On the Edge

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, March 1, 2004

The best in last week's editorials from college campuses across the nation

University of Nebraska

After a former female placekicker for Colorado said she was raped by a teammate in 2000, coach Gary Barnett said she, "was not only a girl, she was terrible." He was placed on paid leave Feb. 18 for the comment and assistant coach Brian Cabral was named interim head coach Tuesday.

Though we do not think these activities are the norm across in Division I schools, the allegations against the Colorado football program should raise a red flag to the NCAA and other universities.

For years schools have pushed the boundaries of both rules and good taste in the recruitment of high school football talent. Promising sex, trips to off-campus keg parties and strip clubs to recruits is not uncommon at some schools, yet the NCAA has yet to crack down on these activities.

÷"NCAA Must Make Recruiting Standards Clear," from University of Nebraska'sDaily Nebraskan

University of Connecticut

To be ashamed of one's past is one thing, but to deny it happened and to get irate over history is another. Everyone in this world is able to claim embarrassment for something their ancestors have done, i.e. slavery, concentration camps, wars, etc. Therefore, it is important to interpret this movie as a Christian work of art, rather than that of the devil's making. Certainly Jewish apprehension to this film's release can be understood.

Religion is a sensitive topic for many people, and concerns about anti-Semitism being fueled by this film are understandable. While it is important for Jewish people to not decry the portrayal in the film, it is equally important for Christians not to allow it to spark hatred for people, as they personally had no part in the crucifixion.

÷"ĪThe Passion's Historical Fact," from University of Connecticut's The Daily Campus

Syracuse University

While a myriad of problematic societal perspectives on death would likely emerge if executions were to be televised and the international community that is opposed to capital punishment would cause a stir about such crass and barbaric practices, it would remain hypocritical for this country to execute people without the rest of society being aware of the nature of capital punishment.

Perhaps televising is not necessary to make people more aware of what killing someone entails, but no other medium would translate it as well to so many.

And if two-thirds of Americans don't oppose it, then it's lights, camera, action.

÷"American Culture At An All-Time Low," from Syracuse University's Daily Orange

University of Oklahoma

Housing Services should disclose the locations of cameras in the residence halls, or remove them immediately.

Putting hidden cameras in the dorms is a violation of residents' privacy.

When informed that there were cameras in the residence halls, several students said they were upset because they said no one had notified them that there were hidden cameras in the dorms.

Owning the residences does not give OU the right to videotape students any more than landlords have the right to install hidden cameras in their rented property.

÷"Cameras Violate Privacy," from University of Oklahoma's The Oklahoma Daily

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