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Appalled by damage to campus landscaping

 

 

This morning as I drove onto campus, I was appalled at the condition of the green spaces on our campus. The green spaces that our campus is known for; the green spaces that prospective student and their parents talk about being one of the most beautiful they have visited. The pride and joy that many on this campus have worked hard to preserve (Remember the daffodils?)-- destroyed! 

 


After having worked on this campus for many years and having seen many football games held here, never have I seen the destruction that I saw this morning. After weeks and weeks of rain and rain predicted on game day, people were still allowed to park on the green spaces? The spaces that when someone comes on campus are the first to be seen -- destroyed!  

 


The question that begs to be asked is "What in the world were you thinking? When did a "football game" become so important that you would let people come to this campus and destroy it?" And I guess the biggest question of all is "Who is responsible for the repair of this destruction?" 

 


In a time when departments are being asked to "tighten their belts" with budget cuts and we have been told, is not going to get better but worse. Who is responsible? I know that my department does not see any of the money from games played on this campus. I know that my department does not have any scholarships funded by any of the revenue from a football game. I know that our complex is overflowing with students and we are continually seeking spaces for more and more students coming in, but we don''t have a new practice building or field or new grass planted on a "playing field" or a huge "TV" screen or new score boards. We make do with what we have and provide.  

 


I understand that most if not all of the "perks" for the athletic department comes from private funding but really if there is not university how can there be a football team? Someone needs to realize that the university makes the football team not the other way around.  

 


A visitor destroyed our campus, not the students. Let the students do the damage that was done this past Saturday and they would have been kicked off the campus and made to come back and replace all the damage they did. But you let a visitor come to our campus for fun and festivities and let them destroy it. Where is the justification in this action? Money? If that is part of the draw, where is it? I certainly hope going to the repair of the green spaces.  

 


To the person or persons who made the decision to go ahead and open all parking areas, I beg you to come and really, really look at the damage. Damage that will take years to overcome and I will ask...again...why? Was it that important? 

 


 

 


Debbie Whitfield 

 


Dept. of Landscape Architecture  

 


Mississippi State University 

 


 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment 2nd and Goal commented at 9/29/2009 2:40:00 PM:

Really stings considering how the game ended.

 

Article Comment bob commented at 9/29/2009 3:02:00 PM:

Let's hope they learned from this and will now ban parking on turf in wet conditions. Is it possible to allow parking on the road edges on game days on the north and south farms, and have shuttles to the junction?

 

Article Comment Laura commented at 9/30/2009 11:37:00 AM:

I'm surprised that there have only been 2 comments about this reader comment. I read it late last night and figured it would be a hot topic.

I am right there with Ms. Whitfield. I drove by campus on Monday morning and was SHOCKED at the destruction. One part looked like a plow went and scooped up a 10 foot wide strip of grass. Other areas looked like drivers were too lazy to take the road and drove through the grass, leaving horrible track marks behind. There is PLENTY OF PARKING - it would just require, a little bit of something called, WALKING. Perhaps some of this special reserved bulldog parking should be opened up (in this type of situation) to prevent such scarring on campus.

 

Article Comment Melody commented at 9/30/2009 11:43:00 AM:

Now that had to be LSU fans who did that--surely not fans of MSU who'd have to pay for tearing up their on turf. No way. Nothing like that happens at Ala.

 

Article Comment Bill commented at 10/1/2009 8:43:00 AM:

I am a student at mississippi state and I can tell you from my education and experience, grass grows back! If you would drive by today the grass looks much better. Please if you feel that this is such important issue, please email the president. I love how people complain and discuss of their disgusts, but until you do something and try to fix something, you have no merit behind your argument. As a student of this great university, I would like to let you know I did some of the damage saturday, not on purpose, but just by walking on the junction. Am I being thrown out of school??? NO. Get of your high horse and come back to reality.

 

Article Comment Sean commented at 10/1/2009 10:13:00 AM:

Way overboard. It's grass, it will grow back. MSU has an excellent landscaping and grounds crew, as I'm sure you're aware, and as soon as they are able they will surely set to work fixing any damage. This is just a lot of bluster from a woman who likes to hear herself talk.

 

Article Comment Terri commented at 10/1/2009 11:45:00 AM:

"Grass grows back" - yes, but ruts don't fill themselves in. The grounds look terrible and it wouldn't have happened but for a football event. Simple - let football pay to do the repairs...

 

Article Comment Debbie commented at 10/1/2009 12:07:00 PM:

Hey Bill, Don't remember ever placing a letter before for you to comment on, but I will say this, Yes grass will grown back when there is grass to grow, but I don't remember grass growing in ruts. And did you every consider that the campus landscaping crew has enough to do without adding this to it. And by the way, my contribution to this great university, it help the campus landscaping crew by policing areas when there has been a call for assistance. How about you? Done anything extra beside go to school and walk across the junction? The horse ain't high enough for this issue!

 

Article Comment Golden Eye commented at 10/1/2009 1:23:00 PM:

Debbie, quick question. The campus doesnt have enough parking just for students alone on a regular school day so where exactly do you expect 50,000 additional people to park during game day? The visitors you speak of, such as myself, are former students who give back to the university. We are not comingon campus to intentionally vandalize the greenery. We are just trying to park. Im pretty sure Greg byrne and the other higher upps have this situation well under control but in the meantime, give us some other viable options to park.

 

Article Comment Golden Eye commented at 10/1/2009 2:23:00 PM:

Debbie, quick question. The campus doesnt have enough parking just for students alone on a regular school day so where exactly do you expect 50,000 additional people to park during game day? The visitors you speak of, such as myself, are former students who give back to the university. We are not comingon campus to intentionally vandalize the greenery. We are just trying to park. Im pretty sure Greg byrne and the other higher upps have this situation well under control but in the meantime, give us some other viable options to park.

 

Article Comment Debbie commented at 10/1/2009 2:32:00 PM:

I was simply wondering who has a solution to the growing problem. Have you see Youtube. Might want to look at that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOnDM7i0syA

 

Article Comment GTHOM commented at 10/1/2009 2:49:00 PM:

Great video! What's the problem?

 

Article Comment Golden Eye commented at 10/1/2009 4:00:00 PM:

That video shows one area where people were mud wrestling which probably caused 5% of the damage to the landscaping. If security stops that ignorance that still doesnt stop the problem you spoke at length about in this article, which was parking on the grass. What can we do besides build a high rise garage? I just dont think there is any quick fix to this issue. What are we supposed to do, cancel all home gans til this issue gets resolved?

 

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