Heaps of repairs are needed at the U and MnSCU

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 7:06 PM

To modernize, higher educators are daydreaming about getting off the bonding bill roller-coaster.

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eljayeffJan. 18, 14 6:05 PM

Sorry, no money left. New stadium got it all.

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supervon2Jan. 18, 14 6:32 PM

This article reads like the propaganda for Urban Renewal in the '60s. We have to tear down these building because we don't like the way they look. Well, these buildings have lot of life left in them if you keep them in repair and modernize them as you go along with a clear goal of wanting to keep them. If Lori had her say the IDS building would be coming down along with a score of others. Dayton-don't write them the preverbal blank check and make them think long-term. Like the rest of society as an example.

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elmore1Jan. 18, 14 9:06 PM

The U hasn't done anything to remedy their "bloat" and our kids are paying way too much and taking on too much debt. Let's see some results prior to giving them any more money.

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redeye12Jan. 18, 14 9:40 PM

Maybe they should have put money toward the repairs as opposed to all the new buildings. It certainly is more fiscally responsible to maintain existing before building new.

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comment229Jan. 19, 14 5:00 AM

redeye beat me to it..... and yes, I AM going to make a comparison to my own private situation whether you like it or not..... If my house needs repair, anywhere, I don't go out and build anything new, buy anything new, give myself a raise in salary or health insurance or anything else. In other words, my problem was that I did not budget my money correctly for repairs etc. over the years. I have a nice new car in the garage, but the plaster is falling from the ceiling? Boy, I need more money. No, I need better priorities!

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pumiceJan. 19, 14 8:14 AM

Re: "If my house needs repair, anywhere, I don't go out and build anything new, buy anything new, give myself a raise in salary or health insurance or anything else." Re-read the commentary, comment229--specifically, the parts about "Perennially deferred maintenance [at] most public campuses" and "the ebb and flow of bonding bills at state legislatures." In the example of your personal budgeting strategy, did you "significantly downsize" the equivalent of your bonding bills? Did you refuse to fund needed repairs? Did someone in your household "veto" your budget, thus defunding routine maintenance and/or delaying projects necessary to update/replace your house as it aged? If you had succeeded in "growing" your family, would you have added on to your house?

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mylittleidJan. 19, 14 9:44 AM

College tuition and fees have been rising well above the inflation rate for quite some time. Yet they don't have the money to maintain their infrastructure. It's time they take some of their increased revenue and put it to work on that problem.

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comment229Jan. 19, 14 9:57 AM

pumice: are you trying to tell me that contingencies and variables should not be built into a budget by the people responsible for that budget? You are going to have a real hard time telling me that we can afford to build a new stadium on campus, when the buildings around it are crumbling. It's called priorities not matter how many different groups defunded programs for whatever reason. I adapt; and so should the people responsible for the budget at the U.

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pumiceJan. 19, 1412:22 PM

Re: "You are going to have a real hard time telling me that we can afford to build a new stadium on campus, when the buildings around it are crumbling." HEAPR paid for the stadium, comment229? Did HEAPR pay for all the (crumbling???) sports venues around the new football stadium which I walk by on my way to OLLI classes at McNamara? Isn't Ms. Sturdevant's article about classrooms and labs and 50-year-old buildings dedicated to academics?

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tbonoffJan. 19, 14 2:03 PM

Investing in HEAPR and the new building projects identified by both UMN and MnSCU is critically important to our long term mission of educating the nations best workforce. We must rethink the delivery equation to lower costs, i.e. potential for hybrid teaching models and shared service optimization of administrative services, at the same time as we ensure our facilities are superior- we compete for the best students, educators and intellectual property- it takes all of this to lead in this arena. Terri Bonoff

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