Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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Merit scholarships valuable

There is a reason the people who receive merit-based scholarships get them: because they deserve them. Yeah, OK, so tuition set-aside was handled in the wrong way. Maybe the state Board of Regents could have told the public what it was doing — though it's not really its job to announce every little action it takes (it's actually the job of journalists). And maybe it shouldn't have been 20 percent of the tuition.

But why not let some part of tuition go to funding scholarships, even if they are non-need based? I'm sure some part of the UI tuition goes toward athletics that not all students take part in. Athletes, along with high academic achievers, provide a more important role to the university than just getting an education. They help provide the university with a better reputation, which means more people will find the university more appealing.

To be honest, I look out the window and see drunk kids puking on my lawn, and I wonder if the UI needs more scholarships based on merit. The college is in the top-10 party schools in the nation, and you are arguing for less money to go to students who will do more than just drink, party, and destroy private property? That doesn't make any sense.

There is nothing wrong with tuition set-aside. If you don't like it, then maybe you should work harder to get a scholarship and spend less time drinking.

Arthur Clark
Iowa City resident

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