Wednesday, May 16, 2007

For Aztec Faculty, Dollars Don't Make Sense

One would think with a setting as picturesque as this, San Diego State could attract top talent and crank out winning teams. Think again. The Aztecs continue to fumble their way through the college football landscape, and now some faculty members are beginning to question whether the team will ever win and produce enough revenue to eliminate the athletic department's need for additional university funding.

For more than 10 years, San Diego State's athletic department has needed a bailout from other university sources to meet funding. As the bailouts continue, the resentment from faculty members builds.

"One-time funding is a joke if it's been going on for the last 20 years, every year, no?" asked Leon Rosenstein, an emeritus professor of philosophy. "If forced to think about it, you will find — though they will rarely allow you to quote them by name — that most faculty agree; and, finally, no, no one bails out academics. Football is sacred."

Thanks to Mike.

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