Congratulations to Maria. The U is a great place and the crown jewel of
Utah's higher education system. Unfortunately many Utahns know very little
about the U and are sometimes very critical. I know Maria has a lot on her
plate right now but one of the first orders of business should be to create and
train a host of Utah alums and/or boosters who would be willing on their own
time to monitor and pariticipate in comment boards like this one to offer
correct information about the U and help dispell a lot of misinformation. I
have tried over the years to do what I can to fill this role especially where it
concerns the U's budget and how much funding the U gets and doesn't
get from the State Of Utah. I have even researched and used the U's
official financial statements to make my points. Unfortunately, most of the
time, I am very alone in cyber space trying to defend the U. I could use some
help. Maria, get the group organized and trained and show me where to sign up.
The U has a great story to tell.
Dutchman makes a very good point. It was very telling when Salt Lake City held
a celebration after the 2008 football season ended to recognize the Utah
football team. At that celebration the State Senate President was asked to
speak on behalf of the State. He had the gall to stand at the podium and
mention his reluctance at being there due to his allegiance to BYU. How
disgraceful that the State's representative would stoop so low as to
detract from the celebration of achievement by the State's flagship school
to mention his allegiance to the Ute's chief athletic rival. Any official
who represents the State should be 100% on board when appearing in public on
behalf of the State of Utah, regardless of their personal allegiances.