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ed65

Capital Campaign - Athletics Allocation

I have been trying to find out what the $20 million allocated for athletics will be used for and got the following answer from a credible source at the Holiday Party held in Manhattan last week.  $5,000,000 gift for the swimming pool upgrade is included in the $20 million.  The rest will go to athletic scholarships.  I heard nothing about assistant coaches' salaries, an issue which continues to be a problem at LC and lots of other places.  We spend money on unnecessary administrators and starve the assistant coaches.

Frankly, I think $20 million is a pittance for the underfunded LC Division 1 Program and amounts to crumbs when you consider what the remaining $380 million will be used for.  Clearly athletics was not well represented in the establishment of the Capital Campaign.
Lafalum

Re: Capital Campaign - Athletics Allocation

ed65 wrote:
I have been trying to find out what the $20 million allocated for athletics will be used for and got the following answer from a credible source at the Holiday Party held in Manhattan last week.  $5,000,000 gift for the swimming pool upgrade is included in the $20 million.  The rest will go to athletic scholarships.  I heard nothing about assistant coaches' salaries, an issue which continues to be a problem at LC and lots of other places.  We spend money on unnecessary administrators and starve the assistant coaches.

Frankly, I think $20 million is a pittance for the underfunded LC Division 1 Program and amounts to crumbs when you consider what the remaining $380 million will be used for.  Clearly athletics was not well represented in the establishment of the Capital Campaign.


Yes totally agree. I am appreciative of the generous gift for  the swimming pool but I don't think it meets NCAA standards with only six lanes. ( If someone knows differently please correct me). I have not seen if that amount is ADDITIONAL athletic scholarships or endowing what is already being paid for, which means its the "ole" Lafayette cost shifting. Ask people for money and reduce what the college is already paying for, thereby freeing up money for other things! Actual additional "scholarship" money is an indirect payment to the academic side of the house anyway as opposed to asst coaches salaries or capital improvements.
NewXbo

They are throwing good money after bad in the "remodeling" of the rinky dink pool. Most of the money will go towards changing the outside wall to a glass wall. Will that attract top swimmers after they have visited Bucknell? Will we be able to host the state high school championships like Bucknell.
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NewXbo wrote:
They are throwing good money after bad in the "remodeling" of the rinky dink pool. Most of the money will go towards changing the outside wall to a glass wall. Will that attract top swimmers after they have visited Bucknell? Will we be able to host the state high school championships like Bucknell.


The diving well puts the pool slightly above "rinky dink" status -  but I agree, with 6 lanes you're never going to be regarded a serious swimming school (not that we ever had such aspirations!) Have you seen the place Navy trains? (OK - you'd think Navy would have a good place to swim - but it's a joke that we have to compete agaisnt them).

What do you do though? I'm not an architect but I don't think there's a feasible way to get an extra two lanes with the space they have and if they built a new natatorium how much would it cost to make the current one feasible for something else?

I'd like to see swimming cut and the resources allocated elsewhere - but if my memory serves me correctly, the program operated on a shoestring. Shutting down the program would be a drop in the bucket to what is needed.
ed65

Re: Capital Campaign - Athletics Allocation

Lafalum wrote:
ed65 wrote:
I have been trying to find out what the $20 million allocated for athletics will be used for and got the following answer from a credible source at the Holiday Party held in Manhattan last week.  $5,000,000 gift for the swimming pool upgrade is included in the $20 million.  The rest will go to athletic scholarships.  I heard nothing about assistant coaches' salaries, an issue which continues to be a problem at LC and lots of other places.  We spend money on unnecessary administrators and starve the assistant coaches.

Frankly, I think $20 million is a pittance for the underfunded LC Division 1 Program and amounts to crumbs when you consider what the remaining $380 million will be used for.  Clearly athletics was not well represented in the establishment of the Capital Campaign.


Yes totally agree. I am appreciative of the generous gift for  the swimming pool but I don't think it meets NCAA standards with only six lanes. ( If someone knows differently please correct me). I have not seen if that amount is ADDITIONAL athletic scholarships or endowing what is already being paid for, which means its the "ole" Lafayette cost shifting. Ask people for money and reduce what the college is already paying for, thereby freeing up money for other things! Actual additional "scholarship" money is an indirect payment to the academic side of the house anyway as opposed to asst coaches salaries or capital improvements.


I was told the scholarship funds are "in addition" to what the College provides.  I guess I have to believe that is the case.

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