The resident faculty left a deli menu outside the mail room. Either they want changes in the campus cafeteria, or it was a clue…. (More)

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That brings us to the deli menu left by the resident faculty outside the mail room, as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. Chef was first mortified by the thought that the resident faculty want to replace her haute cuisine with deli sandwiches, then mollified when the staff assured her the menu was merely a clue to their plans for the week.

How did we know the menu was a clue? We didn’t. But we didn’t want Chef to feel bad, partly because Chef is nice, and partly because she hadn’t made breakfast yet. Call it idealism mixed with pragmatic concerns and self-interest. So we polled the staff and a clear majority agreed that the menu must be a clue. Probably.

You might say we were mushy, exactly what you can’t be when a busy deli clerk barks: “Waddaya want?

Chef offered that example from her time in New York … and our mushiness turned to confidence. Clearly the resident faculty plan to discuss the research of Daniel Yankelovich on our often mushy responses in polls.

Of course the staff’s conclusion wasn’t quite so Tesla-esque. First we had to become aware of the problem and develop a sense of urgency, then search for action and confront our own wishful thinking and other forms of resistance, then weigh the tradeoffs and priorities of hard choices to achieve cognitive resolution. Finally, we formed our full deliberative judgment.

Okay, the Squirrel sneaked into the wine cellar library and peeked at their notes. But we would have done that other stuff if we needed to. We’re sure of it. Probably.


Happy Monday!