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Fri Dec 8, 2023, 06:50 PM Dec 2023

Critics pan planned $450M Nebraska football stadium renovation as academic programs face cuts

Source: Associated Press

Critics pan planned $450M Nebraska football stadium renovation as academic programs face cuts

BY MARGERY A. BECK
Updated 2:26 PM EST, December 8, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska is planning a $450 million renovation of the Cornhuskers’ football stadium in Lincoln and at the same time looking to cut millions of dollars from the university system, leading critics to question whether officials care more about athletics than academics.

Faculty at Nebraska and nationally acknowledge the importance of athletics at a Big Ten university but said the divergent funding plans send a message that teaching and research take a back seat to Nebraska’s football program.

“If an institution is putting zillions into athletics at the same time they are proposing cuts to academic programs and faculty, they have their priorities all wrong,” said Irene Mulvey, president of the college faculty advocacy group American Association of University Professors.

Mulvey, a mathematics professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said it’s incumbent on university and state leaders to promote a university’s core academic mission to donors to ensure those programs and staff are adequately funded.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/nebraska-football-stadium-academic-cuts-77fa463ec121f7f19713a98b5667f31b

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Critics pan planned $450M Nebraska football stadium renovation as academic programs face cuts (Original Post) Eugene Dec 2023 OP
Hasn't had a winning season since 2016. Sneederbunk Dec 2023 #1
Priorities!! 2naSalit Dec 2023 #2
Important story. Maybe it's time that major college sports are cleaved from the educational system. OAITW r.2.0 Dec 2023 #3

OAITW r.2.0

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3. Important story. Maybe it's time that major college sports are cleaved from the educational system.
Fri Dec 8, 2023, 07:12 PM
Dec 2023

Let the NCAA and ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX/ESPN underwrite the Stadium, coaching costs. Alumni, sure, they can donate. The NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA should also be financing of their future stars. Not the taxpayers.

Sports, while important, ought to be encouraged at the intramural level. Create the Student Pro status = Student athletes still get their real education and they also get paid to entertain via representation of a National Player's Union. If they flunk out, the team loses the player. The player loses his job and education opportunity.

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