February 14, 2003

A Faculty Lunch Somewhere in Academe...

Professor #1: "I'm proud to announce that my conference has sold out." Professor #2: "In that case, I'm putting my registration up for auction on eBay tomorrow morning." Someone: "Do we have a nanotechnology program here on this campus?" Research Director: "Of course we have a..." Professor #3: "It's just very small, and hard to find." Somebody Else: "We were investigating joining the campus wireless network, but they wanted to charge the department $40,000 up front." Someone: "My God! So what are you doing?" Somebody Else: "We bought four wireless access points for $500 total, and plugged them into our own network." Professor #4: "We have five assistant professor offers that we've voted, and none of them has cleared the administration." Professor #5: "And the grapevine is that Candidate X really wants to come here to teach--if, that is, his offer appears from the administration in finite time, of course." Still Someone Else: "And why do you need a UniversityNet ID to log onto the campus wireless network? This means that visitors for the day are completely out of luck. Why isn't wireless 802.11b dialtone as much a resource available to anybody walking onto the campus as sunlight or air?" Professor #6: "We've now climbed very high up the tree of basic human needs, haven't we?" Someone: "Is there an agenda for this lunch?" Professor #7: "Our only agenda is that at some point we should talk about whether these lunches should be totally unstructured, or should have an agenda." Someone: "If that's the agenda, then that question is already decided: we have an agenda--to decide whether we have an agenda. So our agenda is moot." Someone else: "In which case we have no agenda." Professor #7: "The way to think about it is that we have a meta-agenda, and we may or may not have an agenda..."

Posted by DeLong at February 14, 2003 04:42 PM | TrackBack
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If it were a high school:
...As our union rep, I have to question the process chosen by the administration for consulting us on our agenda, and whether it really complies with our contract.

Posted by: Dennis on February 18, 2003 02:28 PM

If it were a high school:
...As our union rep, I have to question the process chosen by the administration for consulting us on our agenda, and whether it really complies with our contract.

Posted by: Dennis on February 18, 2003 02:29 PM
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