Soft-Drink Contract To Bring UCA Millions

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A contract for beverage services at the University of Central Arkansas will bring in about $2.2 million, but some academic faculty want the money to fund academic needs — not athletics.

“Everybody should have a chance for a piece of the pie,” professor Don Bradley III said at the Faculty Senate meeting Thursday. “In my opinion, in the past, we haven’t gotten things because we haven’t asked for them.”

The athletics department has likely already asked for money from the new contract, Bradley said. The $2 million from a previous contract with Pepsi also went to athletics.

The beverage services contract was awarded to Pepsi 10 years ago for about $2 million. That money went to athletics needs, faculty said. The contract came up for renewal this year, but UCA has awarded the contract to the Coca-Cola Refreshment Company.

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