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NEC: E pluribus unum

Last modified: 3/29/2012 12:00:00 AM
The recession hit many colleges and universities hard. The value of endowments dropped, and so did the incomes of many of the families with students bound for college or graduate school. New England College in Henniker apparently was no exception.

College officials said that a drop in the expected number of graduate students had punched a sizeable hole in the budget; a professor reported that an unspecified number of staff members might be laid off. Faced with the possibility that people who generally earned less than they did were about to lose their jobs, the school's 70 faculty members dug deep and quickly came up with $100,000 in donations. As the Monitor's Tricia Nadolny reported, that donation, along with unpaid furloughs by staff members and other cost-saving measures, has meant that no layoffs were necessary.

Faced with the decision to sacrifice time or money to save their coworkers' jobs, not every group of employees does so. NEC's faculty and staff truly came together as a community to preserve the livelihoods of their colleagues. Their generous action sounded a cheering note in what too often seems like a long, sad symphony of job losses and budget cuts. They set a beautiful example of togetherness for other groups facing hard times to follow.


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