i Blog Post 3 | COLLEGE WRITING: DEBATE(S) IN HIGHER EDCUATION

Bridget Leen

Going into college is a scary thought for any freshman. The idea of starting over, making new friends, the separation from your family, is terrifying. But if a student is involved in a sport, it is less scary. Right away the athlete already has a new family. The team becomes close friends, and they look out for one another. An athlete learns time management skills. They have to know how to manage their time wisely other wise they will fall behind in class or sleep. Lastly, student athletes have to make the right decisions; they have a lot of responsibilities on their hands. On sports teams, the teammates hold each other accountable, so if one persons messes up, the whole team can suffer. Being on a sports team is about trust. An athlete has to make the right choices to have trust from their teammates. More »

Nevena Prebiracevic

In her article “Binge drinking students happier than others, study finds”, Jennifer LaRue Huget asserts that which we have known all along: students on American college campuses care about drinking. They engage with it not as coping mechanisms, however, but as an expression of their social status or a desire to get closer to those of a particular standing. In other words, drinking helps students connect with others and build communities. And it is these social benefits that drive alcohol consumption and necessitate a different approach to managing the consequences of heavy and underage drinking. Of course, it is commonly held that binge drinking is bad and it is generally agreed upon that it should be punished more stringently. However, since this strategy has not been very effective in the past, what if instead of enforcing the laws against underage drinking and punishing those who engage in it, we focused on the reasons behind the drinking culture and offered active preventive education? More »

Rebecka Olsson

The NCAA organization have a bad reputation of treating their student athletes badly. In the TV show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver is talking about the March Madness tournament, a basketball tournament that brings in over a billion dollars only by TV advertisings, and yet, the players does not get payed a penny for participating. Disregarding the huge profits the NCAA makes in this tournaments one of the players, Shabazz Napier, is witnessing about nights when he goes to bed hungry: ”sometimes, there are hungry nights where I am not able to eat but I still got to play up to my capabilities”. This problem however is only affecting division 1 schools. It is in fact a big difference between division 1 schools and division 3 schools. Division 3 college athletic programs benefit the students. Division 3 college athletics does not only give the athletes an unique opportunity to preform and play their sport on a high level, it also teaches athletes time management skills, to take responsibility over schoolwork, how to be a good teammate and how to work well in a group. These skills are useful when taking the big step from college to work. Last but not least, the sports provide a great opportunity for the athletes to build friend relationships.

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Ruby Castillo

The college athletics in the NCAA vary by division. The division that is made the biggest deal out of is the first one. It is televised and the athletes get scholarships. It is not all about Division I. Division I of the NCAA is corrupt according to John Oliver. They actually overwork their players and the education quality is not the same. John Oliver shows us an interview where some Division I athletes take really easy courses so that their GPA can be maintained in order to continue playing. As most know, most colleges have a language requirement. Most of the football players were taking Swahili because it was easy. More »

College athletics makes athletes time on campus a great experience . College athletics benefits students by teaching valuable lifelong skills. Some of these skills are leadership, time management, a never give up mentality, and respecting those you care about. More »

Drew Checolinski

Being a student is an important time in anyone’s life. Making the most out of the college is experience is key in having an enjoyable college experience. One aspect of the college life that can positively impact the life of a student are athletics. Students attend college sometimes just for athletics, and some do athletics just for enjoyable experience. Although, there are many people who do not play sports while they are in college. They also have some advantages that athletes do not have. They have a lot more time on their hands, sometimes less stress, and more social time. Although these are positives, there are more positives with being an athlete than not being one. Being a college athlete lets the student live the college life healthier, smarter, and more fun, all while gaining valuable lessons and skills that will help the student for the rest of their lives.

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Caleb Lefeber

Are college athletics a waste of time? There are some critics of D-1 athletics who believe that participating in college sports is not the best use of time.  Deron Snyder believes that college athletics are a waste of time for many: “It’s disingenuous to act like all student-athletes are created equal. There’s a reason why top top-tier men’s basketball and football athletes languish at the bottom of the NCAA graduation rates. College isn’t for everyone.” They argue that college sports are a waste of time because the chances of making it to the professional level for any sport is so slim, college students should not waste time even playing sports. That college athletics take up to much time and it causes players to fail in the classroom. However, college athletics aren’t a waste of time because they teach the athletes many valuable life skills. Some of the things college athletics can teach students include how to work with others, responsibility, to take action on themselves, work ethic and time management skills. While the chances of going pro are slim, there are still many life lessons and valuable life skills (talked about later in the paper)  which are taught throughout the college athletics experience that are helpful on and off the field, such as in the classroom or working environment. Even though a good percentage of college athletes don’t go pro, college athletics still help students transform into well rounded people.

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D.J. Dickson

There has been a big controversy going around about college athletics and if they are really worth it. Is it really worth all the time, energy and stress in your life to compete in a sport at a college level? Do college athletics have a positive or negative influence on students lives? I am only playing division 3 soccer but hell yes I think it is beyond worth it to get a chance to continue and play a sport that you love at a competitive level. A student is getting the chance to come to a school, become part of a family, play the sport they love and have a great time doing it. I view it as I would rather do it not and accept it rather than get old and wish I could play again. We as college students and teenagers are at a time where we are in a way, invincible, and should take advantage of our health and what we can do while we still have a chance to. I think college athletics really helped my experience at SNC. Being a college athlete gave me numerous advantages that other students don’t have. I got the chance to come to school before other students and learn the ropes of the campus. I was put on a team to play soccer with but I look at them as brothers, not just teammates. Lastly, college athletics gave me are a positive influence on me because they help me become a leader. Without college athletics, I wouldn’t be as comfortable around the school as I am, I wouldn’t have nearly as many friends and I would be as confident. More »

By: Sierra Severin

During the late 60s the legal drinking age was lowered from 21 to 18. After lowering the drinking age, alcohol-rated vehicle accidents among young people had increased dramatically. In the early 80s the legal drinking had raised back to 21 which lowered the number of alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Colleges can make it easier for underage drinking to happen. Almost every weekend all you have to do is walk down the street and you will find a party. Most students on campus also have a fake ID, and most bars around campus do not card college students to keep business flowing. Underage drinking and binge drinking happening on campus are mainly by members of a fraternity and sorority. Most colleges have tried to lower the amount of binge drinking and underage drinking, but not always succeeding. Underage drinking still remains a serious problem on campuses.

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Nolan Matson

There has been a lot of new revolving around the NCAA and how they are and have been ripping off student athletes. In the Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, the host of the show, claims that the NCAA mistreats student athletes. He brings up several reasons why the NCAA is screwing the student athletes: the NCAA and coaches get millions while the players get an education, overworked schedule. The schools also get so many new things because of the money that they make from the athletes. However, these arguments are made for Division I college athletes more than Division III. College athletes in Division III gain positive experiences from collegiate activities. These experiences can range from creating new life values, creating good health benefits, help develop their time management skills, and creating a sense of pride in whatever you do. This is because the competition level of division three is not as high as division one and student athletes play for the love of the game. This is why Division III athletics programs like those of SNC, benefits college athletes, rather than harming them.

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Zach Fritz

The NCAA is a huge organization that is widely known across the nation. It produces massive amounts of money each year. Its basketball tournament, for example, “March Madness” brings in more revenue than the Super Bowl. With that being said, this sounds like a very prosperous organization. Though it may be, there is some corruption going on with the key component of this working machine, the players. The players believe that they should be paid. Opposed to the belief of many people, I think that they should be paid too. Collegiate athletes at the division one level deserve to get a salary that can cover food to live at college and a small portion of spending money. The NCAA, being a non-profit organization, is not allowed to pay the players and that is where the corruption lies. More »

Collin Zovnic

SNC vs. Division 1

I believe that our athletics program at SNC is better than the money driven division one athletics. Although SNC is a division three school, its athletes become more successful after they’ve graduated. The NCAA puts more pressure on players to succeed, and has ridiculous restrictions that are put on student athletes. Students in college sports at SNC obtain a better education when compared to students playing in division one athletics. The student athletes at SNC, learn valuable life skills and can apply them off the field. More »

Eric Bagg

 College athletics has proven to be very important in the lives of students. Students have a lot of responsibility with just school alone but when you put a sport on top of that then it plays a bigger role. Student athletes are expected to develop good time management skills and act responsible both on and off the play field.Even though college athletics takes a huge commitment, it teaches students how to act responsibly and improve their work ethic (Claim).

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Solomon Brown

College athletics are a huge part of why many student athletes decide to continue their education after high school. Often times in division 1 sports the student athletes are exploited for money, fame, and glory. They sometimes go without food, adequate clothing, and many other challenges that many people such as John Oliver pointed out. While this is an issue that needs immediate attention its much different for some other student athletes. Schools like St. Norbert make sure that their student athletes are taken care of while ensuring that they learn skills to help them later on at life. More »

Brock Moldenhauer

People go to college for a very basic reason. To get an education and a college degree to aid them in life. College classes are a wonderful resource when it comes to becoming educated and learning material that you will use the rest of your life. You cannot learn everything you will need in life, though, through a book. That is where collegiate level athletics come into play. College athletics teach you skills and lessons that will help you be successful on the job. More »

Shiela Mae Holder

The drinking age should be changed from twenty-one to eighteen in Wisconsin, the state where St. Norbert College is located. Students at the age of eighteen are responsible enough to make smart decisions. They are already legal to do many things that other adults can do, such as working, voting, driving, and even sacrificing one’s life in the military. Students who are already eighteen and responsible enough to do many other things that are legal should be permitted to drink. Also, colleges and universities like St. Norbert College should not enforce the drinking age just because the federal government blackmail’s the states into raising the drinking age to twenty-one. More »

Cecillia Clausen

When time comes around to start applying to colleges many people might consider playing a sport in college. But, what is it really like to be a college athlete? Many people have mixed feelings on this very topic. The schedule can get very stressful fighting school and practice all in one day. It is hard on a person to have a busy schedule. It leaves no time to relax and it is very important for some relaxation time. Richard Sherman talks about how while he was in college his schedule was hectic and crazy: “I would wake up and and weight life, after that I would go to class, then after that grab a quick bite to eat, have meetings, then go to practice, and then at the end of the day do everything I need to do from the day”. Some people believe it is bad for students to take on athletics in college. They feel it will take away from the learning aspect of college. I believe being a college athlete is a great thing to do. Athletics help you become a better rounded person, help with time management skills, and help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. More »

Megan Fabel

Collegian sports not only enhance a student’s responsibility for themselves, but also are a great way to learn the meaning of community, and overall are a positive experience for SNC. Throughout my years of playing sports, I’ve learn many values that being on sports teams have taught me; such as responsibility, time management skills, and a sense of community within my teams. Zak Ivkovic, the executive director at CUNY Athletic Conference states in one of his article: “As someone with 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience, I take special offense to the notion that you see Division III as a “downgrade.” In fact, Division III is an upgrade in the intercollegiate athletics world since we are the closest thing to doing it right, from an amateur perspective. Our student-athletes attend college in order to receive diplomas, and in the process enjoy their athletic participation “for the love of the game,” which makes them richer for the experience”. Student athletes in DIII schools don’t feel the pressure from the outside world and the stress that comes along with playing in the “big leagues”, so to speak. They get to enjoy the sport for the love they have for it and the players still pick up the same life experiences as they would if they played at a more competitive level. Being on a sports team may have its downfall at times, but overall I think has many more benefits that drawbacks, especially because student athletes are getting more than just a team feel for the game, they get a sense of community and learn responsibility, even if they aren’t playing in the NCAA. More »

Selena Cashman

The effect collegiate sports have on academics can be a huge controversy because so much time is spent practicing and contributing to a sport which can take time away from academics. Collegiate athletes can have a difficult time balancing academics and sports, but the benefits are definitely rewarding because sports can teach time management skills, help students stay active and healthy, sports also can teach teamwork and More »

Isabel Detienne

The debate behind college athletics effect on students’ academic success is a highly discussed topic. Many people draw the conclusion that the amount of time spent practicing and preparing for sporting events diverts one`s focus away from schoolwork. Some say that students would only truly benefit from playing college sports if they get paid because all their time is directed away from school. However, although this may happen in some cases, the most common side effects of time spent in college athletics are positive. The idea that college athletes need to get paid in order to truly benefit in a college setting is far from actuality. Collegiate athletes obtain countless skills that can not only benefit their physical health and mental being, but also those around them, resulting in an overall success in life.      

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