The University Star
November 4th, 2014
Texas State University administrators and students should take a page
out of the book of higher education: specifically, the passage that
emphasizes education, not athletics.
Texas State does not have the best public reputation. The university
is seen as a school of revelers, drunk partygoers and all-around
debauchery. So maybe, just maybe, people should work together to
eliminate that stereotypical image instead of strengthening it with the
constant emphasis on tailgating and getting wild at athletic events.
I have had enough with the overemphasis on athletics and telling
people to attend more games. I did not come to college to sit in
bleachers with drunken fraternity boys and ditzy sorority girls.
Students do not need to attend more games. What they need to do is
attend class more often. That is the kind of attendance the university
should be pushing, not some sporting event.
As shocking as it might sound, I came here to learn and get an
education. Watching oversized boys tackle one another and throw a ball
back and forth for three hours is not on my list of priorities.
According to an April report by the American Association of
University Professors (AAUP), education does not seem to be the
number-one priority of many universities. The AAUP report shows that
spending for athletics at four-year public universities increased from
2004 to 2011 by approximately 24.8 percent. Meanwhile, spending on
academic support remained stagnant, and research expenditures actually