Noah Adams, NPR
Sandy Hicks, housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
NPR's Noah Adams talks with Sandy Hicks, a housekeeper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for 25 years.
As summer begins and the students gone, she and her co-workers are cleaning all the dorm rooms in Melrose Hall. She's now making $8.98 an hour, is having trouble paying her bills, and worries about the physical demands of the job.
Still, she likes the students and feels she's an important part of the University of Tennessee.