With college tuition costs sending students and their families into hock, how can a university professor die in poverty?
In the 21/2 weeks since the Post-Gazette published "Death of an Adjunct,'' an op-ed column by Dan Kovalik, some form of that question has been asked tens of thousands of times.
The social media meter had the column tallying 68,000 "likes'' on Facebook and about 4,000 tweets. More people probably know the story of Margaret Mary Vojtko -- the adjunct professor of French at Duquesne University who died Sept. 1 of a heart attack at 83 -- than can remember her name. But this tough, bright, giving and private woman from Homestead, who had been a nurse before teaching well into her 80s, has kindled an important public conversation.