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Duke’s Reputation Tarnished From Sexual Joke Thesis Project

Duke University

Duke University

Twenty-two-year-old Duke University spring 2010 graduate Karen Owen has tarnished the reputation of the prestigious  school, according to critics, by writing a fake thesis presentation about her sexual encounters with 13 of the school’s athletic students.

“It makes me ashamed that the Duke name is attached to what she’s done. And it’s the age-old double standard: people are more critical of what she did because she’s a girl,” Duke senior Nicole Queathem told the NY Times.

The 42-page PowerPoint slideshow presentation reportedly started out as a joke, and was only sent to friends of Owen. But, of course, as things do in this day and age, the thesis went viral and exploded across the Internet, becoming a public relations nightmare for the university, upsetting parents, faculty and students across the campus. Critics say the presentation was an invasion of privacy for the players who were unwittingly involved in the joke, and an embarrassment to the school’s classy and honorable reputation. Read the rest of this entry »



High School Athletes Shouldn’t Try to Beat the Heat

high-school-footballToday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that 31 high school athletes have died from heat-related injuries in the past 15 years. “One death due to heat-related illness is too many,” says Michael McGeehin, director of the CDC’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. “Heat-related illness is preventable. The more we know about how and when it happens, the better we can prepare people who may be most at risk.”

The study showed that 66.3 percent of heat injuries occur in August, mostly affecting football players. Athletes who play high school football are 10 times more likely to suffer from heat illness than students who play eight other high school sports. Thousands of students suffer from heat illnesses of differing severity each year, particularly during off-season summer conditioning.  Overweight players are at a much higher risk.   Read the rest of this entry »



College Athletes Side-Lined with Medical Bills

auburn vs georgiaIf you think the school is picking up the tab on all those torn tendons, broken bones and other injuries that are commonplace amongst college athletes, think again. College athletes are amongst those that are burdened with extensive medical bills. Take for example a rower at Colgate University who is strapped with $80,000 in medical bills for back and leg pain. The school won’t pay citing she was treated for an illness and not a sport injury. Read the rest of this entry »





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