Boy, I’ll bet people with master’s degrees are falling all over themselves trying to land one of those new “academic encourager” jobs at the University of Akron.
That would be the newly created position in which highly educated adults — preferably with master’s degrees — will lend their wisdom to young college students who are struggling.
As we reported Wednesday, UA is willing to pay its “academic encouragers” $8 per hour.
As Reuters recently reported, the median wage for a fast-food worker is $8.94 per hour.
Who’s going to encourage the encouragers?
Grass never sleeps
You try to help out a neighbor and this is the thanks you get?
From a Cuyahoga Falls police report:
“A Ruth Avenue man, 36, was charged with disorderly conduct Aug. 26 after he was found mowing his neighbor’s lawn at 1 a.m.”
Local or loco?
Bob: This is what a sticker said on a zucchini package I bought at a grocery store in Akron:
“Locally Grown” — and, in much smaller letters, “in MI.”
After I thought about it, I realized that everything is locally grown — somewhere.
Maggie: I never thought about it that way! You may have opened the door to all sorts of new marketing opportunities. Foreign automakers could advertise their cars as “Locally Built.”
Tuesday’s column about a Highland Square resident who grew up in Akron, N.Y., rang a bell with the publicist for Richard Childress Racing, a NASCAR team that includes Kevin Harvick (third in the overall Sprint Cup standings) and Paul Menard (17th).
Bob: Just wanted to say how well you grasped the essence of Akron, N.Y. ... As I travel the NASCAR circuit, I am always comparing every small town we come across to Akron ...
My family has been a part of the town since the Civil War days. It was good to see Shawn [Rehac] have such fond memories of it, too.
And, yes, I have been to his parents’ bar. How can you not? It’s across the street from the bank! Withdraw from them, “deposit” at Gail and Rick’s.
Tim: I’m sensing a new sponsorship possibility here ...
Bob: About eight years ago, my wife and I decided to visit Akron, N.Y. (because of your series of Akron articles) while driving to see relatives in Albany.
I was of course wearing a Rubber City Clothing “Akron” T-shirt, the one with the tire track on it.
It’s a very picturesque town. We had lunch at The Akron House, a charming turn-of-the-century building, and our waitress told us it had been a brothel in the old days. She also liked my shirt.
I didn’t know about the Ford Gum company, but I did know about the Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp. The next time you’re behind a delivery truck — the kind with the door that slides up — check out the small metal plate on the bottom of the door. There it is: “Whiting Door Corp., Akron, New York.”
I’ve seen it so many times on trucks that I now believe no other company must make that kind of door.
David: Stop tailgating!
Speaking of other Akrons ... it has come to my attention that there’s one in South Africa.
Apparently, that one isn’t very big. After a good half-hour of Googling, I was able to come up with only the following facts:
• Akron, South Africa, can be found at a latitude of -26.8 and a longitude of 23.75.
• The expected high for today is 76 degrees and the expected low is 50.
• Akron, S.A., is an eight-hour drive northwest of the kingdom of Lesotho, where my daughter took part in a six-week service trip in 2008.
That’s the sum total of what I know about the place.
Methinks the town’s chamber of commerce has some work to do.
A caption on the front page of Tuesday’s Plain Dealer:
“Twin sisters Kalik, left, and Kala Bulloch, both 5, watch [a Labor Day celebration].”
Imagine that. Twins who are the same age.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.