Date: Wed Feb 28 15:27:44 2007 Back to Contents

Author: Daniel A Margulies

Subject: Re: LabGuy Rot Suggestions

Post:
I'm going to vote for 'Lab-wallah' or 'demo-wallah'

dan

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007, Perry Godwin wrote:

> "Lab peeps" is certainly better than "lab perps" (i.e. perpetrators). ;>))
>
> Perry Godwin
> Physics Lab Technician
> Lansing Community College
> Email: godwip@lcc.edu
> Tel: (517) 483-9653
> Cell: (517) 927-2155
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On Behalf Of Matt Harding
> Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:01 PM
> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] LabGuy Rot Suggestions
>
> There seem to be a plethora of 'peeps' shirts these days (as in
> truncated form of "people"/yummy marshmallow candy chicks (baby
> chickens, not to be confused with broads)). I have a student with a
> different 'peeps' shirt for every day of the week, as in 'hanging with
> my peeps'.
> Why not 'lab peeps'... "gender neutral", "modern", dare I say it,
> "hip"!
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
> Behalf Of Megan Yasuda
> Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:36 PM
> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] LabGuy Rot Suggestions
>
> I guess I'll chime in my two cents worth. Wearing a shirt that says
> "Lab Guy" would probably cause a few odd looks in my direction. Saying
> to a group of people whom are both genders means one thing, but being
> female and wearing a "Guy" shirt can mean something else.
>
> However, since there don't seem to be any better alternatives, perhaps
> this is the only resolution. "Lab Person" just doesn't flow. Are you
> better off with using another offensive word such as "HyperGeek" which
> is gender neutral?
>
> Meg
>
> cablem wrote:
>> As I said, I'm as apt to say "The PIRA guys" as the next person...but,
>
>> it is an issue to some people. I've gotten more sensitive about it
>> having gained more friends in the transgendered community and really
>> now see bio sex and gender identity as two different things. I know
>> that it ends up being a PC argument, which I actually hate, but...
>>
>> You're quite right that "guys" has become slang for "all". I seem to
>> be the only female complaining and I'm willing to shut up about it if
>> everyone else is happy. In all honestly, I'd buy and wear a Lab Guy
>> T-shirt...but I wouldn't necessarily feel that those reading it would
>> "get" that I'm a lab guy. Still funny though, which is the point.
>>
>> BTW, my title is Lab Manager. It's really not what I do. "Guy" or
>> "Tech" work equally well for me. "Deity" works too!
>>
>> I'm gonna miss my DEMOLADY license plate when I move.
>>
>> Chele
>>
>> On 2/28/2007 11:16 AM, Bill Norwood wrote:
>>> Hi Chele,
>>>
>>> I really appreciate your sensitivity and support on this, as I hope
>>> to guide
>>> this in its evolution into something assistive for persons
>>> experiencing real
>>> problems, while at the same time enabling most of us to partially
>>> identify
>>> and laugh a little.
>>>
>>> But your comment "I just don't want me, Annie, Patty, Kelly and some
>>> others
>>> to be called 'guys' is the strongest response I have ever heard on
>>> this, and
>>> now I pause.
>>>
>>> I had explained in a separate e-mail my "LabGuy" usage, and the
> female
>>> Tapper seemed to understand and accept it. My explanation was that I
>>> hear
>>> female students around here at U of MD referring to each other as
>>> "you guys"
>>> all the time. Would it be relevant or appropriate to ask you, Annie,
>>> Pattie
>>> and others to just incorporate this younger thinking? I am also
>>> concerned
>>> about the term LabGuys&Girls, because some women don't like to be
> called
>>> "girls." (However if you girls might agree that that would be better
>>> I would
>>> be happy to commence its usage.) And, wouldn't "ladies" be too formal
>
>>> for
>>> this relatively casual medium. And I don't think that "women" or
>>> "females"
>>> would fit in here either.
>>>
>>> I had abandoned the Technician Rot terminology because it would leave
>
>>> out a
>>> large population, the lab managers.
>>>
>>> Would just usually using a slang plural, LabGize, be of any help?
>>>
>>> Thanks for your feedback.
>>>
>>> Bill Norwood
>>> Technician
>>> U of MD Physics
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu]
> On
>>> Behalf Of cablem
>>> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 5:54 PM
>>> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>>> Subject: Re: [tap-l] LabGuy Rot Suggestions
>>>
>>> I didn't mean to squash it...I think it's a riot! I just don't want
>>> me, Annie, Patty, Kelly and some others to be called 'guys'. However,
>
>>> I have to admit, I'm at a loss as to what we SHOULD say. We
>>> eliminated "tech". What else works? Hmmm...what about guru?
>>>
>>> Chele
>>>
>>>
>>> On 2/27/2007 4:12 PM, Tony Papirio wrote:
>>>
>>>> How come everybody got so quiet all of a sudden?
>>>>
>>>> cablem wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Well...not to be politically correct or something ('cause I'm just
>>>>> as apt to say "PIRA guys" as the next person)...but...last time I
>>>>> checked not all of us had dangly boy parts. I know "tech" isn't
>>>>> quite the term we like, but at least its not gender-biased. Just
>>>>> sayin'...
>>>>>
>>>>> Chele
>>>>>
>>>>> On 2/27/2007 1:21 PM, Gerald Zani wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Bill,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I LOVE your list...
>>>>>> BUT,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> You should change:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> G. Shared an Old Peculiar with Zig during his glory days.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Also, your list is named wrong. It should be renamed to be:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Lab Guy Matures to Sweet Perfection!! -- JZ
>>>>>>
>>>>>> At 11:49 AM 2/27/2007, you wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> A: Knows the location of everything in the Demo Room-- or at
>>>>>>> least where it /was/ before someone borrowed it.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> B: Has every published edition of Halliday and Resnick.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> C: Personally knew Sutton.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> D: Knows the meaning of the the acronym "PIRA".
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> E: Can set up any demonstration in any lecture hall on campus in
>
>>>>>>> 10 minutes flat. And is frequently asked to do so at the last
>>>>>>> minute...
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> E: Has at least 195 of the "PIRA 200" demonstrations in their
>>>>>>> department collection.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> F: Can explain even the most basic demonstrations to the most
>>>>>>> advanced professors.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> G. Can recall the last dozen bars visited with Ziggy during AAPT
>
>>>>>>> meetings. 10? 6? 1??
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Cheers.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> bill
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>
> --
> Megan Yasuda
> Physics Lab Technician/Radiation Safety Officer
> University of Northern Iowa
> Department of Physics
> (319) 273 6234
>
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>

Dan Margulies
University of Maryland, College Park
Physics Lecture Demonstration Group
301.405.5995

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