A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium.

$1 Million Of Frugal Librarian’s Bequest To N.H. School Goes To Football Scoreboard

News that late librarian Robert Morin left the University of New Hampshire $4 million has been hailed as a symbol of Morin’s dedication and generosity. But the school’s decision to spend $1 million of that money on a new video scoreboard for the football stadium is being criticized.

“A life lived in frugality, spent frivolously” on a million-dollar scoreboard, one commenter wrote on a local newspaper site, calling the decision “an assault” on Morin’s life. Others say it’s simply a shame that more of the money didn’t go to the university’s Dimond Library, where Morin spent much of his life.

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

6 thoughts on “A very frugal librarian, the late Robert Morin, left millions of his life savings to the University of New Hampshire where he worked as a librarian, then the University spent $1 million dollars of that money on a scoreboard for a new football stadium.”

  1. from source:

    “News that late librarian Robert Morin left the University of New Hampshire $4 million has been hailed as a symbol of Morin’s dedication and generosity. But the school’s decision to spend $1 million of that money on a new video scoreboard for the football stadium is being criticized.

    “A life lived in frugality, spent frivolously” on a million-dollar scoreboard, one commenter wrote on a local newspaper site, calling the decision “an assault” on Morin’s life. Others say it’s simply a shame that more of the money didn’t go to the university’s Dimond Library, where Morin spent much of his life. ”
    – NPR.ORG

  2. This is why I don’t donate a dime to my alma mater. They have shitloads more money than they need, and it never gets spent on altruistic shit on *their* end, always ending up in administrative bloat whose main goal is to squeeze more and more profits out of hapless undergrads, including athletes of course. Why the fuck would I perpetuate that system???

  3. I went to UNH. I was there when this happened. Let me just say the student population was not happy when they learned this.
    Football isn’t even UNH’s big crowd drawing sport, Ice Hockey is.
    The school also spent a large sum of money on a new Jumbotron scoreboard in the hockey arena and everyone hated it because the old one worked just fine.
    They also bought a fancy table for one of the dining halls that had LED lights in it. The thing cost like $35k! No one wanted it, no one asked for it, and now that they have it they don’t even turn on the lights. It is also the most expensive state school in the country (I believe), so it’s not like they are begging for funds.

    The only good thing I can say about UNH is the social life it provided. I made many great friends there and had the best time I could when not busy with school work.

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