I find myself agreeing with regent (Tom) Clifford when he says the University of New Mexico is not a good value to students. I say this as an alum of UNM who also had two daughters graduate (from) there, as well. But I come to this decision not from an education point of view.
I have always believed that there was more to a college education than just the classroom. There is the college experience, and it is there that I believe UNM is lacking. I was in a fraternity when I came back from the Army in 1968. It was one of the best times of my life. Over the years, as the university became more liberal, the Greek system was pretty much run off campus. There are still a few fraternities and sororities on campus, but (they involve) a much smaller percentage of the students.
In the past, many student leaders on campus came from the Greek system. Many leaders of the community came from that era – from Turner Branch to Jim Dines and Raymond Sanchez. All were leaders on campus, and all were Greeks. There were many others, as well. The Greek system held their members to educational standards, and mandated they obtain a certain grade point in order to join and remain in their chosen group. Financially, I have always believed that Greeks as a group donate more back to universities then do independents.
I believe that along with the education received by students in college, they also should get the college experience. It is the last time in their lives with a minimum (of) responsibilities. Families, jobs and paying the bills (will) soon be upon them.
Maybe it is because UNM is a community college that does not have the usual student population, or maybe it’s just because I am an old geezer who misses the good old days. Or maybe it’s because the university caters to all the politically correct groups. But I don’t see (many) in them offering a college experience. There are fewer students at athletic events. There are few fun celebrations, like homecoming decorations or parades. There is no fiesta, which was a celebration just before the end of spring semester and prior to finals. It is for those reasons that I must agree with regent Clifford about the value to students of the University of New Mexico.