Athletic balance

To the editor:

To a town with a major educational institution where academics are often defined as “a cosmetic front to a sports enterprise,” I offer the following quote from the latest Yale Alumni magazine:

“Because Yale and the rest of the Ivy League schools don’t give athletic scholarships, they’ve been spared the growth of the giant sports operations that have warped the academic missions of many other schools. Ivy League schools have no coaches making multimillion-dollar salaries, no endorsement deals, no corruption scandals in recruiting or grading. Above all, their athletes are students, here to learn and to graduate. They are not preprofessionals who see college classes as a bureaucratic inconvenience.”