Montclair State University to spend $210K on hawk statue

New Jersey’s second-largest public university is spending $210,000 for a 12-foot bronze statue depicting the school’s red-tailed hawk mascot.

But some Montclair State University students, who pay $11,000 in annual tuition and fees, are not feeling the school spirit.

University spokeswoman Suzanne Bronski tells The Record newspaper about half the cost will be paid by mandatory student fees from the Student Government Association and the rest from university funds. About $4,000 in private donations have been raised.

Bronski says the statue will help generate enthusiasm for the school’s Division III athletic program and reinforce a sense of community.

Student Jo Landau tells the newspaper lower tuition, more parking and an administration that listens would really help school spirit.

The statue is expected to be installed in the fall.

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