Face it, folks, it is time for the clichéd joke about the bake sale: “It will be a great day when schools get all the money they need and the military has to have a bake sale to buy another bomber.” Look around the world at the news, everything is going broke, everywhere.
Glance around you at the office, people are getting a bit more nervous or unruly. Things are becoming self evident about mankind and money management, we always need more of it.
The things that scare people are questions of “How can we work on this budget and still create enough new money for expansion while keeping the workers happy? How much longer will we have enough money to get everything we want and still get paid ourselves?” Brrr…scary questions. Maybe more money is not the answer to the problem. In this case it may be honor that saves us.
Recently, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon struck an honorable deal, but will it be enforced? Does the new governor have the power to get the state legislature to go along with his promise that if Missouri universities don’t raise their tuition, there will be no funding cuts to higher education?
The 2009 economy is a scary thing; our new President has even stated that things will probably get worse before they get better. At Missouri Western State University, in St. Joseph, and all across the United States people are pulling in their belts and realizing “wow, things might have gotten out of hand.” Everyone knows that sacrifices will have to be made.
Is growth the best bet for now? On campus there is a fancy, big, half-finished building that cost millions, and the dowry to seduce the Chiefs into the sack gets bigger and bigger. But you have to keep your eye out for the future and the rewards it could offer. The Chiefs are football gods, right? They lost in the Super Bowl once. That’s something special.
In the last budget crisis, Missouri Western avoided making too many losses to staff; it would be nice to do that again. After all, professors still want raises as well. And shouldn’t everyone be able to hope the chance of promotion or a raise in pay for merit and service? Without raising tuition, can that be a believable scenario?
How does a mere mortal Missouri university keep its prices down when the commodities and costs of the world around it are sky rocketing? Can you pinch a penny so hard that it bleeds? Given a chance to roar, the Griffon might say that it is not bigger budgets that are needed, but instead more honor from the folks at the top to keep their promises. It could just be that people need to accept that making a profit is not at all what everything is about.