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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 10, 2009 7:20 AM

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Athletics department should contribute to university

Academics and athletics go hand in hand in the makeup of a college community. For this reason, I am so happy to be a part of the UI student body when the football team is setting records. I am taking a sense of ownership in its success.

Iowa football has not suffered this season; however, the college is suffering with budget cuts, leading to a possible rise in tuition and a surcharge for the students, as well as the loss of valuable libraries and staff members.

The financial hardship of the college has given athletics department officials an opportunity to show their colleagues and people across the state how much they value education. It is very impressive that the athletics department is self-sufficient. But we are a community.

In hard times, people either come together more than ever or drift apart and break relationships. I saw Iowa City come together as a community during the flood of 2008, as strangers helped strangers with sandbagging and cleaning up.

The UI athletics department should show it values education and community by filling in a portion of the gap caused by budget cuts.

Bethany Nye
UI senior


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