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  •  let's look at lsu (0+ / 0-)

    from 1996-2002, where i got my 2nd bachelors and my masters.

    If you don't know, lsu is sports crazy. Example: seats in the football stadium are air conditioned and heated. It's an outdoor stadium. They also decided to pay their incoming high-ranking admin more than any other admin in the south, making other universities upset because they would have to match that salary.

    The humanities dept. couldn't afford paper for profs or grad students. Tests and homework were given on bits of paper and students used their own paper for answers. No phones in offices-too spendy. In the art dept., they could not afford to replace slide projector wires for the clickers.  No air conditioning in the woodshop (but, as stated above, they could provide it for football stadium seats).

    At the time, no proceeds from footfall made it back to the college.  We were told the program needed all those millions itself. LSU is there for the football and baseball teams, not for education.

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