NDSU’s lavish football practice facility a grotesque example of wrong priorities

MINOT, N.D. — Consider, dear reader, this juxtaposition of two recent headlines.

Building permit application says first phase of Bison indoor practice facility will cost $26 million,” we learn from plans filed with the City of Fargo. Note, specifically, that the price tag is just for the first part of this project. This 100,000-square-foot facility is to be built on the North Dakota State University campus, providing a place for the school’s football team, which has had enormous success in recent years.

NDSU sees lowest enrollment count in 15 years, preliminary numbers show,” we learn from preliminary enrollment reports released by the university. Stagnation and decline in enrollment numbers have become the norm at NDSU and contributed in no small part to the State Board of Higher Education’s decision to move on from long-time, football-obsessed President Dean Bresciani.

How do we reconcile these two news items?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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