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Rutherford Hall To be Torn Down in 2012

President Adams decides Tuesday to raze historic residence hall.

Word gets around fast, you know, especially when it’s bad. Everybody realizes  unless the Regents intervene before the wheels start to turn.

I’ve known for years that I wasn’t well, you understand. The decades of moisture have left me wheezy and susceptible to respiratory problems and strange black rashes. And all sorts of aches and pains in my joints. Not too unusual when you’re in your 70s. But still, a body gets tired.

I thought I was going to be getting the treatment so I could get better. You know, the treatment. Soule and Myers had the treatment, and Lord help us, they look 30 years younger if they look a day. Nobody thought twice about giving it or refusing it. They just did it.

about me, that’s right. Been talking about how good I am at my job, that I don’t need to retire, I can keep on , Lord love ‘em. Rutherford, she’s got it goin’ on, they said. They said this place—that was me—.

But the President, today he said, nope, Rutherford can't do her job any more.  I’m not up to date, he said. Not modern. Well, I’m not modern, but I haven’t had many complaints from my students, now. They have loved me, and I have loved them. Keeping me on isn't cost effective, they say. Where was cost effective when they were giving Soule and Myers the treatment? Sitting at home with his feet propped up, that’s where.

The students seem sad today. I’m sad, too, but we’ll have a few more months together before they put me down, brick by brick. Unless the Regents tell the President no go.

Someone said the ones who want to tear me down want to retain my “historic details" when they build my replacement, but I don’t really know what that means. I don't think the Works Progress Administration is together any longer so there won't be any more residence halls like Ol' Rutherford.

Rebecca McCarthy September 21, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I think you need to read the sentence aloud. And then you can hear the problem: a confusing compound verb. An overwrought, exuberant use of two verbes, weakening the fade away antecedent. Beats me. What about: "They get called on to do a lot--but they can still be called on to do more." Or. "They get called on to do a lot I, too, shall call on the couple to do something." Or "....but they still can do something and what they do can be quite a bit." or just leave it as it is. It works, which is the point, no?
Carol Goerig September 21, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I believe that "do do" is fine, maybe even necessary, since you are simply taking a shortcut by eliminating the first "do" ("...they still can [do] and do do a lot!" in sort of an algebraic manner - (do)(can + do) = can do + do do. "Do" is necessary to both verbs. To say "can and do a lot" suggests an activity using the type of can involving vegetables exploding under high pressure and messing up your kitchen really badly, especially if it's tomatoes. Yes, "do do" sounds funny, but I'm not aware of a rule forbidding the use of the helping verb "do" with itself, and I hope that's not no "doodoo".
Rebecca McCarthy September 21, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Carol, you can and do say a lot here. Thanks. And watch those exploding vegetables!
Milton Leathers September 21, 2011 at 03:19 PM
She did do, didn't she?!?
Milton Leathers September 21, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Speaking of "do's." I guess that Briticism cropped up AFTER the American colonies were settled. The one I mean is in this exchange: She said, "I wish you had called me last night." He said, "I would have done, but......" (It's a cliffhanger.)

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