Only qualified persons need apply
You've seen the job ads.
"Come aboard for an excellent opportunity at a fast-growing, high-tech firm!" Just what does that mean? What are the duties and requirements involved? How hard is it to put these in the ad?
Vague want ads are the plague of any job seeker. And UHPD is guilty of engaging in the practice.
A student answered an ad recruiting for Cougar Patrol. The job doesn't pay particularly well, but it's a job.
When the student got to the UH Police Department to apply, he was interviewed and told that he cannot have the job because of his beard, which is required by his Sikh religion.
UHPD had some valid concerns, namely that a beard, especially an untrimmed one as Sikhs wear, can be a security risk in the case of a scuffle.
But the ad, while more specific than the example given above, never mentioned security duties. In fact, one wonders how much security duty a student worker would be called on to perform.
UHPD, like all employers, should try to be a little more specific. Little details, like the standards applicants would be held to, would be helpful in UHPD employees and student applicants from wasting their time. At the very least, those who take the time and trouble to answer their ads deserve that much.
Salt those lazy, space-stealing slugs
To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and to make life easier for disabled UH students and faculty, the university has provided numerous handicapped parking spaces all over campus.
Unfortunately, many able-bodied students -- whose only handicap is laziness -- have taken advantage of the university's generosity.
We've all seen them zip into those convenient, close-to-campus parking spots, hang those conspicuous blue placards into place on their rear-view mirrors and hop, skip and jump their strong, healthy legs to class.
How did these frauds get the placards in the first place? Surely no doctors would be accessory to such despicable acts. Perhaps they stole them from their ailing grandmothers.
However these lazy, inconsiderate slugs acquired their parking badges, they should recognize that they have no moral right to occupy spaces designated for the less fortunate.
Sure it's a pain to walk from outlying lots to class, but these students are ABLE to do so and should be grateful -- not thinking of ways to scam disabled students out of their parking spaces.