Walk around Bloomington, Ind., and the community is a nice marriage of university and business. IU is not just confined to an area of the town and nothing else and everybody benefits.
NDSU, meanwhile, is making in-roads into the community with its moving of the archictecture program downtown to a beautiful renovated building. Everybody benefits. In the near future the College of Business will move its operations to the former Pioneer Mutual Building, a nice move especially when you consider it puts students near to real world of business downtown.
In today’s Forum, Assistant House Majority Leader David Monson seems to have a problem with that. "You’ve got land there, build on campus," he said.
So what’s so bad about putting students amongst downtown business leaders? What’s so bad about spreading economic dollars (students will eat, breath and live downtown)? Do we need to put a barbed-wire fence around campus with a sign: don’t feed the animals? I once wrote a column that NDSU has to shed its Ivory Tower image and be a part of the community. It has done that. It is one of the largest employers in this region and it should spread its borders.
What does this have to do with athletics? There’s a parallel here. When Bob Babich took the head football job in 1997, one of the first moves he made was to move his players out of Jockbridge (Stockbridge) Hall and spread them around campus. It was a great move. It diminished the football player stereotype and sent a message that they are just students rather than a bunch of apes bottled up in a zoo.
NDSU students, faculty and administration are one of us. Not one of them.