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Librarian lives frugally entire life to donate a fortune to university library where he worked, university spends money on new football scoreboard ‘in his honor’.

Librarian lives frugally entire life to donate a fortune to university library where he worked, university spends money on new football scoreboard ‘in his honor’.

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  1. LeopardJockey

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I’m kind of relieved that he’s dead. I mean at least he didn’t have to witness this and could die thinking he did something good.

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  2. number9muses

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    So a similar thing happened to my school, where **[ALLEGEDLY]** a couple donated a large sum of money to go toward scholarships for less privileged applicants, and our president instead used it to build a new student center and little things like landscaping and statues to make the campus look nicer. So the couple demanded their money back AND for the president to step down or they’d sue the school, and that caused a lot of drama.

    Anyway, my point is: could the family members of the librarian possibly sue the school for using his money against his wishes?

    Edit: I wrote the rest of the story and everything else I heard about it within later comment chains. So read through them first before asking me “what happened next”

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  3. clarebear329

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    My mom is a librarian and this makes me die a little inside. I still remember her crying when the school she worked at “asked her to leave” so they could hire an intern to staff the library 1 day a week….the way schools from elementary to college treat librarians is an outrage. And the fact that they bought a fucking sign with his money, not even something remotely academic, is a goddamn outrage.

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  4. FussyZeus

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    So when is it appropriate to start suggesting America needs to deal with the toxic relationship we have with Sports in general, and Football especially? Like I get it, people like football and that’s fine, but the NFL is practically a branch of the FCC at this point.

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  5. thinkB4WeSpeak

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This shows that people need to start caring more about education again and less about extracurricular activities. The primary focus of a university should be to learn and teach. I’d say it’s a problem with our culture looking down on academics, that needs to change.

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  6. hayden_evans

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Moral of the story is just don’t donate to universities ever. They suck so much money of out students and increase that amount every year every generation – if they can’t figure out how to properly appropriate the money they rob from students, then that’s their fucking problem.

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  7. solar_realms_elite

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Got my PhD in 2010 and have been working in Academia since then and this is completely unsurprising. American universities are so fucking concerned with Admin over Faculty, and Image over Education.

    They are always telling us that they don’t have the money to hire more tenure lines, even though our course load is enormous. How we need to spend less money on conference travel etc. How “Enrollment isn’t what were were expecting. The budget is going to be really tight this year.”

    But then when the basketball stadium starts getting run-down? Bam! $70 million in upgrades.

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  8. Schrodingerscatamite

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Burn that scoreboard down. Fuck it, burn the whole stadium. Let them *tackle* the education crisis on a level playing field. This one infuriated me, as you can tell

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  9. SolidWookie

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This is why you should have 0 respect for your boss. They have 0 respect for you.

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  10. [deleted]

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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  11. imgguy

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  12. GloriousGuardian

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This is yet another warning that people should not donate their estates to universities, at least without specifying legal criteria. Universities portray themselves as benevolent entities who want to use your money and gifts to ‘help educate children/young adults’, but the truth is that they’re just as greedy as any Fortune 500 corporation.

    Here in Montgomery County, Maryland a woman was convinced to donate her farmland to Johns Hopkins University, with the assumption that they would use it for educational purposes. Instead, they sold it for an obscene amount of money for development. Google Belward Farms.

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  13. no______one

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Reminds of me the time my university towed my car and ticketed me $125 so that the away team could park their buses in the student parking lot.
    Fuck this sports-over-education mentality.

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  14. DjRichfinity

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This is terrible, but the librarian should have set up a trust to enforce what could be done with the money after his death. With the state of higher ed in the US, I would never donate a damn thing. Even the non profits aim to line their coffers and pay off administrators.

    Sports programs draw new enrollments and increase profits. No surprise they would do something this slimey.

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  15. asdfwer089

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This pisses me off more than anything I’ve ever seen on here. He fucking sacrificed his whole like to save that money just so that fans can see the scoreboard slightly larger. There’s 0 chance he was thinking “you know if I buy a crappier car and eat out less and not travel, one day the football stadium will have a bigger tv. I should do that.”

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  16. Ninja10

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I worked security in a library for a little bit. I found a student after hours in the library smoking pot. When I asked why he was in the library after hours he told me “Well i never thought the college gave a shit about its books… Its not football related after all..”

    I couldn’t show it but holy crow was he smack dab on point. with how funds are distributed.

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  17. YohnYassidy

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Fuck football.

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  18. cardboardguru13

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    To be fair, the librarian could have chosen to limit how his donation would be spent. This field of interest is called *planned giving*. A university usually has at least one staff member dedicated to planned giving agreements, if not several.

    If he chose not to earmark the money for specific uses — even just a broad category of use, then this is what you get. A scoreboard.

    Often donors are focused on longer-lasting uses, or they set up a scholarship fund. A $1 million scholarship fund could have had most of its money invested, thus assuring money for scholarship awards for many decades, if not longer.

    Edit: I’ve since read he gave $100,000 to the library and the library received his money. So, yeah, he understood how he was structuring his donation.

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  19. gorkt

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This sort of reminds me of something that happened when I was in high school. Our band teacher was listening to a local top 40 radio station, and heard them making fun of “band geeks”. She called the station up and chewed them out. As a and apology, and as a publicity stunt, they offered to come to our high school and broadcast the band playing. The band teacher and administration agreed, so they came. They let the band play for 5 minutes, then spent the other 3 hours and 55 minutes (between songs) talking about our local sports teams.

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  20. TheBrokePoet

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This NOT what happened! I live in the area. He earmarked the money for the football team in his donation. The poor school has gotten so much shit because people are making things up.

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  21. Kosinski33

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Wait. The spent 4 *milion* dollars on a scoreboard? What kind of scoreboard is that, a gold-plated one???

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  22. italianhandgun

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I went to this school when the money was donated.

    The librarian gave some of his savings to the library and the rest was for the school. The Scoreboard was part of an entirely new stadium.

    Oh and the guy liked watching UNH football. People who go to that school like to use this story to complain for some reason.

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  24. mulcahygreg1991

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  25. Edwardsalex1

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This pisses me off so bad this is horrible!Bastards.

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  26. Neighboreeno88

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Never donate money to schools. They fuck their students over for a pay bonus.

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  27. walmartteacups

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I’m new to this sub, and I’m not sure how seriously to take this article. Like what happened makes me mad, but this article is like..super opinionated. Which is not something you’re supposed to do when writing a news article. And I’ve never heard of boingboing.net

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  28. fuckpig00

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    um… where the hell is his first name. Is he like cher, moby, this Morin fella? NOWHERE does it say his first name. If you’re going to write an article about how his legacy is being mishandled, at least state his whole name somewhere.

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  29. belgoran

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Apologies for not taking the time to link to the original article:

    https://deadspin.com/how-unh-turned-a-quiet-benefactor-into-a-football-marke-1819064622

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  30. lhxtx

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Stories like this are why you should always hire an estate planning lawyer to make the gift in trust to prevent travesties like this.

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  31. Jesus_the_rape_baby

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Sounds like the suggestion is that whoever earns the money ought to decide how to spend it. I don’t agree with this and this doesn’t jive with this sub’s message — we ought to decide communally how to use $

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  32. Shamhandler

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    What does a public, government institution allocating resources in an undesirable way have to do with capitalism or the free market? You understand that this is an example of GOVERNMENT failure, right? Because public schools are part of the government not the market.

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  33. ythl

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Unpopular opinion: librarians are obsolete due to computer indexing and search engines

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  34. Wakkajabba

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Man amasses four million dollars, tell school to do with it whatever they want.

    They do.

    *shrug*

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  35. Raskolnikoolaid

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Seriously, what’s up with American universities. They seem to be the biggest scam ever. I’d have never attended university if I was American, mostly because I wouldn’t be able to pay for it and fuck getting into thousands of dollars of debt. I honestly can’t understand how so many people accept this.

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  36. AccountSky

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Governmetnt CPA here.

    This title is absolutely ridiculous and should be tagged for being highly misleading.

    When somebody gives a donation to a public institution like a university. They are specifically asked what it is for or if it was unrestricted.

    I deal with reading these letters all of the time. “We, Mr and Ms Smith are donating this money unrestricted to UNC”. Or… “We, Mr and Ms Smith, are donating this money to the football program of UNC”.

    There is absolutely nothing to be enraged about here.

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  37. I_think_charitably

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Thought it said Libertarian lived frugally at first. I was confused.

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  38. ReggieJ

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    It’s kinda annoying it was linked to boingboing which basically quoted an enormous chunk of Deadspin’s story rather than linking directly to Deadspin.

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  39. Anonymous

    October 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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