Friday, December 7, 2007

Quote of the Day

"It is nationally known that the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is a megamillion-dollar state sports and recreational facility with an ever diminishing academic component. Since White arrived as chancellor, [many staff members have ] been lost [to other schools ]. I think that in 2006-07, Mullins Library, the backbone of the university, was unable to purchase all but a handful of books for what is supposed to be the major repository in Arkansas. The university cannot retain its up-and-coming teaching scholars. It faces a brain drain.

"In contrast, Nutt, the highwayman of the SEC, made off with $3.5 million from [the private foundation of ] what is supposed to be an impoverished university. . ; . One can only imagine [what would happen ] if the Razorback Foundation spent $3.5 million on single-parent scholarships. The University of Arkansas is destined to the legacy of being a bluelight special in American higher education. The citizens of this state are getting exactly what they want."

--Myron Brody, "Priority Isn't Academics," Letter to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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