It was good to see “As college athletes travel more, missed classes come into focus” (Dec. 31) – even if the athletes and university administrators interviewed showed little appetite for changes that would ease the problem. Professors, it seems, must accommodate student-athletes’ ever-busier travel schedules, as if that were the natural order of things on campus.
Tolerating missed classes, however, may not be enough for Duke, N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill to compete in the really big leagues. According to “Power 5 schools pay up for athletes’ meal options” (Dec. 26), due to NCAA rules changes, “athletes at Division I schools, whether on scholarship or not, have been eligible to receive unlimited meals and snacks since 2014.”
This promptly set off a nutrition war among the biggest football powers. Alabama increased food spending on athletes by $1 million in the new rules’ first year and is building a $15 million dining hall to seat 817 athletes in all sports. Clemson counters with a $55 million football-only facility that features a dining hall dispensing personalized diets. Triangle universities, if they’re to avoid a nutrition gap with the Alabamas and Clemsons, may find that while athletes must be allowed to miss classes, missing out on exclusive buffets is out of the question.
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Expand FUSE labs
I recently read the article “FUSE Studio inspires STEM learning at Peoria school” (Dec. 30) on FUSE labs in schools across the U.S. and Finland. I personally think these labs are a great way to learn and should be incorporated into every public school system across the nation.
STEM is a huge part of the world today, and jobs in this market are highly valued, as are trained individuals to fill these jobs. A lot of schools underestimate the potential of STEM or are under-equipped to provide proper learning materials. The grants given to these schools are very important, and an essential part of preparing students for careers in these fields.
As for myself, I am aiming for a doctorate in genetics. I wish I had this opportunity in school, and I believe that it is the opportunity of a lifetime for these students. Too many schools are lacking adequate science and technology labs, and students aren’t given the opportunity to explore science and technology in a hands-on experience. This is the best way to learn, as it gives students the ability to discover knowledge on their own. I really enjoyed reading this article and am thankful for the opportunities given to these students.