The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported on Friday, March 4 that Chancellor Steimetz has approved a new $300,000 increase in freshman aid for in-state students only. At Lone Star Hog, we were thrilled to hear the news, and just want to remind Chancellor Steinmetz: Don’t Forget the Texans.
I have a confession to make: I am one of the owners of Lone Star Hog, and I am from Arkansas. The truth is, as much as we play up our mutual love for Texas and our roots in the great state next door, Lone Star Hog is, and always has been, a collaborative effort driven by great minds from both Texas and Arkansas. As an Arkansawyer, I wholeheartedly support Chancellor Steinmetz’s desire to attract more of Arkansas’ brightest minds to the flagship institution.
Here’s another confession: I am actually a transfer student from a university-which-shall-not-be-named in another state entirely. I came home to Arkansas because I knew I could pursue all of my interests here, that I would have the flexibility to study in multiple disciplines at the same time, and that I would have the full support, both financially and scholastically, of the faculty at the YOUofA. I am, humbly, precisely the kind of student that I think Chancellor Steinmetz hopes to attract. Coming back to Arkansas after my year away, I felt more at home than ever. But this company would not exist without my Texan counterparts, who deserve to be here at the UofA just as much as I do.
Should sharp Texans be denied the opportunity to study at this great university simply because the Chancellor wants more Arkansans to enroll? Don’t get me wrong here Chancellor—I want the best and brightest of Arkansas here just as much as you do. It elevates us all. But through this great whirlwind of an adventure that is Lone Star Hog, I have learned that the best and brightest of Texas are now an integral part of our university community too. Shouldn’t they have the same chance to create a home here that I had?
Chancellor Steinmetz, I am happy to see financial aid of any kind increasing for freshman at the YOUofA. But don’t forget the Texans. It’s a fine line to walk, and we are curious to see how Chancellor Steinmetz’s strategies will shape enrollment in the coming years.