Athletics—Because “We Need to Do Something”

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Writing for CapCon: Michigan Capital Confidential, Tom Gantert reports that Bay de Noc College on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has announced that it will be initiating an athletics program despite—or, rather, because of—a budget deficit that has not been resolved despite layoffs of two faculty and nine staff.

The college “will add men’s and women’s cross-country in the fall of 2017, and then men’s and women’s basketball in the winter.”

College President Laura Coleman responded to very vocal criticism of the plan by stating, “’We need to do something.’”

Gantert quotes Bill Milligan, a faculty member in the English department: “’We’ve essentially laid off one of the brightest instructors ever employed by Bay and hired an athletic director instead. Enough said about the priorities at Bay right now.’”

The enrollment at the school has declined since the Great Recession: “After peaking at 3,215 in 2010-11 enrollment has dropped every year…

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