Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Am I reading this correctly? This notification from your committee, The Committee on Very Important University Matters, appears to be inviting me to a meeting. That makes sense to me. In fact, thanks for inviting me. I would indeed like to know what your committee has been up to. But was it your intent to imply that this meeting is a “pizza party”…seriously? Any mention of food is a surefire way to boost attendance, but your message seems to overly emphasize the pizza component. You even added a clipart pizza to the announcement. I would like to think that you are being funny, but I suspect that you are not. Will we also be going roller-skating later? Do I need to ask my parents to sign a permission slip to attend? Will there be juice too?!? Look, pizza is tasty. But a committee of your stature, discussing topics as important as they are, should really adopt a more serious tone. Ditch the pizza rhetoric. Now, for all of you attending my tenure meeting, there will be doughnuts! Yes, delicious doughnuts. And cocktails! Oh, and door prizes! Wait, party favors too!