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gfmorris
07-15-2019, 05:37 PM
So is this the meeting where the staff at hand sits down and starts figuring out how to make the new budget number? Or is this just a meeting acknowledging that they need to have more meetings to figure things out?

It's very likely that Johnsen has a plan and is running it past the Regents for final approval.

GFM

Wolfman
07-15-2019, 05:46 PM
Geof,

The President is adoment that Financial Exigency is employed at the University of Alaska. That is the bottom line.

gfmorris
07-15-2019, 05:48 PM
Geof,

The President is adoment that Financial Exigency is employed at the University of Alaska. That is the bottom line.

I'm not following your meaning and am unfortunately not in a place to tune in.

GFM

Wolfman
07-15-2019, 05:51 PM
I'm not following your meaning and am unfortunately not in a place to tune in.

GFM

President Johnsen is asking the Board of Regents, which is the board that governs the University of Alaska System to declare financial exigency, which means that the University revenue does not meet the University debt load based on the vetos the Governor of Alaska has instituted at the University System.

Liveatjrl
07-15-2019, 05:51 PM
Geof,

The President is adoment that Financial Exigency is employed at the University of Alaska. That is the bottom line.

Keep us updated! Or anyone watching the feed.

gfmorris
07-15-2019, 05:57 PM
President Johnsen is asking the Board of Regents, which is the board that governs the University of Alaska System to declare financial exigency, which means that the University revenue does not meet the University debt load based on the vetos the Governor of Alaska has instituted at the University System.

Aha. Then it's a formal declaration to get the plan executed. I'll be curious to see what the Board requests of Johnsen in this meeting as far as specific plans.

I still don't see how Athletics at all UA system campuses survives. I want to be wrong.

GFM

Wolfman
07-15-2019, 05:59 PM
So far, Athletics is not being discussed.

ticapnews
07-15-2019, 06:03 PM
Keep us updated! Or anyone watching the feed.

I am also live reporting (https://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?135573-Ak-uaa&p=6823271&viewfull=1#post6823271) the meeting over on the other thread.

Wolfman
07-15-2019, 06:05 PM
Ok looks like the Board of Regents wants to hold off on Financial Exigency...a motion has be initiated, and a second has been acheived...until July 30 meeting. There is discussion now.

Liveatjrl
07-15-2019, 06:25 PM
I am also live reporting (https://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?135573-Ak-uaa&p=6823271&viewfull=1#post6823271) the meeting over on the other thread.

Thanks - following your updates now

gfmorris
07-15-2019, 06:30 PM
The UA system has seen this before. Alabama's Education Trust Fund is largely founded on sales tax revenue, so when the economy craters, we're in trouble. As many states do, the Alabama state Constitution (the longest constitution of any democratic body in the world) requires the state's budget to be balanced. In Alabama, funding cuts in the middle of the year are termed as "pro-ration", and they come middle of the year. In 2001, it was something like 6% for the entire ETF, and for a lot of BS reasons, it ended up being foisted all on higher education, and because of the timing, it would've been zero state funding from late February to the end of June.

That generated lots of student unrest, some of which I led. I may have confronted the Governor in his office and nearly been arrested leading a protest at the airport for which I didn't have a permit (http://gfmorris.net/2007/06/26/my-brief-brush-with-the-long-arm-of-the-law/).

Have you ever heard of the Seattle Seven? That was me ... and six other guys.

To the students: take up the mantle. Protest. Vote. Remember. Act.

[That said, having had to fill out more government background checks today, I'm super glad that I didn't get arrested...]

ticapnews
07-15-2019, 07:04 PM
Money quote: "Athletics are a luxury to have" says one of the regents.

Suze
07-15-2019, 07:05 PM
Money quote: "Athletics are a luxury to have" says one of the regents.

I believe that was Sandeen. Edit: Nope, it was Regent Gloria O’Neill. Not Sandeen.

davyd83
07-15-2019, 07:06 PM
I am also live reporting (https://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?135573-Ak-uaa&p=6823271&viewfull=1#post6823271) the meeting over on the other thread.

I watched too for a while. Thanks for the updates.

Seawolf Fan
07-15-2019, 08:14 PM
I believe that was Sandeen.
And I know you know Suze but others may not.
Sandeen is the UAA Chancellor. She is not a Regent.
Not good.

Suze
07-15-2019, 08:29 PM
And I know you know Suze but others may not.
Sandeen is the UAA Chancellor. She is not a Regent.
Not good.

That's why I corrected the initial statement. Did you watch? When she started talking they put up her name and title on the screen.

giwan
07-15-2019, 08:39 PM
Money quote: "Athletics are a luxury to have" says one of the regents.

Not a good sign

Seawolf Fan
07-15-2019, 08:54 PM
Money quote: "Athletics are a luxury to have" says one of the regents.
Sandeen is UAA Chancellor not a Regent.
Makes it even worse.
Regents set the money and administration (including Chancellor) makes the cuts.

Suze
07-16-2019, 01:32 AM
Sandeen is UAA Chancellor not a Regent.
Makes it even worse.
Regents set the money and administration (including Chancellor) makes the cuts.

I was told that someone put the wrong caption on the screen, incorrectly stating it was Sandeen speaking, when in fact it was Regent Gloria O’Neill that made the comment about Athletics being a luxury. Not Sandeen.

mmf
07-16-2019, 01:35 AM
I suspect both athletic programs may be gone. Fairbanks for sure. But if they want to maintain the facade of a quality university, they may keep athletics at UAA (sans hockey). They have a top rated facility and most of their teams are competitive. Plus, that approach would fit in with the “one accredited university” movement. The optics would be that athletics took a 40% budget hit, or whatever. And I’m sure their bookstore would give all Nanooks a break on all their Seawolf swag.