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Better than to the marching band.
Here’s why this is good news and money well spent: my 18-yr-old son is a jazz musician who has been getting paid gigs since he was eleven. My parents, siblings, and all our spouses are Spartans, and my son grew up a State fan. I’d have loved nothing better than for him to be a Spartan, and his final college choice came down to MSU and an out-of-state school. Both schools offered significant scholarships and he got to know both professors for his instrument and liked both very much. But the others school’s facilities – from practice rooms to performance halls to classrooms and more – simply blew away MSU. About five years ago, MSU had a fantastic plan to upgrade the music facilities – including relocation of the school to the site of the old Physics-Astronomy building – but when the economy tanked that plan got vastly reduced. Needless to say, he’s now a freshman at the other school, with his parents’ full support.
I know this gift doesn’t go directly to facilities, but it will certainly help enhance the already solid reputation of the Jazz Studies program. It’s such a small program that just attracting one or two more talented students per year can make a big difference.
Another reason why I like doing business with MSUFCU. I have 4 different accounts with them and could not be happier with their service. Outstanding organization.
This. It's about damn time the administration created a University the football team can be proud of.
I wonder if you complain about all the donations that go to athletics.
"Look at this. An entire generation of Cinderellas, and there's no glass slipper coming." -- Mother in ALMOST FAMOUS
What's the angle? Who's the mark?
+1 for cashing in on a 15 sec window, dick!
Yeah I've been to a few performances, absolutely amazing. I'm only a halfassedly shitty clarinet player so I'm no aficionado but wow
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I want MSU to be the best in the world at everything - even if that's *sigh* Jazz Studies.
yeah they could have at least split it up a bit in the music program. Like Ethnomusicology or music therapy or something useful
MSU no longer has a music therapy degree program.
Shameful, considering that we were the first university in the country to offer it.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
As to Jazz Studies, I think it's a great investment. Some of the Professors of Jazz (the name some of the Jazz Studies profs perform under) have great connections, for instance to Wynton Marsalis - whom they've brought to local intimate venues such as the Creole Gallery.
As to $1M, I don't know what it takes at today's low interest rates to fund an endowed professorship, but this could be a down payment on doing that. Obviously it won't fund significant capital improvements. Facilities improvements, or moving to a new building, will cost many millions of dollars and will take years. But bringing in a distinguished figure as an endowed professor could attract quality students.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but: keep in mind that MSUFCU is a non-profit member organization. This donation seems laudable, but there is no free lunch. Every donation subtracts from member dividends a tad, or affects member interest rates a bit. Again, I think this is a laudable donation, but it comes from the pockets of MSUFCU members. It's a credit union, not the Ford Foundation or the MSU Foundation. So it's easy to say the donation should have been $10M - but the money has to come from somewhere.
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