I have been looking for some sensible comment on the Duke lacrosse team case—the allegation that team members (male, white) raped a hired exotic dancer (female, African-American) at a party in the house where the team mates apparently all live together (how is that for dumb idea number one?). The official university responses have been fine, indeed serious and significant. But unsurprising. It was novelist Allen Gurganus who in an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times finally addressed the issue, in a somewhat disorganized but nonetheless vivid way. “The imperative to win, and damn all collateral costs, is not peculiar to Durham
The real problem is simply university varsity sport programs themselves. They are out of control, and cannot be brought back under control except by abolishing them completely. Which should be done, at once. Think what a liberation that would be for universities across the country.
It won’t happen, of course. Just as every candidate for the U.S. University of Chicago
One of the several committees appointed by Duke to investigate the scandal and the university’s response to it is William G. Bowen, former president of Princeton Princeton
It’s madness. Why won’t any university president (or board of trustees) take the obvious step, the only one that will work: abolition?