by Max Brantley
NY Times reports that students at colleges across the country are bucking -- and voting down -- increases in student fees to pay for intercollegiate athletics. (They let students vote?)
This would put a crimp in some Arkansas colleges with big-time aspirations fueled by student fees (such as UCA) but, so far, small-time revenue results.
As athletic costs rise at a rate that the N.C.A.A. warns cannot be sustained, and as states continue to reduce spending on higher education, many athletic departments are seeking income beyond ticket sales, booster donations and television revenue to help stem the flow of red ink.
Students seem less inclined to pick up the tab, especially at universities that do not field major-college football teams.
(The UA athletic department is self-supporting through ticket sales, booster contributions, licensing fees, etc.)