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Date Posted: Wed, December 30 2020, 3:20:16
Author: Imagine a recruiting trip for a student-athlete...
Subject: Re: I’ll say it again
In reply to: CNY GRIFF 's message, "I’ll say it again" on Tue, December 29 2020, 6:44:45

-You drive into campus off the 33 or Main Street. It's urban, not picturesque but fine.
-You see a campus kind of empty.
-You see a lot of stressed out faculty and staff. They care but there is a clear uneasiness on campus.
-You see some AMAZING academic facilities like the new Science Hall, parts of Lyons, the Palisano workout facility, but the other buildings and tunnels are OK to below average.
-Dorms are above average.
-Apart from HarborCenter, the on-campus athletic facilities are below average and maybe comparable to VERY good high school team facilities, but the locker rooms are very nice. (http://hiddengyms.blogspot.com/2012/04/frankforts-blue-chip-coach.html?m=1) (https://www.maxpreps.com/news/p9YZMgDZmUGn4FtWWeFVuQ/10-high-school-basketball-gyms-to-see-before-you-die.htm)
-If you attend a game, there's not a lot of atmosphere (pre-Covid, of course).
-Because there is a shortage in facility availability and faculty want aggressive limits on their teaching loads, there are limited course options.

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[> [> Re: I’ll say it again -- Okay we here you..., Wed, December 30 2020, 10:21:52

The school hasn’t invested into an athletic infrastructure in the last 30 years. You don’t just snap your fingers and fix it. The biggest break we got was the affordable lease on the Harbor Center. It’s nice but it doesn’t help to build school spirit. You drive downtown, park the car, go the game and then go home. We should have built something on campus behind Mount St. Joe’s there is plenty of land. The location is close to the dorms and their will be a feel of a campus atmosphere. Big miss. The more you can get alums & students to connect the more of a following you’ll have. The University of Detroit, Dayton, Marquette are all inner city campuses. Put a good product on the hardwood & ice, build sports into the brand of your school and market your athletics. Marketing isn’t an ad in the Buffalo Snooze.

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[> [> [> Re: I’ll say it again -- Spot on!, Wed, December 30 2020, 16:50:32

I believe the school has a plan about the next step for athletics. Unfortunately COVID didn’t help.

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[> [> [> Re: I’ll say it again -- BfloGriff, Thu, December 31 2020, 4:15:31

If there is such a plan, it could brighten things if THE POWERS THAT BE spoke about it or any other plan for the future of the College.If there is a plan, how does it fit with the plan for finishing Science Hall(if one of those exists), for example. Right now it feels like Alma Mater is just sitting there growing moss while the school on the West Side and the one in the northern suburbs are leaving her in the dust. Happy New Year (we can hope).

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[> [> [> [> Re: I’ll say it again -- Not sure why the school drags their feet., Thu, December 31 2020, 16:46:41

Now is the time vs. waiting & waiting & waiting.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: I’ll say it again -- Seriously..., Fri, January 01 2021, 5:06:17

Just release/leak some renderings and vague fundraising plans.

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