Originally created 10/03/00

Students have a lot to learn



Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.

- Frank Crane

They're cracking down on campus.

At Davidson College in North Carolina, 128 students in one of the school's new dormitories have just discovered the school has decided they have to clean their own bathrooms.

They're not happy.

"I don't want to sound like a spoiled brat," one spoiled brat told the Associated Press, "but we do pay a large amount of money to go to this school."

(So many youngsters, so many lessons yet to learn.)

To help out, the school gave each of the students cleaning materials in a welcome package.

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Yep, cleaning bathrooms is no fun, but neither are a lot of other tasks - some of which we call professions.

When it comes to hard work, the Jobs Rated Almanac ranked several manual-labor jobs as the worst you can get - lumberjack, oil-field roustabout and fisherman were ranked among the most unpleasant.

The best?

Financial planner and Web site manager were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

By the way, president of the United States was a low-rated No. 167, not as good as a schoolteacher (No. 119) but not as bad as race-car driver (188).

The survey used data from the U.S. Department of Labor and trade groups, in addition to telephone interviews.

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MAILBAG: Suzette Kopecky sends a cool cowboy postcard from Austin, Texas.

She writes: "Completed the last rodeo on the circuit at Texas A&M, closed the season! Laura Bush rode lead horse in the opening ceremony. No ribbon! No broken bones! Thank God!

"The Texas Aggies were wonderful."

William Bross of Thomson writes from Arizona: "Attending 24th U.S./Canadian Lions Forum in Tucson. Visited historic Tombstone while out here. Plenty of sights to see."

Finally, Ken and Phyllis Badke send a postcard to say they're back home in Augusta after a long summer of traveling.

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TODAY'S JOKE: This one comes from Everett Fernandez.

It seems negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse.

The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract's sick-leave provisions.

One morning at the bargaining table, the company's chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper.

"This man," he announced, "called in sick yesterday!"

There, on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score.

The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator.

"Wow," he said. "Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn't been sick!"

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107.