Parking! The Ultimate Faculty Issue

August 30, 2011

From Inside Higher Ed:  Parking Shortage Leads Dalhousie Prof to Quit

Dan Middlemiss, a professor at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, became so frustrated this week by the lack of parking that he quit, CBC News reported. Middlemiss had taught at the university for 31 years. Dalhousie has 2,000 parking spaces for 17,000 students and 3,000 employees.

I remember an opening faculty meeting at Reed College that, lacking other business, turned into a spirited debate about whether the lines in a major campus parking lot had been repainted correctly over the summer.  Too close together (likely to lead to lead to banged doors)?  Or not close enough (no spaces for late arrivers)?  At the end there was a vote taken — as if there were a matter for the faculty to decide — with the house about evenly divided between the two views .

Wasn’t it Clark Kerr who said (I’m paraphrasing) that his job as President of the University of California was to “provide sex for the students, football for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.”  Sounds like Dalhousie’s president failed that test at least in Prof. Middlemiss’s view.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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