We ended up shooting 2 more interviews today in Pittsburgh before hitting the road for Toledo. Our host, the fantastic Penny filmed with us in the morning and she arranged the second interview with one of her bosses. It was actually nice scoring the interview with someone who is an administrator getting his take on the adjunct labor abuse issue. I think his take is really going to improve the over all flow of 'Junct and I'm noticing it isn't just one class of people whose hands are tied, but multiple. We need to keep following the chain up until we find out who specifically is responsible for this sad state of affairs.
My vision for the film is for it to hit hard with parents of college students. I want them to see this film and realize that the 50-60 grand they are paying per year is not going to their child's college education and that the money is simply being pissed away. I believe not all kids when they get out of highschool are destined for college. Mind you I am not taking some elitist stance where only the rich or privileged should attend college. What I'm saying is not everyone is suited for college. If you are mechanically savvy you don't necessarily have to pursue a degree in higher education. There is no shame in going to a trade school to become an electrician or a mechanic. We need people with these trade skills. We are always going to need these people.
I also want to drive the point home that these part time contingent educators in many cases are only repeating this vicious cycle semester after semester because they love their job. They love sharing the knowledge they have attained over the years and it's honestly a crime with how they are repayed for the knowledge. I know for those of you that have been following this issue over the past few years I'm pretty much beating a dead horse but 'm doing this for those not in the know. How could these educators, who work at several different campuses per semester be able to give ample attention to their students? Especially when they have no means or time to meet them?
People beyond the walls of academia need to know this. They need to have this information so they can make an informed decision about their future and/or their children's future.
So that leaves the question: Where do we go from here?
Tirade aside, we drove to Toledo late this afternoon for the next round of interviews. The downtown area is so desolate I had to wonder if maybe we came across the set for season three of walking dead. The place was empty on a Monday at 5. The last time I saw anything of this magnitude was Atlantic City in the late 80s. It was unreal!
Immediately the decision was made to look elsewhere for lodging for the night. We popped across the river and began to head northeast on 2 skirting Lake Erie. After driving for a good 45 minutes I realized where we were when I saw the cooling tower of the nuke plant. I had been there a couple years earlier on a road rally to Detroit (A rather long story better told in person because I like flailing my arms around when I speak about it). Knowing there was nothing for a good 35 miles east I turned around and headed back towards Toledo. We pulled over at a place called Maumee (sp?) State Park and rented a cabin for the night (the pictures can be found on the 'Junct Tour event page). This place is amazing! I'm not saying that because of the free wifi either!
Holy crap! It's already 1. Night folks...more adventures tomorrow.
Tomorrow I plan to explore the park before heading back into Toledo proper for more interviews.