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No ‘words of wisdom’

Anthony McHugh | Friday, February 19, 2010

 For all of those who agree with the individualistic, personally advantageous, and money grubbing opinions of Mark Easley (“Words of wisdom,” Feb. 18), I encourage you to remember the Catholic values you hold so dearly and so readily espouse.

The complete selfishness and disregard for those who are not only less fortunate than many students here, but for those who continue to be taken advantage of in a system that does not fairly compensate all of its employees for their lives of hard work is purely astounding. Call me socialist or whatever other biting leftist epithet you can think of, but the fact remains that those who are restricted by the socioeconomic structures limiting their employment opportunities ought to receive more than a catty thanks at the end of a long list telling them why they don’t deserve better.
 
It is clear that there is plenty of money to be shared among every single member of the Notre Dame employed “family.” With tuition skyrocketing and the University endowment towering in the billions, the University’s freeze on wage raises should come to an end, and their workers should be paid justly according to the tenets of our mission statement. The end of which claims that it is the University’s “aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.” To agree with Easley’s “words of wisdom,” would simply foster the sort of apathy and detachment that directly contradicts the notion that this university works as a loving family. I can only express disgust for the complacency of Easley’s response and hope that the economic hardships our country is facing does not effect our campus’ desire to affect change where change is due.
 
Anthony McHugh
senior
off campus
Feb. 18