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    Lead story on local TV station's website:

    Some major decisions are being made about the future of Wheeling Jesuit University.

    The board of trustees began meeting early Wednesday morning, and that meeting will likely continue through the afternoon.

    While we don't know what is being decided for sure, a name change for the university is a likely subject, as the Jesuit affiliation has to be removed.

    The financial future of the school is also a topic of discussion.

    The university declared a financial exigency in March before cutting numerous programs and jobs in April.

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    Are the options 1) WU (WHATEVER U) continues as a minimal college with more sports than majors 2) folds their hand and starts a fire sale or 3) some unforeseen merger or entirely different direction ???

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    Anything come out of yesterday's meeting ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALUPA69 View Post
    Are the options 1) WU (WHATEVER U) continues as a minimal college with more sports than majors 2) folds their hand and starts a fire sale or 3) some unforeseen merger or entirely different direction ???
    I think it will be option 1 but it also could be 3.

    Option 2 would be a viable option if WU actually owned anything of value. Remember that the church actually owns the buildings and the property so WU closing would net almost nothing (guess they could sell the desks, drapes and basketball nets).

    Option 3 would only be viable as a merger. But as WU doesn't really own anything except it's name (whatever that turns out to be), why would another college want to merge with them? An established college would be taking on WU's debt (whatever that is) in exchange for nothing of value. Now what COULD happen is for an on-line college looking for a brick and mortar location to merge with WU (kind of similar to the Urbana/Franklin situation).

    But if I were a betting man, I'd be willing to put a couple of bucks on #1...This meeting produces a name change only and the school tries to dig itself out through streamlining and cost cutting at least for this coming year. This coming year will go a long way toward answering the question of weather they can stay in business as an independent private college or weather they merge with an outside entity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boatcapt View Post
    I think it will be option 1 but it also could be 3.

    Option 2 would be a viable option if WU actually owned anything of value. Remember that the church actually owns the buildings and the property so WU closing would net almost nothing (guess they could sell the desks, drapes and basketball nets).

    Option 3 would only be viable as a merger. But as WU doesn't really own anything except it's name (whatever that turns out to be), why would another college want to merge with them? An established college would be taking on WU's debt (whatever that is) in exchange for nothing of value. Now what COULD happen is for an on-line college looking for a brick and mortar location to merge with WU (kind of similar to the Urbana/Franklin situation).

    But if I were a betting man, I'd be willing to put a couple of bucks on #1...This meeting produces a name change only and the school tries to dig itself out through streamlining and cost cutting at least for this coming year. This coming year will go a long way toward answering the question of weather they can stay in business as an independent private college or weather they merge with an outside entity.

    You guys sure as heck better not lose to them in the opener. That would be a riot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    You guys sure as heck better not lose to them in the opener. That would be a riot.
    Hey...given the state of our team, I wouldn't be shocked if it happened.

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    Website has name changed to Wheeling University. Also, Men's wrestling has been removed from sports offered. No announcement from school as yet.

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    Wondering if they accidentally posted the logo upside down. A “W” would seem to make more sense than an “M”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFOILERFAN View Post
    Website has name changed to Wheeling University. Also, Men's wrestling has been removed from sports offered. No announcement from school as yet.
    Wrestling is the second sport to be removed; Men's Lacrosse was removed around July 8.

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    So added football and eliminated wrestling, lacrosse, swimming and diving?

    Did they previously have tennis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBlood View Post
    Wondering if they accidentally posted the logo upside down. A “W” would seem to make more sense than an “M”.
    It's showing up everywhere, maybe it's supposed to be mountains? We don't even have hills in Findlay so I can't say for sure.

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    From WV Metro News:

    http://wvmetronews.com/2019/07/18/wh...ng-university/

    Sounds like the name change is officially unofficial ... if that makes any sense.
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    New board chairman actually granted interview with local TV station. Insists they have enough money to make it through the year - "We know that right now we are okay for a year" - despite enrollment dropping to 400 students. Says they are looking at many options to bring in more money and are doing everything they can "to make sure it goes beyond that." Big sigh of relief from the rest of the MEC.

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    Car washes, bake sales, bingo and sell Joe Corbi's pizzas!

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    Why does the school have to remove Jesuit from its name? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8ness97 View Post
    Why does the school have to remove Jesuit from its name? Just curious.
    The core curriculum that the Jesuits established when they became administrators of the school is not offered so it's no longer a Jesuit school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8ness97 View Post
    Why does the school have to remove Jesuit from its name? Just curious.
    From the April release by the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus:

    “Continued financial challenges at the University recently led the Board of Trustees to declare financial exigency. In response to that declaration, University leadership developed a reorganization plan that includes eliminating numerous academic programs, as well as faculty and staff positions. With nearly all Jesuit positions eliminated, and without sufficient lay Ignatian leadership and programming to support the Jesuit identity of the University, the Jesuit affiliation of the University will not be able to continue.”

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    Gosh this is awesome. MEC should kick them to the curb and watch them wither away. This makes me so happy to see this.

    Would be awesome if West Liberty could find a way to acquire the buildings/campus and officially take it over.

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    aren't they on probation by the accreditation service by now? With big drop in enrollment and going year-to-year, that's a model for losing fed funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper912 View Post
    Gosh this is awesome. MEC should kick them to the curb and watch them wither away. This makes me so happy to see this.

    Would be awesome if West Liberty could find a way to acquire the buildings/campus and officially take it over.
    Man what a hard arse, WJU must have given you a 'we don't need you slip' somewhere down the line...

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