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Is Higher Ed Culture Discouraging to Student-Athlete Activism?

The Georgetown University men’s basketball team Wednesday became the first collegiate team to protest against the recent failures to indict officers in Ferguson, Mo., and the New York City deaths of two Black men at the hands of police officers.

From issues such as student-athletes unionizing to maximizing the student part of student-athlete, three current student-athletes and a panel of former student-athletes shared their experiences and observations.

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Academic Racism in Play in Regard to Athletes

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The University of North Carolina has contributed in a bold and disturbing way to one of the greatest problems in higher education.

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High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students — even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game — may have to foot the bill.

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College athletes suffer from the same mental issues as many other college students, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse.

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Former University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo has filed a lawsuit against the school, saying it failed to provide him and other athletes a quality education by guiding them toward sham classes.

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Failures in Oversight Worsened University of North Carolina Academic Fraud.

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A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate a discrimination case against Savannah State University by four White football recruits who were offered athletic scholarships by a White head coach but didn’t receive them from the coach’s Black replacement.

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Having a world-class athletic program can be a great source of pride for a president and his or her institution, and can galvanize current students and alumni alike.

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Recent high-profile legal struggles of NFL running backs Ray Rice (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens) and Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have ignited new rounds of discourse about aggression—in professional athletes and among Black males in general.

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