Not sure how I feel about a proposed student fee, most of which will benefit the athletic department, because I’m not a UH student (although I’m on campus every weekday).
I wouldn’t want to pay a fee if I didn’t attend sports events. Then again, I wouldn’t want to pay the activity fee if I didn’t attend Campus Center events or the bus-pass fee if I didn’t use the bus or a tuition hike if I didn’t want to compensate the higher-salaried professors of classes I wouldn’t take. I wouldn’t want to pay for a student newspaper I didn’t read, although without Ka Leo, where I worked for four years, I wouldn’t have received the training — and contacts — I needed to land the job I have today.
Maybe it’s the whole concept. The athletic department benefits more from the student fee than other entertainment entities in the way that pre-med majors benefit more from a flat-tuition rate than communication majors. Should UH go to an ala-carte system? Or why not just incorporate all of the fees — Campus Center, athletics, Kennedy Theater, intramurals, Ka Leo, bus passes — into the tuition, then allow the chancellor to decide how the money should be distributed.
Or why not create a new distribution system? Let the athletic department take over the RainBowTique stores. The way it is now, only a small portion of the proceeds go to athletics. Yet, last I checked, sports figures made up the majority of the guest appearances/signings at the stores.
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The problem with the student fee is it looks like a bail-out plan. It’s all about marketing. What UH needs to show is:
• if the fee is approved, what do the students get? In football, for instance, students not only have to pay just a few bucks for a ticket, but they get free bus transportation the stadium and back. Top that. Maybe expand their usage hours in the weight room? More open gym nights at Gym I or Klum Gym?
• None of the student-fee money will go toward salaries. If a new coach gets $10,000 more than the previous coach, $10,000 gets slashed from somewhere in the budget.
• Students get the corporate-sponsor treatment. I’m pretty sure a $2 million annual payment makes the students, collectively, the athletic department’s largest donor. So set aside a certain number of parking stalls, really good tickets and banquet invitations. ASUH can figure out how to distribute the freebies.
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Riley Wallace said that Bob Nash, who accepted a coaching job in Japan, is in Las Vegas scouting the European players competing in the pro summer league.
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Interesting to see former UH guard Dominic Waters on the Utah Jazz’ Summer League roster. Go to the link, and this pops up: