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Stanford drops list of 'easy' classes for athletes
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | Amy Julia Harris,Ryan Mac, California Watch

Posted on 03/08/2011 9:47:58 PM PST by thecodont

A drama class in Beginning Improvising and another in Social Dances of North America III were among dozens of classes on a closely guarded quarterly list distributed only to Stanford athletes to help them choose classes.

The list, which has existed since at least 2001, was widely regarded by athletes as an easy class list. More than a quarter of the courses on the list did not fulfill university general education requirements.

The classes on the list were "always chock-full of athletes and very easy A's," said Kira Maker, a soccer player who used the list her freshman year.

Stanford officials say the list was designed to accommodate athletes' demanding schedules and have disputed that it was made up of easy courses. But officials discontinued it last week after reporters began asking about it.

Titled "Courses of Interest," the list was distributed by the Athletic Academic Resource Center. Advisers in other university departments said they were unaware such a list existed.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/08/MNBT1I6G8J.DTL#ixzz1G4uUKHGz

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: athletes; athletics; education; highereducation; prosports; stanfordu; stanforduniv; studentatheletes

1 posted on 03/08/2011 9:48:02 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Figures. Everything’s a scam nowdays folks. Probably even this “announcement” that the secret list is being abolished, is a scam.


2 posted on 03/08/2011 9:53:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: thecodont
Only half of the term “student athlete” is accurate.
3 posted on 03/08/2011 9:55:29 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: thecodont

If this is REALLY true, they can kiss their basketball and football competitiveness good-bye.

Yes, that is exactly what I mean.

Oh, and forget speed and jumping track and field events as well.


4 posted on 03/08/2011 9:57:49 PM PST by EyeGuy (Gimme Shelter)
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To: thecodont
What... no basket weaving? I'm sure wimpy Zer0 will get Holder right on this ASAP!

A 'My people' social justice BTTT Ping!
PING-WIMPY-CLAPPER2sm
A National Embarrassment

5 posted on 03/08/2011 10:01:09 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: thecodont; mamelukesabre
Advisers in other university departments said they were unaware such a list existed.

Pardon me while I curb my incredulity.

I find it highly improbable that such a list could remain a secret for ten years.

After all a good number of students will have become associate professors in that amount of time. Some of those students would have been tutors for athletes.

6 posted on 03/08/2011 10:02:18 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: thecodont

Real simple: all sports need to be removed from all taxpayer-supported schools at all levels.


7 posted on 03/08/2011 10:02:18 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: thecodont

so how many of these “courses of interest” could athletes take?


8 posted on 03/08/2011 10:03:10 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: thecodont

I would bet that similar lists exist in all other D1 schools.


9 posted on 03/08/2011 10:05:55 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: clee1
Real simple: all sports need to be removed from all taxpayer-supported schools at all levels.

I would have no problem with college sports if the athletes were real students and they paid their own way or received academic scholarships from non-college sources.

The key to making college sports work for the student is to make the sport a non issue economically for the college.

Sports is all about the money for colleges today. The athlete is basically an employee of the college working for slave wages.

10 posted on 03/08/2011 10:07:55 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: thecodont

Sure they are.


11 posted on 03/08/2011 10:08:30 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: thecodont

Jeez - and at my college, the athletic “guts” had to be related by word of mouth....

Just goes to show that these “elite” schools have certain advantages after all.


12 posted on 03/08/2011 10:09:00 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: thecodont

And the benefits of theses classes are worse than minority/womens studies?


13 posted on 03/08/2011 10:12:34 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: thecodont

wow..a lib bastion does something I like

be like Vandy

their players actually have to go to real school


14 posted on 03/08/2011 10:19:55 PM PST by wardaddy (FUHB)
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To: thecodont

Did they get rid of the list or the classes..?
The truth is there are lots of classes on state supported
campuses that don’t need tenured, pensioned, professors,
period. Athletes or no. Drama/voice/theater arts/race or
gender studies/all could be dropped
or added as an extra course (which are paid for by students
apart from their regular tuition)
As far as athletes are concerned, someone on this thread
mentioned that the sports should be dropped. A great idea.
Let college teams go back to students who happen to be
good at sports, rather than athletes who can fake a real
education.


15 posted on 03/08/2011 10:32:00 PM PST by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: thecodont
Well of course. Just because they hang out at Stanford while playing fussball doesn't mean they actually have to learn anything. How naive to even think otherwise.
16 posted on 03/08/2011 10:33:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Jack Hammer
"related"

trans: relayed

17 posted on 03/08/2011 10:34:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Sorry, related works, too.


18 posted on 03/08/2011 10:55:27 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: thecodont
Stanford is private, and has the toughest admission requirements in FBS.

To get a football scholie at Stanford requires about a 3.5 GPA, and a 3 part SAT of about 1900. Compare this to your school, college fans.

That there is a slate of 'courses of interest' represents the biggest scandal in Stanford football history-- which is no scandal at all. The Cardinal's NCAA infraction history is totally clean.

Still, the Cardinal were Orange Bowl victors, and finished ranked #4.

If any of you have a school with better football, a cleaner program, or better academics, chime in.

I didn't think so. Go Cardinal!

19 posted on 03/08/2011 11:39:01 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

Plus, esteemed graduate Chelsea Clinton! Anyone else? Anyone else have a Clinton? /sarcasm


20 posted on 03/08/2011 11:54:20 PM PST by Darth Dan
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To: Plutarch

I am a Cardinal alum but find this news sad and disappointing. Admission standards or not, Stanford’s reputation is now tarnished by athletic dept encouraging athletes to take Mick courses.


21 posted on 03/09/2011 12:34:25 AM PST by KingofZion
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To: thecodont

One Summer at Oregon I took Production Workshop. Come to every class and help build and paint sets for the drama department and get four hours of “A”. The place was full of horny girls and few straight men. I was there so much they hired me. By the end of the Summer I had my “A” and a nice paycheck...not to mention some really great memories.


22 posted on 03/09/2011 2:28:15 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Plutarch

Kudos for being a squeeky clean school that has a good year every other decade.


23 posted on 03/09/2011 4:16:15 AM PST by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Figures. Everything’s a scam nowdays folks. Probably even this “announcement” that the secret list is being abolished, is a scam.”

This stuff has been around forever. In 1968 at FSU they had one class for the football players called “Trucks and Trains” My friend somehow got registered for it and he said it was third grade. Easiest “A” he ever got.


24 posted on 03/09/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: thecodont

Rowle Tyde!


25 posted on 03/09/2011 8:42:04 AM PST by Crawdad
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To: thecodont

California is allowing RACIST motivated policies in their schools??


26 posted on 03/09/2011 8:52:10 AM PST by blam
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To: Crawdad
(ahem) War Eagles too!!
27 posted on 03/09/2011 8:53:21 AM PST by blam
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