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Letters to the Editor

KU windfall

April 23, 2007

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To the editor:

Boy, was I glad when I read about the $65 million windfall that the university will receive by marketing its athletics. There will finally be a way for the cash-strapped university to pay for the maintenance of its buildings.

Bill Black, Lawrence

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budwhysir 7 years ago

This was a joke right? Sorry bill, that money was generated by the athletics dept and will be used to promote the teams and help boost the salaries of those in the athletic dept. Besided why would they use this money for improvements when all they have to do is hold out for the new toll increase and tax rates for the local people.

Dont forget to attend our next "HOME" game. And remember, it is now out of state and not realy a home game

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Jackalope 7 years ago

Every time the athletic department's spending comes up someone, who apparently has been living in a fog for twenty years, forcefully asserts "they are separate budgets." Or, "no state money goes into the athletic department." Or, "the athletic department is a separate corporation." Please, please, wait for the fog to clear before writing anything such as that as a justification for extravagant spending and gouging students, tuition paying parents and tax payers, all in the name of glorious athletics at KU. The simple point of the fact is that KU athletics is not a stand alone entity. It relies on state and tuition paid for facilities and property. It relies on tax monies to pay chunks of the coaches and staff's salaries. So, give us all a break and think up a new excuse for extravagant spending and gouging students, tuition paying parents and tax payers, all in the name of glorious athletics at KU.

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prioress 7 years ago

The university ought to excel in academics so there truly would be another reason to come to KU. The choice to obsess over athletics, and ignore academics, is one for which I have no respect.

========= KU does excell in many academic areas. As for obsession with athletics, read a bit of history, the original Olympics and the Roman 'bread and circuses' come to mind. Like it or not, we are programmed as a species for some of this. Comes from having three brains in one skull. The 'fanatical' ape, anyone?

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jonas 7 years ago

blackwalnut: Our academics are already respectable. They are not going to ever be top-tier, due to our geographical placement and the realities of economics. We're a good school in quite a number of different fields, but we are not ever going to attain the same status as the Ivy League, either in terms of reputation or accomplishments. That's not really even what we're for.

The choice to obsess over athletics and ingore academics hasn't ever been made. It's simply not true.

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blackwalnut 7 years ago

jonas wrote: We are in Kansas. Athletics is all we have.

That is exactly the point. The university ought to excel in academics so there truly would be another reason to come to KU. The choice to obsess over athletics, and ignore academics, is one for which I have no respect.

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Tychoman 7 years ago

Did no one notice that this letter might be pure sarcasm? Duh. Stop taking it so seriously.

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monkfellow 7 years ago

It's Bush's fault.. No one mentioned it, but in the People's Republic of Lawrence, that's where the conversation usually heads..

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hipper_than_hip 7 years ago

The university has two aircraft: a Cessna 550 jet, and a Beech turbo-prop. Both are registered to the university, but the Beech is registered in the name of the KU Med Center c/o Strong Hall.

The jet is primarily used by the athletic department, and mostly by the staff of the men's basketball team.

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Gootsie 7 years ago

Athletics is on a different budget than the University. They support themselves through their own monies.

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Confrontation 7 years ago

Face it, KU's Men's Basketball is the only thing worthwhile in this town. Lawrence would have faded away without their program. Yes, I do know that the University wasn't founded with a basketball agenda, but that's where we are today. The basketball team brings more business to this town than the crappy Mass Street area.

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macon47 7 years ago

excuse me blackwalnut KU does allow middle and low income people to watch the games on their own television if they own one. KU hasnt figured out how to charge them YET

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blackwalnut 7 years ago

Doesn't the athletic department own a couple of private jets?

Shouldn't all that moo-lah that athletics rakes in, be used to benefit the whole university?

Why do we need a statewide tax to pay for KU building repairs when so many of the university's resources go to the athletic program?

KU athletics is elitist and that sucks. At $45 a person (including babies) there are a lot of middle and low income people who can never see a KU game. That takes all of the sportsmanship out of it, in my book.

It's all just a big business and I don't see who benefits, except the few individuals overrewarded with scholarships (scholarships are good) and goodies (a $350k house for a single basketball player is excessive).

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Without each other they are less so why not support each other in spite of the most important point that Prioress makes.

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jonas 7 years ago

merrill: No, no they are not. KU is benefiting from the athletic department. KU basketball brings students to the university, and promotes the name of KU on a national stage just about every year. Without it, we would have many, many less students enrolled from outside of Kansas, and no one would know who we are. Face it, research excellence and academic leadership do not attract people to universities for undergraduate degrees. Athletics do a far better job of that.

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prioress 7 years ago

As always, the answer is, "THEY ARE SEPARATE BUDGETS."

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Jonas either way KU is still losing to a bad unwritten partnership agreement.

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jonas 7 years ago

You've got it the wrong way around, merrill. KU uses the athletic department, which is self-serving and not reliant on the rest of the university, to market it's name, because there is NO OTHER REASON anyone would ever come here.

We are in Kansas. Athletics is all we have.

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Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Sorry Bill you got it wrong. The athletic department merely USES KU for it's extravagance. There are no intentions to make KU a better school or to help maintain existing resources/buildings although without the great name behind KU basketball Coach Self,Coach Williams and Lew Perkins could not be over paid.

Bill Black it was a good thought.

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Vince2909 7 years ago

"Cash Strapped" = mishandled funds, IMHO. Tuition's a small fortune...there's no shortage of cash to be well-spent.

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