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"With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 3:00 PM

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Dr. Alan Levinovitz, assistant professor of religion, joins colleagues from other universities on “Good Sport.”

Nobody knows their exact price tag, but the Sochi Olympics have been widely hailed as the most expensive Olympic Games ever. And the real question: is it worth the cost? Political science professor Patrick Rhamey of Virginia Military Institute says hosting the games doesn’t actually give countries a political advantage, but winning the medal count can.

Plus: The United States is the only country that attaches big-time sports to universities. Levinovitz says it’s time to get big sports out of schools. And: Any proposal to end college athletics would get a big pushback from fans. Kiran Karande’s MBA class at Old Dominion University recently completed a study looking at exactly who the football fans are at their university—and what keeps them coming back.

Later in the show: Sports Illustrated recently published an astounding statistic: one out of every 14 players in top college footballs programs has a criminal record. Many of these crimes involved violence toward women. Chris Kilmartin of the University of Mary Washington believes a new kind of motivation is needed on the field. Kilmartin says anti-feminine taunts—like “let’s go ladies; take off your skirts and play like a man”—reinforce a fiction that men are sexually indiscriminate.

Also featured: We tend to associate hazing with the humiliating, sometimes violent, initiation rituals of sororities and fraternities. Tod Burke and Stephen Owen, both of Radford University, say the phenomenon occurs elsewhere, too—even workplaces. They also say that people who have experienced hazing often view it positively.



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