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Tuesday, November 20, 2001
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Student Disagrees With
Paper’s Placement of
TO THE EDITOR:
UNC recently crowned its newest Mr.
and Ms. Homecoming. Those students
who did not make it to page three of the
Nov. 12 Daily Tar Heel may not know that
last Saturday’s honors went to Thurston
Cherry and Shayla Higginbotham. For the
first time since I’ve been a student here,
Mr. and Ms. Homecoming did not make
the front page.
The fact that the majority of UNC stu
dents did not vote in the election is the
explanation DTH representatives gave to
inquiring minds at the Association of
Student Leaders meeting last Monday.
However, 1,600 students did vote in the
election. Not only is that more than voted
in any other past Homecoming election,
that’s 1,500 more than the 100 students and
faculty who attended the presentation of an
honorary degree to Chilean president,
Ricardo Lagos Escobar.
That event did make Monday’s front
page. Comparing the numbers, it seems as
though the higher interest fell with
Homecoming, but my math might be off.
The campus might also be interested to
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Maintaining Academic Integrity...
If the school makes academics a priority, the business of college sports doesn't compromise academic integrity
Contrary to what the Knight
Commission might think, the commercial
ization of college sports doesn’t corrupt aca
Ten years ago, the Knight
Commission published its
study noting the abuses in col
lege athletics. Its June report
found that not much has
changed. The commission cites that large
contracts, like the one with Nike, maintain an
“arms race” where schools compete against
each other and that the impact of advertising
and athletic retailers has a negative effect on
the universities’ academic integrity.
However, UNC does a good job of bal
ancing its “big name” athletic program and
academics. UNC has high graduation rates
for athletes and enforces strict policies on
class attendance for athletes. It is up to the
school to emphasize academics and not let
the business of college sports corrupt aca
According to a 1998 study, the gradua-
...Or Corrupting Academic Missions?
The commercialization of college sports turns sports into "big business" and counteracts academic missions
Can’t we just own up to the fact that
while most of intercollegiate athletics are
valuable and appropriate for universities,
big-time college athletics have clearly
become commercial enter
While serving the crowds in
the sports complexes and
behind the television screens,
athletics have little if any relevance to the
academic mission of universities.
It follows the values, if any, of show busi
ness - values that should be deemed corrup
tive to the academic missions of universities.
The Knight Commission recognized this
sad reality a decade ago when it published
its landmark study on abuses in college ath
Unfortunately, it is clear that little has
been done to heed its protests -and the
large programs across the country have con
tinued their downward spiral into a level of
commercialization that is at its core corro-
know that the members of Alpha Kappa
Alpha sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity, Inc. took top honors at the
National Pan-Hellenic Step Show Saturday.
The show, which featured seven of UNC’s
Greek fraternities and sororities stepping
for a sold-out Memorial Hall audience, was
not covered by the DTH.
When asked why, a DTH representative
explained that it was difficult to track down
information on the event.
In the future, I would suggest the fol
lowing means of tracking down informa
tion: contacting the Director of Greek
Affairs (who was a judge), talking with one
of the participating organizations, talking
with students who attended the event or the
always-helpful sending a reporter to the
Journalism and Mass Communication
Faculty Member Foresees
Admissions Problems for
Satellite School in Qatar
TO THE EDITOR:
While the faculty discussion ori the
Qatar proposal last Friday afternoon was
tion gap between the student body and ath
letes was almost closed -with 78.2 percent
of the student body graduating and 72.4
percent of athletes graduating.
The Knight Commission
recommended that presidents
of schools in the six major ath
letic conferences, including
the Atlantic Coast
Conference, come together to look at the
effects of commercialization of college
sports. While the idea of a commission is
good, it is highly unlikely that it would
result in the widespread reform the Knight
Commission is looking for. And it would be
difficult to standardize universities’ policies.
Also, although it might be hard for some
to admit, the publicity UNC receives from its
athletics does add to the appeal of the school.
Our peer institutions, including the
University of Virginia, UCLA and the
University of Michigan also are partly
known for their athletic programs, but like
UNC are balanced with a great reputation
sive to the academic integrity of universities.
The commission outlined three priorities
that should trump college athletics at the
symposium last week. They are student
welfare, institutional welfare
and the dominance of acade
mic values over competitive
or commercial objectives.
Simple enough, right?
But in order to see these priorities realized,
universities would have to cut salaries, beef
up the eligibility standards for athletes and
stop the endless “arms race” for the biggest
television and sports apparel contracts.
It is high time that UNC acknowledge
that being subject to the policies of NCAA,
the conferences or the athletic departments
is ineffective. It is led or influenced by those
who have the most to gain from the farther
commercialization of college sports.
Instead, one must work with academic
organizations, characterized by the acade
mic interests of higher education rather
edifying, one key question was not asked
and should have been considered before
the nonbinding vote that favored establish
ment of a satellite campus in that small
nation on the Arabian peninsula.
Much was made of the fact that the same
admissions standards will be used to select
students for the Doha campus as are used
for admission to Chapel Hill.
But the program in Qatar is to be limit
ed to those seeking a degree in our School
of Business. The standards by which stu
dents are admitted to this campus do not
serve as a guarantee that the student will be
admitted to the business school to begin the
Indeed, most students who aspire to
enter that school do not meet its demand
ing criteria for admission.
What happens to the students at Doha?
Will they be guaranteed admission into the
business program even if their performance
in the first two years is substandard by the
criteria used in Chapel Hill? Will they have
any alternative for pursuing an undergrad
uate degree if their performance (or devel
oping interests) makes the business option
However the above questions are
answered, it appears to me that a degree
from UNC-Qcould not be interpreted as
having anywhere near the same meaning
for academics. So what’s the problem?
Money. The Knight Commission cites
UNC’s $28.34 million renewal contract with
Nike, and many are critical of the salaries
and extras coaches and players receive from
companies. But in a time of state budget
woes, it’s a good thing the state doesn’t have
to pick up the tab on expensive uniforms,
equipment and other related costs.
However, in the case of Nike, the com
pany does understand the importance of
academic integrity at UNC, and has
pledged to give a total of SBOO,OOO to the
Chancellor’s Academic Enhancement
Fund. Also, the Educational Foundation
gives money to academics outside of ath
letics quite often. It gave $350,000 to the
James M. Johnston Center for
If athletic programs continue to maintain
a strong commitment to academic progress
of athletes, this is a nonissue. The business
of college sports is simply a reality, espe
cially at large universities.
than the commercial values of the enter
tainment industry. UNC General Alumni
President Doug Dilbert said the Knight
Commission recommended that presidents
of schools in the six major athletic confer
ences, including the ACC, come together
to address these issues.
And while starting a dialogue is a crucial
first step, the commission should hold all
schools accountable to the enactment of
widespread reform. If the commission is
unable to do this, revenue sports must insist
that society respect the role of universities as
educational institutions and allow them to
spin off big-time college sports to more
appropriate venues like minor league teams.
While revenue sports are an established
reality in universities, this is no excuse to
continue the commercial excesses that have
emerged. The Knight Commission’s goals
are a starting point for the reforms that
must take place if universities want to retain
any sense of academic integrity.
for its holder as a degree earned by stu
dents in Chapel Hill.
Is the money that the University would
receive worth the establishment of this dou
M. Richard Cramer
Department of Sociology
Student Poses Challenge:
Listen To Horowitz, See
What He Has to Offer
TO THE EDITOR:
As many of you know, David Horowitz
is coming on Nov. 28 to Memorial
Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Rather than resorting to name-calling,
protesting, or acts of outrage, I challenge
each and every one of you to attend and lis
ten to what he has to say.
He is one of the only conservative
speakers that will visit the campus this year,
and he has a very relevant message to
deliver. Formerly an anti-war protester, he
came to the realization that protesting U.S.
war efforts cost many in our military their
These protests are publicized by the
media, making our country look divided,
and thus, prolonging the war.
Time to Leave
I admit, I was skeptical about the “War on Terrorism.” I
thought it was a great opportunity for CNN to take over
our living rooms, an opportunity to broadcast a war
that in all truth was much less exciting than the ones I
wished could have been broadcasted. (I’m a sick guy, but
the Spanish-Americalii War would
have been kick-ass).
But, lo and behold our “War”
worked, or at least the first stage. The
Taliban has essentially been rooted
out, and a “coalition" government is
developing. Or is it?
That’s not my point, so let’s just
assume Afghanistan will be the next
bastion of democracy and hope.
What we do know is that since the
religious right - the Taliban - has fall-
en in Afghanistan, the papers and television shows have
been filled with images of liberated men and women, shav
ing their long beards, uncloaking, playing soccer, listening
to radios, dancing and just plain being people again.
Bottom line. The religious, oppressive Right falls in an
ailing country, and people are liberated - super.
Guess what, people: The very same should happen in
the United States. That’s right, it’s time we root out the
“religious right” here at home.
As soon as we’re tired of banding together and crushing
people who aren’t ruled byJudeo-Christian values, the reli
gious right will go right back to its oppressive agenda -
anti-gay sentiment, prayer in the classrooms, teaching the
Bible as literal history, refusing to teach sexual education,
you know the deal.
Fundamentalists already blow up buildings and kill doc
tors who perform abortions.
They want to cover up Britney Spears and teach intelli
gent design theory (which if you don’t know is a just the
newest craze in getting God into classrooms across
America and putting Charles Darwin in the same category
asJJ. Thompson’s “plum pudding” model).
OK. So we’ve got a group of people that wants to cover
women up, teach one set of beliefs, reject tolerance and
have us listen to Tim McGraw.
Anyways, this sounds like the freaking Taliban to me
(minus the country music) - the American Taliban.
I’m even willing to disregard the financial
corruption/influence the religious right has in America and
abroad. I’m willing to look past the fact that Pat Robertson
is in the diamond business with Charles Taylor, maybe the
worst dictator in the world, based out of Liberia.
It’s the religious right’s agenda and jaded perspective
that does the most damage.
For instance, there has been a great deal of noise made
about Jerry Falwell’s comments after Sept. 11, and rightfully
so. On Sept. 13, Falwell went on TV preacher Pat
Robertson’s “700 Club” program to discuss the terrorist
attacks. Falwell blamed the events on judges who uphold
church-state separation, abortion rights activists, gay peo
ple, civil liberties activists and others who are “trying to
He later apologized, but I think you get the point.
If you look around the world, you’ll find that very few (if
any) developed countries are as religious as the United
States - it’s not a factor.
Madison, Hamilton andjay knew that without the sepa
ration of church and state, Pat Robertson would be Mullah
Omar. Jerry Falwell would be Osama bin Laden. Tinky
Winky, he’d be an overbearing Boy Scout troop leader.
I can deal with religion, but it has no place in gover
nance. When religion takes over government policy, it can
be unethical and intellectually stifling and bring a thriving
culture to a pathetic limp.
Look at it this way. The broad coalition doesn’t want to
replace the Taliban with another religiously motivated gov
It would be unfair to Afghans in the same way that
rewarding the religious right in America with political clout
It’s unfortunate that so many turn to spiritual leaders for
guidance when the message offered is far from what their
religions had in mind. The hypocrisy is well documented
and not worth getting into.
People need to stop arguing with the religious right in
this country, give them the finger and move on. The
Southern Baptists need to dance, drink and show some skin.
Sure it’s called heresy by some, but it’s called life by others.
Josh Baylin is willing to compromise his religious dearth for
the right woman. He’ll be Greek Orthodox if you’ve got the
right stuff. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of
www.frontpagemag.com, a best-selling
author and the president of the Center for
the Study of Popular Culture.
He is more than qualified to address
some of the issues that plague our campus
and should be treated with the utmost dig
nity and respect.
Political Science and English
In the Nov. 16 Reader's Forum, the letter
to the editor “Qatar Proposal Looks Like
Administration is Auctioning Off UNC”
was written by Peter M. Smith, a professor
in classics, not a sophomore in economics.
The Daily Tar Heel regrets the error.
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