LETTER TO THE EDITOR: University needs balance

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 3:35 p.m. CDT

From 2008 to 2011, I had the honor of coaching MU's fencing program. During that time, we grew from a Tier 3 club to Tier 1 — just shy of varsity status. MU's fencing squad has repeatedly ended up at national championships, sometimes close to the top. This was partially due to unending work put in by student-athletes; they ran the club, conducted the logistics of tournaments and trained endlessly to become one of the greatest squads of fencers in the Midwest.