The UH Board of Regents consists of some of Hawaii’s brightest and most successful citizens. There’s no doubt about their care and commitment to the state’s only public university.
But it seems every BOR meeting involves a tsk-tsk report on how the athletic department just isn’t earning enough money. Hey, I get it. I’ve been a landlord whose heard the most emotional dog-ate-my-paycheck stories from tenants. To paraphrase BBD, times are getting kinda hard on the boulevard.
Here’s a thought: Let the board help raise the money.
Except for a handful of regents — Randall Moore, David Iha, Lee Putnam and, maybe Jeff Portnoy (JOURN 365) — the board was formed from people outside of the classroom — from business, politics and, a sizable portion, engineering. If the board called for educators, Lee Cataluna and my brother would be regents. But that’s not the intent of the composition.
UH should take advantage of the regents’ success in being successful, their abilities to navigate business, political and creative worlds. Regents know the money people. Heck, some of them are the money people. Who has more fund-raising influence in the community?
At the next meeting, it should be the regents being asked: How are you helping to balance the budget?
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Quarterback Aaron Zwahlen, who left the Warriors following the Hawaii Bowl, has earned a scholarship at Southern Utah.
Zwahlen initially planned to transfer to Murray State. But the Racers renegaded on the scholarship to sign another quarterback. Zwahlen, who already had received a release from his UH scholarship, then joined Southern Utah as a walk-on. At the end of the spring semester, the Thunderbirds placed Zwahlen on scholarship.
Zwahlen and Patrick Tyler, who started 10 games last year, are the top contenders at quarterback. Last season’s opening-game quarterback, McCoy Hill, has moved to tight end.
Zwahlen remains in contact with his former UH teammates. He spent time with slotbacks John Ursua and Dylan Collie recently in Utah.