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William Craft, SMCM Class of '12 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea My discovery of this proposal is very good timing: just two days ago St. Mary's called me and asked me for a $75 donation to the St. Mary's Fund. I'll gladly donate if this proposal (or a similar pay ratio proposal) is adopted. Otherwise, I think I'll wait and see.
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Yes! This is a great idea Everyone should be paid a living wage in the country and be able to support their families if they are employed by any reputable establishment. Paying any employee under what would be appropriate for an average size family to live upon in this country should reflect poorly upon the University's mission and values.
Scott Tucker Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea It is important for administrators of the college to truly believe in the mission of SMCM, which is expressly one of social responsibility and community. Ensuring that all members of the SMCM community are fairly treated, including by means of compensation, should be a top priority of the upper reaches of the administration. The argument that SMCM will not attract the best administrators without high pay is not in line with the institution's core values, and the best choices for these positions would be persons willing to take a reduction in what is already more than ample pay to ensure that those at the bottom are able to afford the basic necessities in life, and ideally, a few comforts as well. I fully support a plan to cap wages at SMCM based on the salary of the lowest earning employees.
Paul Sturm 92' Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea Let's make this happen -- I think this actually will make the College stronger!! We want administrators who want to be here -- and want to work for more fairness in wages.
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Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Ellie Marshall, Wagemark Foundation Yes! This is a great idea The Wagemark Foundation commends the St. Mary's Wages plan!
Assistant Professor Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and author, The Rich Don't Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970 MD State Taxpayer Yes! This is a great idea The idea of capping income at the top has a long and noble history in the United States. In fact, income caps have even had support from the White House. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for just such a cap in 1942. The St. Mary's Wages campaign is building on these past efforts and pointing us toward a more equal -- and much better -- future.
Nicole Baysmore Current student Yes! This is a great idea I truly agree that this is the right approach to go upon in order to be successful in increasing wages. Good Job!
Critical Management Scholar MD State Taxpayer Yes! This is a great idea University presidents' astronomical salaries contribute to their bottom-line mentality and diminish their consciousness of any public mission.
Alumnus / Alumna I support the general principle but have some reservations.
MD State Taxpayer Yes! This is a great idea It's about time we had a ceiling, as well as a floor, to shelter our country's economy! Thanks, St Mary's, for this primcipled and practical action!
Ben Click, Professor/Chair, English Faculty Yes! This is a great idea Nobody wins unless everybody wins. Ironically, that statement expresses more about collaboration than competition--more about us and we than I and me. That's the St. Mary's Way, and this proposal embodies it.
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, Associate Professor of English Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
friend at WCU Yes! This is a great idea
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Samuel C, Professor Yes! This is a great idea This is something that needs to happen in many different types of businesses and organizations. I'm really happy to hear it may start to happen in academia!
BR - math professor in Illinois Yes! This is a great idea This is essential for the survival of healthy universities everywhere.
Stephanie Klapper Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Nathan Barker, SMCM 2007 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
SMCM Class of 2016 Current student Yes! This is a great idea Speaking as a member of the executive council of SDS and the FUSE exec. board, I can say that with full certainty both bodies support this proposal. To be absolutely clear, this means that FUSE and SDS (which is leading the effort), back this proposal. Personally, I can say that this wage plan not only reinforces the St. Mary's Way, but the moderation it entails makes sure that the wagescape is just for all, not just a part. Additionally, this proposal follows directly in the Aristotelian tradition to help the whole, and to deal in moderation. To make myself absolutely clear: I back this proposal in its entirety. That is all.
Zak Whipp MD State Taxpayer Yes! This is a great idea
Rachel Myerowitz Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Zoë Thorpe Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Merideth Taylor Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I hope it's a practical idea as well. It may attract the right kind of leader at this time of transition. That's what we need.
Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Hannah Sturm, SMCM Class of 2014 Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Lin Muilenburg, Associate Professor of Educational Studies Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Jacqueline Paskow, professor of International Languages and Culture (Emerita) Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations. I like the proposal but/and would want to make sure that the Union is on board with it.
Barrett Emerick, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Johanna Galat, alumna Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea This would be so transformative for SMCM and set such a good example for other schools!
Chelsea Howard-Foley, Class of '11 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Jesse Kayan, SMCM 2006 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Sybol Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy Faculty Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary's! Let's LEAD by example!
Professor Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations. I think in general this is a good idea. The devil lies in the details, but I would like to see something like this go forward.
Current student Yes! This is a great idea
The Mom of Homer 5 Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Current student Yes! This is a great idea
BCW Current student Yes! This is a great idea Any firm that makes the decision to pay its employees under the minimum wage should also understand that their impact on the lives of their staff is an unconscionable one. The Living Wage Campaign is the sole reminder that our institution is responsible for paying adults, who have adult responsibilities, a salary that is in no way makes ends meat, and in no way leads to any sort of possibility to allow for mobility.
Emily Saari SMCM Class of 2012 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Laura Hillman, SMCM Class 2002 Alumnus / Alumna I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Amelia Earhart'11 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea Y U NO do this already!?
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Susan Grogan, Professor of Political Science Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Josh Hamlin, '92 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea Thanks to the students and faculty for coming up with this proposal. I hope to see it implemented, and then adopted by other institutions. Keep up the good work!
Roderick, Class of 2017 Current student Yes! This is a great idea I would just like to say that what this proposal ask for is not a bonus in pay. This proposal specifically ask for a LIVING WAGE as if asking for a income that would sufficiently provide for your family is a crazy ideal. Its a basic human instinct to want to provide for your family and every St. Mary's employee should have a living wage that gives them that opportunity.
Social Justice Advocate Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations. I think this document represents the values of St. Mary's College of Maryland. While there may be a few details that need to be reconsidered, I think the overall goal does a good job conveying what is important to those who study, work, and live at the College.
President AFSCME Local 3980 Staff I support the general principle but have some reservations. We strongly support the St. Mary’s Way Wage proposal’s call for pay cuts and caps for the President and VPs, as well as other members of the College considered to be highest earners. Further, we strongly support accountability and transparency as we move forward and begin to recover from the harm that former administrative personnel have done to this College. As to wages, we, as the Collective Bargaining agent, support fair and living wages for all staff and should more money be found for wages at St. Mary’s we would look forward to working democratically to determine how those resources would be distributed.
Katharina von Kellenbach Faculty Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s mission statement says: “Our faculty and staff foster intellectual, social, and ethical development within a community dedicated to diversity and accessibility.” We need faculty and staff, as well as an administrative leadership who are willing to practice what we preach. As we search for a new president, we should make sure that s/he joins out of commitment to the ideals of excellence in public education, as well as equality and justice, and not for profit and personal gain.
Optimistic Scientist Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Mike Tanner Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea This is a great idea. I hope the math works.
Dr. Sandy Ganzell, Associate Professor of Mathematics Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I love St. Mary's. I'm often asked what makes us different from other schools, and my answer is simple. Community. Our sense of community defines us in a way I have not seen anywhere else. My colleagues are family. We help each other. We look out for each other. In times of hardship and tragedy, we take care of each other. Our students are part of that too. We aren't just their teachers and advisors; we're moms and dads and trusted friends. The office associates, housekeepers, groundskeepers, all family. We know each other by name. We go to each other for advice. And we stand together when any of us is in need. St. Mary's Wages is an opportunity for our senior administrators to stand firmly as part of this family, to say boldly and without reservation that our strength lies in our community, not in the income of our top executives. Senior administrators from other schools will undoubtedly ask our president, vice presidents and deans why they would accept salaries below those of our peer institutions. I look forward to hearing their answer: "Because it's the St. Mary's Way."
José R. Ballesteros Faculty Yes! This is a great idea This proposal reflects the moral commitment to fairness of most of our community members. Its implementation would attract and retain qualified individuals that are deeply devoted to that commitment. It is a fiscally responsible plan with long-term solutions to several of the challenges we face as a PUBLIC institution. Individuals opposed to it, including some with the fiscal training and authority to offer advise, should engage in the process by, at least, offering parallel solutions to the long-term concerns the plan highlights. In doing so, it assures that we are ALL working to meet our current fiscal and moral challenges.
Chris Burch, Associate Director of Enterprise Systems and Web Services Staff Yes! This is a great idea I initially came to work at St. Mary's College of Maryland out of attraction to the institution and its mission. Today, I still believe in the mission and the exceptional liberal arts education we are providing our students. In the spirit of the mission, I support this proposal in the hope that St. Mary's will lead by example and demonstrate at least on a small scale, that we can begin to shrink the gap between the highest paid and the lowest paid workers. I have heard voices of opposition stating that wages are and should be set by the free market. I often hear that market rates are necessary to attract highly qualified applicants for the highest paid positions. However, in the Office of Information Technology, I am fairly confident that most of the positions are paid well below what would be considered a market set, competitive pay range. That makes it difficult to fill and maintain positions. And also puts a strain on the existing staff who come to work every day trying to find value in their job beyond the paycheck. So we ask our employees to work harder and longer for less and do that for the good of the college. Shouldn't we be asking the same of the President?
Joanna Bartow, Associate Professor, ILC Faculty Yes! This is a great idea This proposal evolves logically from the values St. Mary's espouses and is appropriate for this moment when we are seeking new presidential leadership. It supports respect for everyone's work at the College and more importantly it highlights how each person's work is interconnected with and helps that of others.
Current student I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Prof. Katie Gantz Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I'm eager to support a plan that invites conversation, insists upon transparency, and looks toward choices informed by reason. It's a plan that addresses all parts of the SMCM community: its students, its staff, its faculty, and its administrators.
Elizabeth Brunner, SMCM Class of '10 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Current student I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English Faculty Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary's is a collective: a group of staff, faculty, and administrators who work hard to ensure the best possible education for our students. With this common goal in mind, it's important that our collective salaries reflect this shared commitment to critical and creative pursuits, not to lining our pockets or neglecting fair wages. The business world considers profit above all else and rewards individual "worth." A liberal-arts honors college such as St. Mary's, however, should define "worth" as the collective life of the mind--and of the heart.
Jorge Faculty I support the general principle but have some reservations. I think the idea has a lot of merit and deserves a full airing.
Conrad Helms, Patron Services Librarian Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I think this is a great way for SMCM to live up to its mission statement while at the same time being fair to the lowest-paid employees, the highest-paid employees, and everyone in between.
Dana Gittings, SMCM Class of '11 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Julia Becker Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Dr. Ho Nguyen Professor of Economics, Emeritus Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I came to the College 34 years ago and, for the most part, have been very proud of being a member of this special community. However, this sense of pride was severely challenged some years back when the College issued uniforms to its housekeeping staff so that they could feel school pride and a sense of belonging. Soon after, as a volunteer at the local soup kitchen, I noticed that a couple of the ‘regulars’ would come in for lunch wearing their work clothes, with St. Mary’s College of Maryland prominently embroidered on their chest. As an economist I teach my students about the efficiency of the market. Yet it was very difficult for me to reconcile with being a member of an institution where some are not compensated sufficiently and are forced to use the service of the soup kitchen. St. Mary’s College of Maryland should be more than just a special place; it should also be a fair institution.
Dr. Robin Bates, Professor of English Faculty Yes! This is a great idea Throughout its history, St. Mary’s has stood out as a pioneer because it made bold moves at critical moments: In the late 1960s, it established a new public liberal arts model for the nation. In the early 1990s, faced with significant budget challenges, it became Maryland’s honors college and adopted an innovative funding policy. Last year it proposed and received a new challenge grant tied to its success at graduating minority and low income students. St. Mary’s Wages, the St. Mary’s Way reflects our deep commitment to economic opportunity and would strengthen our community, bolster our finances, and attract high-minded students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Sahar Shafqat Associate Professor of Political Science Faculty Yes! This is a great idea I want a St. Mary’s that lives its ideals, and is a shining example to the rest of the world. I want to show others that we are a community that truly respects and cares for each other, and we show this in every way, including in how we compensate people.
Dr. Jordan Price Associate Professor of Biology Faculty Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary’s is a place where people respect each other and work towards common goals. We’re in this together – all of us – and any administrator joining this model would find that the resulting goodwill would be well worth the cap in pay.
David Kung, Professor of Mathematics Faculty Yes! This is a great idea The St. Mary’s Wages plan would transform our salary structure to live up to our mission. It represents the institution I want us to be.
Darien Bates, ’03 President, Discovering Oz Communications Marketing Firm, New York, NY Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea The St. Mary’s Wages, the St. Mary’s Way proposal comes at a time when the discussion of college cost and access has reached national prominence, and bold action on this issue has the potential of putting St. Mary’s ahead of the curve among its peers, and setting a new standard for balancing top-quality education with smart thinking on managing costs.
Andrew Reighart ’13, Student Government Association President, 2012-2013 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary’s Wages is a bold, comprehensive reform that, if adopted, will be hailed as a model in higher education in the U.S. By closing the pay gap and placing a ceiling on executive pay, the initiative hedges against tuition increases and offers the promise of a more equitable, respectful community in keeping with the St. Mary’s Way.
Katherine A. Morgan ’13 President- Class of 2013 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary’s College of Maryland has an incredibly strong community atmosphere. As a community, we help each other, support each other, and care for each other. The St. Mary’s Wages Proposal is a strong step in our recognition of this core belief, and I fully support its purpose and ultimate goals.
Dr. Laraine M. Glidden Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emerita Faculty Yes! This is a great idea We are a public college that values “social responsibility and civic-mindedness” along with the goal of “promoting and maintaining a community built on respect.” I can think of no better way to demonstrate that we live what is in our catalog than by advocating for a living wage for all, paid for by limits on the highest earnings.
Dr. Michael S. Glaser, Professor of English, Emeritus Poet Laureate of Maryland 2004-2009 Faculty Yes! This is a great idea St. Mary’s Wages the St. Mary’s Way invites us to make a difference, to put our stated values into action, to model for our students what responsible engagement might look like in our immediate community. There is no better time than now for faculty and administration to examine the privilege of being a part of this community and to consider carefully the responsibility that such privilege requires of us.
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Faculty Yes! This is a great idea This proposal is as timely as it is sensible. Implementing St. Mary's Wages is the right thing to do, and now is the right time to do it.
Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea Well overdue!
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emek Faculty Yes! This is a great idea fantastic!
Andrew L. MD State Taxpayer I support the general principle but have some reservations.
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
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Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea I'm so glad to see that the campaign for a living wage and a more equitable wage structure continues after all these years. Of course, by the same token, I am saddened to see that the campaign has to continue after the overwhelming support the student body, the faculty, and the staff have shown for proposals like this for years and years. Let's get some democracy up in this joint!
Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
J. Bean Yogi, SMCM '09 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
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Paul Sturm 92' Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea Kudos to the students for starting this initiative
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Teresa Padgett Class of 2015 Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
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Kevin Koeser Current student Yes! This is a great idea
Alumnus / Alumna I support the general principle but have some reservations.
S Heaton Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
Staff Yes! This is a great idea I think this is a great start! I would love to see some progress on this. In the time that I have been at the college most staff members have only had one salary increase. This cost of living increase was immediately followed by furloughs and reductions in staff as the 2008 financial crisis hit. This year (2013) was to be the first year of salary increases since 2008, only to be slammed with a fresh round of budget cuts, temporary salary reductions, and staff reductions through attrition. Lets start by addressing the lowest salaries within our community.
Current student Yes! This is a great idea
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Matt Miller Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
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Alumnus / Alumna I support the general principle but have some reservations.
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Faculty Yes! This is a great idea This is exactly what we need! Nice use of Wordpress too!
Nora Stack Current student Yes! This is a great idea
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Caroline Selle, SMCM Class of 2012 Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
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Katy A. Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
Koko Alumnus / Alumna Yes! This is a great idea
April Ryan, SMCM Department of Educational Studies Staff Yes! This is a great idea
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Dr. Lois T. Stover Faculty Yes! This is a great idea
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Angela Johnson, Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education Faculty Yes! This is a great idea This is sensible and just, and a way to attract students, faculty and staff whose values are congruent with the St. Mary's Way.
Faculty Yes! This is a great idea