Letter to Editor – Food for thought

TBP is still somewhat “{angry (edited)}at the relatively incompetent pussy-footing by the folks at OSU; he prefers to proceed with the overwhelming use of force, when you have it.”

They need to look to the OSU Foundation and its principle donor(s). The OSUF says on its webpage, “The Foundation is a separate and distinct legal entity from Oklahoma State University.” It is not under the control of the Regents. Neither SCEO&P Schmidly, nor any of his VPs, serve on the Board of Governors or Trustees of OSU Foundation.

AG suggested a striking analogy to me: OSU’s administration is to Pickens and the OSU Foundation essentially what the Taliban (and the insurgents in Iraq) are to bin Laden and al-Qaida.

Excerpts from “Food for thought.” Robert Radford, Letter to the Editor. Stillwater NewsPress. Dec 9, 2005

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2 Responses to Letter to Editor – Food for thought

  1. Trude Coonrad Naff says:

    The OSUF’s “Gift Acceptance Policy” states, among other things:

    Gifts that may expose the Foundation or University to adverse publicity, require expenditures beyond their resources, or involve them in unexpected responsibilities because of their source, conditions, or purposes will be referred to the President and CEO of the OSU Foundation. This individual may withhold approval of acceptance, pending a review.

    Enough said…………

  2. Marion Agnew says:

    The OSU PR machine is in high gear.

    OSU released a statement today about the dedication of the Devon laboratory at the T. Boone Pickens School of Geology. Every time the Geology Department is mentioned, it’s called the TPB S of G (http://osu.okstate.edu/news/devon_huffer.htm). And it’s mentioned a lot. Between the stadium and the Geology Department, Pickens has his name in a good share of the OSU press releases.

    Meanwhile, the OSU Foundation announced in mid-October that a distinguished alumnus, T. Boone Pickens, was named a winner of the Horatio Alger award (http://www.osuf.org/pickens_alger.htm). The link is on the Foundation’s home page, placed at the right for easy access (sometimes it’s the front page). By the way, this award has no relationship to OSU — OSU is just promoting the award and its recipient.

    Then, of course, there’s the bio of Pickens in the announcement of the Fall Commencement speaker. And the accolades Pickens received from Gary Holder in the Daily Oklahoman story on Sunday.

    And the O’Colly has published stories in the past week or so that tout President Schmidly’s wonderful record on academics and diversity.

    Why the hard sales pitches? Why is OSU in the business of promoting T. Boone Pickens in the first place? Why is OSU diversity suddenly news? And isn’t it interesting that all of this has ramped up at the same time that work on the Master Plan ramped up, and has intensified at the same time people started objecting?

    We might laugh at the Boone State strip — but how far off is Boone State University, anyway?

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