Let’s present our gratitude for campus workers



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Alexa Thomases
8/23/22 9:23pm

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“If Seibel serves PAOW yet one more time, I’m dropping out.” It’s all too widespread for Rice college students to gripe in regards to the meals and amenities. I do know I’ve been responsible of it. In my expertise, complaining typically turns into a straightforward bonding alternative amongst college students: lulls within the dialog are ceaselessly crammed with hyperbolic jokes about meals at North being inedible or about dorms the scale of shoeboxes. I don’t need to dismiss the professional difficulties that college students with dietary restrictions or accessibility wants face at Rice. Nonetheless, the vast majority of complaints I hear appear to return from college students who anticipate luxurious however overlook the staff who work so laborious to offer for our each want. Rice’s campus workers is unimaginable and I urge us all to point out them extra respect and gratitude.

Rice’s Housing and Eating and Amenities Engineering and Planning departments create a high quality of life that the majority faculty college students would envy. The serveries have vegatables and fruits at each meal and at all times provide quite a lot of choices; the meals is prepared at our comfort and we by no means want to scrub or bus our personal dishes; our faculty commons are cleaned a number of occasions a day. After we unintentionally go away trash mendacity round, H&D workers choose up after us. The plush grass, cozy examine spots and 4300 timber throughout campus are painstakingly maintained with none effort on our half. 

Along with ordinary complaining, one other sample I’ve seen is the tendency to easily ignore Rice’s custodial workers. After we get caught up in our busy schedules, we are likely to look proper previous the individuals washing our classroom home windows, serving our meals, establishing our new buildings and tending to our inexperienced areas. In doing so, we deal with them as a method to an finish relatively than with humanity. 

We are able to do higher. 

Extra importantly, H&D and FE&P workers deserve higher. Hours earlier than we get up simply in time for our first-class, they’re laborious at work getting ready breakfast and cleansing loos. They exemplify dedication and consistency year-round, conserving Rice working whereas we get pleasure from summer time and tutorial breaks. These workers are an integral a part of our Rice group and a key motive why the Rice expertise is such an unimaginable one. 

Final month, the $15-per-hour minimal wage that former President David Leebron introduced final November went into impact. I used to be naïvely stunned to study that, previous to July 1, many workers in custodial, meals service and groundskeeping acquired the earlier minimal wage of $11.50 per hour. Studying this determine was a much-needed reminder that a number of the most devoted and hardworking workers on Rice campus are sometimes underappreciated.

I urge everybody to point out a bit of additional kindness in direction of campus workers. When you’ve got the monetary means, donating to your faculty’s annual H&D Appreciation Fund is an efficient option to materially help H&D workers. Small gestures of heat and appreciation are necessary too: asking the eating workers about their weekends once they swipe you into the servery, thanking the groundskeepers within the Educational Quad and saying hello to the custodians who maintain your faculty commons clear. Lastly, we have to respect the work of Rice’s groundskeepers by avoiding taking shortcuts that destroy grass and crops. 

As we return to our stunning campus this month and bear in mind simply how fortunate we’re to be at Rice, I hope we will be extra intentional about exhibiting gratitude for our campus workers members. 


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