Monday, May 23, 2011

How's That Again?

Reading the local newspaper is a daily source of comedy. For this paper, like so many others, the concept of proof-reading before publishing is totally alien.

Great story today about an advocacy group that wants elected officials to enact legislation to prevent employers from asking questions about the criminal history of job applicants.

This group describes itself as an advocacy group for "formerly incarnated persons."

I can certainly see why an employer would not want to hire anyone who had been "incarnated" as that term means "embodied in flesh, especially in human form," such as a fiend incarnate.

Now, if the advocacy group is concerned with persons who have been previously "incarcerated" then that's a different story.

Friday, May 13, 2011

An obscene contract

An article in today's paper reported on a new contract given to the basketball coach at a major university. The new coach will get a base salary of $250,000 per year. In addition, he will get an annual payment of $1.45 million for "personal services and fund raising." Looks to me like you could forget this payoff and you wouldn't need as much fund raising.

But the real kicker is this: The coach will get an annual bonus of $300,000 each May for staying another full year. Can you believe this? The man is under contract. The university will pay him a bonus for every year he doesn't break the contract! This is ridiculous! I wish VISA would pay me a bonus for every month that I pay my bill. That's part of a contract.

I think there should be another clause in that contract. The coach should pay the university an annual bonus for every year they don't fire him.

I think this is but another example of what is wrong with many American universities. They are more concerned with sports than with education.