I just told Dr. Silverback that I will not fund his grad student who has a paper "accepted" to the International Conference on Everything Imaginable to be held in China next year. I have to tell the departments that just moved into a new building that we don't have any more money to purchase chairs for the hallway, or notice boards. They should be thankful that I got a coffee machine installed.
Oh, and I'm spending time learning about quality management (cough cough) and hiring a quality manager as we have funding for that, strangely enough.
ANYWAY. I permitted myself to attend a conference as the school I first worked as as a professor. It was soooooo cool, seeing old colleagues (a bit greyer and thicker around the middle, but still the same fun people). And a good friend is now president of this place. She opened the conference and then left, this is not her field of expertise.
As I was leaving the conference I saw that there was still light in the president's office. And the door to the building was still open, although it was dark out, so I pushed inside. She was happy to see me, her desk full of things needing Urgent Attention. She was just ploughing through her mail. I asked if it was fun. Fun?
Just today, she said, I have:
- Prof. StillSexy who, although married with kids, wants to have benefits for his love child. The mother of the love child is currently on maternity leave from the admissions office, but benefits for proffies are better. Oh, and please only send correspondence about this to my college address. My wife doesn't know about the love child.
- An anonymous letter threatening to go to the press about professors taking junket trips to warmer climates although Budget Cuts are Looming. It's an entire department, going away together for a 3 day weekend. They are paying for it themselves, she's only paying for the first day when they are doing planning and sorting out accreditation woes and such.
- And the winner is: Prof. Complainer, who wrote that the urinals in building X are in such bad condition that he is unable to, uh, properly use them because the disgusting smell and looks of the facilities hampers him. He includes pictures he has taken with his mobile phone. Five of them. Luckily none of the non-performing member.