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More Telephony: No One Calls Anyone

In yesterday’s media, not only did we have a professor begging the university to cut landlines, but we had an alum lamenting the modern unreliability of telephones in general.  It seems like Wes is crazy about phones, in some way or another.  In a Cultural Studies article on the decline of the telephone call, author and past Daily Show guest Mary Roach ’81 has a few comments on the phenomenon:

Phone call appointments have become common in the workplace. Without them, there’s no guarantee your call will be returned. “Only people I’ve ruthlessly hounded call me back,” said Mary Roach, author of “Packing for Mars.” Writers and others who work alone can find the silence isolating. “But if I called my editor and agent every time I wanted to chat, I think they’d say, ‘Oh no, Mary Roach is calling again.’ So I’ve pulled back, just like everyone else.” […]

We may be returning to the phone’s original intentions — and impact. “I can tell you exactly the last time someone picked up the phone when I called,” Mary Roach said. “It was two months ago and I said: ‘Whoa! You answered your phone!’ It was a P.R. person. She said, ‘Yeah, I like to answer the phone.’ ” Both were startled to be voice-to-voice with another unknown, unseen human being.

Is anyone else so passionate about telephones? Share in the comments.

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The Other Side: Working for Wes

We’re very focused on students here at Wesleying (“Real students, real student life at Wesleyan University”) but we can’t forget about our professors.  If my mother’s correct when she says, “Remember, you’re in school to get an education,” then professors should be the most important people here to us.

If you’ve ever read Tenured Radical, you can’t help but to feel for them, however.  Today, she asserted, “after almost two decades in which we have repeatedly been promised that Zenith (ed. note. Zenith is actually Wesleyan.  Tenured Radical avoids actually saying Wesleyan most of the time.) will do something about a compensation rate that lags far behind our peer institutions, one can’t help but feel that they have thrown in the towel without admitting that they have done so.”

From my own research (table after the bump), Wesleyan doesn’t do too poorly among NESCAC schools (I didn’t actually look at all liberal arts colleges).  Only our two Little Three buddies pay [full] professors more.  For associate professors, five out of the ten other schools pay more and one matches us.  For assistant professors, we are beat again by five out of the ten other schools (are we intentionally aiming at the middle here?).  Out of curiosity, I compared the salaries to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Teaching rankings for our category, but didn’t get much of a correlation out of it.

Either way, the Tenured Radical does paint a pretty dire picture of what it’s like to work for Wesleyan: