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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Woo pig sooie

Posted By on Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 7:12 AM

John Brummett contemplates the meaning of the Hog cheer in the context of UA Trustee Jim Lindsey's preference in a university president being someone who knows what the words mean.

No, the connotations are not all bad. But, as discussed here yesterday, it can be seen to reflect some warped priorities.

(Note on arithmetic: The study, based on 2006 U.S. Education Department data, that puts UA No. 1 in athletic spending as a percentage of instructional spending is a solid measure of the proportionality of athletic emphasis. It ranks ALL Division I schools, save two service academies. So, while you might say it's understandable that UA is higher in percentage spending than a larger institution -- say LSU -- because the Hogs' roughly comparable athletic expenditures are compared against a smaller overall budget, you must remember the spending is higher against ALL schools, by a significant margin, larger and smaller. UA spends roughly a bit less than $2 on instruction for every $1 it spends on athletics. Given the relatively small percentage of intercollegiate athletes among the UA student body, I'm guessing the spending per affected student is greater on athletics than per student instructional spending. Woo pig sooie.)

But, when it comes to a presidential search and Hog calling, says Brummett:

Do we want the next UA system president to be a confirmed lifetime bleeder of Razorback red? Or do we search nationwide to import established talent in academic administration?

The real question is whether we can hold to “wooo, pig, sooie,” but put the strange chant in its appropriate compartment.

That is to say we need to celebrate it as a sports cheer, but lose it as an anthem for a way of life.

 


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