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Casting a skeptical eye toward sports

The Dec. 2 Daily Iowan article "Spotlight: Associate professor reveals sport's dirty secrets," opened my eyes as to how the sports world plays into the real world. I never looked at it this way. I think Catriona Parratt, an associate professor of American studies, has some very good information in this article, and she brings up a good point about the NCAA.

I have always loved playing all kinds of sports and was very involved in sports throughout high school. The gender issue in sports drives me crazy, however. The hype that men's sports get over women's is just not fair. I do not understand why men's sports are looked at as better, because men and women play many of the same sports.

When you hear about student-athletes taking money from agents, I cannot help but think it is OK. As a student myself, I don't think a student-athlete would have enough time in the day to go to class, practice, and a job — plus do their homework at night before he or she goes to bed. There is no way one would have the time if he or she planned to sleep.

The NCAA needs to find a better way to help athletes out. Even if they are on a scholarship, that still does not help them pay other bills they may have. I hope this article opened others' eyes as well.

Shelby Heetland
University of Iowa freshman

The elusive good study spot

It's about that time of year again — the dreaded finals week. The week in which finding a place to study is harder than finding a gold mine (and that's pretty hard). Let's face it: I never can study at my apartment because of the distractions of neighbors and "SportsCenter," so where can I go?

I despise the Main Library's set up. For all of you who study in groups of six, you're in luck — because that seems to be how desks are arranged. And for those of you who don't, how mad does it make you when you walk by rows and rows of desks with only one or two people at them? Finally you give in and sit at one, then come to find it's so hard to concentrate if others at the table are talking or texting.

We boast record enrollments each year at the UI, but it feels as though quiet study areas are becoming an endangered species. So DI, can you please list some suggestions for areas to study over finals week that are bigger than my hamster's cage (and quiet)?

Mark Willis
UI graduate student

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