Charles Fraser makes some good points in his column (Team competition should be removed in spirit of Olympic Games, SN 10/19), especially about the need to reestablish amateurism as a guiding principle in the Olympics. However, its not just professionals in team sports that have corrupted the Olympic amateur ideal.
I have always been aware of the extremely complex and sensitive nature of race relations in America, I was reminded of this after talking to a political activist at the Union Activities Board when I attended a group viewing of the presidential debate. Then, somehow we started talking about how biased history books are in misrepresenting the role of women and minorities.
This letter is in support of the important and poignant column by John LaFleur printed Monday (Racial discrimination is part of scholarship process, SN 10/23). I regret that LaFleur had to bear the weight of this gross injustice, but I am quite appreciative of his desire to share it with The State News readership. I have felt for a long time that collegiate admission and scholarship qualification is rife with reverse discrimination.
If your greatest skill is identified by what comes easiest to you, mine would have to be spending money. I have honed this skill through years of practice.
I have recently read a column out of The Michigan Daily that was brought to my attention by a separate column in The State News (Daily columnist casts shame on Maize and Blue, SN 10/13). Now, I know that I am a mere shikse from MSU, but I too would like to express my opinion just as boldly as Erin McQuinn did. When I first set eyes upon the stirring article, A Weekend in East Lansing makes me appreciate A2, my feeble, high school-like mind-set was intrigued.
I dont smoke, nor do I find any interest in doing so. I tried it once for a two-week period during my sophomore year of college, but quit because it didnt do it for me and I found that my workout sessions werent as prevalent since my lungs were less capable of doing their duties.
Everywhere I go, problems and stress are pouring out of peoples conversations and sizzling on the sidewalks, heating up everyone else that walks over them. Around this time of year it seems like everything is coming down on everyone, at least from the conversations Ive been a part of or overheard in random places.
Stephen Bourens arguments (Men should not take all blame, SN 10/18) in response to Jessi Phillips recent column (Women should think twice about marriage, 10/16) fell short of disproving Phillips claims about the division of labor in the average American marriage. Loving fathers everywhere can rest assured that when Phillips states, Most men do not share equal responsibility when it comes to taking care of their children, she is not questioning their affections, but rather stating a fact.
All too often, issues involving racial discrimination focus on theoretical or historical premises. Members of differing racial and ideological factions throw statistics at each other in attempts to convince their opponents and those undecided on certain issues to join their side.