stupid, rich alumni and their buddies in administration and on the board

November 5, 2007

why do the people who have all the money to donate to schools, donate their money towards one specific thing that usually isn’t needed.

ash and i had homecoming this weekend at oli-tech. it was our five year reunion. at the reunion they had a alumni rep come in and tell us all of the “wonderful” things that oli-tech is doing. their big thing right now is the centennial chapel. this thing is going to cost over $25 million dollars (yes i said it while putting my little finger up to the corner of my mouth)! once built, this chapel will house the twice weekly chapels that every student is required to attend. the facility that now houses the chapel services is way too small for the number of attending students. i agree that they need to do something about the chapel situation, but there are more pressing needs.

for example, every year for the last eleven years oli-tech has ushered in a record enrollment for freshmen and overall enrollment. one might say, “that’s great.” however, they have yet to add a dorm. what they have done instead is buy out local apartment complexes and evict their tenants to be replaced with honor students. fine. problem is that they still don’t have enough room for all the on campus students. they are putting as many as four students in one dorm room and as many as five or six in some of the off campus apartments. the administration and the stupid, rich alumni think that it is more important to have a lavish chapel with a $6 million custom made organ imported from italy than it is to house their freshman comfortably. they use an organ in chapel maybe five time a year. the organ is for old alumni, but old alumni don’t go to chapel. students do.

someday i’m going to be rich. i will call olivet and tell them that i will give them $16 million if they plate the smokestack in 24 karat gold. they won’t care if that is needed. they won’t tell me that the university and the student body would benefit more from a new dining hall, classrooms, education and living technology, air conditioning for the freshman, or anything else.

in summation, if the administration and board of trustees (i’ll go at them on another posting) truly cared about more than numbers, they would have the nerve to tell the stupid, rich alumni what their large donations should go rather than funneling it away from where it is needed most.

i hope to be a smart, rich alumni. until then, i’m content to be a smart, poor alumni.

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