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As an investor in BlackLight Power, I say the real laugh here is Dr. Robert Park of the American Physical Society, who apparently claims to know everything about the simplest atom, hydrogen, and so sits smugly back instead of studying Mills's results. But Richard Feynman, the Nobel laureate who is the "father" of quantum electrodynamics, said, "I go to my deathbed unhappy, because we still don't know all there is to know about the simplest atom, hydrogen." I'll take the word of Feynman over Park any day.

Norm Winningstad
Newport, Oregon


UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS

Nice piece by Brian P. Dunleavy on college football ["Game Misconducts: College Football's Real-Life Top 25," December 28]. Now let's see one on the "real" Top 25 alternative papers. I'm sure the Voice is right up there in the rankings, with a few interesting skeletons in its own closet.

If the best Dunleavy can do is say that a school like the University of Texas is due for problems soon even though he doesn't have any to report on now, maybe he should reflect his own on weaknesses. Even journalists have them, right?

Steve Hill
Bryan, Texas

Awwwww, aren't you brave for "exposing" the big bad world of college football. Shocking, indeed. Why don't you run down the list of employees at The Village Voice and list your collective rap sheet, along with other ethical lapses?

I'd be willing to bet you could match any football program in the country.

Reynolds Towns
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brian P. Dunleavy's poll about college football was a complete joke. What is the point of listing arrests when many of the charges are later dropped? Perhaps The Village Voice should survey its own employees to determine how many of them have been arrested. Whatever happened to the principle of innocent until proven guilty?

Anyone can be arrested, but if they are not convicted they have done nothing wrong.

E. Clement Ogbahon
Brooklyn


STATE STANDARDS

Give credit where credit is due! Even though Joe Paterno has slipped considerably, he is still the best coach in college football. Admittedly, LaVar Arrington's behavior placed an ugly mark on Penn State football. A few years ago, Joe wouldn't have tolerated it. Maybe he is beginning to lower his standards like the rest of our society. After all, Who are we to judge? We kept a president in the White House who disgraced our country and lied to us on national television.

L.L. Clabor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


BLACK MALED

Perhaps Brian Dunleavy can explain to me exactly how African Americans are being exploited while in college, and why it was so important to list the percentage of black male graduates as well. As a Voice reader, I would like to know. The article didn't sit too well with me.

Tamara Washington
Brooklyn

 


BIGTIME PAYBACK

Brian P. Dunleavy did a good review of college football. I could even see where an argument could be made that college football and basketball players should be paid if the institutions fail to give them an education. Look at the amount of money these programs take in from TV ($6 billion from CBS alone).

Patrick Thompson
Athens, Georgia

 


DOWNFIELD

Upon initially perusing Brian Dunleavy's article, I thought it was well informed and made some good points about the downside of college football. As an avid fan, it hurts to hear negativity, but it's better to know the truth.

However, upon further investigation, I've come to feel that the article is nothing more than a somewhat informed rant. I say this because Dunleavy's credibility is tainted by two factors: his bias against the game, exhibited in his stretch to find something wrong with Penn State (if that's the worst you can come up with, why not tip your hat and say "nice job"), and his inaccuracy (the last time I checked, Sanford Stadium was on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, not Tuscaloosa!).

I also have to beg the question: Why disparage through innuendo Wisconsin and Minnesota as being racist institutions because of the low number of African Americans in the student body compared to the number of athletes? Both states have a smaller percentage of African Americans than the percentages represented in the student bodies of these schools. Shouldn't they be commended for providing opportunities to minorities at a higher percentage than the general populations of the states they serve, whether or not it involves participating in athletics? And why single out these two schools? I'm not a fan of either university, but at least show the same figures across the board.

C.J. Snipes
Eldora, Iowa

Brian P. Dunleavy replies: I am a fan who is aware of various long-standing problems in college football. The point of the piece was to show some of the ills in college football in the areas of academics, player behavior, recruiting, and sportsmanship in hopes of raising awareness about these issues. Statistics on graduation rates, minority athletes, and minority enrollment were taken taken directly from an NCAA report. My intention in citing the minority enrollment/graduation figures for some schools was to highlight the potential exploitation of minority athletes. The relatively low graduation rates for African American athletes at some institutions may be an indicator of their lack of concern for minority athletes after they have finished representing their schools on the football field. The incorrect location given for Georgia's stadium was due to an error in the editing process.


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