Re: The Black Athlete: BC has some work to do
posted at 12/14/2010 8:24 PM EST
In Response to Re: The Black Athlete: BC has some work to do
[QUOTE]Yo LP, You've ignored my offer, but it's still on the table. Anyhow, I just don't get all the fuss about merit scholarships. Almost none of BC's peer institutions offer merit scholarships (South Bend included!) And neither should BC because the priority should be giving money to those who most need it. You may not know that BC is one of only a handful of private universities in the country with a 'need-blind', 'full need' admission policy. That means that BC does not consider an applicant's ability to pay when making acceptance decisions, and moreover, that BC guarantees to pay 100% of demonstrated need of EVERY student admitted. Obviously, most private universities opt not to have 'need-blind/full-need' admissions because it puts a huge burden on the school's endowment. It's much cheaper to consider need during the admission process. That way, you can weed out applicants who can't pay -- then you don't have to worry about coming up with financial aid for them. This is the strategy that BU, Tufts, and the great majority of private universities have adopted. With the money they save, they can then target (a relatively few) smart kids by offering merit scholarships. But, BC, for all its flaws, does try to be a Catholic university, and has thus committed itself to need blind/full need admissions because it is the just thing to do. Any applicant who is accepted to go to BC should be able to attend, irrespective of their ability to pay. Yes, it costs the university a heck of a lot of money every year. Yes, we could abandon need-blind admissions and use the money instead on merit scholarships, as LP and other alums have proposed. But I'd rather have an institution which uses its money to allow everyone to attend rather than to 'buy' a few smart kids. Call me a socialist. I'm just a Christian.
Posted by southernmiss[/QUOTE]
Not sure you were on the boards a few months ago but the reason LP wants merit based aid and not need-based aid is very simple: he believes that merit-based aid tends to aid white people while need-based aid receipients are from a much wider range of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
LP sees merit-based aid as benefitting white people and need-based aid as benefitting minorities.
This was one of LP's first gripes. When he realized that - unlike him - none of us are card carrying members of the Klan, he swiftly changed his tune. But that is the origins of his gripes. This is where his nickname of Longracist comes from.
He doesn't bring it up any more becuase he knows people will hammer him for it, but what bothers him is not how the aid is rewarded. Rather it is who the aid is awarded to. I think he went back and deleted all his posts on the subject but others here will confirm his declarations that need-based aid is reserved "ALAHNA types". I forget his exact words and doubt we can find them in the archive , but that is the jist of it. A few other folks on these boards can shoudl be able to confirm it.
LP thinks that if you are a white Boston-area Catholic who has relatives who went to BC you should get a free ride.
It is the core of the entitlement mentality of LP: white Catholics should go to BC for free, no one should ever have to pay anything for tickets and no one who has a job at BC should ever be fired.
He bends over backwards to pretend he is racially progressive now, but probably the main reason people first got so riled up over him was his blatant racial resentments.