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Duration

It’s there.

Every.

Single.

Day.

It won’t leave.

Sometimes visible.

Other times a recalled memory.

Other times anticipating the next time.

Content, in its ignorance.

Happy, in its arrogance.

Loving, in its falseness.

Like a brick wall.

It won’t be moved.

Chipping away at it is futile.

A cross to bear.

For the duration.

More bad news for Massachusetts: Boston U to layoff or furlough up to 250 staff

The International Business Times has the details.

BU President Robert Brown said, however, there is the possibility some furloughed employees might be moved into other jobs in the coming weeks. Employees will be told individually about these opportunities in July.

Resorting to layoffs and furloughs came after huge cuts to expenses failed to plug the university’s huge revenue gap. Brown said cuts to operational expenses slashed the $264 million revenue shortfall by more than half. The university still has to contend with a deficit of nearly $100 million, he said.

Later, the IBT story notes

Brown revealed salaries of faculty and staff was frozen. The salaries of BU’s most senior executives were reduced by 10% to 20%, and the university’s contributions to employee retirement funds were frozen.

The news from Boston U is the latest in a string of cuts coming to Massachusetts-based colleges and universities.

Williams College: No sports for us this academic year; trims tuition by 15%

Bloomberg has the story.

The changes come “in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances and of this academic year and the uncertainty we face in the year ahead,” the Williamstown, Massachusetts, school said in a statement Monday.

BREAKING: BBC: Flu virus with “pandemic potential” found in China

According to the BBC,

It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. 

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. 

While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

Michigan-Flint cuts 41% of all lecturers

The Detroit Free Press has the details.

The layoffs arrive as U-M Flint administrators prepare for a projected shortfall of at least $8.4 million for the coming fiscal year, Hogan wrote in an emailed statement. U-M estimates it will lose $400 million to $1 billion systemwide by the end of the year.