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April 8, 2013

Rutgers should focus on education, not athletics

Sabrina Arias:

Rutgers students are starting to become inured to seeing the name of their university associated with some negative story ("Tapes told Rice tale," April 4). Is it a string of bad luck? Probably not. I think that it is most likely a problem that the university administration has created as a result of its policy choices and the undue attention it has devoted to athletics.

For years, the administration at Rutgers has been trying to develop a national brand for the university as an athletic powerhouse. Doing so, they claim, will increase alumni funding, draw more resources and talented students and faculty, and generally increase the prestige of the university. As a student who does not participate in athletics, I believe my academic opportunities have been short-changed by this misguided policy. Athletes have been more recognized and better supported by the administration than scholars.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 8, 2013 1:29 AM
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