Estrogym

Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt is a great environment for fellow students, and even more specifically, freshman. The commons are an important facet to not only learning but also the entire social experience that college has to offer. At the center of commons, is the commons center which features just about everything imaginable from the cafeteria to Munchie Mart, and even offices for the Arts and Sciences Department among many other things. The versatility of Commons Center is the reason why there is always a fair amount of Vanderbilt students there, freshman and also upperclassmen. One aspect of the Commons Center I have yet to experience is the work out facility also known as the “Estrogym.” The Estrogym is home to many freshman females seeking to avoid the freshman 15. Despite my absence from this room thus far, I have been told it is home to many first year females running while watching shows such as Greg’s Anatomy. Even though an occasional male can be spotted there, it is also frowned upon if a guy is seen working out there because it is practically a testosterone free zone. Anytime of day, one can look up through the glass windows and see girls running hard and sweating profusely on the treadmill while they use various assorts of exercise equipment. Upon entering this room I feel like I will stick out like a sore thumb and draw several awkward glances as a 6’6, 215 pound basketball player walks into the Estrogym. But then again, if I walk in while a show like Greg’s Anatomy is on, they might not even notice I was there in the first place. I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to venture out into this environment i have yet to experience.

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http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/08/johnny-football-shouldnt-sell-his-autograph.html

Wade Baldwin IV
English 100
Reading Report

This article was about Johnny Manziel. He was a college football player who went to Texas A&M and was the star quarterback on the team. He was also the heisman trophy winner, which means he was chosen as the best player in college football entirely. As everyone knows it’s hard for a star player to keep a clean slate in terms of rules. Johnny was caught and tried by the NCAA for being paid for signing autographs. They ask “Manziel created his own fame. Why cant he profit from it?” (Chait) This article speaks about his Johnny the argument that Johnny should get paid as well as the NCAA intentions. They claim the reasons that this rule exists is because they do not want boosters paying for players because its unfair treatment. It was said, “The NCAA has rules designed to ensure that college athletes can only get jobs that regular students could also get” (Chait). It seemed as if they want to equalize the playing field between students and the student athletes. They talk about how the top players in college could dropout and form their own league, the problem this article has with that idea is that they feel the marketability of that league they form would be weak and non sufficient.
In my opinion an athlete should get paid, but only the marketable players. If the NCAA decides to make commercials for the tournament in March and a players face is in it then they should get an income for using their face in their league. As well as jersey sales. If a players jersey is being sold in a store then that player should get a fixed income from either the school or the NCAA. These athletes are broke, they have no job, and they consistently are in need of money when at college. It is hard for an athlete to get a job because the amount of time they are in school along with the study time they have to put in is too much with their own sport to handle as well. These athletes are tied up in what they have to do on the court or field and off it, there is no really way they can make an income. If an athlete is asked to stand behind a chair and sign autographs for thousands of people I believe that they should get some sort of income to signing other people’s belongings. Who knows what people do with an athletes autograph, I know seeing on Ebay that a guy was trying to sell a signed Lebron James jersey. To me that is not fair, an athlete deserves to get at least something for their time and their signature. When they spoke about players forming their own league, I found that irrelevant. There is no reason for college athletes to do that. If you are that good you can wait a year to four years to get paid millions if your good enough.

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Isaiah Austin- by Shelton

Imagine being three days away from your dream being true and then you have a doctor’s appointment that says you can no longer accomplish that dream because your life is in danger. All of that hard work, dedication and sleepless nights to accomplish your goal for it to be cut short. That’s Isaiah Austin. Isaiah Austin was a college basketball superstar in his two years at the University of Baylor. The twenty year old was expected to be drafted in the first round. When he got a phone call that said that he has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition called Marfan Syndrome and cannot compete at high level. “They said I wouldn’t be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level,” Austin told ESPN’s Holly Rowe. “They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called.” (ABC news) Austin’s mother drove all the way from Kansas to Dallas to tell old coaches, friends and family the devastating news. Austin says to his all of his supporters that “this isn’t the end, it is only the beginning.” Ever since he was a kid, Austin has been fighting against all odds with having eye surgery numerous times. He has been blind in the right eye ever since he was sixteen years old. While basketball is considered to be his life, it wasn’t safe. Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman had the same condition and died from the sport. In two years at Baylor Isaiah Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game. (ABC news) With the past that Austin has had it shows his drive and confidence that he will be successful. Most people would have gave up once they found out that they were blind, but he didn’t. To be able to play a sport that is based on seeing and vision with one eye and play it at the level he plays at is special. Not only did he just play, he was considered one of the best. Ever since his high school days he was considered to be a pro. Some scouts cannot even imagine how good he would be if he had both eyes. Austin is incredibly gifted. Not only as an athlete but the type of person he is and how positive he is. Most people in his situation would be ready to give up on life or be lost on what to do. Austin not only is strong himself, but he has a strong support system that he can always rely on. No matter what Austin does you know that he will be successful. To make it this far with all that he has been through, everyone has a feeling that Austin will end up happy. No matter what, he is a special individual.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/isaiah-austin-marfan-syndrome/story?id=24253482&page=2

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Sports and teens

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269133.php

This article is talking about children and teens playing sports. Researchers from Switzerland and Canada say that if teens and kids spend more than 14 hours a week it is not healthy them just like if they don’t spend enough of time playing sports is also bad for them. The researchers did a study and the study shows that out of 1245 plus teenagers between the age of 16 and 20. 35 percent had low sports activity, 41.5 percent had average sports activity, 18.5 percent had high sports activity, 5 percent had very high sports activity. Out of all these teens they tested Almost 9% of these males were overweight or obese. sating that the teens who put to much time into sports start to experience their bodies breaking down and they start to lose interest in the sport that they are playing causing them to burn out and reach their peak earlier then other kids.
I disagree and agree with what this article is saying. I disagree, because I don’t think that most kids are not healthy if they do more than 14 hours because they could be outside running around playing with friends is going to hurt them if they have already had 14 hours of practicing a sport. most kids in todays world need more exercise kids are getting bigger and less active. although all that being said I also agree kids can sometimes overwork their body causing injury and not getting the necessary amount of rest need for their body. ending up causing kids to be more stressed and have anxiety problems to try and please their parents. Parents who push their kids to much cause the kids to stress about the sports and take away the joy of the sport and causes the kid to burnout more quickly and create issues for the kid to do everything the parent says to do in the sport just to please them. I have had friends who where amazing athletes and had the chance to get their college paid for through football and the decided to not go and play college ball because their life was centred around football and they lost the love for the game and got burned out and decided they wanted to be a normal kid for once in their life to be able to go out and relax not have to worry about practice, games, and trying to be the cool kid on campus. while the kids start to identify them selves as only a person who plays sports instead of finding their own identity and becoming themselves.therefore kids can have more then 14 hours of working on their sports but they have to be sure not to overwork there bodies while they are playing the sport of their choice and relax a little bit and be a kid and parents should let their child have some breathing space and not try to live through them and make the workout everyday and not be a kid. when they get to college if they decided to play it will be a job then kids need to be active but still be a kid.

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College Lawyers Confront A Thicket of Rules on Sexual Assault

http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/proposed-federal-rules-increase-oversight-of-campus-sexual-assault/80183#disqus_thread

Sexual assault cases in college have become a huge issue and college lawyers fear that the federal rules for dealing with sexual violence are unable to be met. Colleges have taken the initiative to hire an investigative staff, collaborate with other schools, and provide training programs for staff administration and students on what is acceptable and what is not. Ms. Gomez, former district attorney in Philadelphia, says “Issues of rape culture are not unique to college campuses” in response to the accusation that colleges are the cause of America’s criminal justice system being so inconsistent and the failing of our society (Kelderman). In 2011, the US Department of Education’s office for civil rights explained to a broad number of campuses receiving federal funding that if one college where to mishandle sexual assault complaints and it would be a violation of Title IX. Not only did this create a huge amount of pressure on universities, but in May the Office for Civil Rights began investigating over 50 colleges. As time progressed, the involvement of the federal government grew, especially when members of the White House created and distributed guidelines to assist colleges and preventing and responding to sexual violence along with a guideline for students to file complaints. All of the rules and guidelines included specified incidents that were mandatory for colleges to track, reported, and offer under the Clery Act. To increase government support, law-enforcement agencies dedicated investigators, subpoena power, and the ability to collect and analyze forensic evidence. In addition, agencies have the ability to the decline a prosecution if legal repercussions cannot be given. The help of the government is very necessary because some colleges lack the funds to handle this type of pressure put on them. The latest government move to reprimand sexual violence was the release of rules that give prevention programs on dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The Violence Against Women Act, renewed last year by Congress, is being sought to amend the Clery Act. More new rules were drafted in the spring and will be release July 21 to the public.
This article is very interesting. It amazes me that sexual violence is one of the most prevalent crimes in college and it makes me wonder why. I don’t understand how this is gotten to the point where the federal government has to step in; however, a study I read somewhere said that 95% of rapes go unreported so I think it is good that the government is taking action to educate and inform on how to report incidents and how to prevent them. The programs will help females as well as males be safer and teach people what to do if an incident were to occur. This will also get the colleges out of the negative spotlight and hopefully show some improvement in social life on campuses. Because the colleges lack the necessities it needs, then the government is doing the right thing by being the one to step in and help with the prevention and responsiveness. The steps they’re taking to make this issue less of an issue should be done promptly and effectively.

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Student-Loans

article link: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Solution-to-the/147345/

                                    Student-Loan Crisis

College is a way for people to gain the credentials necessary to have the opportunity to gain employment in their field of study, and in some cases in fields they did not even study in college. Nevertheless, college is a process that can take up to a decade for people to complete the necessary level required to be successful in the corporate world. The main problem with college is the cost; it is extremely expensive especially for the larger universities. For most people, it puts them in the situation where they can’t even afford to go to college in the first place and for others it puts them in a situation where they take student-loans and then struggle for years trying to pay them back after they graduate.

            The articles referenced some possible solutions like income based repayment plans, and more awareness. One of the issues with student-loans is that some people have different perceptions of what the actual problem is. Sandy Baum, a professor at George Washington University said, “ It doesn’t make sense to let students make bad decisions, and then rescue them afterwards” (1). Many students don’t have the proper awareness they need to make the correct decision, for example so students end up so much debt despite attending these universities that some don’t even graduate from, while others will go on to get degrees that have little to no value in the real world. On the other hand, some people are very intelligent, but because of their financial circumstances they don’t get the opportunity to attend colleges and impact the business world. For a world that revolves around what degree you have, it should be easier for the less fortunate to have a better method of attending a university.

            The government has offered an improvement with some financial aid but it has been to no avail so far. Other possible solutions include advising students on colleges that would be more suitable for their financial circumstance and offering advise on the student-loan process since many of them don’t know that you’re paying the loan back with interest so it will end up being more than you actually borrowed. Other solutions included limiting the amount of debt students are allowed to be in, and encouraging graduation throughout a longer period of time so they can manage their money more. Lastly, some more solutions the article referred to were reducing the interest rate and taking regular payments out of the student’s paychecks. The problem with these methods is that they will benefit some people and be detrimental to others.

            The solutions all have their pros and cons. This is a difficult situation because these students are looking for nothing more than to receive a college degree so they can move on and find employment in their lives. It is stressful because some people spend a large portion of their lives after college trying to pay back debt while also trying to make a living and support a family off of their one paycheck. This puts people in tough, stressful circumstances just because they are trying to do something positive with their lives. Ultimately, I think anyone trying to pursue a college education is not only benefiting themselves but also American literacy as a whole, so student-loans should have better management in allowing these people to borrow, and payback money in as smooth a manner as possible.

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“Censoring Self-Expression on College Campuses”

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/minor-details/censoring-self-expression-college-campuses#sthash.HtZRpPnj.dpbs

 

               As we were growing up, our parents have always drilled in to our heads, “be you and express yourself in your own way.” No matter how much someone is different, we have always been taught to “not judge a book by its cover.” Even though society still does, self expression is straight forward–it’s ones’ self expression. How someone else presents themselves does not affect others in any way. In this article by Smaad Wes Key, “Censoring Self-Expression on College Campuses” expresses how college campuses are considering making a “written dress code policy.”

                Morehouse College is the campus in discussion in this article. Key exclaims the fact that, in the past, institutions have taught not just book smarts, but how to present themselves in public. The examples he gives are removing a cap when coming in a building and making females where skirts. Key states, “Today these social customs may seem outdated (if not offensive to some) and are no longer formally taught or required.” In society, one can learn cultural aspects from the way others dress or present themselves. It is a learning experience, and to restrict the way one dresses is ludicrous. Though, Key does point out there is a thin line between enforcing what is appropriate and enforcing restrictions. On a college campus, these students are young adults going to college to receive a higher education. It is not a place to be judged or to hamper the way one represents themselves.

                This issue relates back to my previous reading report by Sean A. Valles, “Don’t Call Them Kids.” College students are not kids. Limiting the way they dress or look is treating them like little children. As we were children our parents would dress us and decide what we would look like. Colleges are not our parents and we are not “kids.” It is not right and makes no sense to create a dress code. In high school, dress codes were heard of. Dress codes were used to allow everyone to be equal. That way richer students would look the same as less fortunate students. High schools with dress codes are heard of and normal. It is, in a way, a learning process. Yet, when it comes to college, students are now grown. There is no need to dictate the way they express their appearance.

                Smaad Wes Key states his opinion very clear. He states, “[m]any parents believe that after you provide a child with good information and context you can only hope they make appropriate decisions as adults,” he continues, “[t]he same should apply when considering policies that censor young adults on college campuses. I suggest that college and university administrators adopt a similar philosophy and focus on teaching content knowledge within a social or professional context versus regulating appearance.” Colleges want to bring in students that are really smart to their campuses. A student that may not fit into this “written dress code policy” that is a so called genius may not attend that college that these college desperately want (Key). People have a right to be free and express themselves no matter what it is. College campuses should respect that and strictly focus on teaching and not judging.

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Sports First and Academic Second

Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau

English 100

Article link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/education/colleges-increasing-spending-on-sports-faster-than-on-academics-report-finds.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar

 

For the third report, I chose to take an article written by Tamar Lewin that talks about both education and sports together; Colleges Increasing Spending on Sports Faster Than on Academics, Report Finds. This particular article describes a problematic situation that has become more and more criticized; the fact that most of the money goes to the athletics rather than academics at university level. We all know that since a long time, sports have been very important for the Americans, and it is part of the everyday life for the majority of citizens in the U.S. However, when it comes to money, not everybody is agreeing about the distribution of it. According to Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, “[t]his comes from the American Association of University Professors, which has a vested interest in finding that too little money is going to faculty and too much to sports and administration” (Lewin). It the article, they are also expressing the fact that by putting more money into sports reduce the focus on academics (Lewin). This unequal distribution of money is mostly seen in certain schools: “of a sector in which the growth in educational spending trails far behind that of athletic spending — especially at community colleges and Division II and III institutions“ (Lewin). For those types of schools, it is already hard to attract good players; therefore, that is why they are spending more money on the facilities. The only goal is to attract good players: “colleges without powerhouse sports programs, she said, are racing to build their athletic programs as a recruitment tool“ (Lewin). This type of money division also affects the salaries that professors and administrators received. With practically no money going to the academic section, the salary mostly go to the top persons that work in the school: “ Faculty salaries increased 2.4 percent last year, on average, while top administrators received large raises“ (Lewin). As far as I am concerned, I think that the distribution of money should be regulated. Nevertheless, I agree with the fact that in lower level schools such as Division II and III, and community colleges, a little more money should go to the athletic because if you have more money for the athletic, you are going to have better facilities. Facilities are mostly what attract students when they come to visit. In consequence, these visits could turn into commitment from great athletes; therefore, improving the social status of the school, and then receiving more money at the end. I understand the fact that people from the academic point of view are disagreeing because for them, going to school is a privileged and it should be considered more important than playing your sports. The main reason you go to university is to learn, and enrich your knowledge, and without the academics you can`t achieve that.

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