OTish: Power 5 schools (and others) charging students mandatory fees to bankroll athletics departments
I'm interested what you guys think about athletic departments charging students mandatory fees (ranging from maybe $40/year to almost $700/year at UVA) to help bankroll the athletic department.
Does anyone know if Michigan does this? If so, do you think it's fair?
My thought is that it can go both ways. On the one hand, a successful football or basketball team often helps the prestige of the school (and, by corollary, drives up the prestige of the degree to some extent). On the other hand, I can see how someone can say that it's unfair to force students to pay for something they might not want to utilize by going to games (though students are charged fees for general facilities upkeep, regardless of whether they use those facilities, sooo ... is this different?).
Here's the Washington Post article that got me thinking about this: link.
(Also, this is my first board topic, so please be kind).
Lynn Henning has put up an ARTICLE on Jim Hackett and player-alums' reaction to his serving as interim AD. It's rich in fluff, but helps to give a better picture of the man to whom Mark Schlissel has entrusted the Athletic Department for the near term. And coming from Henning - who I like when he writes about the Tigers but can grate when he shows his MSU biases - it seemed to be a uniformly positive article.
The article focuses on Hackett having a good personal touch and being a man of the people. (Some may find that in contrast with later statements that Hackett oversaw a 40-50% workforce reduction at Steelcase, but corporate America ... .) Based on the article, Hackett does not seem to be imperious, but also seems to be willing to make hard decisions for the benefit of the stakeholders. And former Michigan assistant coach Jerry Hanlon (remember his offensive lines?!?) had this to say:
"But number one, for me, is that he's a very cordial man. And he will listen. I don't know anyone they could have picked who would be better."
Someone who will listen sounds like a step in the right direction.
Some of you may not even care about this, but it definitely caught my eye. The last tweet from the Michigan Football account (@umichfootball) was sposored by Cadillac.
Dave continues raking in the cash. If we don't let him put advertising in the stadium, he'll do it any way he can.
EDIT: This wasn't intended to be an indictment on the athletic department. Just was interesting to notice.