jammybastard wrote:(I)f the University is doing so well with all the money the Athletic Dept brings in then why did Whiley and Co. fight like hell when the Republicans tried to cut their budget?
If things are so rosy why don't they lower tuition and fees?
Who the fuck are you - Steve Nass?
I'll be a sport and spot you a clue.
There's no way (no legal way, at least) that the Athletic Department could generate enough money to overcome the financial shortfall that has been created by the slow but steady defunding of the UW by the state legislature. As less and less of the overall percentage of the budget of the UW is covered by the state, that shortfall has to be covered somehow. All that the Big Ten Network contract, or the Addidas contract, or anything - stem cell research grants, jacked-up undergrad tuition, you name it - is going to be is one of a number of different revenue streams that the UW has to cultivate to keep its doors open.
If you're pissed off about tuition, or the Big Ten Network, or whatever, the most effective thing you can do about it is help get Democrats elected to the State House.
I don't necessarily agree with all, or even much, of what John Wiley does - but at least I don't fundamentally misrepresent the situation he finds himself in as Chancellor. I know for a fact that the dude fucking hates football - he's a life-long science geek, for chrissakes.
Wiley's doing this because he honestly thinks it's in the best interests of the University. Whether he's right or not is, obviously, debatable - but his motives are, I think, relatively pure.