Not a wire news service but still more reliable than most newspapers.
In the face of funding shortages characteristic of belonging to the chronically impoverished half of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Linguistics Department of the University of Upper Strandswater, NY, has adopted a novel and remarkably efficacious solution. Rather than offering teaching assistantships, the Department’s administrators encouraged graduate students to become baristas in the University Library’s five coffee shops. Between brews, the baristas became counselors and confidants of library administrators, who suffer tremendous emotional stress over the allocation of space within the building.
In the first five years of this cooperative agreement, the Library was able to clear enough shelf space to begin construction of a sixth coffee shop, while the Linguistics Department’s “fieldwork fund” was able to send four faculty members on year-