…that I finally ran into while perusing the new Wholehogsports + HI forums. <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2016 … es-skewed/”>http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2016/jun/20/guest-commentary-chancellors-priorities-skewed/</LINK_TEXT>
Dear Billy Fleming (former UA Student Government president and current Campaign Steering Committee member of the Fay Jones School of Architecture):
I am dumbfounded by all of the Don Quixote’s jousting at imaginary dragons in this Razorback Stadium Renovation debate. There is no $160 million of University Funds that could be switched to faculty salaries, dorms, or even The School of Architecture. Yet, that is totally ignored as critics complain about “misguided priorities” at the YouOfa. All of those wailing and gnashing their teeth pretending this money should go to more worthy uses than “athletics” are either delusional or deliberately trying to deceive. These proposed improvements WILL use some (but nowhere near all) of the YouOfa’s bonding power to secure the part of the budget not funded by existing funds. All of the repayment of those bonds will come from additional funding generated by these improvements and the revenue from the SEC conference. It will help continue the tradition (that the YouOfa only shares with 23 other institutions) that “athletics” never uses ANY student or taxpayer funds to pay for ALL athletic programs at the YouOfa. That includes golf, softball, soccer, etc. not just football. Since ALL of those other “self-supporting” athletic programs are similar institutions to us, that means there are many schools much higher ranked academically (such as the University of Pennsylvania where Mr. Fleming now hangs out) than us who DO take from their students, faculty, or dorm funds to support THEIR athletics. That includes all other institutions of higher learning in Arkansas. Doesn’t it make more sense to campaign for all of THOSE universities to NEVER subsidize athletics with student, faculty, or taxpayer funds than it does to attack the successful ones for trying to be more successful? Anyone?! Anyone?! Beuhler?!