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If the University of Missouri football team forfeited their Nov. 14 game against BYU, it would’ve cost the university $1 million. Instead, Mizzou is going to lose out on about $2 million.
In the wake of racially-charged student protests at Mizzou last semester, Mizzou Vice Chancellor of Advancement Tom Hiles told student newspaper The Maneater that alumni have been calling in from all over, pulling donations left and right.
From The Maneater:
‘Currently Mizzou has lost $2 million in gifts,’ Hiles said. ‘The pledges were made, and now donors are saying that they’re not giving the money.’
Hiles said the reasons for pulled donations varied from the build-up of controversial events last fall, including controversies over MU’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood and the Concerned Student 1950 movement. Between five and 10 larger donors are zipping up their wallets.
‘We track these calls on a heat app, and even though they’re split up between controversies, the most were concerning the student strikers,’ Hiles said.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Todd McCubbin said the pace of annual donations fell by 19 percent in December.
‘We definitely took a bump,’ McCubbin said. ‘The overall mood of our alumni indicated how we fell in December. After the issues on campus, they’re unsure and uncertain.’
Woof. It’s not exactly time to say the sky is falling, but it’s sure as hell looking grey at the moment. A major university isn’t going to sink or swim off $2 million, but various alumni are pulling money and big spenders are being described as “confused and upset” over the university’s handling of everything. Not the most comforting of settings.
And brighter days don’t appear to be right around the corner. The university received 941 fewer freshman applications this year, it’s still trying to figure out what to do with communications professor Melissa “Muscle” Click and a lackluster football team isn’t helping matters.
Maybe Mizzou, a publicly-funded university, can reach out to lawmakers for a financial lifeline. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) is looking to increase the university’s funding by $26.8 million for the 2017 fiscal year, but Republican legislators aren’t being so generous.
At a press conference Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, used just one word to describe the university’s relations with legislators.
‘Terrible,’ Richard said. ‘Every time they show up (to the Capitol), it gets worse. I suggest they don’t show up.’
Whelp, I don’t know what to tell you. Why don’t you see if Jonathan Butler’s family wants to fork over some of their millions? .
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