Saturday, October 14, 2006

At James Madison, Title IX Is Satisfied, but the Students Are Not [Virginia]

At James Madison, Title IX Is Satisfied, but the Students Are Not [Virginia]
The New York Times ^
October 7, 2006 By BILL PENNINGTON


HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 5 — The James Madison University men’s and women’s cross-country teams had run especially well against an elite field during a competition late last month in eastern Pennsylvania. Afterward, Coach Dave Rinker gathered a giddy, excited group of athletes with tears in his eyes.

Rinker’s runners noticed he was not smiling. In the middle of the meet, back here on the James Madison campus, the university had announced it was eliminating men’s cross country and track, along with eight other, mostly men’s, sports to comply with Title IX, the federal gender-equity law.

“Title IX was created in 1972 to prevent sex discrimination, and it was needed,” Jennifer Chapman, a senior on the women’s cross-country team, which is not being eliminated, said four days later as she led a protest rally of 400 students on campus. “But look what’s happening now. We rode the bus home from Pennsylvania for four hours, 14 guys and 19 girls all crying together. How is that supposed to have been Title IX’s intent?”

Across this placid campus in the Shenandoah Valley this week, the quads, walkways and classrooms have been filled with similar questions, many of them posed by a surprising number of female students denouncing Title IX.

“It was a difficult thing to do, but we were out of compliance with the law,” said James Madison’s president, Dr. Linwood Rose. “Part of our mission statement talks about a community of educated and enlightened citizens. I don’t know how you create a model for citizenship if you are blatantly in violation of the law.”

But what made the actions at James Madison stand out most in a national trend transforming men’s and women’s college sports was the sweeping and voluntary nature of the university’s decision.
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3 Comments:

Blogger The Man On The Street said...

Proof that Title IX is only to be enforced against men. Refreshing that the women's teams were also pissed off too though.

TMOTS

10/19/2006 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. The only good thing to come from this, is that women are seeing how screwed up things are. Well on the other hand, many of them already do know, but just dont care. At least the women here, do.

Stally

10/21/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Title IX does not mention athletics. Title IX requires that "academic" programs be made non-discirminatory. Title IX prohibits sexist programs such as "Women's Studies," biased award of scholorships for women, women's activity and support centers, biased hiring of female teachers, and biased instruction by teachers and professors. Title IX is flauted where illegal discrimination favors females, and that really has to stop.

12/04/2006 01:15:00 PM  

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