A Professor's Lament

by Emily Rand


My classes are merely 60 minutes long

I’ve spent the whole weekend tuning my lecture-song

Only to find my time being stolen and dashed

By an academic budget that’s constantly slashed

Twenty-five tests were perfectly printed

Except two which are missing, despite being prescripted

Budget limits prevent me from printing more

But I can’t budget my time when constant errors occur

I don’t ask for much. I don’t need your new tech.

I just want the pages requested without having to check

Artist Information:

Author: Emily Rand

Hometown: Tulsa

Major: English

Year: Senior

“A Professor’s Lament” was inspired by different conversations I had with professors about higher education budget cuts and technical issues. I wanted to take a humorous approach to something that’s incredibly frustrating.