Friends, Bulldogs, Countrymen - lend me your reputations.
I haven't one, but I do have a tremendous concern for college athletics and what it means to be a student who is also an athlete. With all the recent news for players being paid and receiving improper benefits, I've read many articles being sympathetic to those who knowingly broke rules, arguing that they should have been paid in the first place. That notion is becoming louder and ever more popular. It frightens me because it will merely further the moneyed corruption of college athletics. It disgusts me because weighs money heavier than virtue in college athletics and academics. It makes me question humanity because so few see anything wrong with it.
I, on the other hand, believe and expect that universities should be places that foster excellence and virtue. If you are frightened along side me, if you too believe in excellences like integrity and honor, stand up (or sit down) and let it be known. We cannot let such opinions go unchallenged. Some of you are great writers with good reputations. I implore you to use them, or in the very least convince me I'm overly worried.