OK... one more perhaps political comment.. . So, I've lived in three cities with WIAC campuses, or is it campi? over the last decade where new facilities/buildings have been built, using combinations of various people's money - that being the tax payers, or students.
Arguments can be made that in some cases upgrades were needed... and that the improvements would attract students and benefit those already there... And the majority of students benefit, too, compared to say the number who have played on an athletic team...
But to those of you have have graduated, is your university/college better known because it has state-of-the-art facilities, and that is what you remember from your time there? Do you remember sitting in a fancy new desk, taking notes in an English class?
Or do you remember more vividly your time there following the sports teams, and the successes or failures those teams had, and the nail-biters you may have attended?
Do people across the country look at your school and say, hey, aren't you guys the ones who have the best oak desks? Or do they say, hey, didn't you guys win a D3 title last year?
Or will they be asking "hey, what happened to your soccer team? Didn't you guys have a soccer team?"
It's not the oak desk it's the electron microscope. It's not notes in English class, it's having a performing arts center or a state of the art computer lab. Look, the vast majority of D3 students hardly ever attend sporting events. At most D3 schools, sporting events are primarily for the athletes, not for the student body. Does that change at certain schools and in certain circumstances? Absolutely. But I can remember basketball games at W&L (arguably a pretty poor basketball team when I was there) with 50 people in the crowd, almost all parents. Same with soccer and certainly the nationally ranked tennis teams almost never had fans. A student journalist like me? Sure, but fans? No. Even the football team, at the time generally .500, had most of the student body not bothering to show up or leaving after the tailgate.
I love D3 sports. I go to Birmingham Southern soccer, football, and lacrosse games because it's my local D3 school. I drive an hour each way to go to Huntingdon football games when they are playing an exciting game. But we're the exception. Sports just aren't the driver you are trying to make them out to be for the "campus experience" in a lot of places.
Having a modern, large, useful computer lab that accommodates your student body? Much more important to almost everyone than having a men's tennis team. I'm thinking UWO is not going to be the last school to take this path.