Letters to the Editor

State funding

November 29, 2007


To the editor:

While I agree the outcome of the MU-KU football game might have been different if played on our home turf, and I was disgusted that the game was moved from Lawrence and, by the way, out of Kansas, let us not spend too much time blaming Lew Perkins or Chancellor Hemenway.

When the first shot of the new "creative financing" plan was fired at season ticket holders with the seating plan, I complained to an area legislator, and his honest response was "I'm afraid we have forced them to that." As long as the legislature ignores funding higher education to appropriate levels, the administration will be forced to seek other means of revenue such as delaying maintenance on university buildings, selling the KU Hospital and finding other ways to transfer tax. If the state of Kansas is not going to support the university, then it will be left to loyal supporters.

Dr. Bud Gollier,



labmonkey 10 years, 4 months ago

If, for one second you think that a penny of that million dollars will go toward educational purposes, you are crazy. It will somehow stay in the athletic department's coffers. What scares me about Lew Perkins is that he may take this season to try and ask for a new stadium which would be a crime since education should take top priority at KU.

lawrenceofkansas 10 years, 4 months ago

It would be nice to plow some of those "other means of revenue" back into real academic need.

College Sports and Student Athlete are more like an oxymoron.

imastinker 10 years, 4 months ago

labmonkey is exactly right. THe university has seperated itself from the athletic department for just this reason. In bad years they can ask for money, but in good years they get new buildings to ask the state to pay for later.

Speakout 10 years, 4 months ago

Lew Perkins was hired to find new streams of revenue for KU athletics and he has. I agree that he has done a good job of that and at the same time angered most of the fans. Athletics and Academics have only one thing in common: They both start with an "A". Otherwise the university is up to its own devices to gain funds while the athletic department can hire and support million dollar salaries and buildings. Things need to change and they will as soon as winning becomes second to educating.

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