Mr. Parker stated that the students of UM-St. Louis would like to see their money going toward more developed departments on campus rather than the performing arts.
First and foremost, the students are not paying for the Performing Arts Center. Over 90 percent of the funding has already been provided for the building. Students have not had to pay a dime. Nor will they for the remainder.
Secondly, I have great doubts that performing arts students are "the only ones who would even step inside the Center." On the contrary, I believe the new Center will be something of an attraction. People of all ages will come to bear witness to some of the wonderful events that take place. I would think that this would even increase the UM-St. Louis enrollment.
Thirdly, since when has the University adopted the policy of discriminating against minorities, whether it be race, gender, or even (perish the thought) field of interest? I think it's about time someone took notice at what's become one of the fastest developing departments on campus.
For whatever reason, Chancellor Touhill has deemed it necessary to build a new Performing Arts Center. Whether it's a "quest for self-promotion" as Mr. Parker stated, or just that she's noticing a great thing starting to bloom and she wants to help in any way she can, it's going to happen.
Have some faith. You may even like it.