Up for Debate: Vanderbilt's dining staff workers

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:02am

How do you feel regarding the plight of some Vanderbilt University workers that they should be compensated for during the summer break?

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95 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 4:10

I would think they can file for unemployment, "laid-off" status, and collect $275. a week until school starts back up. Not bad...enjoy the summer.
Or, get a part-time/ full time job at any of the hundreds of fast food joints.
Many colleges have summer school terms, too.

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 4:10

I would think they can file for unemployment, "laid-off" status, and collect $275. a week until school starts back up. Not bad...enjoy the summer.
Or, get a part-time/ full time job at any of the hundreds of fast food joints.
Many colleges have summer school terms, too.

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 4:55

OFF-Topic or really, "off your rocker" Div:
Check out USA Today.
Lead story is some guy is suing BMW because he has a "20 month erection" from riding the motorcycle for a 4 hour trip. It was the "banana seat".
You gotta read some of the 200+ "Comments".
Just to lighten up a Monday....

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 5:02

Dargent7.........Very excellent comment. Every "seasonal" worker in the country and there are many do exactly what you recommend they do.

This is not an issue to anyone other than those who are addicted to "free stuff" and to those that look for an issue under every rock. Of course there are a lot of rocks/

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/12 at 5:04

I heard you the first time d7. lol

Maybe Vandy could line up summer jobs for the temporary laid off workers, after all a happy worker is a better worker.

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 5:11

Nemo: Sorry about the double- post. My computer has trouble "booting"in the am.
That's what my ex-wife always accused me of. Day or night.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/12 at 5:41

I was only teasing d7, my computer does the same sometimes. As for your ex-wife....well maybe you are better off.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 5:50

With charity towards none, and malice for all...

Sorry Raspy, didn't mean to reprint that without permission...

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 6:00

How 'bout those Preds? Suck.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/12 at 6:09

Free Stuff, like subsidized oil companies, sure… right Rasputin.

It never fails to amaze me, how someone can make an observation like this and never see just how much a selected statement it really is.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/30/12 at 6:13

GO PREDS!!! lol

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 6:13

Hard to believe Loner ( or Girlie-Girl) hasn't weighed in on that guy's "20 month erection".

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 6:13

Yes, they do suck, Darge. It appears that killing their white whale was enough for them.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 6:15

Good morning, Nashville.

Vandy is a college, it is not in the welfare business...if there is no work....folks get laid off, even at a college or university. In NY, those folks would be able to draw unemployment for the summer, if they get at least 20 weeks of full-time work in between episodes of unemployment.

Well, now that we have that weighty issue out of the way, what shall we discuss?

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 6:19

It was a great game, however. I never knew who these guys were/ are.
They look alot better than the Preds.
We'll see this Weds.

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 6:19

Loner: Boners. Try to keep up.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 6:21

Free stuff is ok as long as you are productive, Nemo. Food service workers aren't productive. Really, anyone who doesn't have a considerable net worth isn't productive. If you're not productive, you're worthless in a society, and it would be better if we could just weed out the undesirables...

Didn't Hitler say that too?

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 6:33

gdiafante.......I have over the course of my lifetime paid over 7 million dollars in "charitable" contributions. The charity is and was the United States Internal Revenue Service. I expect the "contributions" to continue.

I could have put 50% of those charitable contributions to a use that would have benefited a far more worthy cause than the support of the "underclass" Underclass meaning those that are satisfied with a lifestyle of of meaningless existence. In many cases the underclass has wrought so much pain to the productive class.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/30/12 at 6:36

gdiafante.....I look at "seasonal" food service workers as a vital part of productive America. They chose their vocation just as you have chosen yours. I would bet there are a lot of productive Americans who would gladly change places with these Vanderbilt "seasonal" food service workers.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 6:39

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's

Jesus said that. The part they left out of the Gospels is the rest of the statement...

and quit your bitching. No one likes a whiner.

But seriously, Raspy, your posts would be taken more seriously if you didn't paint with such a broad stroke.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 6:40

They chose their vocation just as you have chosen yours.

LOL...yes, as teenagers, they dreamed of serving college kids food for $16K/year...

You should play Zanies.

By: dargent7 on 4/30/12 at 6:42

I think gD was being faticious. He punctuated his humor with the Hitler referrence.
Like when "yogi" yammers on about, "who is this man in the W.H.?" routine.
Heaven knows, no one could be that F***ing stupid, day after day.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 6:49

I would bet there are a lot of productive Americans who would gladly change places with these Vanderbilt "seasonal" food service workers.

Actually, I'm not so sure that many people would do that, Raspy. First, it's seasonal. They'd be right back in the unemployment line after a few months. Second, it's not really a living wage. Maybe someone who's been unemployed for an extended amount of time...maybe. Third, it's essentially a fast food job, just at Vanderbilt. Unless it's a last resort, what productive member of society would do that?

Would you?

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 6:56

I Googled BMW erection and got some articles about it, Darge.

Guy claims he can't have sex now...I don't get that part....hey, if you can drape a bath towel over it and walk into the bedroom like that, finding a sex partner should not be a problem..... Seems like one 4 hour ride would not cause this sort of an "injury"...
but, I'm no physician, of course....but I have had sex....oh yeah.

BMW has deep pockets....they should have quietly settled with the guy, now they have some very lousy publicity to deal with.

BMW = Boners Made Worse?

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:05

Corbin Pacific made the maligned after-market seat, so why is the guy suing BMW too? Again, gotta be the deep pockets. One wonders why any man would want a "ridge-like" seat between his ass cheeks when riding a motorcycle....something very queer about that, IMHO.....Wedgies & Royal Imperials are bad enough; why buy an after market seat that does the same thing?

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:10

Geeezzz the City Paper has turned into NPR. That article reads just like an All Things Considered segment.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:13

The Preds were befuddled by that swarming defense in the 3rd period. They'll watch the tapes and be able to respond to it next time. Should've won the first game... got beat last night.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 7:15

I'm late today. Been online ordering a banana seat for my Cushman Eagle.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:15

lol

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:18

$7 million dollars... Holy crap Raspy! Is that hard dollars or are you counting the opportunity cost of the lost gain?

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:24

If the Rasp has paid over seven million in taxes, he should be running for public office, as a Republican 1-Percenter....the party of draft-dodging, chickenhawk tycoons is always looking for new faces....give it a shot, Rasp.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 7:24

The Yotes have the look of a team on a championship roll. They may well crash and burn eventually, but it will probably be in the finals.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:27

LOL, Slack.

"Banana seat"? Maybe the guy installed it vertically, not horizontally? Now he's perpetually excited?

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:32

I think their salaries should be what the market will bear. I didn't dig too deep but was the $16K and annualized salary or the total? If it's total over 9 months that works out to about $10.50 an hour... then she'll get EIC of around another $4000 - $5000 on top of that. Sounds like she also gets a benefit package. If the unemployment thing is right she'll get about $5.00 an hour (FTE) for her summer vacation paid for on the backs of Tennessee employers at large in their unemployment insurance premiums to the state. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me for any unskilled / semi-skilled work.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:32

Why do a lot of hockey teams need to be named after meat-eaters? Predators. Coyotes. Sharks. Panthers, Blackhawks etc. Gotta be the macho thing...who could root for the Vancouver Veggies or the St. Louis Saladmen?

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 7:37

We're the Predators because they found bones of a saber-tooth tiger below the current arena, Loner.

In order to adequately represent the area, it was either Predators or Twits. I like Predators better.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:38

Oh geezzz... I just read the article to the end. It's those damn 'occupy' nuts again.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 7:40

Loner, politically correct names for sports teams, will eventually win out.
''The Washington Native Americans'' for example.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:41

The Tennessee Twits? The Tennessee Theocrats might have worked too.

Did not know about the Sabre Tooth tiger's tooth, Gd....how do the creationists explain that one?

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:42

Predators is generic and mobile name like Titans. It's intended to keep the city on its toes about the team possibly abandoning us for greener pastures.

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 7:46

Nice try Ben...

On September 25, 1997, Leipold and team president Jack Diller held a press conference where they unveiled the franchise's new logo, a saber-toothed cat (Smilodon floridanus). The logo was a reference to a partial Smilodon skeleton found beneath downtown Nashville in 1971, during construction of the First American National Bank building, now the Regions Center (Nashville).

As for the Titans, who cares.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 7:46

Actually they found Jimmy Hoffa whilst excavating the arena.
''The Nashville Jimmy's'' just didn't go over with management.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:48

Amen, Slack...and the New Jersey Devils definitely need a name change to reflect the pious mood of the nation....how about the "New Jersey Jesuits"?

The Edmonton Exorcists?

The Boston Baptists?

The Columbus Christians?

The Nashville Nazarenes?

By: gdiafante on 4/30/12 at 7:48

They say it was not an ancient tiger, but a domesticated cat whose enlarged teeth were so because it was punished by God for attempting to mate with the local Church of Christ mascot: an ass.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:51

Ah...the fearsome asscat....they got 'em around here too, Gd....breeding like rats.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:51

Oh, I don't doubt the history gd but there's a reason they weren't called the Pickers or something else tying the team to Tennessee.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 7:57

The asscat is a stubborn and finicky mascot, always complaining about its seasonal work, and benefits.

By: Loner on 4/30/12 at 7:58

Off topic warning:

Had a great day yesterday....our UU pastor asked me to perform a tune that I wrote last summer, while at my summer retreat. Our church organist-pianist accompanied me...I did vocals and played the tin whistle...got everybody up on their feet as we sang the bluesy "hymn".

After church, in the coffee hour, five ladies gave me a warm hug and expressed their admiration for the hymn...we will add it to our hymnal....maybe we'll send it to UU HQ in Boston for publication in the nat'l mag.

Never thought of myself as a hymn writer...oh well if the foe shits, wear it. If the NCP group requests it, I'll past the lyrics here.

By: BenDover on 4/30/12 at 7:58

Any locality pushing for a sports franchise should try very hard to assure the branding of the team is tied as tightly as possible to the locality. It gives a big leg up in future negotiations.

By: slacker on 4/30/12 at 8:02

Loner if it has the words: verily and thou in it, I'm sure you'll get published.