I was sitting in my office on campus, working on some computer stuff, when I noticed a bunch of guys from Facilities out in the hall, bustling around doing something. A few minutes later, one of them stopped right outside my door, and called into the main Facilities office on his cell phone.
“We’re up here in Science and Engineering to do the annual fire alarm test but, um, there are a bunch of faculty still in the building. Could you, you know, send them an email or something to let them know we’re going to ring all the alarms?”
This wouldn’t be a big deal if it were a one-off thing– we are in our winter break, after all, and if I were totally new to academia, I’d be a little surprised to find people working during the break, too. But this happens every year. I’ve been here nine years now, and every year, something happens that indicates that the staff have absolutely no idea that faculty do research when classes aren’t in session.
At least this one didn’t involve cutting power to the building without telling anyone. Which reminds me, I need to email some people to remind them not to cut the power to my lab over the Christmas break without warning me first…