Letter to the editor
University should not pay for swim team costs
October 15, 2009
I recently read the article on how the swim team / dive team may be canceled here at UW-River Falls. I am currently in my third year here at UWRF and this article is the first I have ever even heard about us having a swim team. Many of my classmates were unaware that we had a swim team as well.
This lack of interest or awareness of our present team leads me to believe that their disappearance would not be missed by the majority of students here at UWRF.
Furthermore, although I do personally feel sorry for the team members as they may lose their activity due to lack of funding, I don’t understand why the university is considering paying for this. I have never seen a swim team bake sale or raffle to raise money for their events. Why should the school spend $350.00 per year per person for these students to go swimming? We don’t supply the glassblowing students with free glass. We don’t supply the physics students with free lab software. We don’t supply math students with expensive graphical calculators.
In my opinion the school should take that money and reapply it to actual academic interests. School funding should be for its students, not athletes.