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Union University faculty approve anti-gambling resolution

Bryan Dawson, chair of the math and computer science department, proposes that the lottery is a tax on the mathematically ignorant.
Bryan Dawson, chair of the math and computer science department, proposes that the lottery is a tax on the mathematically ignorant.

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 17, 2002 – The faculty of Union University recently approved a resolution against gambling by an overwhelming margin and voiced their disapproval of the lottery bill which is up for a vote by Tennesseans in early November.

"I think this resolution by our faculty sends a message that is an important one,” said Bryan Dawson, chair of the math and computer science department, who helped draft the resolution, along with Don Richards, associate professor of mathematics. “It says that well-educated individuals who are able to think carefully about the implications and its various facets that the lottery has – that we’ve thought very carefully through this issue and as both individuals and a group of educators, we feel like this is the wrong thing to do.”

Union President David S. Dockery also voiced his support for the resolution.

“I appreciate the initiative of our faculty taking this thoughtful and responsible action,” said Dockery.

The resolution follows.

A Resolution Opposing the Lottery

Be it resolved that the faculty of Union University stand opposed to the state lottery and urge all who are able to vote against it in the upcoming election.

Among the many reasons for this opposition are:

Furthermore, the method of administration of the lottery has not been decided, and will not be decided by vote of the people. Tennessee has a poor record of administering gambling activities, as witnessed by the bingo fiasco in the 1980s, when several were sent to prison for corruption.


Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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