Athletes Taking Bogus Courses To Stay Eligible? None of Our Damn Business!
Dana O'Neil, a college hoops writer for that four-letter network (who also happens to be a PSU grad), has a nice scathing article regarding the sheer ridiculousness and hypocrisy of the NCAA declaring that they have no jurisdiction over new discoveries of academic fraud that appear to have taken place at North Carolina, involving numerous Tar Heel football players.
The University of North Carolina has essentially admitted that dozens of courses taught by African-American studies professor Julius Nyang'oro were, to use non-academic parlance, baloney.
The school has not argued that athletes made up a high percentage of the students enrolled in those baloney courses.
Going a step further, a report engineered by a faculty committee concluded -- though not yet fully endorsed by the university -- that academic counselors assigned to specific teams perhaps pushed athletes to those baloney classes.
And the NCAA apparently has no jurisdiction in this matter.
The NCAA has no problem telling high schools -- where it has zero jurisdiction -- what qualifies as a core course and what doesn't. It has no problem telling high school athletes whether their coursework is legitimate enough to pass the NCAA eligibility smell test or is subject to review.
Yet when it comes to the legitimacy of classwork done on a college campus, where technically the NC(as in collegiate)AA has some sway, it lets the individual institutions police themselves.
Speaking of Academics...
Todd Venetz and Amanda Fuller, two students in Penn State's World Campus program (aka PSU's online campus), will be the first to graduate with bachelor degrees from the Energy and Sustainability Policy program (ESP) which is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Penn State Live has a little background about the special grads, which can't help but make you applaud the academic opportunities the University continues to provide:
It took three tries for Venetz, 35, to be admitted to Penn State. His community college grades weren't the best, he admits. But after enlisting in the Marine Corps after Sept. 11 and serving in Iraq, Venetz was determined to complete his college degree — at Penn State. He convinced the Admissions Office to give him a chance. "Penn State took a risk with me, but it paid off," said the married father of three daughters.
Fuller, 29, enrolled in community college after high school, completing two years, including a study trip to Japan, but didn't finish. She has worked throughout school with a Medicaid patient advocacy firm and was hoping to cut back on work to concentrate on school. "I grew impatient and started searching for an option that I could work into my life rather than trying to fit the rest of my life into my school schedule." The ESP program was her solution
We here at BSD congratulate Todd and Amanda on their recent accomplishments and wish them all the best.
LET'S MAKE IT RAINN UP IN HEAHHHH
The Washington Post had a heart-warming story earlier this week about a young girl and daughter of PSU grads who decided to help fundraise for RAINN in a creative manner. Thus far, she's raised over $10,000 with the goal of hitting $15,000 by September:
What makes this donation of more than $10,000 unique is that it comes from a 12-year-old girl, Kelsey Hirsch, the daughter of two Penn State graduates. She raised the money on her own after her parents sat her down and explained what was happening at Penn State.
......"My first response was to ask how can I help," Kelsey, who lives in the small town of Schwenksville, Pa., wrote in an explanation of how she came to raise so much money.
Kelsey’s father suggested she connect with RAINN, a group that has been vocal in defending the victims of Jerry Sandusky and using the scandal to reach out to other victims of sexual abuse.
Kelsey did and ended up designing "Bands4RAINN," blue and white bracelets for the Penn State colors and emblazoned with the RAINN slogan, "Hope. Courage. Strength."
The bracelets are available online at RAINN's merchandise store or if you're living in State College, they can also be purchased at the Student Bookstore. For just $3, you can help out a great cause...and sport a nifty bracelet.
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