Letters to the Editor

Academic focus

August 19, 2010


To the editor:

KU student body President Michael Wade Smith, I like your ambitious platform. Hats off to you.

l Make KU ecologically 100 percent sustainable.

l Create a student services center.

l Publish teacher evaluations online.

l Make textbooks more affordable.

l Establish a university-wide community service day.

l Increase multiculturalism on campus.

Perhaps Smith and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little would consider one more huge project as a team.

KU has a Williams Fund and now a Junior Williams Fund. Why not create a “Williams Fund” for those who could be strong in KU academics but are NOT athletes? Athletes do not need to be academic scholars, yet financial assistance seems endless.

The athletic program gets tons of money and maybe other perks to help athletes through college. Has KU developed too narrow a vision?

Focus on academics! Academics are the creator of invention, economic growth, new industry, masters of education, art and design, culture across the board and stimulation into other areas of expertise.

How large is the possibility of creating a fund that would accept large and small sums of money for academic students? No donation too small. Offer an avenue for those who are not interested in new buildings or donating ever more money to sports programs.

How about a source of “academic free money” for books, tuition, food and maybe rent money for lower income students who are strong in academics?

Why the concern? Student loans have become a source of large profits for financial institutions. Let’s promote academics instead.

Richard Heckler,



gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 10 months ago

What... did Richard cut and paste this letter enough in the forums that he finally got it published? I'm curious Richard: with your focus on academics, in what field(s) did you get your BA/MA/PhD?

Abdu Omar 7 years, 10 months ago

Who cares, he is 100% right, for a change.

weeslicket 7 years, 10 months ago

perhaps it would be simpler to simply take $500 out of your wallet, simply wave it about, and then simply place that same $500 back in your wallet. you can call this the simple fund.

areyousure 7 years, 10 months ago

It's called KU Endowment. A donation can be made at any time for any purposes to any School.

gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how much Richard donates to Endowment. Perhaps his friends on this site could establish a matching fund? heh

mom_of_three 7 years, 10 months ago

KU Endowment awards money to students for various reasons to students from all walks of life. When I returned to school, I got a small one time scholarship gift for attending a specific junior college.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

Making all kinds or promises and actually delivering them are two completely different things.

Obama promised plenty and has delivered very little. He promised 'change' but has practiced business as usual.

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" - The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Jimo 7 years, 10 months ago

"Obama promised plenty and has delivered very little."

You clearly didn't get the memo from the GOP propaganda network: "Too much change! Slow down!"

Pick one false claim and stick with it, otherwise, people will think you don't know what you're talking about.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, when Nancy Pelosi quips "Yeah, he promised a lot of things..." when asked about a transparent process that would allow C-Span cameras in on ObamaCare hearings it speaks volumes.

But in all fairness (that's what mr_right_wing is all about.) Lots of promises are made during campaigns both left and right. But obama is kind of bringing this on himself with his "change we can believe in!" rallying cry.

Very little change over Bush; and even many of His followers are becoming wary.

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