I swear, there are so many things I want to write about. And yet every time I sit down to look ahead at any of the fall sports seasons, the African and Afro-American Studies department raises its head again. This round started with another N&O article, this one on how the university isn't particularly interested in seeing how far back the problems in the department stretch. Their smoking gun was a sample transcript from a faculty advising training module. The transcript is for an AFAM major with a suspiciously low SAT score and a waived physical education requirement — two things that indicate a student-athlete. And this transcript shows wild swings in grades, with D's in a lot of core courses and A's and B's in some of the same AFAM seminars now under investigation.
"A typical student would fear for their life if they were sent out on a football field with the football team," Carey said. "They would feel unprepared, they would feel scared. They would feel inadequate."And so you could assume an athlete whose academic records suggest that they’re likely going to struggle, and you put them in a classroom with [high] SAT [scores], guess how they’re feeling?"