ONE OF THE MOST PLEASANT side effects of working in third level education at Tipperary Institute has been the comfort of knowing that the floors would be cleaned by professionals, the hot food cooked by catering staff and the electronics would be cared for by technicians. Unfortunately, with the cold winds of fiscal austerity sweeping across Ireland, at least one of those support structures will be reduced in the near future. If casual cross-talk over coffee has any credibility, the technical support and dedicated information technology services given to our small campus in Clonmel will be reduced from September. The head count reduction follows on the heels of Tipperary Institute amalgamating into the Limerick Institute of Technology. But there may come a time when the level of tech support is not high enough to run scheduled academic classes on account of snags.