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    This article about U of Alberta pretty well mirrors some of the things I have been writing in the other threads about the Virus and whether we will have a fall sport season.

    The universities are taking a financial hit due to the Virus. Many were already squeezed by government funding cutbacks. I wrote that I was afraid that they will make cuts to spending on sports in response. It looks like U of A is considering doing just that.

    Here is a quote from the article Jim posted a link to:

    Additionally, the COVID-19 crisis has added several layers to our already difficult situation, including the suspension of the spring/summer athletics and recreation fee * normally paid by students, which necessitated a further $300,000 expense reduction in 2020-21,” Reade said. “When facilities were closed, the result was cancellation of a number of our spring camps,** junior varsity programming and our Athlete Academy. The postponement of team and alumni association organized fundraisers*** and closures of casinos all affect fundraising efforts this year
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    * uOttawa just announced the suspension of their athletics and recreation fee and will lose funds. The athletic departments will lose more such fees if enrollment drops in Sept as many are predicting.
    **Ottawa also announced the cancelation and postponement of similar camps
    ***Ottawa has also postponed fundraisers such as the annual TouchDown Dinner and Fundraiser

    Uof A and Uof O will not be the only universities where all of this will happen. Come September the budgets of many athletic departments will be a mess and Varsity sports will suffer. Watch for a lot of appeals to supporters for donations. If your business or job has hit a rock you may not be able to answer the call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawafan View Post
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    The universities are taking a financial hit due to the Virus. Many were already squeezed by government funding cutbacks.
    Here is a quote from the article Jim posted a link to:

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    * uOttawa just announced the suspension of their athletics and recreation fee and will lose funds. The athletic departments will lose more such fees if enrollment drops in Sept as many are predicting.
    **Ottawa also announced the cancelation and postponement of similar camps
    ***Ottawa has also postponed fundraisers such as the annual TouchDown Dinner and Fundraiser

    Uof A and Uof O will not be the only universities where all of this will happen. Come September the budgets of many athletic departments will be a mess and Varsity sports will suffer. Watch for a lot of appeals to supporters for donations. If your business or job has hit a rock you may not be able to answer the call.

    In a financial pinch, survival is the name of game. In order to survive, you have to look back at your primary mission.

    In this case, the mission is to remain an institution of higher learning.

    So, you cut in the fat and, in this case, the fat is athletics. We should all be prepared to accept the loss of varsity sports if it means that all teams can return for 2021 - 2022.

    (tongue in cheek)

    On the plus side, this may mean that some incompetent ADs will be demoted to training cheer leaders and that Marton will get a well deserved break.

    Also, please dont't worry about my sanity. as I do this every year, I'll soon be self-isolating in the woods and won't come out till it's time to open my X-Mas gifts...
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    This reminds me of how all of sudden, I may end up being back at Queen's in fall of 2021.

    So I'll be applying to PhD programs in fall for history. Several in US (around 6, mostly midwest and east coast), 3 in UK, and obviously those in Canada. Preferably US or UK, but if I get unlucky eith my chanves for both, I will have to stay in Canada.

    It's quite unfortunate that I most likely won't be applying to University of Alberta as one of my options. Kinda sucks because UofA has strong group of faculty on Russian and Soviet history (I do more late 1800s-early 1900s, more Imperial times), and they have a lot of resources. However, the barrel of news over past six months gives me little hope when it comes to graduate funding or departmental security, given travel costs and whatnot. Quite tragic indeed, because if it weren't for recent events I'd definitely consider them. UofA is generally seen as the second best acadenically out there among Western Canadian schools after UBC and is best on my field among all Canadian schools west of Toronto.

    Toronto also has its own issues too, like everybody but a possible supervisor there retiring. Even though most of the positions are endowed chairs and they'll be filled in due time but the instability is never a good thing. That's why a friend of mine, probably the brightest Masters student I've met at Toronto, recently picked Queen's over Toronto. It was partly due to that and also because of her positive experiences with my undergrad supervisor, who also taught a seminar course at Toronto during our junior years, but also because of funding. Graduate funding is at bare minimum at UofT and the cost of living in Toronto has gotten out of hand even more so than when I lived in Toronto back in high school. It's still a very good place to be at, but too unreliable.

    Queen's does fund better and their faculty situation looks lot better for now. Besides, living in Kingston the second time cannot be as depressing as London. It wasn't the first time anyway....
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    Even before the pandemic, the Alberta government was mandating deep cuts to post-secondary institutions (except for private and religious ones). As the article mentions, the current government has a particular hate for U of A, so it isn't surprising that they were hit hardest. The government also prohibited school boards from digging into reserves to cover funding shortfalls caused by their late cuts (made after budgets were set). I'm not sure if universities face those same restrictions, but it sounds like it based on the article's mentioning that there was a requirement to balance the budget. When the source from the article is saying "It’s going to hang over the University of Alberta for two to three years yet", he's not just referring to the pandemic and economic downturn. It isn't a coincidence that this is how much time the current government has left in their mandate.

    Lethbridge already axed men's and women's hockey to save money, just one year after hosting nationals. Things are not pretty in Alberta. Universities in other provinces would have some hope that their government will help them stave off the worst of the damage from the pandemic, but in Alberta they're going to use the economy as a cover to cut as much as possible. Even if the government weren't hostile to public education, the oil crash has completely destroyed the provincial budget. They may not be able to help the universities even if they wanted to. Lethbridge won't be the only ones who need to make high profile cuts.

    Since it is noted that this was sent to donors as well as coaches, I suspect the purpose is twofold. One is to prepare for their staff for what is to come. The other is to rally their alumni in a hope that an influx of donations could help mitigate some of the damage.
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