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(Boston.com)   A school just opened a $200 million athletic facility. Was it for A) Florida State University's 32K students B) Texas A&M's 68K students or C) Colby College's 2200 students?   (boston.com) divider line
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2020-10-26 10:45:54 AM  
Colby?

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2020-10-26 10:52:36 AM  
That's what, about 4 scholarships?  So it only sounds like a lot of money.
 
2020-10-26 10:57:58 AM  
The last time I saw a facility like this, it was on the campus of a 30k-student, sports-obsessed SEC school.

I went to a similar school in the late 90s and when I first got there, the student rec center looked like a scene from Pumping Iron. And probably smelled worse.
 
2020-10-26 10:59:09 AM  
Great job raising the funds.  Cool for them.  Nothing asinine about it.
 
2020-10-26 11:01:47 AM  
$200 million is the cost of 644 students to attend their school for 4 years. So, if they've been saving money and investing their money for several years prior, this should be pocket change for them.

http://www.colby.edu/sfs/cost-of-atte​n​dance/
 
2020-10-26 11:10:54 AM  
Subby, it doesn't matter how many people attend a D-I school, the multi-hundred million dollar sports facilities directly benefit about 200 athletes who may or may not be genuine students.

Small private schools spread the money over the entire campus, and in this case apparently the surrounding community as well.

The opposite of asinine.
 
2020-10-26 11:16:56 AM  
Colby strikes me as one of these New England colleges that attracts kids that didn't have the chops to get into Harvard or UPenn but the family has money so they aren't going to go to some state school. See also: Bates, Bennington, and Wesleyan. But I'll bet that, if you have the financial means, it's probably a pretty sweet place to hang out for four or five years.
 
2020-10-26 11:24:07 AM  
Isn't Colby College where the "Tighten Up The Graphics" guys went to school to learn game design?

<lmgtfy>

Nope, that was Collins College. I was close, though...
 
2020-10-26 11:30:49 AM  
I would have guessed a Texas high school
 
2020-10-26 11:40:15 AM  
$120 million raised by the school, $80 million from a single donor.

And it includes all sorts of student rec facilities (which is a big thing these days for competing w/ other colleges), and is supposedly "open to the community".

If the last 2 hold true, then it's probably money well spent and part of the overall mission and goal of the college.
 
2020-10-26 11:48:14 AM  
I'm not seeing the problem with this. It's not like a pro sports team forcing the community to foot bill.
 
2020-10-26 11:52:25 AM  
Nowhere in the article do I see "Jesus school." Color me shocked.

What about the foundation that contributed? Good guys or bad guys?
 
2020-10-26 12:04:36 PM  

iamskibibitz: Colby strikes me as one of these New England colleges that attracts kids that didn't have the chops to get into Harvard or UPenn but the family has money so they aren't going to go to some state school. See also: Bates, Bennington, and Wesleyan. But I'll bet that, if you have the financial means, it's probably a pretty sweet place to hang out for four or five years.


It's a "Little Ivy"
Colby, Bowdoin, Bates, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Amherst, Williams, Trinity - you'll find mixed populations - some kids are from wealthy families, but then you might see others on campus who are from very very wealthy families.

/Out of those, the funny campus is Trinity, only because a wrought iron fence separates it from f-*cking Hartford.  The rest of them are somewhat remote.
 
2020-10-26 7:09:12 PM  

morg: I'm not seeing the problem with this. It's not like a pro sports team forcing the community to foot bill.


For the school it may not be a big problem.  For the nation, college sports coaches making more than actual college professors and staff would probably lead to things like a population that refuses to wear face-masks.

I mean you got money for these athletic buildings while you can't get proper healthcare in a pandemic.  That's a pretty big problem regardless of this situation.  Heck more healthcare people have died this year than cops in the last 10, meanwhile they get military gear for free while you'll struggle to obtain any n95 masks to keep them alive.

Of course them dying isn't really your problem.
 
2020-10-26 7:47:09 PM  
Colby has a massive endowment and spent a ton on a remote dorm in downtown Waterville as well as a hotel. The local derpers have been calling the town Colbyville and been complaining about how the non-profits "don' pay taxes. Pay their fair share"
I am a Waterville resident and they can audit their classes for free. Students and facility thought I was a professor.
 
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