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home : opinions :   May 27, 2016

7/10/2013 9:32:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Bring back IVCC football and nickname Apaches





Congratulations to sports editor Kevin Chlum and his column concerning athletics at IVCC on Tuesday, July 2. (See Related Stories below.)
Kevin hits the proverbial nail right on the head. IVCC needs to do one of two things: Make a full commitment to its athletic programs or chop them all together. Coaches and athletes need to have the backing of a school’s administration.
They work hard and make too many sacrifices representing their school to deserve anything else.
Many people in the area can remember back when IVCC had football. The beginning of the end for athletics at IVCC began when they dropped football. The short-sightedness of past administrations and the political correctness of past administrations is coming back to roost. How many people in the area still refer to IVCC as the Apaches before political correctness forced a name change to the Eagles?
Regarding building community support for IVCC, they had it and misused it. Back in the ‘70s, and ‘80s, it was a sign to behold when everyone supported their different high school teams on Friday nights but come Saturday night everyone from Mendota to St. Bede to La Salle-Peru to Ottawa, Princeton and all points in between were in Howard Fellows Stadium pulling together as one for the IVCC Apaches. Visiting teams and coaches often commented on how they hated to come to IVCC and play in such as environment with 5,000 Illinois Valley residents 100 percent behind the Apaches.
Maybe that’s what needs to happen at IVCC. Let’s have a rebirth of that great community spirit. Bring back football and drop the Eagles and bring become the Apaches once more.

Mike Brown,
Utica








Related Stories:
• Chlum: Time for IVCC to decide





Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: Bluff Pup

Fiscal hard times at IVCC are causing college leaders to consider restructuring its tuition waiver program and possibly eliminating entire sports programs?

IVCC board audit/finance committee need to examine the administrations salaries, benefit packages before eliminating educational and athletic opportunities.

Opinion:
The Administration and Board of Trustees are not in the EDUCATION BUSINESS, they’re in the Construction /General Contracting Business. Cheryl Roelfsema and the Board are so pleased that the administration will be purchasing nearly a million dollars worth of furniture to decorate the new Tech Center.

IVCC FINANCIAL LOITERING: AND THE NEWLY ELECTED BOARD VOTED AND APPROVED 3 percent raise for Jerry and 2.5 for his FOLK.

ICCB www.iccb.org - 2012 Salary information for IVCC

JEROME CORCORAN PRESIDENT Base Pay: $ 171,357
Benefits: $ 32,230 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,334

CHERYL ROELFSEMA : VP BUSINESS & FINANCE Base Pay: $ 106,637
Benefits: $ 16,329 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,240

LORI SCROGGS : VP FOR PLANNING & INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Base Pay: $ 94,907 Benefits: $ 16,669 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,634

PATRICK BERRY : CONTROLLER: Base Pay: $ 68,536
Benefits: $ 20,348 Extra Duty Pay: $ 306

GLENNA SUE JONES : DIRECTOR OF HR College: Base Pay: $ 61,693
Benefits: $ 20,295 Extra Duty Pay: $ 535

JAMIE GAHM : CONTINUING EDUCATION $ 83,594
Benefits: $ 10,991 Extra Duty Pay: $ 374

TRACY MORRIS : ASSOICIATE VP, STUDENT SERVICES Base Pay: $ 68,425 Benefits: $ 8,465 Extra Duty Pay: $ 368



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