Tagged: program cut
March 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm #89538
Got the email below from a student I coached for several years. Anyone out there have ideas about undoing this or alternatives or offers of support? Thanks much!
Friends of Nordic Skiing,
We need your help. I’m coming to you as an unofficial representative of the recently torn apart College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Nordic Ski Team. As of March 3, 2011, the team was cut by the administration for stated “budget issues” and to “strengthen the other programs”. During the meeting, we were told by the four administrators present that the program was being cut. There was no option for discussion or debate. In fact, our long-term coach, Dave Johnson (who formed the team eleven years ago), and our new and loved assistant coach, Emily Ranta, didn’t find out until earlier that evening.
During the meeting I posed the question of form: “So, you’re cutting the Nordic Team because we have fewer spectators and you want to put more money towards the programs that actually draw more crowds and are therefore, in your eyes, more important?” I’m going to be honest, this was meant to draw them into a faulty answer. Instead, they agreed. The sports administration actually agreed with this statement.
There are some serious injustices going on here, which should not go unnoticed. This is where you come in. Whether you love racing, touring, or just being outdoors; whether you are an avid skier, just love the sport, know anybody who is a skier—heck, even if you only just know what Nordic Skiing is—I implore you to let your voice be heard by the sports administration here at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
I chose the College of Saint Benedict because of it’s Nordic program. I am in freezing Minnesota because of St. Ben’s Nordic program. Needless to say, I am upset and sad, frustrated and angry. I’m even considering transferring schools because of this.
I thank you in advance for any response we do get. If 1000 people read this and even just one responds, I will consider the writing of this letter a success. This level of success can be compounded if you spread the news. Tell your friends to tell their friends that one-third of Collegiate Varsity Nordic Skiing in Minnesota was cut on March 3, 2011.
Contact info for the administrators
St. John’s University–
Fr. Doug Mullin, OSB, Vice President for Student Development
(320) 363-2737 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Stock, Athletic Director/Athletic Marketing and Fundraising
(320) 363-2629 email@example.com
College of St. Benedict–
Mary Geller, Vice President for Student Development
(320) 363-5601 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Howe-Veenstra, Athletic Director
(320) 363-5201 email@example.com
.March 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm #90744
I strongly encourage people to contact the administration and sign this petition. If we continue to lose college teams like this we will be left with no college skiing option at all. This decision weakens the ski community as a whole.
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