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Pulaski Tech faculty members give nod to athletic program proposal

In a poll conducted last week by the Faculty Council, Pulaski Technical College faculty and staff expressed their approval of establishing an intercollegiate athletic program at the college.

According to Jason Bass, council president, 61 faculty members (80 percent of those responding to the poll) expressed approval of the Arkansas Junior College Athletic Foundation's proposal, which calls for establishing a men's football program in 2004 and a women's volleyball program the following year.

Fifteen faculty members (20 percent of those responding to the poll) expressed disapproval of the proposal.

The foundation presented the proposal at the July 7 meeting of the Pulaski Tech Board of Trustees. John E. Barnes, chair of the board's athletic committee, said the trustees decided to delay a decision on the proposal until a special meeting Sept. 15 in order to garner faculty, staff and student input to make a more informed decision.

By state law, no college or state funds can be used to fund two-year college athletic programs. All funds must be raised from the private sector.

The Pulaski Tech Student Government Association will poll students about the proposed program on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the student center.

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