Maybe.

Williams currently has the fourth or fifth highest per student endowment of the liberal arts colleges (I think Amherst may have moved just ahead).

Williams already spends signficantly more on athletics than most of its national competitors — twice as much. So you are in a bit of zero-sum game viz-a-viz the competition. In other words, if you spend even more on athletics, you have to spend less in some other area.

At some point, Morty has to ask whether increasing athletics spending could possibly increase the appeal of Williams. It’s already solidly known as the sports school among high-end LACs, so I don’t know where the upside is.

]]>If there is a demand and need for higher spending in club sports than I think the College would be doing a disservice to its students if it discounted such an increase out of hand due to its already impresive athletic spending.

]]>EQUESTRIAN TEAM 12

SAILING 30

MEN’S RUGBY 30

WOMEN’S RUGBY 35

MEN’S WATERPOLO 16

WOMEN’S WATERPOLO 20

MEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE 57

WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE 32

CYCLING 24

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL 12

FENCING 10

There’s a debate tonight about whether club sports should get more money… it should be interesting.

]]>Yes. So is rugby, and probably cycling.

]]>Note that the 278 is less than 5% of the population.

Huh?

278/1950 = 14.3%, give or take.

]]>Note that the 278 is less than 5% of the population and some/many/most of those students also play a jv or varsity sport. (And some play two clubs.) So, if 33% play varsity and, at most, 5% play club, then 12% play jv? I doubt it! Take out all the double-counts and it would seem that the varsity/jv/club population is a lot closer to 40% than 50%.

]]>The frisbee team is the biggest club sport, with 89 “serious” members. Rugby is the next highest, with 65.

]]>This does not include club sports or the numerous JV teams.

BTW, the source for the 50% number is Williams own website:

http://www.williams.edu/admission/studentlife_athletics.php

Roughly half of Williams’ students compete on at least one varsity, junior varsity, or formal club team.

And:

Percentage of Students who compete in varsity, JV, or club sports

50%

Followed immediately by (perhaps for the benefit of some math challenged low-band tips):

]]>Percentage of Students who do not compete in varsity, JV, or club sports

50%