails and not actually comment on it via it is a difficult situation.

Here is a Point News Article Terrorist newspaper article about the increase to administrative salaries of 15 administrators which Dr. Urgo later pointed out was semi inaccurate via there were increases to staff and faculty salaries as well (see email below).

It is particularly distressing to me to face external limitations on employee eligibility for salary increases. We will continue to work with legislators in Annapolis to broaden eligibility, and ultimately, to see an end to the state wage freeze.

This year, despite the state wage freeze, we have been able to work within state guidelines to make a number of salary increases effective in January 2012.  

Scheduled January 2012 Increases:

Faculty – 58
23 Assistant Professors
22 Associate Professors
13 Professors

Also, in January 2011, 40 tenure-track, assistant professors received increases.

Faculty adjustments listed here do not include salary increases that come as a result of promotions, tenure, and periodic reviews. Over 50 faculty members received this category of salary increase in 2011. Others are eligible for these increases in 2012.

Faculty Librarians – 2

Staff – 18
4 Athletics
4 President’s Cabinet
2 Business Office
2 Campus Technology Support Services
1 Academic Services
1 Advancement
1 Facilities
1 Financial Aid
1 Registrar’s Office
1 Waterfront

The student newspaper has a story this week with partial information about salaries on campus that I and others have found to be misleading, and unfortunate. I intend this email to help us all understand the issues we face regarding salary increases, and the progress we’ve made within state limitations. I am happy to meet with anyone, singly or in groups, to discuss the situation and the decisions we’ve implemented.

Joseph Urgo
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Only comment here that I want to make is that while positions such as athletics, president's cabinet, CTSS, and the various offices, none of these (other than the one facilities pay increase, which I could guess may have gone to Kevin Mercer [bless his soul, beautiful man]) are going towards the staff that the students are concerned about, those working for low(ish) hourly wages. 

So, there are some facts about this, primarily for the alumni readers.  Check out the article's comments, especially the 4chan troll, along with some insightful commentary. 

Oh and there was a reply to the Urgo all student email from above:

I agree with President Urgo’s statement that The Point News article is not totally accurate, but I disagree that it is “misleading” and “unfortunate.”  The salient message of the article is that the most poorly paid employees at SMCM are not getting raises.   In this message, the article is accurate, and tells a story that needs to be told. 

Matthew (25:29) said it millennia ago:

For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

So, how do we solve this problem within the constraints of the State’s mandate?  We have efforts under way to establish a Joe Carroll Staff Award, with a 1 of 1 match for an unnamed donor.  If you haven’t already contributed to that fund and can afford it, do so.  Your $1 is worth $2. 

But a once-a-year fund will not solve an endemic problem.

The Point News article mentioned support for establishing “a fund to reserve money until it would be legal to disperse among the staff.”  I, and I am sure many others, call on the President and other “operationally critical staff” to explore this and other creative solutions.  Let’s all be part of the solution, not the problem.

Not sure that we needed the religious quote, but it does bring up the issue of 'rich get richer, poor get poorer' along with other good points.  Hope this educated yall to some degree, please leave comments if I missed anything or am wrong about anything or if I am still unfunny etc. thank you


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fundraiser to Benefit SMCM Staff TONIGHT

Check out this event to benefit SMCM staff  on the facebook. 

Come to DPC at 5PM for a Holiday Dessert Party to raise money for staff bonuses (via they need more money) through donations that you can give at the event.  There will also be desserts to eat.  Also donate money.

Also there will be raffles for Campus Store gift cards and other rad stuff.

So check it out and support our staff (grounds, housekeeping, maintenance, and other staffs) with this event.

Changing Face of Route 5

Check out this wonderful image longtime reader "KC" dug up recently.  The top image is from awhile ago when SMCM was St. Mary's Female Seminary, while the bottom image was taken within the past year.  Look at all the foliage/land/lack of erosion/lower water levels on the top image!  What a difference a few decades can make [actually upon closer inspection it is hard to determine where exactly on Route 5 the top photo was taken, it looks like it was taken closer to the area where the River Center currently is, so this may be more indicative of the land there, but I think there was still a lot more land here than there is today]. 

Cool stuff.  I found some nice photos that indicate the massive erosion at The Point [which I may have posted already???] that I will post at some point. 


For awhile now I have included the option for readers to mark each post as being either 'awesome' or 'shitty' and I am always pleased/surprised when people actually mark them.  luv yall.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Drunk Parking

Nice parking job, student who was probably drunk driving. Managed to park half of their car on the field and break the fence. Honors College...

Friday, December 2, 2011

This beard just won "most likely to house birds" and a 25 dollar gift certificate to the campus store #swag
On my was yo mustachio contest, wish me luck dear readers

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