Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 8:31 p.m.
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I am quite sure letters to the editor have little bearing on the decisions made by the University of Minnesota Duluth budget committee. It would behoove committee members, however, to listen to the overall feelings of the public at large, not only in the Duluth area but also around the state.
I have not talked to anyone — and I mean anyone — who supports the horrendous decision not to renew the contract of women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller.
I totally agreed with the
Feb. 19 letter, “UMD’s treatment of Miller, other coaches shabby,” regarding the real reason for the cuts in the women’s programs. There have to be more underlying factors that are not being released. If university officials truly wanted an equitable budget cut, why is the men’s hockey coach making $50,000 more a year than the women’s coach? And why are there 10 football coaches? I am open to any acceptable explanation. By the way and FYI,
Title IX was passed in the 1970s.
As a UMD graduate, I am ashamed and embarrassed by these actions. If the university is trying to recruit more students, this is certainly not the way to go about it. I will think twice before counseling my grandchildren concerning attending UMD — especially the talented female athletes in my family.
Mary Jo Swanson
Shallow Lake, Minn.
The writer was Title IX director for the Lake Superior School District prior to her retirement.