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  • Sickned in St.John's
    May 05, 2012 - 21:26

    If Mun wants to make cuts to save money they should look at the productivity of its employees. I have several acquaintances that 'work' (and I use the word loosely) at MUN. These individuals also have their home internet and cell phone (IPhones, no less) supplied & paid for by MUN as part of their 'job descriptions’. How do I know this, because these ppl freely post this on their Facebook walls. Maybe MUN needs to block or monitor what is being posted by its employees on social networking sites such as Facebook or twitter during work hours where these individuals spend a majority of work day on Facebook posting about how bored they are because of a lack of things to do. Maybe MUN should conduct employee productivity audit. I think they could eliminate more than a few unnecessary positions. Cut non-productive jobs filled by imbeciles, who freely post their lack of duties, benefits, salaries, as well as running commentary on things that should not be commented on by Memorial Employees during working hours 12-17 times a day, not beneficial leaning programs. As a former alumni I am sickened that monies that could benefit other areas such as Life Long Learning Programs are being directed toward these buffoons!

  • Bill Bartlett
    May 04, 2012 - 11:51

    Here's my take on the situation: 1. The president and senior administration make an astronomical amount of money. The president with salary, vehicle allowance, housing allowance, etc makes nearly $450,000 a year. This is insane and embarrassing to our university. 2. I saw this coming, MUN's Board of Regents and most administrators are puppets for the PC party. Look to the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook for example, a new V.P. who everyone in town knows is hard core PC - they're administration even blocked a research documents around tire burning from being released prior to last falls election. Charles Pender was declared "secretariat to advance Grenfell Campus" it was done without competition and little fan fare, why? Simply because he is one of the biggest tories in Newfoundland. Whether we like it or not, MUN is not academically free from the government as it should be - and this is a way to slash and cut from the workhorses of the university (our office staff, support people etc) just to protect the high ranking folks with cushy offices and nice pay cheques. The government knows how to keep students quiet.. they just let them float along paying little tuition so they won't pay attention.

  • Blair Brookfield
    May 04, 2012 - 10:04

    Shut down the Arts, Science, Business and Eduction faculties. Most of the graduates don't get jobs anyway. Focus on Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Engineering. They're the only programs worth studying there.

  • concern citizen
    May 04, 2012 - 08:17

    Maybe THUNDERDALE should look in the mirror as to where the cuts need to be made and look at herself and her puppets' spending. I bet you could save a lot of $LOONIES$ there.......wait a minute they are all looneys running that JOINT over there............LOOK IN THE MIRROR KATTY.............THE WORST PREMIER EVER IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • j
    May 04, 2012 - 07:54

    Having been a student at MUN and enjoying most of my experiences there, I'd pretty sure that my thoughts can't be passed off as simply "Sour Grapes". I think that if they want to find savings, the first thing they should do is a wage cut for the President and then several other of the administrative positions. I like MUN, I really do--but I think it's run pretty horribly. While we "enjoy" the lowest tuition fees, the administration finds other ways to step on the students' toes and bleed them for whatever they're worth. I was fortunate enough to live at home while studying, but many times had I heard my friends talk about needing to choose between Rent and Groceries because they needed money to park at MUN, etc... Unfortunately, they're instead going to cut programming, and probably going to increase parking rates, because God forbid the patriarchs' offices get a little less cushy...