University to buy $1 million football scoreboard with thrifty librarian’s money, outraging critics
Putting it here because it makes some valid points (I think) on the ever rising cost of higher education. And, for the record, put me in the camp of those who think it's wrong they would spend this money on a freaking scoreboard. That idea that this is ok because in the last 15 months of his life the donor started watching football is a pretty pathetic argument. I'm not up to "outrage" level, though, because people are so outraged about so many trivial things the word has just about lost all meaning. I don't think this is exactly trivial but it certainly doesn't rise to the level of "outrage". Put me down as "mildly miffed" over this one.
Btw, one thing in this article that was news to me: Campus athletics have become a point of contention as college tuition continues to rise faster than inflation. Several universities around the country now charge mandatory fees to support athletic departments, The Post reported in November 2015. The biggest university athletics programs can generate huge revenue, but also spend large sums on expanding facilities, coaches, staff and other expenses.
The part I bolded was something I was unaware of. Now, that gets closer to the outrage level for me. It will probably get to full blown outrage in just over 2 years when my oldest starts college. I think we will be looking for a state school that does not have many athletic teams to support because I have zero intention of paying that subsidy.