As a Vanderbilt alum, this is embarrassing. Why should I give any money to the university when it won't pay its hardest-working workers a decent wage? In light of the $6M renovation of your home, it is not as if there is not enough money to go around. I question whether alumni contributions are being properly allocated to fulfill Vanderbilt's mission. How this situation ever got out of hand such that it would even make it to the NY Times is appalling. I'm sure you will agree with me that Vanderbilt does not have a plantation-mentality and has no intention of perpetuating this view. The NY Times article, however, does nothing to dispel this notion for the rest of the nation. I'm proud to have graduated from this University, but this is not a proud day in Vanderbilt's history or for your administration.
Please, no more corporate double-speak about the "almost infinite number of decisions about how to expend resources" that is Vanderbilt's excuse for why the housekeepers, gardeners, etc. should not be paid more. It is wholly unconvincing and lacks credibility and sincerity. The solution to this fiasco should be apparent but inexplicably has yet to occur -- Vanderbilt should pay these workers a decent wage by increasing their wages to meet or exceed the national average. Given that you are the 3rd highest paid university president in the nation, I think a comparable adjustment to these workers' pay is sensible - put them at the top 3% of the national hourly wage scale for their positions. Alternatively, perhaps Alumni Relations can start a Low-Wage Workers Fund so I and similarly concerned alumni can direct our alumni contributions directly to these workers to supplement their income.
On a final note, I'm suspending any current and future giving to the university until significant progress is made in this area, and I hope my fellow alums will do the same and/or voice their comments to you and the administration.
Fellow alums, feel free to pass this email along to other Vandy alums.
Hello everyone, my name is Kate and I figured it was time to let everyone in on a big secret. "Nemesisboy" and the website (including all written and visual content) was a project for my Interpreting Media class at Volunteer State University. I set out to show my professor the power of the internet to entertain, inform, misinform, persuade, and so on. Needless to say, I got an A! I started out using the local music scene to reach out and write about (and enrage at times), and the idea of using a persona that seemed nearly illiterate and downright stupid was part of the study. It provided a buffer for the reasons behind some of the posts. I moved on to local news because I realized the importance and power of local media (including local papers) to the blog readers. All of the data that was collected is quite staggering (links, referrers, hit counts, search results, IP traces)! It also showed my professor the power of the internet and the power to persuade and falsly inform even Nashville's most "intelligent" web surfers. So......thanks for enjoying my project. I appreciate the hit counts! If you have any questions or further interest (or if you'd like a copy of my A+ paper via email) send an email to the contact address on the website. Thanks again!
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