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A Dead Librarian’s Generosity Shows You Who UNH Really Is

A loyal librarian scrimps and saves his whole life only to bequeath his $4M to his employer, The University of New Hampshire. Such a heartwarming tale. Until you find out that UNH has decided to allocate his money this way:

  • $2.5 million toward an expanded career center for students and alumni
  • $1 million toward a video scoreboard for the new football stadium
  • $100,000 to Dimond Library, to provide “scholarships for work-study students, support staff members who continue their studies in library science and fund the renovation of one of the library’s multimedia rooms.”*

When asked if they would put Robert Morin’s name on any nice gesture, the school promptly responded by saying that some bench on campus bears his name. A bench.

After realizing this is the first exciting news I’ve ever heard out of New Hampshire, I did a little digging and apparently the faculty of the school is just as appalled by the decision to put $1 million towards an already $20 million stadium renovation. From what they say, the only people who are backing this decision are the school board members and the athletic commission. Perhaps they should use this money to pay for a better PR person?

The current PR disaster committee is really pushing the fact that they’ve given a measly $100,000 to library focused programs but you would think that a scholarship in his name would be created. They are even desperately trying to tie the librarian to football by saying that he watched it in his assisted living home for 15 months. This is one lesson for anyone graduating from UNH. Don’t donate your money to them. Or just don’t send your kids there. They’ve basically let the world know that they prioritize sports over education. Most colleges are accused of thinking this way but only UNH was bold enough to display it so publicly.

So rest in peace, Mr. Morin. You did a wonderful thing, believing to leave money to help educate kids in the school you loved so much. As for UNH?┬áIt’s like they say. When people come into money, you find out who they really are.

 

*http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/15/494134464/-1-million-of-frugal-librarians-bequest-to-n-h-school-goes-to-football-scoreboar

Nicolina Torres
Nicolina Torres

Nikki worked for Barnes & Noble for 15 years, in seven stores. She is the author of This Red Fire, Young Nation, and Girls Who Wear Glasses. She prefers to live in the country and is a new aunt to a potential bookworm.

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