Editor’s Note: Here’s the top kvetches from this past semester! Thank you so, so much for sending us your questions, comments, concerns and above all: complaints!
As U.S. News recently released their 2018 Best Colleges List, the issue of minority representation at selective colleges has on my mind a bit more than usual. I wasn’t surprised to find that diversity of student population, minority representation (whatever you want to call it) is not a factor in their ranking methodology.
I was surprised, however, to find out (via a recent New York Times report spanning 1980-2015) that Black and Hispanic first-year students are more underrepresented at selective colleges and universities than than they were in 1980, over 30 years ago.
Panthers fans might recall captain Luke Kuechly’s gruesome head injury last season against the Saints in Week 11. After an awkward collision with fellow linebacker Thomas Davis, Kuechly was carted off the field, giving way to this showing him crying uncontrollably and seemingly struggling to breathe.
The fact that Kuechly’s emotional display was universally misdiagnosed as “his love for the game” indicates just how deep in denial the general public is when it comes to football-related head trauma. Despite glaring evidence of the sport’s concussion problem, the league’s officials, coaches and doctors alike continue to downplay the gravity of the issue.
TO THE EDITOR:
I am very much in sympathy with the DTH columnist who, in your issue of Sept. 6, complains of the mistreatment of the Unsung Founders Memorial.