Long-tailed Macaque Long-tailed macaques are found in primary, secondary,
coastal, mangrove, swamp, and riverine forests in Southern Indochina,
Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, and India's Nicobar Islands. These monkeys
sport gray to reddish brown body hair, which is lighter on their undersides.
The hair on the crown of the head grows into a pointed crest. Male long-tailed
macaques have whiskers and mustaches; females have beards. While males
grow to between 16 and 25 inches tall, females only reach an average height
of 15 to 19 inches. Males weigh approximately 10 to 18 pounds and females
5 to 12 pounds. Long-tailed macaques live in groups of 10 to 48 individuals.
Their average lifespan is 37.1 years. Sixty-four percent of the long-tailed
macaque's diet consists of fruit. Seeds, buds, leaves, other plant parts,
and animals such as insects, frogs, and crabs make up the rest.
Giving in the Holiday Season
Since it is that time of year again, when kindness runs
through everyone's bloodstream as readily as their blood, now is the moment
to think of others. In this holiday season some people have not been as
fortunate. Although they have leapt through the various hoops, all the
while keeping their eye on the fundament of those before them, some are
still trapped into low paying menial work without an end in sight. They
often live below the poverty line and only you can change that by, Giving
to a Starving Professor.
Speaking of low-paying contract labour, Lary and Young argue that "between
40 and 50% of teaching of undergraduates was done by contract faculty
and by graduate students working as TAs" (Reflections on the CAUT Conference
on Contract Academic Staff, Ottawa, Jan. 20 - Feb. 1, 2004). But you have
it in your hands to change this terrible situation. Many desperate professors
live in substandard housing, often in a parent's basement, and here, below
the frost and poverty line, they suffer the humiliation of never knowing
if their last minute contracts with no hope of seniority are going to
thrust them onto the street this Christmas season or the next.
Our organization is going to be compiling a list of needy professors,
whose Christmas stockings are empty of all except their goose-bumped flesh
and hundreds of first-year papers waiting to be marked. When this list
is posted, it is hoped that the other faculty dig deep. They earn easily
four times as much as their colleagues-a word they are increasingly loathe
to use-for the same or less work, and they will no doubt recall that when
giving is asked for.
Remember your fellow instructors as you are reaching for your Gucci wallet.
Remember that the starving professor also has a PhD, and therefore is
deserving of a few dimes. Remember that the starving professor teaches
the voluminous undergraduate courses and thus leaves you free to sing
and dance your way through honours courses, with students well tutored
in imitating your voice and temperament. Remember also, that regardless
of appearances and bank accounts, that the starving professor is a human
too, and as much deserving of a wage as any other on campus.
If you are unwilling to support their struggle to get fulltime positions,
if you are unwilling to share the department's travel funding and grants,
if you cannot honour their labour financially by more secure contracts,
if you cannot give them their own office space, so they needn't share
their cubicle with twenty others, if you refuse to have cookies and coffee
at the meetings or invite them to your parties, then at least give them
your used bus transfer so that when they ask students waiting at the bus
stop for change they have something to offer.
Give Generously. Both Santa and Jesus would want it that way.
Barry Pomeroy received his PhD. from the University of Manitoba
in 2000, although he refuses to let that be a limitation. He is an itinerant
English professor, boat designer and builder, traveller, carver, sometimes
mechanic, carpenter, and web designer. As a writer he is responsible for
Multiple Personality Disorder, a long poem in dialogue, and the novel
Naked in the Road and a collection of satirical biblical stories called
A Bloody History of the Fertile Crescent.