stormingtheivory:

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salon:

Academia is a true nightmare. 

Sorry for the click-bate-y title, but this is kind of really important. While tuition is going up, the people actually doing the teaching are being severally underpaid. What follows are some particularly upsetting excepts:

Over three quarters of college professors are adjunct. Legally, adjunct positions are part-time, at-will employment. Universities pay adjunct professors by the course, anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000. So if a professor teaches three courses in both the fall and spring semesters at a rate of $3000 per course, they’ll make $18,000 dollars. The average full-time barista makes the same yearly wage. However, a full-time adjunct works more than 40 hours a week. They’re not paid for most of those hours.

Some professors in his situation became homeless. Oliver was “fortunate” enough to only require food stamps, a fact of life for many adjuncts.

“It’s completely insane,” he said. “And this isn’t happening just to me. More and more people are doing it.”

“We have food stamps,” said the anonymous adjunct from Indiana. “We wouldn’t be able to survive without them.”

“Many professors are on food stamps and they go to food donation centers. They donate plasma. And that’s a pretty regular occurrence,” Merklein told Salon.

“As soon as they hear about you organizing, they go on the defensive,” Merklein said. “For instance, at my community college, I am being intimidated constantly and threatened in various ways, hypothetically usually. They don’t like to say something that’s an outright direct threat. … They get really freaked out when they see pamphlets around the adjunct faculty office and everyone’s wearing buttons regardless of what professional organization or union it is. They will then go on the offensive. They will usually contact their attorney who is there to protect the school as a business and to act in an anti-labor capacity.”

The most telling phrase in Merklein’s words are “the school as a business.” Colleges across the country have transitioned from bastions of intellectual enlightenment to resort hotels prizing amenities above academics. Case in point: The ludicrously extravagant gyms in America’s larger universities are home to rock climbing walls, corkscrew tracks, rooftop gardens, and a lazy river. Schools have billions to invest in housing and other on-campus projects. Schools have millions (or in some cases “mere” hundreds of thousands) to pay administrators.  Yet schools can’t find the money to hire more full-time professors. If one follows the money, it’s clear that colleges view education as tertiary. The rigor of a university’s courses doesn’t attract the awe of doe-eyed high school seniors. Lavish dorms and other luxuries do.

Anyone going to college now, consider organizing for your faculty. They are at risk of being fired for it, you are not. The university might be more willing to listen to students demanding the education they are paying for. Make noise for the people making your degree possible.

If you are touring colleges, ask what percentage of the faculty are adjucts. Ask what they are paid.

If you are not in a position to do these things, there are two petitions in the linked article to sign.

and honestly if you can read about shit like this and still be against unions I don’t know what to tell you.

Can’t wait to get my degree so I can start teaching!

forestambassador:

Quing’s Quest VII: The Death of Videogames is a game about starting over by Squinky.
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Why Try It: A very sparkly text adventure about defeating the forces of evil through fashion sense and joie de vivre.
Mood: Joyful
Author’s Notes: "You are a young monarch of mysterious and indistinct gender, valiantly trying to survive exile from your home planet — or whatever’s left of it since the invasion, anyway."
From the forest ambassador: Check out more of Squinky’s games, including the highly-recommended Dominique Pamplemousse, at their website.

forestambassador:

Quing’s Quest VII: The Death of Videogames is a game about starting over by Squinky.

Play Online

Why Try It: A very sparkly text adventure about defeating the forces of evil through fashion sense and joie de vivre.

Mood: Joyful

Author’s Notes: "You are a young monarch of mysterious and indistinct gender, valiantly trying to survive exile from your home planet — or whatever’s left of it since the invasion, anyway."

From the forest ambassador: Check out more of Squinky’s games, including the highly-recommended Dominique Pamplemousse, at their website.

sekigan:

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viviling:

Touch me, yeah
I want you to touch me there
Make me feel like I am breathing
Feel like I am human

Children are the flowers of the earth.

Screaming, unintelligibly bumbling, crashing into each other, arguing and never listening small flowers of the apocalypse. Sigh, I love children. (without irony, seriously)

In other news, my four-year old brother made a new friend among the neighbours today. 

Our crew today was the Chinese boy (6 years and an old friend of ours), the French girl (5 years and freshly befriended) and our own Russian little rider of apocalypse (4 years). His German is way worse than of the others, therefore I have to work as translator, mediator between conflicts and the occasional crashbag to help soften the fall.

The girl is really cute by the way. Part of me wishes I had a small sister instead of a brother, cause little boys are a nightmare to raise and my brother is a bag full of trouble. But ehh, he’s my bag of trouble after all. Raising him is character building and is good training for my own future children.

The major events today was when my bro threw the ball on the garage roof, but a friendly neighbour got it down, thank God, then the girl was on verge of tears because her bike is slow and she is always last, while the two boys were shouting at each and arguing who was first. (they could keep going forever, screaming into each other’s face)

Flowers of the apocalyptic world, as I said. <3

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((that crown detail is perfection.))

sandplague:

"when should I tell everyone I’m actually a Bachelor of Fine Arts…"

sandplague:

"when should I tell everyone I’m actually a Bachelor of Fine Arts…"

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New by Banksy!

EMBED WITH… SHAWN BECK

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This month I embedded in Malaysia with the developer Shawn Beck, maker of the newly released Velocibox.

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sonntamz:

Ancillary War: a fanmix for Ancillary Justice [Listen]

Love Love by Take That
Cold War by Janelle Monáe
Body Of Years by Mother Mother
Object Permanence by All There
Rumble by Brooke Waggoner
Werewolf Heart by Dead Man’s Bones

Of Porcelain “Signal The Captain”

sonntamz:

Ancillary War: a fanmix for Ancillary Justice [Listen]

Love Love by Take That

Cold War by Janelle Monáe

Body Of Years by Mother Mother

Object Permanence by All There

Rumble by Brooke Waggoner

Werewolf Heart by Dead Man’s Bones

Of Porcelain “Signal The Captain”

Dreams are just dreams. But when they turn into nightmares, it’s good to have someone to pinch your arm and wake you up.

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