Rory writes:

[T]o be clear, when i was a tour guide, guides got paid about $7 a tour. it wasn’t breaking the bank (head tour guides got a little more and a couple more hours for setting up the tour guide schedule) at all. we’re talking about maybe a total of $150 a week total from admissions to all tour guides. it isn’t much of a money drain…perhaps $2000-2500 a semester.

no tour guide ever became one for the cash, but it did raise morale to be able to get a papa c’s sandwich after the tour knowing it was on the school effectively.

to be clear, when i was a tour guide, guides got paid about $7 a tour. it wasn’t breaking the bank (head tour guides got a little more and a couple more hours for setting up the tour guide schedule) at all. we’re talking about maybe a total of $150 a week total from admissions to all tour guides. it isn’t much of a money drain…perhaps $2000-2500 a semester.

no tour guide ever became one for the cash, but it did raise morale to be able to get a papa c’s sandwich after the tour knowing it was on the school effectively.

1) When did the policy of paying tour guides start? I was a guide in the spring of 1988 (special shout-out to my partner, Blair Jones ’89) and was not paid (I think).

2) I do not think that tour guides should be paid (excepting those over the summer).There are enough volunteers who would want to do the job anyway. I used to point out that one of the differences between Williams and Harvard was that the latter needed to pay students to sing its praises on tours. It would be nice if that were the case again. Tour guides do not need to be paid for the same set of reasons that sports captains, JAs and Record writers work for free. The reward is the job itself.

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