Here's how university flack Hank Dye explained it: "The more you can incentivize private funds being raised ... we think it's a good program."
Compare that with what sociology professor John Schefner said at the protest rally: "You can't teach without teachers. You can't warm buildings without people to work in the physical plant."
It's not hard to guess how most people in Knoxville felt about all this as they watched the evening news last night. We think these bonuses may go the way of Petersen's fabulous job offer to Phillip Fulmer.