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Here’s the Awful 146-Word “Essay” That Earned an A- for a UNC Jock

Posted by on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM
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What are the chances that other schools aren’t mimicking UNC?

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The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill has already been embroiled in a scandal for allowing its athletes to enroll in fake courses for easy credit. Now, the whole controversy has a rather potent visual symbol to go along with it: a 146-word, ungrammatical essay on Rosa Parks that earned an A-.

Mary Willingham, who spent a decade tutoring and advising UNC’s jocks before turning into a whistleblower, unveiled the paper during an interview with ESPN. As the segment explains, academically troubled UNC athletes were encouraged to sign up for so-called “paper classes”—which were essentially no-work independent studies involving a single paper that allowed functionally illiterate football players to prop up their GPAs, thus satisfying the NCAA’s eligibility requirements. Here's the sort of work that was involved:

And here’s the text.

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the  white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.

It seems fitting that this image is making the rounds just one day after a National Labor Relations Board official ruled that football players at Northwestern University were not primarily students but rather employees of the school. That’s not to say Northwestern was running a similar scam (Disclosure: I’m an alum). But the point is that anybody who thinks that most big-time college athletes are at school first and foremost to be educated is fooling themselves. They're there to work and earn money and prestige for the school.

And really, what are the chances that other schools aren’t mimicking UNC? In 2010, before Willingham started feeding information to reporters, UNC’s football program, for instance, had a 75 percent graduation rate, lower than some far more competitive teams today. It’s possible that those schools simply try harder and find more scholarly candidates for their o-line. But I somehow doubt that.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate's senior business and economics correspondent.


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by on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM
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angelenia
by Bronze Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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THis really pisses me off.

DD13 will be officially a high schooler next fall. Anyone else got someone close to college age or in college?

Seems you can be dumb as a box of rocks but if you can throw/kick/hit a ball then presto! a way is made for you.

Thankfully, dd excels academically..we are hoping for scholarship opportunities. IMO this is reflective of our culture having some skewed values.

LiveinJoy
by on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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I laughed. But now I'm sad.
VoodooVixen
by Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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And we wonder why our athletes ed up broke, bankrupt, or in jail.
lga1965
by on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

 LOL, oh my.

 

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM
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My 17 year old won his school's Kronkite Meyer Award when he was sophmore. In September, he'll be going to college for creative writing.

Quoting Goodwoman614:

THis really pisses me off.

DD13 will be officially a high schooler next fall. Anyone else got someone close to college age or in college?

Seems you can be dumb as a box of rocks but if you can throw/kick/hit a ball then presto! a way is made for you.

Thankfully, dd excels academically..we are hoping for scholarship opportunities. IMO this is reflective of our culture having some skewed values.


Queenme101
by Bronze Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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" Skewed values " says it all.

Quoting Goodwoman614:

THis really pisses me off.

DD13 will be officially a high schooler next fall. Anyone else got someone close to college age or in college?

Seems you can be dumb as a box of rocks but if you can throw/kick/hit a ball then presto! a way is made for you.

Thankfully, dd excels academically..we are hoping for scholarship opportunities. IMO this is reflective of our culture having some skewed values.

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Way to go UNC...pretty special.

Thankfully it doesnt happen here.  Schools that have a great sporting department or scholarship program still have to maintain a grade average to attend.  The best of the best which is both academic as well as sport talented.  Not to mention that scouts look in ALL schools, they arent allowed to pick from only the schools that have these programs.  So its not worth the while of top academic schools to give scholarships to kids that have only sporting talent so they can get into the top teams....because that same kid can get picked up at a public school.  All they will do to an academic school is bring down their academic average...thats a no no.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:47 PM
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 I read about the miserable failure at UNC.  Shameful.

My second grader wrote that well. 

But that guy undoubtedly got a free ride while some financially-struggling brilliant kid didn't even get accepted.  There is something wrong when sports are more important than education at all, much less more important at an educational facility of higher learning!

jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM
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I've written text messages longer than that.
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