In an effort to whip the troops into a frenzy, OurLeader recently met with enthusiasts at the McNamara Alumni Center. From the Daily:
Alumni joined President Bruininks and lawmakers to hear about the U's 2008 capital funding request.
"The one thing I've seen in the past that I didn't see this year was actual legislators here," University alumnus Jerry Sosinske said. "I don't know if that's a good thing or not."
University Relations confirmed there were at least five legislators at the gathering, which is actually less than 2.5 percent of state lawmakers.
Bruininks said tinkering [sic] on the edge of recession, low interest rates and the low value of money actually made this a great time for the state to be investing in its resources. "When the economy is soft, make a capital investment."
On Jan. 14, Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his bonding proposal, which funded a Folwell Hall renovation and a complete revamp of the Science Classroom Building, but left funding for University maintenance at 40 percent of the requested amount with no mention of a new building for the Bell Museum of Natural History.
One audience member, a father with three daughters graduating from various University programs this year, referred to University maintenance funding: "It's really frustrating to be here because it seems our proposals are dead on arrival."
Yes, you are correct about that DOA feeling. A good question to ask is: Why, President Bruininks?
Mr. Bonzo suggests that the Democrats (we call them DFLers in Minnesota), the Republicans, and the Governor are all annoyed with the university for different reasons. Any ideas why that might be, President Bruininks?