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Changing trajectory of BSU athletics
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Changing trajectory of BSU athletics

In letters sent last week to Bemidji State University athletic staff and key boosters, President Richard Hanson spelled out changes he’s making within BSU athletics.


Supported by a 74-page report by Collegiate Consulting, the president challenged the athletic department staff to “change the trajectory of athletics at our university and to ensure financial stability.”

Words alone aren’t going to solve problems or make a difference, though.

The old “work smarter, not harder” adage won’t suffice, either.

The report states BSU has too few coaches who are paid too few dollars and perform too many duties. It also shows women, with twice as many Division II sports as BSU men, have a third fewer scholarships for Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition.

BSU’s “wake-up call” came after it subsidized the men’s hockey program with $262,380 last year.

The university, in an effort to gain better financial footing and become more competitive on the field, aims to infuse more money into its athletics through the private sector. Hanson’s first step is hiring a new athletic director – one who will tell BSU’s story and persuade alumni, businesses and other financial boosters to give more money.

Going forward, the story must be about more than just the what. It also must be deliberate – specifically targeting the who, where, when and how – if BSU plans to be successful.

Abuse of trust

An abuse of trust and position by a former minister of churches in Cass Lake and Lake George is unconscionable.

Last week, a Hubbard County jury returned guilty verdicts against Darwin Frederick Schauer, 71, of Laporte, for sexually abusing a child for three years.

Schauer, in a position of authority, misused his influence for his own gratification. He abused the trust of a child and the congregations he served. And when he appears in court later this month, a judge will consider whether to consider Schauer’s predatory behavior from nearly 30 years ago when issuing a sentence.

Schauer, convicted in 1983 for a similar offense, has had a second chance at redemption. Now a judge has a second chance at putting Schauer where he belongs – a long-term facility for predatory offenders.

Ring a bell

With three weeks left before Christmas, the Salvation Army needs help raising funds used locally for emergencies.

Organizers of the red kettle campaign – visible at both Lueken’s stores, Marketplace Foods and Walmart – say donations go up dramatically if there are volunteers to ring the bells.

Consider donating an hour or two this holiday season to the effort, knowing the money will be spent locally to help out neighbors and community members in a time of need.

To volunteer, call Carol Lauderbaugh at 333-4185 or Gene Campbell at 556-8048.

Pioneer staff reports