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Louisiana must stop gambling on Grambling-type disasters
Written by  // Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:02 //

grambling-Just a few weeks ago, the nation was shocked by the revelations at the athletic department at Grambling University. Football players actually boycotted a game to express their frustration with the horrific conditions. Players complained about filth, mold, and dirty uniforms.

 

Just a few weeks ago, the nation was shocked by the revelations at the athletic department at Grambling University. Football players actually boycotted a game to express their frustration with the horrific conditions. Players complained about filth, mold, and dirty uniforms.
The football field is not adequately maintained and the practice equipment is rusting and dilapidated. To make matters worse, there are legitimate concerns about the spread of staphylococcus infections and other serious health problems. Overall, it is an embarrassment for the state of Louisiana and an immediate investigation should be launched. We need some answers about how funds have been spent. Have the funds been misappropriated or is there a lack of funding for GramblingUniversity?

Sadly, these problems are not limited to Grambling for we are also learning that the conditions at Southern University are a disaster. Students have posted videos of rodent infested facilities. No Louisiana college student should be subjected to rats, piles of garbage and mold.

Officials at Southern University should be ashamed by the type of environment they are providing for their students. It is about time the Jindal administration and the legislature takes corrective action.

Several years ago, Governor Jindal pushed a plan to close SUNO and fold their campus into an expanded University of New Orleans. His proposal died in the legislature as the support for this type of cost saving move evaporated. Since SUNO survived, it is imperative that the state provide adequate resources for the students and faculty.

At the same time, the state inspector general and legislative auditor should launch a vigorous investigation into how funds are spent on the SUNO campus. It seems clear that the university is top heavy in administrative positions and there could be a reallocation of funds toward basic maintenance.

In a poor state with a very weak economy, it is time that our lawmakers addressed the number of higher education institutions we have in Louisiana. Clearly, we cannot adequately maintain all of our colleges and universities.

Louisiana has 16 institutions of higher learning, more than the state of Florida, which has a population five times greater than our state.

An ideal answer is to combine these facilities and turn some of the colleges and universities into other uses, such as vocational learning.


Unfortunately, the political situation in the legislature has prevented the type of tough decisions that are desperately needed in Louisiana. It is high time we put aside the politics and started putting the interests of the students first. Today students in two of our premier schools are being treated like second class citizens and that is a true outrage.

Jeff Crouere is the Host of “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. He is the Political Analyst for WGNO-TV ABC26 and a Columnist for selected publications. For more information, visit his web site at RingsidePolitics.com. E-mail him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The football field is not adequately maintained and the practice equipment is rusting and dilapidated. To make matters worse, there are legitimate concerns about the spread of staphylococcus infections and other serious health problems. Overall, it is an embarrassment for the state of Louisiana and an immediate investigation should be launched. We need some answers about how funds have been spent. Have the funds been misappropriated or is there a lack of funding for GramblingUniversity?

Sadly, these problems are not limited to Grambling for we are also learning that the conditions at Southern University are a disaster. Students have posted videos of rodent infested facilities. No Louisiana college student should be subjected to rats, piles of garbage and mold.

Officials at Southern University should be ashamed by the type of environment they are providing for their students. It is about time the Jindal administration and the legislature takes corrective action.

Several years ago, Governor Jindal pushed a plan to close SUNO and fold their campus into an expanded University of New Orleans. His proposal died in the legislature as the support for this type of cost saving move evaporated. Since SUNO survived, it is imperative that the state provide adequate resources for the students and faculty.

At the same time, the state inspector general and legislative auditor should launch a vigorous investigation into how funds are spent on the SUNO campus. It seems clear that the university is top heavy in administrative positions and there could be a reallocation of funds toward basic maintenance.

In a poor state with a very weak economy, it is time that our lawmakers addressed the number of higher education institutions we have in Louisiana. Clearly, we cannot adequately maintain all of our colleges and universities.

Louisiana has 16 institutions of higher learning, more than the state of Florida, which has a population five times greater than our state.

An ideal answer is to combine these facilities and turn some of the colleges and universities into other uses, such as vocational learning.

Unfortunately, the political situation in the legislature has prevented the type of tough decisions that are desperately needed in Louisiana. It is high time we put aside the politics and started putting the interests of the students first. Today students in two of our premier schools are being treated like second class citizens and that is a true outrage.

Jeff Crouere is the Host of “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. He is the Political Analyst for WGNO-TV ABC26 and a Columnist for selected publications. For more information, visit his web site at RingsidePolitics.com. E-mail him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at Ringside Politics.

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