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An Eye on the Penn State Administration

Got A Problem? Throw Money At It

There is a quote in Thornton Wilder’s play ‘The Matchmaker’ that sums up my feelings on the recent 600 million dollar loan that Penn State just took out, “Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”

The Trustees claim that this money will finally close the gap to University Park being like other Big Ten schools. Great, but I learned a long time ago that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If Penn State truly wanted to be like other Big Ten schools, they would use this $600 million to make renovations across campus and at the same time lower the tuition so that we are on par with the other Big Ten schools.

Oh, and why they are busy making Penn State like other Big Ten schools, how about giving us a student government?

But wait, that would be too hard, so lets use ‘Penn State logic’ and take out a huge loan because right now the demand is so high that we can put the cost off in the form of tuition dollars. In reality this $600 million will do little except help the local teamsters pay off that house in the mountains.

Truly, I would love to see state of the art class rooms of the future, I would love to see less than 350 people in a class, but really where will this money go? I am left to believe that all this will do is lead to astronomical tuition raises and the blogging team of Safeguard Old State writing articles in the future about how this money with misspent. If I am wrong then I will be the first to smile and eat crow, but nothing in my time has led me to believe otherwise.

This money is not going to “spread around encouraging youth things to grow.” Rather, it will only stifle us economically and lead us further into debt. This will lead to an even further decrease in economic diversity and a greater perception of Penn State being an elitist University.

But hey who cares, as long as we can add some more tennis courts?

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I think we should contact some alumni who have recently graduated and are in debt as a result of attending PSU. They’d probably have something to say about tuition rates.

PS I like tennis. I like it a lot. Perhaps things like the tennis courts, pools, etc should operate somewhat like the white building and be an additional cost. Therefore if the only tennis you play is in your living room on your Wii, you don’t have to pay for tennis courts as part of your tuition.

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