Perhaps now we know why Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has insisted that the Big 12 live up to its promise of $20 million in conference revenue beginning in 2012-13.
Texas A&M is attempting to trim $60 million campuswide, and one of the proposed cuts is the elimination of toilet paper in residence hall bathrooms shared by up to four people. The move, which would begin in 2011, is projected to save $82,000.
"We looked at what areas can we cut and not negatively affect our students' academics, and it was that," said Sherylon Carroll, associate vice president for communications.
Carroll added that "some students prefer to bring their own toilet paper anyway."
Students are not happy.
"It's going to be a problem," biological and agricultural engineering major Michael Spiegelhauer told the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
"How's he going to get TP?" asked his buddy, Daniel Overstreet. "He doesn't even have a car."
The football program was valued at $52 million in 2009 by Forbes and generates between $3.5 and $4 million in ticket in concession revenue for each home game, but the athletic department remains in a financial struggle of its own. The department is in the early stages of paying back a $16 million loan to the university.
Thanks to Rob and Mike.