… Southern Methodist University today, shall we? There are scads of colleges and universities in this country, but only a few – Florida A&M, Penn State, University of Miami, University of North Carolina – get to hog the spotlight. So profound is our ‘radically present’ orientation (to quote the theorists of postmodernity) that we tend to miss precisely those schools with the deepest histories of squalor.

In the case of SMU, which adds piquancy to its sordidness by including a religious denomination in its name, it’s been notably vile ever since its long-ago death penalty, a signal distinction within a national landscape of dirty sports programs. SMU has not let the fact that the program remains moribund stop it from accumulating – last year – a one hundred million dollar athletic deficit.

Nor has the fantastic campus culture of the sports factory faltered in the wake of SMU’s misfortune. Secrecy about the budget even as they soak the students for higher and higher athletics fees? Check. Sodden frat boys befouling all they touch? Check. Violent hazing? Check. I mean, that last one – hazing – hit the news today, but it got lost, since hazing and sexual assault and all that seem de rigueur, comme il faut and la chose normale at SMU. I just thought I’d draw your attention to it for a moment.

Trackback URL for this post:
http://www.margaretsoltan.com/wp-trackback.php?p=39080

4 Responses to “Oh, I don’t know… Let’s focus on …”

  1. dmf Says:

    isn’t that the home of the Bush center? how fitting…

  2. Polish Peter Says:

    Why do they call it the “death penalty” when there is always a resurrection?

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Polish Peter: LOL.

  4. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Polish Peter: They call it the death penalty precisely because there IS a resurrection. It is all ordained, of course.

Comment on this Entry

Latest UD posts at IHE

Archives

Categories