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Beer and circus : how big-time college sports is crippling undergraduate education

Author: Murray A Sperber
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Murray Sperber takes us beyond the headlines and the public controversies to explore the profound and tragic impact of big-time intercollegiate athletics on undergraduate education. Sperber explodes cherished myths about college sports, particularly at "Big-time U's," the large public research universities with high-profile men's football and basketball teams playing at the top level of the NCAA."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Murray A Sperber
ISBN: 0805038647 9780805038644
OCLC Number: 43790906
Description: xxii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Animal House --
College sports winners and losers --
The NCAA, the tube, and the fans --
Corporate beer-and-circus --
Admissions office scams --
The Flutie factor --
Shaft the undergraduates --
The great researcher = great teacher myth --
New Siwash in red ink --
Student mix and match --
The faculty/student nonaggression pact --
Cheating --
Undergraduate education triage : honors program lifeboats --
Cheap beer : the oxygen of the Greek system --
Drinking off-campus and far off-campus (spring break) --
Party round the team --
Rally round the team--as long as it wins and covers the spread --
College Sports MegaInc.--
College Sports MegaInc. versus undergraduate education --
Who loves the jocks? --
The New 3 R's --
Conclusion: what should happen versus what probably will happen.
Responsibility: Murray Sperber.
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"Murray Sperber takes us beyond the headlines and the public controversies to explore the profound and tragic impact of big-time intercollegiate athletics on undergraduate education. Sperber explodes cherished myths about college sports, particularly at "Big-time U's," the large public research universities with high-profile men's football and basketball teams playing at the top level of the NCAA."

"Using research culled from students, faculty, and administrators around the country, Sperber proves that many schools, because of their emphasis on research and graduate programs, no longer give the majority of their undergraduates a meaningful education. What they offer instead is a meager and dangerous substitute: the party scene surrounding college sports that Sperber calls "beer and circus" and which serves to keep the students happy while tuition dollars keep rolling in."

"Sperber explains how this beer-and-circus scene has evolved over many generations. He details the pernicious roles of the media and corporations looking to tap into the lucrative student market, raising the particular concern of the current epidemic of student binge drinking, which in many ways results from these complex factors."--Jacket.

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