University of Alabama spending choices put students on the bench

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What does it say about priorities at the University of Alabama?

About academics?

About students?

About what is important?

The University can build a $9 million weight room with a would-be-waterfall and an anti-gravity treadmill, but when graduate student tutors of athletes work so much they would qualify for benefits, they got the boot.

Roll Tide, guys. But back to the books with you.

A change in policy at the University has capped work hours for many graduate students – including athletic department tutors – at 20 hours. Since most grad students spend 20 hours in teaching posts, and close to 10 hours on second jobs such as tutoring , they were told last month their athletic department gigs are up.

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