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Hi Ann,

Thanks for your response. If you do a search, I am pretty sure you will
find several articles that support the position that athletic $ does not
equate into academic quality.

I have been trying to follow what goes on at OSU, from here in Dallas. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at Texas A&M and live in Dallas. I am working on my dissertation.

I have worked in college student affairs for about 8 years, 6 at Texas A&M at Galveston, where Schmidly was CEO before moving to Texas
Tech. We didn’t work together, as he left just before I got there in 1997.
But he ruffled a lot of feathers there, too. I also had some good friends
at Tech and they gave me some inside information about his leaving Tech. I was a little more than shocked when I found out that OSU actually went after him after Halligan retired.

After having lived in Texas for almost 10 years, I completely understand the state of Oklahoma and OSU’s feeling like they have to play catch-up with some of the other schools in the Big 12 conference. But, I will put my education in both my B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel up against anyone at any of the Big 12 schools.

I am really sad that that may not be the case if athletics continue to be the focus of the OSU administration. I just wish that OSU would get over trying to win a {edit} contest with schools that are more than twice it’s size, i.e. UT and A&M, and try to be the best OSU it can be – with high quality academics.

How many students actually participate in varsity sports at OSU versus the entire student body population? How are those students who do not
participate in varsity sports going to benefit from the athletic village?
Is being a secondary beneficiary good enough for the rest of the students?

Do they know they will not get any more scholarship dollars or smaller
classes or professors as faculty instead of teaching assistants? I would be
very interested to find out what the V.P. of Student Affairs thinks about
this proposal related to the entire student population in the context of
student affairs theory and practice.

I will try to follow this issue from afar. My thoughts are with all of you.
I am very concerned for the future of OSU and the precident this sets for
what is important to the school. I have several nephews who are in high
school and thinking about going to OSU. We are an OSU family, as both my sisters went there and one brother-in-law. I am not so sure about my
nephews wanting to go to school there anymore. I may be
recommending they go to the University of Tulsa or somewhere else.

Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Thank you for your efforts on this issue.

Amy Dupre’ Casanova, MS, LPC, NCC

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