The Guardian has a great piece on the Duke lacrosse scandal and what it means for college sports. Apparently it’s been circulating at UVA and other sports-heavy colleges around the country. The upshot: hot teams bring recognition and tuition-paying undergrads. They also bring down academic standards and increase corruption, violence, binge drinking.
Great stats: “One survey showed 50 students die each year from alcohol poisoning. American students spend $6bn a year on alcohol, more than on books, snack food and all other drinks combined.” “The fact is that male student athletes, who make up only 3 per cent of the student population, account for 19 per cent of campus sexual assaults. Professor Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics of Sport at the University of Central Florida believes that one in seven female students is sexually assaulted at college. Yet few incidents are reported and even fewer lead to prosecution.”
(If the crimes go unreported, how do the reporters know the real numbers? My guess is that the data comes from surveys, or possibly from a disparity between medical-center reports and criminal charges filed…)
Of course, to me, the Duke scandal just confirmed everything I have thought about lacrosse players since junior high school.