Friday, February 03, 2006

Regents' Wives and Adequate Wages

I spent my morning today kowtowing to the Regents' spouses. I'd say the Regents' wives, but there was one male among them. Typical, the Regents at Baylor are mostly male. And mostly white males at that. Anyways, whenever the regents all get together for whatever it is they do, I think it has something to do with sitting in a room acting important - and sometimes they talk about people they like or dislike, sometimes they even vote on whether or not they like people, anyways, whenever they do what they do, the wives, er, spouses get together also. This time the School of Social work had the privilege of "hosting" the spouses. This meant that everyone within the SSW had to be on our best behavior and show why we are so great and why we should have our own building that's not in a parking garage. I had to, er, got to, present my research group's project from last year to the spouses. And then later in the morning I went out to the World Hunger Relief Farm with some of the women (and the one male) to talk about our internship/service learning placements. There is a grad student out there this semester and I did a service learning there for another class so we talked about our experiences and showed them around the farm. Unfortunately, I missed the best part of the day with the spouses - lunch. I have a class at noon that I couldn't really miss.

The best part of the day was being out at the farm and listening to Dale, the Developmental Director and social work prof for the grad school, tell the spouses about different aspects of the farm. He kept talking about manure and fertilizer with them and how the composting toilets work. And then he ripped on one of the farm intern's car - the guy, who is about to go to Latin America to be in the Peace Corps, drives a Lexus. He only drives it because his car just broke down and his dad gave him his old car to drive until he can buy himself a new car. But this guy is so upset that he has to drive around in a Lexus while trying to work to alleviate poverty. And Dale makes fun of his car A LOT apparently. So to hear Dale ripping on this Lexus to the regents' spouses who probably all have really nice cars was priceless. I loved it.

The second part of my day, post econ class, was spent in a task force meeting to discuss implementing an "adequate" wage at Baylor. The interim president who is no longer president set it up so that when the new president came in, we'd have continuity. This was our first meeting and I'm still apprehensive about the group and what we're going to accomplish. There are three students and then the rest are faculty, staff, administration, etc, from across the campus. It's strange because I'm "just" a student on the task force, but in some ways, I have more knowledge than a lot of the "adults" about what we're trying to do. And Jon let the cat out of the bag on my thesis - I'm analyzing living wage campaigns on college campuses, blah blah blah, so now the group knows that I've done a lot of research and want to see some of it.

Mental note, do more research about how schools ACTUALLY implemented a living wage.

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