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09/30/2007 10:23 PM ID: 65252 Permalink   

Toyota Pays the University of Hawaii $500,000 to Hold Aerosmith Concert


Toyota U.S.A. forked over a $500,000 rental fee to the University of Hawaii to hold a private Aerosmith concert at the Les Murakami Stadium on September 29. The concert was part of the Toyota Motor Sales USA National Dealer Meeting.

The half-a-million dollars included the use of the Stan Sheriff Center and Cooke Field which housed other exhibits. In preparation for the convention, UH closed off the entire lower campus and removed all speed bumps on Lower Campus Road.

While the UH Athletics Department is happy with the arrangement, others are questioning why the athletics department was allowed to rent and collect the fee from campus facilities when the upkeep and building are funded by UH as a whole.

    WebReporter: jaded fox Show Calling Card      
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  The last point is a good one, but  
depending on where the proceeds of the rental is going, I have no problem with it. Aren't Universities/Colleges in the US privatized anyways?
  by: hl2k   09/30/2007 10:36 PM     
  That's the problem I think  
It will stay in athletics instead of going to the general fund.
  by: jaded fox     10/01/2007 02:12 AM     
  Re: Private vs Public in the US  
Actually, many of the universities/colleges(post secondary school institutions) are public. Each state has a public school system, frequently with numerous campuses. For example, in New York State, there are over 60 institutions of higher education (many 2 year, some 4 year). Some of the best research institutions in the United States are public institutions subsidized by state taxpayer dollars and federal funds.
  by: cyberbytli   10/02/2007 02:30 AM     
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