Louisiana State University Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced the installation of a new video board, the largest of its kind in college sports, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
In addition to showing sponsor ads, instant replays, and game highlights, the gigantic screen will display the rising cost of tuition and fees at the state’s flagship university in real time. The PMAC video board also will list rival schools’ four-year graduation rates alongside game scores. In a recent system test, the board correctly showed Florida leading LSU 65% to 38%.
“It’s important to us that students feel a sense of ownership in their campus and their Tigers. So, quite literally, we’re reminding them what this all costs,” said Alleva, whose base salary is $750,000 per year. “Now students can experience the excitement of LSU sports and the sobering reality of paying progressively more for less, all in vivid HD video!”
In-state cost for the fall undergraduate semester at LSU is roughly $5,700, a $300 increase from 2016. That figure includes a $575 “Student Excellence Fee,” among other required fees.
“It’s important to us that students feel a sense of ownership in their campus and their Tigers. So, quite literally, we’re reminding them what this all costs.”
“The Student Excellence Fee? I’ll need to follow up, but I think that pays for our excellent video board and excellent lazy river,” LSU System President F. King Alexander said. “It certainly doesn’t pay for maintaining the library. Have you seen that hideous thing? Anyway, gotta go.”
The new lazy river, part of an $85 million premium addition to the Baton Rouge campus, is a 536-foot watery reproduction of the school’s logo.
“It’s actually a terrifying closed system. I feel trapped inside, and I have to struggle just to keep my head above water,” graduate student Lisa Breaux said.
“Oh, you mean the lazy river? It’s pretty nice, I guess. I thought you were asking about my loan payments.”