In a recent editorial ("Franchot goes too far," April 20), The Sun stated that
If she believes that her budgets are good and beneficial to the school, then she should be willing to discuss and defend them. Little wonder Mr. Franchot and others are frustrated. An objective person would guess the reason she is in stonewall mode is because there is much to hide. All anyone has to do is to walk Towson's campus to view the huge expansion of lavish new football and basketball facilities. Mr. Franchot is merely expressing the frustrations of many taxpayers who decry efforts to make T.U. a football/basketball power by spending millions and then sacrificing the likes of baseball and soccer.
A state the size of
Compare and contrast Towson's financial management efforts with those of
The Board of Regents needs to do a full and impartial investigation of the spending priorities of President Loeschke and her athletic director. Just taking into account the classless way in which she notified the baseball and soccer players and coaches is just your first clue how decisions are made at that institution. Using armed guards with virtually no lead time on the notifications being given to the students-athletes and coaches! As a sportscaster on WBAL radio commented at the time, "Why, what is that all about?"
I wonder if a music professor who recently wrote a letter in her defense would still think that Ms. Loeschke is a "compassionate" administrator if she were to show him the same "courtesies" as she did the baseball and soccer coaches? I think not. The Board of Regents can and should do a whole lot better for Towson University by doing its due diligence and discarding the rubber stamp it has used in Ms. Loeschke's favor up to now.
John McGonigal, Columbia