"Fungineering" sounds like a job where engineers create monstrous mutant fungi, which is less awful than the intended meaning.
My partner and I basically don't buy gifts for each other for holidays/anniversaries because it's so stressful and we're both picky consumers; plus he hates shopping so it would be cruel to subject him to it, especially when I'd much rather pick out my own jewellery. One less person to shop for is a nice gift!
Just did the math and concluded I spend 17.5% of my pre-tax income on rent, which makes me feel good about my recent Madewell order, so thanks, Mike Dang!
@garli Hooray for you! Now celebrate by sharing examples of the horrible things he did so we can all feel better about our bosses. (My boss is perfectly lovely, but I like horror stories anyway).
@MollyculeTheory I thought that GRE scores were only good for five years?
@Laurabean $75!! *dies inside* Thank god I only had to take it once.
@WayDownSouth I don't think it's in doubt in the piece that the author knew he was endangering his contract when he spoke up. But he felt compelled anyway to point out this bullshit, racist policy anyway. It's not really necessary to advise him, because he wasn't and isn't ignorant about the chain of events. Everyone who lets this kind of thinking go unchecked- all the full-time regular employees who did not respond to someone in power making a stupid racist statement- should be questioning their behaviour, not the author.
@Laurabean I took it in November 2008 (in Canada) and I remember it costing $185 CAN, so maybe it has gone up in the US.
This was a great piece. If you're going to be fired, being fired for pointing out a discriminatory policy is a good way to go. Also I don't want to distract from your story or anything but I'd really like to hear more about these Pepsi-flavoured Cheetos.
@Cup of T Yes, absolutely to the advice above-- go with the TA/RA grad student rates on your university site (these should be freely available and searchable). At my university those are typically $35/hr. As a consultant you'll probably be responsible for your own taxes, so remember to factor those in. And congrats on the cool job opportunity!