- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Church, businesses set up pop-up homeless shelter as winter storm approaches (1/12/18)1
- Plaintiffs' attorney wants jury to see basement steps at Cape courthouse (1/10/18)
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Cape man wins Scratchers lottery top prize (1/12/18)
The newspaper for the morning of the day I am writing this letter contains reports that the president and chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia have lost their jobs. While these stories indicate that racism is an ongoing problem in the Missouri system, it seems to me this event points to other situations that need to be addressed.
First, a few facts.
Fifty-five percent of the students at the University of Missouri have an average student debt of about $25,000. At Southeast Missouri State University, 65 percent of the students have an average student debt of $26,000. The University of Missouri spends $80 million on athletics, of which $9.1 million is spent on athletic scholarships. Southeast spends $11.1 million on athletics, of which $6.9 million comes from school funds such as tuition and state appropriations. Of the referenced $11.1 million, $3.3 million is spent on athletic scholarships.
I find it nothing less than astounding that Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel is paid $4 million a year while former university President Tim Wolfe was paid $459,000 a year. In other words, the university president was paid less than 12 percent of what the football coach is being paid.
It seems to me that the Division III rule prohibiting financial aid based on athletics should become applicable for all colleges and universities. The money now spent on athletic scholarships could be used to reduce the costs students have to pay for their post secondary education and to address the systemic racism.
JOHN PIEPHO, Jackson