Opinion: College layoffs a bad memory
Thank you to Judy and Michael Olinick for bringing to the surface the great disastrous day at Middlebury College in May of 1991. They did a fine job of telling the story as it happened.
I remember it well as one of our staff members of about 30 years of faithfully working at the Egbert Starr Library was abruptly taken from her office and escorted out of the building, not even able to get her pocketbook to take with her. We had heard rumors of cuts in staff on campus and the rude awakening came before we were aware of it. I could hardly believe she was the chosen one.
The whole campus was in shock. Nothing could compensate for such underhanded, discourteous handling of faithful workers. I went on to work in the Library 30 years, and was treated well by my fellow staff and the administrators of the library. Because I loved the work on the campus.
However, I still find a bad taste in my mouth for the day of the mass firing of staff members and a good friend.
Sylvia Coffin, Bristol
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