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University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay has a lot to say and he’s saying it online.
Jay has been actively tweeting about some of his concerns at UH.
It’s clear. Jay is a man of action and someone who understands the reach of social media. In one of his recent tweets Jay says:
“My staff knows when I see something broken & it obviously hasn’t been fixed in a long time, I’m impatient. THIS IS OUR HOUSE!!”
And he adds.
“What do recruit parents think when they see junk lying around, wallpapers falling off, landscaping unkept & overgrown. “They don’t care.”
“I’m glad he’s bringing it his out and maybe this will open up the eyes of university administrators,” said Senator Donna Kim (D), Senate President.
“I’m glad he’s trying to do something good for the school sort of fix everything up here so we get some student to come here,” said UH student-athlete Uta Tepa.
Jay has been on the job since Jan. 14 and has seen his share of broken urinals wrapped in garbage bags and lights dangling by chords.
He tweets “Walking around our athletic facilities outside our offices, so tired of seeing 5 of 6 light bulbs burnt out over our walkways #noonecares”
“His messaging is focused directly on Chancellor Apple and President Greenwood. A lot of these things are basic maintenance issues,” said Rep. K. Mark Takai.
“He’s calling somebody out?” KHON2 asked.
“Absolutely, absolutely and I join him,” said Kim.
Senate President Donna Kim says the tweets are a symptom of a bigger issue at the university.
“Their spending these monies like they did on this tabloid $84,000 when we could used it to buy the lightbulbs that Ben Jay is talking about and fixing up some of the things around campus,” said Kim.
In another tweet Jay says: “Going to Home Depot & buying several cases of replacement bulbs myself. Will find a ladder & do this myself. Can’t sit idly. Embarrassing”
Another example. “We are cleaning up our athletic offices. Getting rid of moldy carpets. Making it presentable for guests, recruits, parents.”
“I feel like they brought him in for a reason certain things needs some change,” said UH student athlete Tony Grimes.
“I don’t know what it’s going to take for the university to be responsive,” said Kim.
Jay and UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple could not be reached for comment.
KHON2 checked Jay’s Twitter page before the 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday. One of his most recent posts said, “Time to sleep. It’s 3:52AM and I’m in Irvine for Big West meetings. So I’ll have to schedule my light bulb changing for Thursday or Friday.”