Knowledge Bowl is just a game. What's a crime is that in 2010 there are such things as "black schools" in Memphis or anywhere else. Everyone satisfied with getting their child into a safe private school should be mindful of the peers your child left behind in public schools and what the implications of this separate-and-not-equal schism cost our society, right now and tomorrow.
Cruiser, it doesn't make a person conservative to utter a racial slur, nor does it make a person stuck in "little liberalism" to call the utterer on it. Labels are so very tired. What I'm stuck in is the foolish expectation of discourse between human beings based on a foundation of mutual respect, not contempt. The internet hasn't quite broken my spirit, though it gets a little closer every day. Don't like modern journalism? Dandy, there's plenty not to like about it, but rooting for people to lose their jobs is vulgar. Don't like the president? Me either, but there are ways to be critical without resorting to racial slurs. Don't like it when others call you on these declarations? Do something constructive about it. Your weasel-ly defense and your continued use of your slur smacks of Limbaugh's marching orders, which is just sad. If you truly believe using racial slurs to demean a person or people (whether they're presidents or not) is acceptable discourse, find your own words to demonstrate your belief. Be smart, cruiser, you can do it if you can find your way to the computer each morning. Evolve, for goodness sake. It's the only chance human beings have, for themselves and for each other.
I don't even have a horse in this race, cruiser, but come on now: your use of "boyprez" to describe Obama is a barely disguised racial slur that has nothing to do with Obama's age, no matter how you might mean it. Discontinue its use. You seem like a smart person and can surely articulate your critique of Obama's administration (there's plenty to be critical of) using more grown-up words...? Thank you. Resume meaningful debate, please.
Also, athletic scholarships are renewable each year at the whim of the coach. Performance, measured in tangible numbers, is only part of the consideration for renewal. No incoming freshman athlete gets a four-year full ride as a guarantee. At least in a workplace they might possibly appeal their termination, if not contest it legally; no such mechanism exists to prevent dismissal.
And please, enough with the "free" assessment of anything an athlete does or may receive. They work their asses off for every dime of value. What's unfortunate is that their college experience is cloistered and separate from non-athlete classmates, unfortunate for both parties.
I was going to say something about Harry Edwards and the plantation system that is American collegiate athletics, but Mr Herrington's comments have covered that material adequately. I will say 18yo HS grads applying for the NBA draft feels a lot more honest than this ridiculous system (that our own Coach Cal has certainly optimized) of being a "student-athlete" for one year before being eligible for an NBA salary. That the decision holds up legally answers the musical question: cui bono? I'd like to see a new system, one where the athlete gets a piece of the action (say, 1% of 1% of 1% of all the money that changes hands during March Madness, that would be equitable) while toiling away for good old State U but doesn't bother attending class for four years -- then once their mandated eligibility to play ball is done, good old State U gives them a full ride. Going to class and being a varsity D-1 athlete is like having two f/t jobs, and more than two if the athlete's sport is not football or men's basketball, because they're often fund-raising as well. Only in America...
Mr Chase is certainly being gracious about the Civil Rights game fiasco. Yes, the tickets were generally priced too high to draw a decent crowd in the Mid-South, but it was an event that put Memphis baseball on the map. Perhaps it should play on a larger MLB-sized stage, yet all props to Mr Chase and the Redbirds for organizing a classy show while the event was here. AutoZone Park is a glorious place to watch a game, no doubt about it, and now there's a chance that the Redbirds themselves will be decent as well. Take yourself out to the ballgame, Memphis.
Mary, thanks for the continuing MPLIC coverage. At least one person thinks there's still a story there... based on national and local trends, there's one and likely many more. The reprieve MPLIC's five forlorn branches got last year was due entirely to the city's decision to radically pare back their funding of MCS. If the schools got anywhere close to their usual cut, the branches (along with the community centers and other amenities) would have been historical facts. I don't believe Cossitt, Gaston, Highland, Levi, and Poplar-White Station get lucky the same way twice -- and I don't believe MPLIC is interested in their salvation, last year or this. The latter is just an educated guess on my part. What would be dandy is to hear from MPLIC leadership on the issue: yea, nay, or other. They tend to keep a pretty low profile, however.
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