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Should Kansas University students be rewarded for going to lesser-attended sporting events?

Asked at Hillcrest Shopping Center on October 14, 2004

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Photo of Bill Boring

“No. Why should they be rewarded? They should go for fun.”

Photo of Gabby Kissane

“No. Keeping a program alive through bribery is not justified.”

Photo of Sharon Balleu

“Actually, I don’t think that they should be rewarded for something they don’t want to do. If my grandson wasn’t already interested in the event, then I wouldn’t want him to go.”

Photo of Richard Gantz

“No. It doesn’t show that they are actually interested in the events, and it shows a false sense of school spirit for the event.”


Adam 13 years, 8 months ago

in response to Reader's comment they might as well just hand out the degrees they're pretty much worthless anyway

nicegirl 13 years, 8 months ago

Except that without the basketball and football programs, the money wouldn't be there to move around.

Reader 13 years, 8 months ago

Oh Sure, Why Not Just Hand Them Their "Diploma's And Their Degree's" On The Way Out The Doors Too, Even If Don't Stay For The "Whole Event"! So "No Child Gets Lefted Behind"! (And, Which Lesser-Attended Sporting Events Are They Talking About)?

mrcairo 13 years, 8 months ago

I think KU should scrap the Basketball and Football program and move the obscene amount of money into other areas. Scholarships. Reduced fees. Increases in pay for the workers there.

jvr 13 years, 8 months ago

As a graduate of KU and a graduate of the Women's Rowing program I would have loved to have seen more fans out at our home regattas. Don't get me wrong there were always a very large crowd of friends and family and athletes from other teams but it would be nice if students were offered something in order to get them to go out and at least try something new and maybe get them hooked on coming out year after year to watch the races. So I dont' really think that offering something to the students would be such a bad thing. I also believe for the most part students just aren't aware of the other events going on because unless you play basketball or football there is no media coverage

Savage 13 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm... Are there enough trees on the KU campus these days? What do you think?

craigers 13 years, 8 months ago

Although I don't neccesarily agree with the amount of money that is put into the basketball and football programs, they give KU an advantage over other universities. People want to go to KU because they want to experience student life and part of that is KU's long basketball history and consistent program that they have. No offense, but if you pull money out of there, the programs will dwindle and not be as hot as they are now. Top recruits won't want to play or watch a program that is underfunded and unsuccessful. A prime example is the turnouts that K-State gets for their men's basketball games. It is pitiful. No thanks mrcairo, but the money should stay where it is at at KU.

As for the question, no they shouldn't be rewarded for going to lesser-attended sporting events. People don't go because they don't think it is very exciting. The rewards would wear off and then you would be back where you started.

jvr 13 years, 8 months ago

Actually Lew has come to some of the rowing meets, he came to the KU vs Kstate meet when the team won the Kansas Cup. He has actually been the most supportive of all of the past three AD's.

And in response to the Original Bob, who cares if they are there to get something as long as they are loud and encourage the team participating and helping us to outnumber the other teams fans.

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