Beer and Circus How Big-Time College Sports Has Crippled Undergraduate Education

ISBN-10: 0805068112

ISBN-13: 9780805068115

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Murray Sperber

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In this fascinating book, Sperber uses original research culled from students, faculty, and administrators around the country, to argue that what universities offer instead of a meaningful undergraduate education is a meager and dangerous substitute: the party scene surrounding college sports that Sperber calls "beer and circus" and which serves to keep the students happy while tuition dollars keep rolling in. He explodes cherished myths about college sports, showing, for instance, that contrary to popular belief the money coming in to universities from sports programs never makes it to academic departments. Sperber's profound re-evaluation of college sports and higher education comes straight out of today's headlines and opens our eyes to a generation of students deprived of the education they deserve. Murray Sperber has been acknowledged for years as the country's leading authority on college sports and their role in American culture. In the wake of Indiana University's decision to fire head basketball coach Bobby Knight last year, Sperber was in constant demand across the country--on television, radio, and print media--to comment on the profound and tragic impact of big-time intercollegiate athletics on higher education.
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List price: $22.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Murray Sperber is in constant demand as a media commentator on college sports. A professor of English & American studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, his previous books include "College Sports, Inc.," "Onward to Victory: The Crises That Shaped College Sports," & "Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football."

The Rise of Beer-and-Circus
Animal House
College Sports Winners and Losers
The NCAA, the Tube, and the Fans
Corporate Beer-and-Circus
Admissions Office Scams
The Flutie Factor
College Lite: Less Educationally Filling
Shaft the Undergraduates
The Great Researcher = Great Teacher Myth
New Siwash in Red Ink
Student Mix and Match
The Faculty/Student Nonaggression Pact
Undergraduate Education Triage: Honors Program Lifeboats
Beer-and-Circus Rules
Cheap Beer: The Oxygen of the Greek System
Drinking Off-Campus and Far Off-Campus (Spring Break)
Party Round the Team
Rally Round the Team--As Long as It Wins and Covers the Spread
College Sports MegaInc
College Sports MegaInc. versus Undergraduate Education
Who Loves the Jocks?
The New 3 R's
Conclusion: What Should Happen versus What Probably Will Happen
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