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Do you support a proposal for a $2,000 annual stipend for student-athletes?

Response Percent Votes
56% 327
43% 248
Total 575


Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

Heck, that won't even cover the fees for the tats on one arm!

Terry Sexton 5 years, 10 months ago

I was amazed how well I could read those once I upgraded to HD.

RoeDapple 5 years, 10 months ago

You betcha! 2 grand to start, then performance bonuses for TD's, 3 pointers, assists, steals, etc. Oh, and grades! C's or better with bonus money for A's. But pay 'em outa the Williams Fund. If fans have to pay into it to be considered for season tickets they would at least see where the money goes.

HelenaBertinelli 5 years, 10 months ago

Not in a million years would I support this. "Student athletes" already get free tuition, free housing, and a whole bunch of free clothes and stuff. If the University has money for this, then find a way to distribute it to the rest of the student body. Lower tuition costs perhaps? It may only come to pennies when broken up like that, but every little bit helps us poor, starving college students. A few bucks off tuition translates to a few more dollars in the beer and pizza fund.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 10 months ago

They are performing manual labor for the privilege. Regardless of the university they enroll in, scholarship athletes have a recognized physical genius for the labor(s) they participate in. Their chosen university reaps huge financial benefit from that physical genius, so why shouldn't the scholarship athlete share in that benefit to some modest degree?

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 10 months ago

I think it's a great idea. Other students get stipends for work they do in labs etc. Athletes work lots of hours to "advertise" a school and should get the same sort of compensation. The athletic program is the "front porch" of a university in many cases.

skinny 5 years, 10 months ago

I read some of these posts and I just laugh. HelenBertinelli, do you realize the millions of dollars these student athletes bring to the University??Not only that, they bring the University free publicity too! Heck, after some of these student Athletics graduate they make more money in a month they you do in your whole life time!! And you are worried about giving them 2,000. dollars, free tuition, housing, and clothes?????

Jonathan Fox 5 years, 10 months ago

Since when is free tuition, housing, and just about anything else they could want not good enough for student-athletes? Our sports program advertises our school just fine as it is. That money would go great towards non-scholarship athletes or any number of other students who have to pay absolutely attrocious tuition.

pusscanthropus 5 years, 10 months ago

All student athletes? Or just men's football and basketball who are already on full scholarship? Will women golfers and tennis players get it too?

I used to work with the FB and BB team's scholarship players. Even though they had all the perks mentioned by other posters, many had no spending money at all. They came from poor families who didn't have the means to send them spending money, and they were not allowed to get outside jobs. So, for those reasons, I support the stipend for them.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

HECK NO! They already getting free things such as tuition and tutors. Let along they get out of tests and assignements just because they are athletes. They are here to LEARN. Why should my son struggle to pay school bills who is in engineering major while athlete have a degree in phys ed or some other lame degree. They chose to play a sport, they need to take on the extra load required of a sport while doing what everyone else does. Its in their best interest to do it because the school does not care what happens to them after they leave. They just want them to play and give them easy academics so they can play their 4 years and bring in the money..then on to the next one.

billbodiggens 5 years, 10 months ago

Lets just drop all pretense and stop calling them amateurs and stop calling them students. Issue them contracts instead of grade cards.

lily 5 years, 10 months ago

Not all student athletes get everything paid for. Still I don't agree with it. Most athletes do get benefits other students don't even though they aren't supposed to be treated differently. I'd be a pretty ticked off student or parent if something like this goes through. If they can afford all those tats and wear all that high dollar apparel the rest of the world can't afford, they don't need a stipend. They usually drive better cars than I ever could too.

asixbury 5 years, 10 months ago

Athletics is the downfall of the public education system. Other than in college, I believe athletic programs are more of a hindrance then a benefit. It creates segregation between the jocks and the academic kids; it is a major cause of bullying. The USA's school system rewards athletic achievement more than academic, which leads to the almost exclusive belief in primary and secondary schools that jocks are cool and nerds are not. If you are actually intelligent and focus on academics, you're a nerd. Nerds are the future of America, not jocks. Sure, they're fun to watch (and I do), but what actual benefit other than entertainment do athletes provide? I'm not saying I'm against athletics, I just think it needs to be separate from academia in the lower level grades. It should not matter whether you can throw or hit a ball while you're attending primary and secondary schools; your academic record should be the only thing that counts. It's crazy how much money schools throw at sports programs, but then decide to nix anything else in a budget crunch (i.e.: art, music). I believe everything that is not academic-based should be sought through the community rec. center, which would be priced the same as public school programs. This would include art and music if need be; as long as every child had access to the programs of their choosing.

parrothead8 5 years, 10 months ago

For the money that the revenue sports bring into universities, a $2000 stipend is a slap in the face. Amateurism either means something or it doesn't. If it does mean something, then make the scholarships TRUE scholarships that actually cover ALL the costs of attending a university. If it doesn't, then pay the athletes what they're actually worth, and that's a lot more than $2000.

FlintHawk 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't know, but I'm leaning toward "No." @parrothead8 makes a good argument against it.

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