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Concerned about departments’ future

February 13, 2014

To the editor: I’m writing to express my grave concern over the possible discontinuation of the Southwest Minnesota State University departments of Theatre and Music....

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Feb-24-14 10:21 AM

"The commonMAN is done arguing with the farmKID."

LOL. With an arguement like that, you should have quit.

Try rereading my post on the 14th. It's there, you'll find it.

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Feb-23-14 8:09 PM

Feb 19th is where you actually say what you claim to have said.

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Feb-21-14 10:36 AM

February 14th.

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Feb-20-14 8:33 PM

Kid, I have no problem disagreeing with you or the author. Where is it that you said the fine arts "MAY have to help solve financial problems at SMSU"? I don't see it in your posts. The commonMAN is done arguing with the farmKID. Good luck in life, kid.

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Feb-19-14 9:12 PM

Was the Independent at the university meeting this afternoon when the faculty revealed their findings that over $1million was diverted from the university's operating revenue and into athletic scholarships???? Maybe a full investigation into the Athletic Department and the good ol' boys on the second floor of Founders Hall is in order.

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Feb-19-14 10:32 AM

Part of life is having people disagree with thoughts and ideas, like I'm doing with you, and as you did with the author.

I said that the fine arts program MAY have to help solve the financial problems at SMSU. This cutting seems to have no effect on you; you actually go far enough to question the existance of the institution itself. Are you okay with the reduction of the university, or possibly its closure? That doesn't seem like a good thing for Marshall.

The current administration needs to focus on restructuring areas to help increase enrollment, not making cuts which would decrease it.

As a part of savings,administration itself should be restructured (which wouldn't cause an enrollment decrease) with pay cuts. Once the university is in the black (administration proves its worth) those salaries can be renegotiated.

I have a problem with the skewed views of a few people in charge affecting the youth and community in a negative way, and then just moving on without care.

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Feb-18-14 7:31 PM

Is kid in charge of policing comments or just looking for an argument? What problem is fine arts paying for that it didn't create? Maybe it's a matter of priority, or shifting philosophy. If you've never been on the short end of the stick, you probably don't understand that.

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Feb-17-14 8:30 PM

Strange how you left that out of your previous post. If you're for accountability, how come it doesn't bother you that fine arts may have to pay for a problem that it didn't create?

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Feb-17-14 7:10 PM

Kid, not sure who you are talking to. I definitely would question the decisions made by previous presidents; and accountability has been a huge part of my life. How about you?

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Feb-17-14 12:43 PM

Funny that you avoided questioning decisions made by previous presidents. No accountability in your life?

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Feb-16-14 8:48 PM

Hey Ryan, sorry it hurts your feelings that the place you "found yourself" may not be the same anymore. This is called life. I'm not sure you have grasped that, yet. Times change. Angry taxpayers have their say, university officials have their say, the economy has it's say... What's up with a liberal arts school in the middle of rural Minnesota? What's up with the athletic scholarships and perpetually bad sports teams? It just doesn't seem like SMSU has a clearly defined niche.

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Feb-16-14 7:37 PM

It is sad to see the potential loss of a great program. This potential loss squarely rests with the administration of the last 10 years and the inability to forecast the economic winds. Like all organizations, they may either adapt or suffer. The last 10 years would indicate the latter. I would suggest it will get worse before it gets better. Higher education as sector of the economy is intellectually dehydrated to figure this out.

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Feb-14-14 3:34 PM

So, is this a look at the new leadership and vision? We've all got a clear picture of the old leadership, and possibly music and theatre are going to have to pay?

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Feb-14-14 10:33 AM

As one of my dear relatives said, "the liberal arts [including theater, music, art, literature, etc] are what makes your sorry arse a better person."

I agree, my sorry arse has benefitted from those areas and made me a better person.

College should not devolve into a tech school, or just offer the most financially lucrative programs. Tech schools offer valuable training and job prep and we need that, too. College needs to stay a different entity, although it does provide education that leads to work, the arts are an essential part of that education.

The arts have a place in helping us realize our humanity and our connection to history and the wider world. We cannot have a strong university without them.

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Feb-14-14 9:09 AM

Is this letter about the author or the theater department at the college? Seven paragraphs where 6 of them start with "I" and the 7th starts with "Regrettably my". Or did I miss the memo that said the Letters to the Editor section is the newest and best place to post your resume?

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