• An SJFC security guard puts a freshly-written parking ticket on the windshield of a car with a license plate of "CMTR" that's parked in a Reserved Parking spot. "Another day, another ticket. These students only pay $30,000 a year to go here, and they think the can just park anywhere to try to get to class on time." The same security guard stands next to a fancy-looking car with a license plate of "DBAIN" that is parked fully on some grass. "Dr. Bain's car on the grass... No ticket for him, though, because I'd prefer to keep my job. It's okay, though, because unlike the students, Dr. Bain is _paid_ to be here."

    January 26, 2011 (published) / January 9, 2013 (posted here)

    During my time as both student and part-time IT staff member at Fisher, I got a unique perspective on how the "customers" (students), who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to the school, often got stuck with more little things like parking tickets than those whose salaries those tuitions paid -- particularly those with the highest salaries. (Dr. Donald Bain was president of the school at the time.)

    It's worth noting that, at least at the time, finding parking was a constant problem for Fisher students, especially commuters, but parking on the grass to get to your expensive class on time still got you a thankless parking ticket. One of those funny little injustices of life.

    This work originally appeared in the Cardinal Courier, the award-winning student-run newspaper at St. John Fisher College, between 2007 and 2011.