Month: November 2012

Money or Fame? An NCAA Athlete Wants Both

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Because children grow up watching college athletics on television and see the fame that NCAA athletes obtain, many athletes attempt to create a lifetime occupation out of sports while they neglect opportunities in academic achievements because they are infatuated with the idea of being a jock for life.

While an average student finds time to complete homework assignments with ease, student-athletes have a full schedule of classes and practices per week. On top of weekly practices and lifting exercises, athletes often travel to games across the country on weekends, forcing them to do their homework on the road without a quiet study environment some students require. According to the NCAA’s Eligibility Standards, all students “who want to practice, compete, and receive athletically related financial aid” must oblige by standard GPA requirements imposed by the NCAA. Though the NCAA attempts to convey how they are firstly concerned with the “student” side of a student-athlete through their regulations, these standards simply provide more restrictions and expectations for student-athletes, proving how they literally sign a contract to a job that has no pay.

Besides the fact that the NCAA promotes a concentration on sports, the number of hours the NCAA allows coaches to allocate per week limits the amount of time student-athletes have out of class and practice to participate in other realms of college life. The overwhelmingly long days of student-athletes are exemplified in the video, A Day in the Life of Student Athletes at Utah State University.

In order to graduate in four years time, student-athletes must focus only on their intended major and minors. Because of this, student-athletes have no time to enjoy experiences outside the literal classroom and their sport.  While most college students are involved in clubs and internships that promote a stable career later in life, student-athletes are not usually given opportunities to get involved. If student-athletes weren’t forced to oblige to the NCAA’s restrictions, they could further engage in campus life and focus on making a career through their studies.

According to the book, Reclaiming The Game: College Sports and Educational Values, “many DIA schools have extremely low graduation rates”, especially for men’s football and basketball players (125). This fact proves that the more publicized and media-drawn athletics become, the less students focus on academics as they divert the majority of their attention to sports rather that school in order to become professional athletes before academic scholars. The authors of this book claim that those students who do graduate from college while playing a Division I sport are “getting by”, and often end up in the bottom third of their graduating class academically (127).  This evidence supporting that “recruited athletes ‘underperform’” in the classroom further proves that the NCAA’s efforts to place academics above athletics are flawed and failing in action as many student-athletes are solely concerned with becoming athletically famous.

Indicated by statistics comparing academic achievements of student-athletes versus average students, it’s evident that the more serious athletics become, the more the importance of education dwindles. Thanks to the NCAA’s image of an “athlete”, receiving a scholarship to a large DI universities and eventually becoming a professional athlete are now the common goal for many young adults across the nation. Colleges have, as of late, selfishly created athletics to fulfill an “entertainment reality”, and universities are now focused on developing “big-time” sports (Sack 135). Because colleges are concentrating on becoming part of the entertainment industry to generate revenue and fame, college athletics are becoming full-time occupational jobs in which athletes are merely the routine laborers who put in the work, but do not receive any of the profits (Sack 137).

While the institution of the NCAA seems positive for athletes in theory, the program has actually created unnecessary values that force student-athletes to look past the importance of school, making college all about sports and becoming a professional athlete.  Besides obvious underperformance in the classroom, student-athletes’ dedication to their sports prohibits them from getting involved in other social and academics aspects of college, obliging all athletes to settle for a lesser college experiences than those students who are able to experience various opportunities.  Because athletes ultimately put all focus into an occupation that provides no benefit to them in the long run, the NCAA’s regulations should unquestionably be altered to truly help athletes become well-rounded adults with admirable characters, values, and careers.

Works Cited
“Academic Standards.” NCAA Public Home Page. Web. 23 Oct. 2012.
Bowen, William G., and Sarah A. Levin. Reclaiming The Game: College Sports and
Educational Values. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003. Print.
Sack, Allen L., and Ellen J. Staurowsky. College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and
Legacy of the NCAA’s Amateur Myth. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1998. Print.

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Poverty on the Streets




This image shows a man laying down, possibly sleeping, on bricks that seem to surround some sort of small garden. We see a street, houses, a parking garage, and cars. The man has nothing with him except the clothes on his back. He looks slightly disheveled and dirty.  It looks dim and cloudy, and there aren’t too many people on the street. Maybe it is early morning. This doesn’t seem like a typical place for someone to be napping, but we clearly see this man comfortably resting.


If we interpret this picture is seems safe to make the assumption that this seemingly normal city street may be his temporary home. He has nothing with him, and most people don’t usually decide to take a nap on an unknown stoop in the middle of a public place. Poverty is something that thrives especially in cities; you can see the wealthiest of people brushing shoulders with someone who has absolutely nothing to their name but what they carry. A city resident would not be phased if they passed this scene that was boldly captured. From my knowledge I think I can say with a good amount of confidence that this was taken in New York City. It is one of the best cities in the world, but it is littered with poverty. It is hard to go a day without seeing poverty on the streets. This photo accurately expresses one of the popular forms of poverty seen in New York City today.

Early Operation

Health problems plague people in all walks of life, even if they’ve just begun.

The image above by William DeShazer shows a baby in, what looks like, intensive care. Behind the infant is a light blue blanket with an array of animals and welcoming words. There are tubes and chords coming from every direction, all centered around a seemingly confused new-born. There is a large piece of gauze held down by transparent adhesive plastic. Another child-freindly blanket, complete with colorful images, is used to cover the child. On the front-left side of the baby, there is a teddy bear that is almost as large as the child in the center of the photograph. There is a green bow in the dark-brown hair of the baby. A rectangular monitor of some sort is attached to the child’s forehead with letters and numbers scrawled across it.

By interpreting the image, we one can conclude by the bow in the child’s hair that it is a girl. The tubes and chords surrounding the new-born are probably there to keep her alive. The gauze on her chest indicate an operation has been done, possibly on the heart. The blankets behind and on top of the baby are there most-likely for warmth and comfort. The teddy bear to the child’s left is there to keep the child company (seeing as she can’t tell the difference) and is quite possibly the first stuffed animal she has received. Judging by the hair-bow, blankets, and teddy bear, the child in the center of this photo has a family who cares a great deal about her. Because she is a new-born baby, she has absolutely no idea what is happening around her, which shows in here innocent and confused stare.
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Crazy For You!


This picture is from the Gershwin musical Crazy For You. In this picture the first thing that draws the observer’s attention is the colors. The bright pinks grab your attention right up front and then we start to notice the blues and other colors in the background. Because the colors are so bright, one might notice the contrast of the black suit on the man in front. There is also a marquis in the upper right-hand corner with lights all around it and bold letters spelling out “ZANGLER.” On the left side of the picture there is a simple streetlamp. All of the girls in the picture appear to be striking a pose and have interesting facial expressions as they are leaning into the center. The man in the picture almost has a look of concern on his face. His hands are out in front of him as well.

The costumes and bright colors being worn by the girls in the picture might indicate that they are showgirls or performers. Since they are all leaning in towards the man in the center, we can assume that he is the focal point of this picture and this performance going on. They all seem very intent on listening to what he has to say and are reacting to it in different ways. The marquis in the background might indicate that they are in some kind of city and that there is a show going on. This would make sense since there are what appear to be showgirls in the picture. The light on the left side of the picture suggests that they are probably outside. Since the man is wearing a suit, we can assume that he is not a part of this show that is happening and that he probably works for a company or some kind. Since he has a look of concern on his face that might mean that he is in a state of conflict.  Having his hands out in front of him is probably just his way of conveying some point or something he wants to say.

This picture happens to be from the musical Crazy For You and is in the middle of the song Can’t Be Bothered now. The story behind this musical is that a New York banker by the name of Bobby Child, who has to go to Deadrock, Nevada to find out about a theater that hasn’t been paying their mortgage.  When he gets there, he meets a girl named Polly and falls in love. Bobby would do anything for Polly; including help her put on a show to save the theater. However, she becomes frustrated with Bobby because he is from the bank trying to take her theater away and he has to become Bela Zangler in order to be around her and impress her. While under the disguise, Polly starts to fall for Zangler. It is a wild comedy, which is easily portrayed through the wild costume, and fun colors in the picture.

Freedom of Speech with No Filter

Beekun, Rafik. Islam= Nazism. 11 Nov. 2008. The Islamic Workplace. Web. 1 Nov. 2008.

Today, Muslims are insulted by harsh slander that makes American Muslims uncomfortable in their own country.

The picture above shows a rectangular shaped postcard or bumper sticker. The sticker is hanging on a postcard holder in a store and you can see someone browsing them in the background. The sticker is completely white with one word spelled in red on it. The word spells “Islam” but instead of the letter “s” there is a Nazi symbol. There are words underneath the word Islam but they are too small to read in the picture.

The Nazi symbol being intertwined in the spelling of the world Islam is seemingly equating Islam with Nazism. The holocaust was one of the most devastating genocides in world history. The group behind it, the Nazi’s, has become one of the most despised organization that many nations including the United States regret tolerating. Now, people are relating Islam to Nazi’s saying that the religion of Islam and Muslims are a disturbing and corrupt religion that should not be tolerated.

This picture shows Muslim segregation and stereotyping at it’s best. Relating Muslims to Nazi followers is a serious insult that I’m sure hurt and scarred many Muslims. If I were a Muslim living in America and I saw that, I would feel so uncomfortable in my own home knowing my fellow citizens view me the same way they viewed Nazis: as corrupt, unwanted and cruel extremists. This is a perfect example of extreme Muslim discrimination; freedom of speech needs to have a filter.

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