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Friday October 14, 2005
02:08 PM

a serious construction flaw

[ #27170 ]

Poor Tom!

Tom publishes a weekly satire column at UNH. As usual, people can't take a joke, and he's gotten into a bit of trouble over his most recent article:

These documents, mostly emails between SKANSKA and the
university, show that university officials have expressed
"serious concerns" regarding allegedly serious flaws in the
new construction.

First among these is the presence of several odd angles in
roofs and walls throughout the new structure. Most egregious
of these according to the emails is the "strangely-shaped
roof" of the building's southern edifice.  According to the
mailings, the "long, shallow angle" of the roof is "seemingly
a serious construction flaw, for there could be no rational
or aesthetic reason for such a shape." These strange and
sometimes very sharp angles seemingly occur in several places
around the building, and are so glaring that one email
wonders if the construction workers were "engaged in some
kind of prank."

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  • This is the email I sent him:
    You have no *right* to say what you want to say using *someone else's* press.

    Please don't abuse what the first amendment is about. It weakens the case (through a "chicken little" effect) when we really need it, and it's appropriate.

    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge