Scheduled meetings with OSU

These are all public meetings and you may want to attend.

Feb. 2: Faculty Council Forum, Click Hall, Alumni Center 4:00-5:30pm

Feb. 6: Stw. Residents’ Forum, Stillwater Public Library 4:00-5:30pm
also: Student Forum, Click Hall, Alumni Center 7:00-8:30

Feb. 9: City and County Leaders Forum, Stw. Public Lib. 5:00-6:30pm

Feb. 13: Staff Forum, Click Hall, Alumni Center 4:00-5:30pm

Feb. 21: Town Hall Meeting, Stillwater Public Libray 5:00-6:30pm

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4 Responses to Scheduled meetings with OSU

  1. Marion Agnew says:

    If someone could go to these meetings and get just ONE point across, I would suggest this:

    To improve OSU’s chances of long-term success, move the athletics village. Move the athletics village, and the Master Plan represents exactly what OSU has been saying it is — an unprecedented growth opportunity. It will still require visionary leadership, work on many high-priority projects concurrently, and constant attention to the core needs of the students. It’s still a marathon challenge, but OSU could rise to it. HOWEVER, leave the athletics village where it is, and OSU shoots itself in the foot on the starting line.

    It’s that simple.

    I wish I could be there to be more active in person.

  2. Joanne Hamilton says:

    Hi, Marion–
    I want to say how proud of you I am. This project is damaging to citizens of Stillwater, and is seriously damaging the reputation of OSU everywhere. Let’s hope the University soon realizes this and changes direction.
    Meg’s mom

  3. Marion Agnew says:

    Hi, Meg’s Mom! Thank you for your kindness. I’m sure your support, and that of other residents, is appreciated during this challenging time.

    Everyone wants OSU to succeed, both athletically and academically — but OSU’s best chance of success depends on its ethical and responsible behavior now. Moving the athletics village is a chance for OSU to show some creative leadership. Moving the village sets up a win-win-win-win-win situation:
    * Homeowners can keep their property
    * The OSU administration can keep its friends
    * OSU alumni can keep holding their heads up proudly
    * Businesses can keep developing new real estate and new ventures
    * The OSU Family can keep teaching and learning, performing research, and reaching out to Oklahoma’s citizens

    The more that the people of Stillwater can point out this fact to OSU, the more likely it is that someone in the administration or on the Board of Regents will actually hear it.

  4. Brian Kahn says:

    I presented these comments during the Feb. 2 Faculty Forum at OSU.
    - Brian Kahn, Professor of Horticulture (OSU faculty member since 1982)

    I believe the trouble with the campus Master Plan began when it turned into a “campus and surrounding city” Master Plan. OSU was to get new physical facilities as a result of the recent bond issue, and it was logical to discuss where they should be sited. When I attended an on-campus charrette in 2005, that was the scope of the plan. Issues such as employee parking were discussed, but there was absolutely no mention of an athletic village requiring acquisition of 100 acres of private land.

    What has now been presented to us amounts to city planning without the consent of the city’s citizens. The scope of the current Master Plan extends beyond the OSU campus and its contiguous areas – even beyond the northern area being targeted for the athletic village. For example, what does a waterway in the middle of Washington Street have to do with campus planning? If these changes were being proposed by the city, citizens would have meaningful input, up to and including the remedy of an initiative petition and a vote of the people. When these changes are proposed by OSU, we are threatened with their enforcement under eminent domain. There were votes on the MAPS project and on Vision 2025; indeed, an earlier proposal called “It’s Tulsa’s Time” was defeated at the polls. One man did not tell those people, “It’s all going to happen and it’s going to happen pretty darn quick” whether they liked it or not. You should not be surprised when the citizens of Stillwater ask just how broad an influence OSU is trying to exert, or where it will end.

    There is a fundamental question that must be examined : Does OSU really need to consider physically expanding the Stillwater campus in the next 20 years in order to fulfill its academic mission? Demographics would suggest that it does not. The university is so desperate for new students and their tuition dollars that it has opened a recruiting office in Dallas, Texas. President Schmidly also seems to have forgotten his “one university, multiple campuses” philosophy. OSU-Tulsa has set a goal of 20,000 students by 2020. So, another location in the OSU system is planning to accommodate about 15,000 additional students in the next 15 years.

    Finally, there is the moral dimension. Quite simply, eviction in the name of athletics is immoral. No amount of administrative spin can alter this fact. By displacing private citizens for an ultimately trivial athletic village, OSU is not achieving greatness, it is only gaining notoriety.

    No, any reason that might remotely justify the legitimate use of eminent domain by OSU for expansion of the Stillwater campus is lacking. We as citizens are not willing to sacrifice local control of private property, public thoroughfares, and urban development to remedy an alleged lack of athletic competitiveness by our land-grant university. We, who are people of conscience, will not remain silent in the face of social and political injustice. The Master Plan must be rejected in its present form, and the mad rush to implementation must cease. Professor Radford may have the right idea – divide the question. Rethink the concept and location of the athletic village, and shift the focus of the Master Plan back where it belongs – to the campus itself, and to the pursuit and enhancement of academic excellence.

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