Opinion: If my university loved me back…

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  1. Austin Gravley says:

    I am not a Tarleton student, but I completely agree with what you’re saying here. I commend you on having the boldness and courage to say what needs to be said about university culture as a whole. I hope your piece will cause some change within your school, at the very least.

  2. Madison says:

    Love this article so much. I think you say things that a lot of people have been thinking themselves.

  3. Emily says:

    An opinion, yes but oh how short sided. The author states “Tarleton doesn’t love me, it just loves my money.” Because silver taps, student to faculty ratios, and easy assess to the presidents office all show that Tarleton doesn’t love you right? I mean what other state university can you attend where all of your professors know you by name? Where department heads will sit down with students to discuss a problem for over an hour? Where the president invites you into his home? It’s unheard of. I love my school but I am very disappointed in the number of students who recently complain about “the growth” our university is experiencing. Do you not understand Tarleton is trying to go D-1? In order to be D-1 you must have a certain number of facilities on your campus. It’s all about me, me, me, me. Well I don’t know about you but this fall I will graduate with a BSN from Tarleton Stare University. And I want that to mean something. I want Tarleton to be a university that is recognized across the state for its excellence and family atmosphere. So excuse me if I don’t care so much about parking 5 more blocks away, and cracks in the older academic buildings. Our campus was founded in 1899- not everything is going to be in tip top shape. This is a pivotal point in our universities history. Growth presents its fair share of challenges in any organization. You can wallow in the challenges of that change, or you can embrace it, look toward the future and understand that what is happening now is far greater than your own agenda. That’s what being a Tarleton Texan is all about, caring about the Texans of tomorrow. Not to receive anything in return, but to make a lasting impact for the future. About the only part of this article that I agreed wth is TTM payment. Everything else is very short sided, and sad…that people only see the current situation instead of the vision the university holds. Tarleton cares about you so much that they want you to carry a diploma from a university that means something. Where people say, wow. You went there? That’s too cool. And in order to get that growth is required.

  4. Josh Young says:

    Ouch. But every word is completely true. I spent 4 years at Tarleton from 2011 -2015. I feel exactly the same. So many programs are forgotten or the money is pulled somewhere more flashy. I think much of TSU’s vision has been lost to the scramble for D1 status. What is more important: Investing in your students’ education or getting more money from the state? I’m pretty sure it has been the latter for too long.

  5. Blake Preston says:

    As a student who is a 2nd year RL, A former tutor and SI leader for ARC, a former SGA senator, and a member of god knows how many other organizations all I can say is WOW. I’m incredibly sorry that you feel this way about our school but I find this article completely insulting to all the hard work that I and so many other students put into this school.

    • Tanner says:

      It’s only insulting to the people who don’t realize the entire reason a university exists in the first place. The free exchange of ideas, including the ones you don’t personally agree with. If you don’t like it, you should collect evidence and write your own article with valid points to contrast Ms. Harroff’s piece. Until then, you shouldn’t take insult or take personally the fact that some people have a different opinion than you. It’s not personal.

  6. Stacia Barrett says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I have felt that way twice in my life. The first was when I graduated from Tarleton in 2007 and the second when I graduated from Baylor in 2013. I used to recieve updates from my department and still felt a part of the campus. Then one year I didn’t renew my alumni membership and I had to go in search of news. I also did not like the idea of the rec center being built with the tuition of my classmates and I when I would never even step foot in it. But I can also see the other side of the coin. But it doesn’t make it hurt less since I bleed purple and the school doesn’t even know. People often associate me with Baylor as my last school attended and a well known one but for me the four years at Tarleton (that still causes me to feel disrespectful walking on grass, and requesting ducks in costumes for secret Santa gifts) was much more impactful that my time not on campus in grad school.

  7. Claire Wilkison says:

    The $60,000 increase may be going more towards the Grassburr rather then the JTAC. It costs thousands of dollars to produce hardback yearbooks in color. Depending on the publishing company, it can be VERY expensive. Especially when distributed to the entire student body.

  8. Tanner says:

    Wow. Excellent article bringing light to many issues I have noticed during my time here. Why don’t we know about Jergins yet? Politics, probably. The students deserve to know, and the lack of transparency from our administration is atrocious. Also, I almost never read the J-tac (like most students, lets be honest) and when I do, it’s only fluff stories. We are college students, mature enough to handle real and honest journalism, at least I would hope.

    We also pay our administrators HEFTY salaries (just google the salaries of these individuals, which are legally open to the public), but somehow they just can’t seem to afford to fund an honest news organization (among other academic organizations) dedicated to serving and informing existing students, not incoming. They spend tons of money based on things they WANT, not things they NEED. Fountain, anyone? While it is a nice fountain, I’m sure most would have rather seen that money go to something that would benefit the students directly, whether it be in the form of academics or even a new parking lot.

    A HUGE thanks to Denise Harroff and the team at Texan News Service for providing honest and real journalism to our students. I know your hard work is appreciated by students, at least. Unfortunately, the university system has been overrun with bureaucrats disguised as educational administrators. The value of money has clearly superseded the value of education in public universities, not just Tarleton. Hopefully, our generation can do something to change this. Good for you, Ms. Harroff.

  9. Skip Nichols says:

    I hope the university pays attention to the valid points raised by this young woman.

  10. Bill W says:

    Well said. Well written. Keep presenting your viewpoint.

  11. Moumin Quazi says:

    As a faculty member, I can definitely say, “I love you.” Thanks for sharing your opinion. Quite a courageous thing to do, in spite of the inevitable backlash you’ll feel from those too gung-ho to hear your rationally-argued heart.

    For the record (to those who might not understand my point), I’ve never met Ms. Harroff.

  12. Casey O'Neal says:

    Don’t you worry, Tarleton will not forget you after you graduate. I still get mail from them all the time asking for more money.

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