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RE: $7.5M Budget Hole? COVID-19
(05-12-2020 03:51 PM)soccerguy315 Wrote:  FWIW, W&M has a "Confucius institute" (unless it closed recently) which is an investment the Chinese government is making into American higher education to encourage positive views of China and the CCP.

back on topic, it would seem that most athletic costs would remain necessary, even if there are no games played. Coaches still paid. Players still on scholarship. etc etc. The only thing missing from the costs would be travel, yes?
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The Confucious Institute has a prominent place on the W&M Campus. They even own their own "house" on Jamestown Road across the street from Barrets Dorm. I have read that this group "donates" $500,000 per year to colleges and universities that allow them to offer their programs on campus and within the local community. Several years ago I took a course offered by the Christopher Wren Association taught by "visiting scholars" who were part of the Confusious Institute. The suject was The History of China using instructional materials prepared by the ChiComs. It was an outright propaganda pitch praising everything Chinese and refusing to discuss subjects that are taboo to the Communist party

The overall objective of the Institute is to sell Americans on the greatness of China and the benefits of their system of government. Sorta of a "Voice of America" but the reverse of the VOA. Last I read the Confusicious Institute was on about 500 US College capuus' nationwide; but have been asked to leave by a number of schools and has been under increasing pressure at a number of schools and by the US Federal government..
05-13-2020 01:21 PM
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RE: $7.5M Budget Hole? COVID-19
(05-13-2020 01:21 PM)62Indian Wrote:  
(05-12-2020 03:51 PM)soccerguy315 Wrote:  FWIW, W&M has a "Confucius institute" (unless it closed recently) which is an investment the Chinese government is making into American higher education to encourage positive views of China and the CCP.

back on topic, it would seem that most athletic costs would remain necessary, even if there are no games played. Coaches still paid. Players still on scholarship. etc etc. The only thing missing from the costs would be travel, yes?
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The Confucious Institute has a prominent place on the W&M Campus. They even own their own "house" on Jamestown Road across the street from Barrets Dorm. I have read that this group "donates" $500,000 per year to colleges and universities that allow them to offer their programs on campus and within the local community. Several years ago I took a course offered by the Christopher Wren Association taught by "visiting scholars" who were part of the Confusious Institute. The suject was The History of China using instructional materials prepared by the ChiComs. It was an outright propaganda pitch praising everything Chinese and refusing to discuss subjects that are taboo to the Communist party

The overall objective of the Institute is to sell Americans on the greatness of China and the benefits of their system of government. Sorta of a "Voice of America" but the reverse of the VOA. Last I read the Confusicious Institute was on about 500 US College capuus' nationwide; but have been asked to leave by a number of schools and has been under increasing pressure at a number of schools and by the US Federal government..

Sort of a "Trojan Dragon"?
05-13-2020 04:34 PM
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(05-11-2020 06:03 PM)WMSportsBlog Wrote:  Student fees comprise a massive amount of the W&M Athletics Department's budget. With students at-risk for a Fall return...and potential student fee refunds thereafter...what could this mean for W&M Athletics?

We dive into this burning question in our most recent article below. What do you think?


Article: https://wmsportsblog.com/2020/05/11/covi...athletics/

In the near term, charging a fee for an activity that may not be available, or has risks for those attending/participating, won't be viewed favorably.

Longer term, the component parts to the college experience are changing. Activities that previously were part of the experience may change/disappear. Student interests are changing (e.g. gaming/esports).

I'm a football fan; if I retire to Williamsburg, I'll buy season tickets. I'm also cognizant that the allure of attending outdoor costume/cocktail parties where young men risk brain damage in an athletic competition may diminish in the future.

Fee compression happens to numerous enterprises. The in-residence college experience is one that may be ripe for this to occur. Funding will have to come from elsewhere.

Under these circumstances, donors become more important, especially below the Power 5 level. The challenge is to capture the imagination of alums, and going forward, non-alums with a vision anyone would be excited and proud to fund.

The athletic vision that Wm & Mary presently has on the books -- to dominate the Ottoman Empire of college athletic conferences (aka the CAA) -- seems unlikely to produce a deluge of donor funding. It actually burdens the athletic department with stewardship issues -- how to rationalize and defend travel costs in a period demanding austerity.

Media reporting indicates that conference commissioners and ADs are struggling with the way ahead. The concern is that they mistake rearranging deck chairs for boldness. Revenues were at risk before the pandemic. Leaders of member institutions need to recognize that conference commissioners have a vested interest in saving the existing flawed conferences, even if these conferences will continue to take on water intra- and post-pandemic.

The academic success of Tribe athletes noted elsewhere in this thread provides the point of departure for a more captivating vision for coming decades that will attract donors, be seductive to like minded institutions wishing to reorganize, embarrass the NCAA into allowing it to proceed, and reinvigorate the College's revolutionary legacy.

The College has the talent and intellectual capital to pull this off, but the leadership has to be willing to fight publicly for change to the present structural and regulatory box where it's being held captive by the NCAA and Power 5. The link below has the most recent example of how the goalposts continue to be moved to the detriment of schools like Wm & Mary.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basket...-selection

That's what I think.
05-17-2020 11:05 AM
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