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College Professors Requested to Help Out in Canteen Amid Staff Shortage

EAST LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Hey, Professor, Hold the May!

In the absence of assistance, Michigan State University is making an urgent appeal to staff to volunteer in campus cafeterias, including faculty.

MSU's residential services department has already asked 132 full-time employees to work eight hours a week, the Lansing State Journal reported, but apparently that is not enough. to help in the dining rooms! We have specific needs on nights and weekends, ”Vennie Gore, senior vice president, said in an email to the deans.

Gore provided a link to a criminal background check and tips on how to prepare for the first shift.

Devin Silvia, director of undergraduate studies in the department of computational mathematics at MSU, said the request was “amazing.”

“I like to support the MSU student community and make sure they have a positive experience,” said Silvia, who was paid at least $ 100,000 in 2020-21. "But at the end of the day, I'm doing that in my own career and wondering if I'm getting enough compensation."

About 4,000 students typically work in canteens, but only 1,200 were employed at the end of September, the State Journal reported.

The starting wage was recently increased from $ 12 to $ 15 an hour. Gore said that MSU is competing with local companies for workers.

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