“What’s weird,” said a colleague coming into my office, “is that at the end of each fiscal year we run out of money and end up not being able to pay our bills, begging for extensions, and borrowing from other departments. But this year, we paid everything and still have a lot of money left. I wonder what changed.”
“Yes, what could it be?” I said.
The really funny thing is that all of the stuff I’ve done as Chair has been extraordinarily easy. This recent project of getting a low-wage worker a higher salary and backpay, for instance, literally took under half an hour of effort on my part. Getting the book money for everybody – twenty minutes. Setting everybody up with a new printer – an hour.
I’ve been here for 12 years and there was never a red cent to buy anybody a book. And now we are so flush with cash that everybody got the books they wanted and there’s money for more. I’m practically begging people to ask me for more stuff. Technology, iPads, films, anything you want. It was all there this whole time but nobody bothered to grab it.