Washington State University’s new president Kirk Schulz has brought a wave of new ideas to town since his arrival this summer, all with a seemingly similar focus — money.
His most recent focus — how to chop away at the $13 million deficit in the WSU athletics department and bring the program back into the black.
He proposed increasing student fees, leaving some athletic positions vacant and gathering additional support from the university, along with expanding alcohol sales at Martin Stadium.
Expanding alcohol sales at an athletic event to support the athletic department makes sense.
Asking the university to contribute to the academic support unit, which assists student athletes with academic services, seems logical as “student” comes first in student athlete.
But the one that really seems to reach beyond the bounds of logical thought — increasing undergraduate student fees.
The proposed $50 fee to be applied each semester to all undergraduate students is projected to bring in $1.7 million per school year. The WSU student government will bring the plan to a vote.
It is likely going to be a hard sell to students already paying $1,050 in mandatory fees, on top of $10,916 a year in tuition.
Rather than tack more debt onto undergrads, it is time athletics learns to live within its means.