ETHICS AND ATHLETICS
A new report this week showing most colleges and
universities increased spending on sports even as
spending on academics stayed flat or declined adds
fuel to the growing debate on the place of athletics
in US colleges and treatment of student athletes.
Recent efforts by some college athletes to seek more
rights including compensation have focused attention
on the amount of money colleges are making, and spending,
on their sports programs.
This issue, and others in athletics, is in fact
complicated and nuanced and deserving of careful research
and reasoned thought. To its credit the University
of Wisconsin is doing just that this week as the UW
School of Medicine and Public Health's 6th annual
Bioethics Symposium brings in top experts from campus
and around the country to explore issues of ethics
and athletics. Drugs in sports, gender identification
and the role of athletics on college campuses are
among the issues that will be debated by the like
of UW Bioethicist Norm Fost, Senior Associate Athletic
Director and Law School professor Walter Dickey and
Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch. It's
from 1 to 5:30 Thursday at the Health Sciences Learning
Center, open to the public and admission is free.
Credit to the UW Medical School for its consideration
of such a timely agenda.