Saturday, January 27, 2007

On a sad note, Mr. Bonzo reports the death of Shelby Boardman a wonderful professor of Geology at the non-Lutheran College in Northfield. Shelby was the ideal faculty member at a first class liberal arts college. Mr. Bonzo got to know him in the seventies and has bumped into him now and then ever since. He was one of the people who made Mr. Bonzo proud to be a college/university faculty member.

Shelby Boardman, a Carleton Geologist

Show me the money...

Mr. Bonzo barely knows where to begin. The new million dollar man (= football coach) has hired some assistants, a few like him from the professional ranks. According to the StarTribune:

Gophers football: U pays to attract top aides

The Gophers got the experience coach Tim Brewster desired by giving coordinators Mike Dunbar and Everett Withers lucrative multiyear contracts.

According to documents provided by the school through a data practices request, the school signed Dunbar to a three-year contract that will pay him $265,000 annually.

Defensive coordinator Everett Withers, who left a position as secondary coach with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, received a three-year deal worth $330,000 annually.

[BigU recently lost two world class chemistry professors to Ohio State[sic]. My guess is that if this money had been used for retention offers that these folks might have stayed. Ohio State @!#$$%% - the so-called football factory, this does not compute, Mr. Bonzo's circuits have been blown, going down, down, down...]

Those deals represent a new standard -- both in term and annual salary -- in assistant compensation as the program begins a new era under Brewster. None of the assistants on the staff of former coach Glen Mason had multiyear deals, and the highest paid was offensive coordinator Mitch Browning at $208,000 a year.

While at the same time the BigU wants to pull the plug on a reciprocity agreement with the neighboring Wisconsin university system:

U threatens to quit tuition reciprocity deal

The battle over tuition reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin has escalated, with the University of Minnesota saying it will pull out of the agreement rather than have Wisconsin students pay less than Minnesotans do to attend the U.

Last year, 23,700 Minnesotans and 19,500 Wisconsin students used reciprocity to attend college across state lines.

[You see, the unfairness argument cuts both ways. Apparently more Minnesotans than Wisconsin residents take advantage of reciprocity. This is because Minnesota residents can pay LESS tuition to attend an, arguably, better school.]

Wisconsin-Minnesota reciprocity, which started in 1968, has become increasingly popular even as the tuition gap between the two states widened because tuition increased faster in Minnesota. The difference is especially stark on U of M campuses. Students from Wisconsin pay about $1,200 less than Minnesotans do to attend the U's Twin Cities campus and about $2,700 less to go to school at the U's Morris campus.

[So one might ask the obvious question: Why does it cost less to attend a better public university?]

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