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The University of Central Florida is full of students like Jackie Fulco, who think academics is more important than athletics. That just isn’t right. It’s “crazy,” it’s pitiful, “it just doesn’t add up,” writes a UCF reporter in the school newspaper. Why is the football stadium half empty?

It must be bad marketing. Word’s not getting out about the games. The student looks forward to a full stadium once word gets out. That will set things right, and UCF will start to look like a real university.

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4 Responses to ““[T]he atmosphere at UCF just isn’t right.””

  1. Jeremy Bangs Says:

    The UCF reporter kindly provides a reference to another article in the same campus newspaper:
    “UCF ranked No. 1 least rigorous school.”

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Jeremy: The challenge is to make it even less so.

  3. Alan Allport Says:

    I know one shouldn’t take rankings like this in the least bit seriously … but there is an interesting conflation of two quite different factors in that ‘least rigorous school’ list. Its authors can’t seem to decide whether ‘being rigorous’ means being difficult to get admitted into, or whether it means being academically challenged once you’ve been admitted.

    Given that (for example) Harvard is notoriously rigorous in the former sense but not nearly so in the latter, one could draw up two quite different – and perhaps revealing – lists by parsing out the distinction.

  4. Contingent Cassandra Says:

    I was talking to a couple I otherwise respect recently about their son’s college prospects. As they ran down the possibilities, and the pros and cons of each, I found myself thinking that they seemed to be looking for a 4-year band camp with some academics thrown in. Don’t think UCF is on their list, but several other institutions with what strike me as priorities problems are.

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