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Letters to the Editor 12/8
Published 12/8/2011
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Coach Leach’s salary could not fund academic scholarships

Editor:

I am a bit annoyed that our school newspaper frequently prints letters and articles that can mislead our community. In Professor Charlotte Omoto’s letter to the editor on 12/7, it seems her "pop quiz" was alluding to the salary of our new head football coach Mike Leach and linking it to an amount that could fund 440 full-time resident scholarships and 20 endowed full professorships.

Whether those numbers upset you or not, the fact of the matter is Leach’s salary will not be paid by any funding that could otherwise go to professorships or general university scholarships. Bill Moos and Washington State Athletics have done their part to clearly articulate the sources of funding for Leach’s salary. President Elson Floyd went as far as providing a perspectives column to ensure our students, faculty and alumni know that his salary will not come from any operating funds or taxpayer dollars. This money will come from the Pac-12 television revenue, premium seating and ticket sales and the generous donations of Cougar faithful.

Too many people either do not listen or just maintain this perception that we are dumping money into a football coach that could go to general university operations. Whether Professor Omoto and others understands this funding method or not, misleading published pieces such as the one I am referring to do not help educate our community.

Jake Bredstrand
student regent, Board of Regents

 Libraries work behind the scenes to offer resources

Editor:

It makes me sad to think that Michael Cronin's opinion may be representative of the opinions of many WSU students. More group study spaces in the libraries would be great, and you would be hard pressed to find a library employee who disagreed with that. Librarians are also very aware that the amount of information available online and the new ways we have of finding information are drastically changing the way libraries should (and do) offer services. However, a brief look at library statistics, which can be found online at www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/assessment, makes it very clear that library services and collections continue to get a lot of use.

Between 2009-2010, for instance, 260,744 books circulated at the Holland-Terrell Libraries, and there were about 31,337 questions asked at the reference/information desks. That is about 714 books being checked in or out per day and 86 questions per day. Cronin may not use the libraries all that much, but others clearly do.

I could go on to describe the ways the libraries work behind the scenes to make information available online for the WSU community, or the successful library instruction programs at WSU, or the libraries'digitization projects that are making local collections more easily accessible, but I won't. I will simply close by stating that Cronin's piece serves as a valuable call for those of us working at the libraries, a call to get better at tooting our own horn so that our Cougs have a better idea of what we do, and of what we can do for them. For that, I am grateful.

Erica Nicol
WSU librarian

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