People attend UAA for education, not athletics. The senselessness of competitive sports is responsible for so many broken dreams, broken bodies, broken lives. Yet UAA proudly sponsors degrading, humiliating entertainment — the AFC fights, where people in cages beat each other up — to pay for the money-sucking embarrassment that is the Alaska Airlines Center. It goes against everything education stands for. The UAA administration needs to clean up its act. It is painful to think of the academic bastion that UAA could be, should be, if it wasn’t for the millions of dollars it throws away every year on sports. Intercollegiate athletics are a waste of money that should instead be spent on academics and student services.
Thomas Harrison Morse, UAA faculty