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KU Student Body president: Fieldhouse seat change-up ‘unfortunate’

June 7, 2014


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Kansas University's student government leaders have responded after the university's athletics department shifted some prized seats in Allen Fieldhouse from students to donors.

Section U includes seats behind the bench and near the tunnel where KU basketball players take the floor. Students did not lose any seats overall in the shuffle.

The move to make Section U donor seating follows a vote this spring by the KU Student Senate to eliminate a $25 student fee that for years has provided more than $1 million in revenue for the athletics department.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little restored the student fee to athletics, but at a reduced amount of $7 per semester, which will provide the athletic department with nearly $350,000 annually.

In explaining the change to the seating chart, associate athletics director Jim Marchiony said, "During this process, the student government made it clear to us that they wanted us to find other sources of revenue other than the student athletic fee, and that is what we’ve done."

In a statement released Friday, KU's student body responded.

"Students and their dollars should not be used as a safety net in the corporation's overall budget," said KU Student Body Vice President Morgan Said in the statement.

"With a 7 percent budget increase this year – stemming primarily from ticket sales and revenue sports – it is unfortunate that Kansas Athletics was unable to compensate for the student fee cut in a way that would not eliminate some of the best student seats in Allen Fieldhouse," Said added.


Steve Swaggerty 3 years, 11 months ago

Statement from the Student Government reflects the attitude that I expected. The majority of people involved in Student Government have NEVER participated in sports, DON'T like sports and ARE NOT affected by this decision. Therefore they DON'T really care.

Matthew Gaylor 3 years, 11 months ago

I have a question, WHY IS KU charging EVERY student a fee to pay for their athletic department? How in the hell do you make $13,000,000+ after expenses and still have to charge students, who some don't care about athletics, a fee? I mean, obviously someone's pocketing money if you are making 13 million after expenses and you still charge fees. If you don't even care about that, why don't you effect the people who actually wouldn't mind a fee by increasing ticket prices? Or better yet, hire a football coach that screw you in a buyout agreement.

Douglas Thompson 3 years, 11 months ago

What did the student government think was going to happen when they picked a fight with KUAC? Did they really think KUAC was just going to say no big deal that you cut funding to us? Some version of this was 100% predictable.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

"Jim Marchiony said, "During this process, the student government made it clear to us that they wanted us to find other sources of revenue other than the student athletic fee, and that is what we’ve done."

What a load of crap.

MIke Mallory 3 years, 11 months ago

Looks like KUAC gave the student government the big middle finger, and sounds like it was much deserved. Pretty good life lesson for all students, sometimes when you mess with the bull, you will get the horn!!!!

Sam Crow 3 years, 11 months ago

You need to give attribution to the KC Star if you are not going to write something original.

Matthew Gaylor 3 years, 11 months ago

This is very stupid by the KUAC. I'm sorry, but 350k in lost revenue? How do you lose 350k in revenue when you're T.V. deal will continue to grow each year? I agree with the KU government. The fee is stupid to begin with. Why don't they just charge student who purchase tickets instead of the whole university. Or how about they refocus how they spend their money. A 350k loss is not much when you compare how much revenue they make to begin with.

Matthew Gaylor 3 years, 11 months ago

I'd also like to point out that KU made $93,114,168 in revenue and only had an expense of $79,720,036. Where'd all that money go?

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