The Dusty, Dirty University...
The past several summers, professors have been asked to empty their trash cans. Bathrooms were left dirty for several days. I don’t mind emptying my trash, but it is a sign of the times, perhaps, when the custodial staff is put out on the mowing crew, and the teenage summer help is not hired to do the lawns and flower beds.
Meanwhile, my university is on a building binge. Grand new buildings are going up everywhere, and at countless universities across the country, as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently. The interest of donors toward funding new bricks and mortar is not matched by their interest in upkeep, and state dollars continue to shrink. So, we have a campus that is rapidly becoming one of gleaming new structures, and dirty, older ones, but no funds to clean either.
What is the situation like at your college or university?