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05-14-2012, 09:23 AM

Refugee from Yugoslavia studied as he cleaned toilets, took out trash

NEW YORK For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living working for the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics.

As a Columbia employee, he didn't have to pay for the classes he took. His favorite subject was the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca, the janitor said during a break from his work at Lerner Hall, the student union building he cleans.

"I love Seneca's letters because they're written in the spirit in which I was educated in my family not to look for fame and fortune, but to have a simple, honest, honorable life," he said.

05-15-2012, 03:17 PM
That is great, he worked hard to get where he is.

05-30-2012, 03:37 AM
the people i respect most are those who can get to where they are with absolutely nothing handed to them. well done.