If CY/Fisher are to be part of the infrastructure to satisfy the cultural/fine arts element of ISU's mission, they really shouldn't depend on fund raising for financing. Donations can certainly be a component, but if donations fall short, the money needs to be there from somewhere else (i.e. tuition, the state allocation, etc.).Yeah if only there was a way for CY/Fisher to get money for the things they need. Whats that thing the athletic department does? Fund raise? Donations?
I say we take the money (approx. a milli right?) we are using to subsidize See Why Stephens and get the baseball team fired back up. ISU Baseball coming 2022.
Also, I don't think ISU's cultural/fine arts mission obligates ISU to include the city of Ames. The city of Ames certainly could be a part of it. Ames is a "big boy", and it should be able to take care of serving the cultural needs of its citizens without mooching off of ISU. Obviously, it makes a great deal of sense for ISU and Ames to work together, but the decades-old adversarial relationship between the two seems to be as strong as ever. I just don't get that. Is this typical for college towns? I live in one now...UTA and the various interests in the city of Arlington seem to cooperate quite will on the whole. Perhaps that is because UTA is right next to Arlington's "downtown", so they both have a mutual interest in the success of that part of town.