There are plenty of examples of Penn State grabbing the cash anywhere they can. You don't have to look very far. Parking for the football games used to be $5. Now it's $20. Ticket prices continue to go up year after year. Nittany Lion Club donations are going up. But each time they ask you to open your wallet they're just going after the wealthy alumni who can afford it. What's sad is when you see them screwing over cancer victims.
A few weeks ago Penn State announced their Target Ten Challenge to raise money for THON.
Penn State is calling for an unprecedented 10,000 students to pack the Bryce Jordan Center for the nationally televised Jan. 29 showdown with the Buckeyes on ESPN. If the goal of 10,000 student tickets sold is reached, then all proceeds from $5 student single game ticket sales for the following game vs. nationally ranked Michigan State (Saturday, Feb. 2) will be donated to benefit THON 2008.
Sounds great. Nobody is going to object to raising money for kids with cancer, right? Well, their Target Ten campaign fell woefully short.
The student turnout for the game was about 6,000, Loren Crispell, marketing manager for Penn State basketball, said.
Oh no! The kids get nothing? Well not exactly. I guess Penn State does have a heart.
Ok. So Crispell changed his tune after Target Ten fell short and said a portion of the proceeds would go to THON. Last week I said this wasn't enough
Now, I just want to say I was way off. We didn't come anywhere near 3000 students. In fact, we only had about 1500.
Loren Crispell, marketing manager for Penn State basketball, said 1,529 student tickets were sold for Saturday's game, which raised $7,645 for Thon. The Nittany Lions beat No. 8 Michigan State 85-76.
So they came to their senses and decided to donate all the proceeds from February 2 instead of just a portion. Sounds great, but lets do some math here.
This is disgusting and unacceptable. I am pleased that Penn State answered my plea to do more, but it's not enough. The school gets to pocket $30,000 out of this campaign and THON only gets $7,645? In what world is that fair?
Here's a solution, Mr. Crispell. Give all the money to the kids. All $37,645 of it. Then it will be fair and you won't go to hell.
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