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birdfan-You dont necessarily need to combine VC and UHV to be Div II. UHV could go Div II at anytime. A few expensive things need to happen though. First, NCAA requires their own facilities that meet certain specs. Secondly, both Div II conferences around here require basketball and one of those two conferences requires football. So at this time not cost effective. Div III is even worse because you can not give any athletic scholarships, whereas DIv II and NAIA both allow them. NAIA is not that bad. You would be suprised how many Div I schools were NAIA until not too long ago.
I think the Advocate has been ripped off....why does VEDC need 100k to "educate" the citizens of Victoria when the Advocate is doing it for free?
Isn't it strange that private Universities/Colleges never have problems with un- happy local officials?
Sure they charge more for tuition, but overall they seem to me to be doing quite well.
What is the one difference between a private institution and a public one?
State, and in this case, local government entities, have their hands in the operation of public institutions.
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The topic is education folks. Get one!
Jlordtree you are probably very right! I do not think that just one former president slayed the dragon to bring on a 4 year university...it has been being worked on for a very long time. I am sure he did a lot on it, but if what we are reading about suupport from UH is true, then there is no way that he alone made this happen - so credit should be bestowed on other past presidents as well.
birdfan---I dont think they should take VC...VC helps many students who other wise could not afford an education and offers courses and programs that neither UHV not TAMU would offer....lets not go that route...it would be an even bigger mistake than spending this amount of money on something so ludacris as promoting this change...IMO
get_ur_tilt_on I agree...our fire dept doesnt even get raises unless they get promoted...and then its minimal...what a waste of money...other things could be done with this other than paying someone to promote this project...people are either for or against it or dont care...spending this money is a WASTE!!
Love to see them take over UHV and VC. Why not combine it all into TAMU-Vic, and introduce DII sports and programs?
Jackdeauce you are making a super surface level argument. Budget levels may on the surface show some support, but how much time, energy and resources did it take in order get them to ask for it or support it? At one point, when I was a student at UHV over 10 years ago, UHS said no way in hell to sports, dorms, etc. Downward expansion was talked and fought for a LONG time. UHS proposing and asking for money can be more of a sign of resignation to the argument over easily supporting.
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@newcowboyintown...I would think this would be an acceptable gesture, "only" if they were to wear their Victoria Boots...Please lets not forget the boots they are trying so hard to pass on.
@justataxpayer..."Education 101"I, along with the rest of the Victoria Tax payers, might just be gullible enough to support our city officials when they try to pass a bill requesting a raise in salary for their efforts in trying to "hoodwink" us...Oh, I forgot their raises are automatic...
WHY does it need selling if the idea is such a good one?
If the bill fails - the leaders of Victoria that have pushed so hard for TAMU will have to take hat in hand - go to UH and ask for forgiveness. No big deal - it can be done.
Does the state mandate it to be used to pay LOBBYIST??? my point is for our officials to be good stewards of our funds.
I'm going to assume you meant to make the post about hotel/motel tax in another article. If not, a couple of points:
1. This is NOT hotel/motel tax2. Even if it was, hotel/motel tax can basically only be used to promote tourism. I don't think anyone living in Victoria and the surrounding area could be called a tourist, and since the 'information campaign' is for people in the area...well, you get my drift.
JD is exactly right. Also, for Sizemore to say the bill was filed and now he will explain why is a little like Nancy Pelosi saying we need to pass the health care bill so we can see what is in it. It just never ends....
get_ur_tilt_on - The money that the city is spending is hotel/motel money. It comes from a tax that the hotels charge for people from out of town staying in Victoria. It does not come from Victoria tax payers.It is mandated by the state on what it can be used for and it can not be used for police, infastruture, ect...
If A&M could get the Sugarland and Cinco Ranch buildings, they could expand their Woodlands Business school in Houston.
Yeah,...... Ok, whatever!!!!! I dont want to hear a single peep ever again from our city officials about how the federal government is wasting tax dollars and lining the pockets of federal lobbyists in washington to pass there own agendas!!!! If your bill is so great for our community why do you need bribe money???? that is exactly what lobbyist are ,.....bribes to the highest bidder!!! I understand your motivation for the change, but raise your bribe money on your own through donations and action committees,... DONT TAKE FROM OUR BUDGET WHEN WE HAVE POLICE and FIRE WHO COULD USE A RAISE, or any other INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT!
The UH system has a proven 37 year commitment to UHV. I would be concerned with A&M taking the Victoria campus as part of the deal just to be able to get the Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch campuses and then dropping or reducing service to Victoria once it proves to not be a moneymaker. Victoria as a city, might find themselves back in the boat of only having a two year junior college.
Setting up a website is minimal cost to free. Social media like facebook and myspace are free. The VEDC can simply send a memo to the VicAd regarding the details of any changeover and it would be printed.......for free.
Still coming up with a hard time justifying $100,000 of taxpayer funds. Sounds like so far they should still have about $99,900 left unspent assuming they gave Mr. Sizemore some sort of retainer.
$100,000 to set up a website and make some posts on Facebook: Awesome. Money well spent!