PAID TO PLAY: SHOULD THE NCAA PAY ATHLETES?

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“Are we really compensated?”


they play, we watch

Throughout my life, I would turn on the television to see these major college sports games being played. You scan the crowd and think to yourself,”I wonder what the revenue stream must be for just one of these games.” And then you think of the entire NCAA, and you are looking at a multi-billion dollar organization in which the field hands are the only ones that don’t get paid. And so many people say that a college degree is awarded to them for free. Only problem is, you’re not really in class. The courses are based around your sports, not the other way around. You are supposed to be a student athlete, but instead you are an athletic student.

the degree game

People, such as myself who paid for college are not given many opportunities no matter how smart you are in school. Yes, there are scholarships, but still, it’s not enough the majority of people. So when someone plays sports and receives a full ride, others can’t understand. Well, it’s simple, it’s about dollars and cents. A straight A student doesn’t make money for a university. They go to school, and yes they pay for school, but to the extent to which college sports is bringing in money, no. And when you break it all down, there really is no benefit to the athlete. Unless you’re one of the chosen few going pro, and that number is very low.

zero form of compensation

Fine, you don’t think athletes can be paid from college, but no job at all, that’s crazy. And that is a strict rule, keeping college athletes from working any job at all. Which means, you cannot work a job more than 20 hours per week out of season and they cap off the money you can make from working. So, getting even a McDonald’s gig is out of the question, especially if it pays ultimately over a certain amount of money. And to me, that’s crazy to not be able to work anywhere doing anything. Not all athletes have a full scholarship, some have less than partial, but they are even restricted to a certain extent.


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INSTITUTIONAL CHOICES: DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE

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“Just get the piece of paper.”


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When applying to college, we would all like to get into the college of our choice. But in reality you and a multitude of other students are applying to that same school. And chances are a lot of them will be rejected from places as well. So what is there left to do. Go to the school that accepts you into the doors. But in all reality, does it really matter what school you get accepted admission. Because there is always the ability to go and then transfer to your school of choice. But should it really matter?

paying for name

You are generally buying the name on the degree instead of what school you’re attending. Because yes, if you attend Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Duke, or any of the similar private and Ivy league schools, employers tend to look at your résumé differently. But for the majority of students, you’re not going to be attending a top university. So what does the name really mean? Does it mean that if you don’t go to one the top ten schools you won’t amount to anything in life. That’s not real because hundreds of thousands go to college every year. But only a chosen few will get into these schools.

what are you bringing to the table

Inevitably, it will be about what you are bringing to the table. What do you have to offer yourself and your employer. No one can make you great at what you will do in life except for you. Life is about what you put into it, not all about what college you attended. So get the piece of paper, but don’t lean to heavily on it. Because it’s a small part of the overall big picture toward success.


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NOW WHAT: WHERE SHOULD YOU TURN AFTER COLLEGE HAS ENDED

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“So many directions.”


BS. BA. MBA. PHD

You have been going to school since you were about six or seven years of age. Now that you have gotten out of college and it’s time to step into the world and you lose your way. You have no clue which way to turn because there is no road map to where you want to be in life. You have been sitting through all these lectures over the past four years and studying, but what next. You’re stuck because everyone made you think that having this piece of paper was worth wild. But what now?

go to work

Let’s say you worked at a fast food restaurant in college. Once you graduate you back to work and nothing is new. That is when life sets in that you have busted your butt to work fast food. You thought there was going to be these golden nuggets awaiting you. Just sitting there for when you graduate, you turn them in to start your life with salvageable assets. Reality is, a college degree is the icing on the cake. Now you have to out and bake the cake, then spread the icing on top. Sounds crazy when you think that the college degree was the cake.

intern or fellow or apprentice

Whatever you want to be, you must be willing to put in a great deal of work for nothing in the beginning. Why, well because you can’t demand a lot of money because you have done nothing. So you must start out at the bottom. Get yourself an internship, or be apart of a fellowship or apprenticeship program. You are learning and meeting people; making contacts that you could utilize down the road. It may not seem like much in the paradigm of living, but over time it adds up to experience.

don’t fear

But hey, don’t be afraid. Everyone goes through the problems you are going through. Only thing is, some give up and never keep going. That is where you lose. You have to learnt embrace not only change, but take your loses. It’s apart of life, and hopefully, just hopefully you come out on the other side.


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ACADEMIC LOST LOVE: WHY WE AREN’T EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN ENOUGH IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN AMERICA

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“They’re failing and it’s our fault.”


When observing the academic landscape of America, and the rest of the world, you can’t help but realize that the rest of the planet is passing us by. And I am using the word everybody when looking at countries that we have trumped over, over the years. Now with China as the number one economy on Earth, we now have more competition from other developing nations. We have the famed BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India, and like I said before China. You look at the way these children are brought up in school and you compare them to the children in America, and there some key differences. This new way of treating our children like they’re ultra-special for doing nothing can’t help. We give them all trophies when they lose and win in sports, and we also allow them to retake test when they fail. Instead of letting them fall and get back up.

Because falling and getting back up is what you have to do to succeed in the world. And when we don’t allow that to happen, we wind-up with a bunch a crybabies who expect the world to be given to them on a platter. But besides the special treatment we give to our nation’s children, what about the curriculum. The children in the poor communities are receiving the worst while the kids in rich communities get the best. And yes, if you are from money you can afford the means to what someone poor cannot have in life. Yet when you’re looking at education, we tell our children to work hard, but if they are starting out in school with poor education then where is there room to make that statement. So many are not ready for college because of the academics in their school at no fault of their own. Provide them with the appropriate tools, and if they don’t want to learn then turn away from them.

But it’s not like that, growing up in poor communities education dollars is being pulled from poor neighborhoods, but as a student why bother working hard at times. If the education is poor, what can you really do. Getting into college is nearly impossible, yet we say go to school. The issue that I have is that our Department of Education almost act as if we give the kids too much knowledge then the ones at the top start to get replaced. And the last thing people high up want is more competition. So we set them up early to fail, so they give up. Then you have a nation of few bosses and a lot of people disgruntled with life working dead end jobs with mediocre educations. Because in the end, you have to give them a chance to fight. You can’t say here is a poor education in school then act shock when it is worthless. Provide the appropriate tools, and then if they give up you can say I tried. But if you start off with screw you, you can’t be too shocked when they fail.


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ALL EXCLUSIVITY: THE REAL FACE OF AMERICA’S INCLUSIVE NATURE

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“We are all created equal, yet access is not.”


In American society today, we always preach that we are this fair and balanced nation. We are all created equal in the eyes of God. And we push the idea that we are an all inclusive nation. Yet, we have so many signs of exclusivity in our society. These exclusivity aspects of America exist in the education environment, workplace, among genders, and when observing Related imagethe income disparity. So my question is, are we really this all inclusive nation? Do we push one ideology and stand behind another? And if we do push these ideologies, what is the main reason for doing so? Why have we taught an up and coming generation that life is about everyone winning? 

Well, one main reason we may push one ideology and stand behind another is so that those who are in a good position don’t have to worry about being replaced. You might say, how so? Well, if we are telling a generation that everyone gets a trophy, then flip it on them once they become adults, they don’t attempt to rise through the rankings. They become discouraged and won’t attempt. They’ll wind-up being content with their current position. That content behavior is detrimental to them because they are not continuing to learn. All the while life is moving around them. Your position at the top is now solidified.

So now that we have some idea as to why we push a separate agenda that we actually don’t live by, where do we see it taking hold? One area of interest to look at is in the academic world. We tell children to go to school and get your education. But what are you learning really that you actually need. Image result for degreeBecause chances are, you’ll never use this information again. Yet, if you look into the past, a college degree meant something. You were actually getting training for the field you were entering. But now, since everyone is going to college, how important is a college education. America is an exclusive nation, what’s the value in something every person can easily attain.

It’s the difference between owning a bicycle and a Rolls Royce. The Rolls is worth more because few people can have it. And the bike is something anyone can own. If everyone could afford a Rolls Royce, there would be no real value. Now you might think, that’s a car, this is school. But the same exist with a college degree. How valuable is the degree if every year millions of kids are getting one. So now, you must have more going for you in life, than just a degree. A degree is like baking a cake. The degree is the icing on the cake and a graduate degree is some sprinkles. Everything that goes into that cake is ingredients; which is you as that person.

Another exclusive area of America is the wealth disparity. There are so many things that the small 1% have, that the rest don’t. And not only don’t have, can’t gain access to in life. If we’re so inclusive, why is it that a kid born in poverty can’t have the same great education as a kid growing up in Image result for the 1%Beverly Hills. Because we are not inclusive where it really counts in life. And that’s the moral of the story. We are all inclusive, except when we really need the essentials of life. Food, education, housing; the basic needs for a human survival is exclusive, but the wants outside of needs are inclusive. It’s a false sense of collectivism.


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LAVARTHERHOOD: WHY PEOPLE ARE SO UPSET OVER CONFIDENT PARENTING

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“What’s the big deal?”


The above photograph is of a father who has three sons. One in college who is a rising NBA prospect and two other young sons highly ranked in high school. But them being ranked high is not the topic of discussion. The real discussion is how one should bring up their children in society. Lavar Ball has been in sports news recently because he admitted that he feels his son Lonzo Ball, a standout basketball player at UCLA and prospective NBA draft pick,  is better than current NBA star Stephen Curry. Sports reporters came from every outlet possible stating how much they disagree with his stance. But most of all, they are critical of how he has thrust himself into the spotlight. But the more I hear Lavar speak, the more something interesting comes to mind.

Lavar Ball was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. For those of you who are unfamiliar with South Central Los Angeles, it has long been a community of gangs, crime, single parent households, and poverty. Coincidentally enough, the time period when Lavar was in high school, is when Crack Cocaine was first introduced to Los Angeles. Plenty of young Black males were getting involved in the drug trade, many Lavar’s age. Yet Lavar focused himself on sports. So much so, it granted him collegiate attention. And with the birth of his sons in his late twenties into his thirties, he began to instill that competitive edge he once had himself in sports. Well, what does any of this have to do with parenting?

Back to the area where Lavar is from in Los Angeles. South Central is a place where having both parents in the household is more of a luxury in life. So seeing a Black male in the lives of his sons given his background you would think it would mean something. Not so, well why? Because me personally, I think it’s great that a father instills the confidence to make them believe they can beat the best of the best. People are angry as if to say. “Who do you think you are, expecting so much from your sons!” But shouldn’t he expect more from them? Isn’t this what we should be doing as parents? I thought parents are supposed to feel their children are the best. Why is having excessive confidence in your child a bad thing?

What is a man like Lavar to do? Say, “Hey, of course he (Stephen Curry) can beat my son.” Or, “Hey I would say my son could play just fine.” You’re supposed to think your son can beat anyone, even the greats. Especially in a country where so few expectations are held for the young Black males. So to see a Black man pushing his sons in the right direction, shouldn’t this be encouraged? But also, weren’t all fathers like this decades ago? Every father pushed their kids, especially their sons. But we have become such a sensitive society, that Lavar is seen as problematic. If this were thirty plus years ago, no one would even care that Lavar had even made the statement.

You see, in the end, fathers are supposed to think the most of their children. You’re supposed to not only think your son can beat Curry, but can catch Kareem Abdul Jabbar as well (who currently holds the NBA record for most points in NBA history). But with confidence and pride comes criticism today. Winning has taken a backseat to losing or being equal in society. Mediocrity has become the new trend in America. Where the men and women in power want you to remain mundane, while they hold the majority of power. Remember Marianne Williamson, “When you let your own light shine, you will unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” “For when you are liberated from your own fears, you will automatically liberate others around you.”

HBC-U-LATER: DO WE NEED THEM ANYMORE?

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“Do they hold up today?”


Well over a century ago, African Americans in the United States were denied the access to a lot of universities across the country. This denial prompted us to create our own universities called, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).  I myself the first semester of undergraduate school attended an HBCU called Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Now, me being born in the year 1987, I had options in which college I would be attending. Nonetheless, I decided to go anyways before transferring back home to UW-Parkside. Now, times have changed since those schools were designed. The question now looms as to do we really need them today. Are HBCU’s relevant in America in today’s society with so many other options?

In my opinion there is an upside and downside of having HBCU’s. The upside of going to an HBCU, is that the courses are more centrally focused in aiding you in your future success. There is more of a guidance process in assisting young Black males and females. You are encouraged to take on a path that will help you after college. HBCU’s also take young people who would otherwise not go to college and cultivate their skills. Most traditional state and private schools may turn them away. But HBCU’s bring them in, and by the time the student leaves they are more than ready for the job market. Yet, are there any downsides to going to an HBCU.

Well, in America today, the downside of going to an HBCU is that you are not getting the interactions you’re going to have in society. Chances are, when you graduate, you’re going to work in a work environment totally different than your school environment. Most workplaces are predominantly White, so you’re talking about two different worlds colliding. Even though I went temporarily to an HBCU, my upbringing was different than most students at the school. But I think the biggest downside is that you can’t get money for college unless you go to an HBCU. In order to gain access to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) finances, you must attend an HBCU. If I grew up in California, most HBCU’s are in the south, what if I want to stay close to home. Now your kid can’t get funding from an organization built to give them finances.

In the end, there is no one side of looking at this topic. There are the ups and downs of keeping HBCU’s open. For the most part they are the start of Black higher education in America. But since desegregation, Black students are choosing upon schools that have better academic programs, yet the financing for the HBCU’s have declined. What’s sad is that the more time that pass, HBCU’s will further decline. Especially knowing that you can’t procure funding if you want to stay where you’re from. President Trump recently met with HBCU presidents, yet it will take more than a meeting and photo op to save these schools.