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.
Wade Baldwin IV
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.
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.
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.
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.