NOTICE that system-wide layoffs impending in the...

Salmagundi

December 23, 1992

NOTICE that system-wide layoffs impending in the University of Maryland System could not have come at a worse time -- it being Christmas and all. But at Towson State University perhaps the blow will be softened by President Hoke Smith's launching of "Dress Down Day." On Fridays, according to a memo from Dr. Smith issued Oct. 15, faculty are entitled to dress in a "professionally casual" manner.

Some of Dr. Smith's suggested guidelines:

* No torn jeans or jeans with holes.

* No body tights or bicycle shorts.

* No thong shoes.

* No "statement" T-shirts.

* No sweat pants or sweat shirts.

* Casual collared shirts are suggested for men.

* Tennis or canvas-type shoes are OK, "if in good condition."

Dr. Smith added that "if you have any doubts about whether it is appropriate, then do not wear it."

"In doing this," he wrote, "it is my intention to provide a more comfortable, relaxing work environment on at least one day of the week and to offer my thanks to each of you who continue to demonstrate your commitment to the university by your hard work despite our budgetary difficulties."

No objection from this corner to Dress Down Day, except that Dr. Smith seems to imply that on the other four days (Dress Up Days?) faculty are expected to be stuffed shirts (and blouses).

And some "message T-shirts" have a place on campus. We saw one the other day that would fit in well at Towson State. Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, it read: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

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