[Vision2020] UI Backs Off From $4 million for Athletics

lfalen lfalen at turbonet.com
Thu Apr 20 11:51:09 PDT 2017

I agree with you on this.


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Subject: [Vision2020] UI Backs Off From $4 million for Athletics
From: "Nicholas Gier" <ngier006 at gmail.com>
To: vision2020 <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Date: 04/19/17 22:17:28

Dear Visionaries:

Both faculty and students can take credit for this turn-about.  Here are excerpts from a revised version of my column that appeared in the Argonaut yesterday. One faculty senator noted that the Morrill Act of 1862, which established our land-grant institutions (of which UI is one), said nothing about athletics.

UI Finance Vice-President Brian Foisy estimates a deficit between $900,000 and $1,000,000.  The athletics department had originally requested $1 million a year for four years to bring the budget out of the red. 

After some hard questioning at last Tuesday's Faculty Senate meeting and a revealing investigative report by a UI student (see below), Vice-President Foisy has now announced that the request will be $950,000 for this year alone.  . . .

Vice-President Foisy has argued that all campus units require a subsidy, but those faculty and staff contribute to the core mission of the University. Land grant universities such as the UI were authorized by the Morrill Act 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Nowhere in this legislation nor in the UI Constitution is athletics described as essential to the function of these institutions.

Over the 45 years that I have been associated with the UI, I have seen my department and many others cut their budgets to the bone-some have no travel money and some have no faculty telephones-so I see no reason that UI athletics cannot live within the limits of its generous annual subsidy of $949,500.


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. 

-Greek proverb

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self- imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! 'Have courage to use your own understand-ing!-that is the motto of enlightenment.

--Immanuel Kant

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