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Date Posted: 10:45:30 06/06/18 Wed
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Princeton, Harvard, Yale. . . ." on 17:14:16 06/05/18 Tue

Let’s not lose sight of the huge amount of plain old hard work and intelligence involved in building the type of athletic environment Princeton has. There are, by my count, over 100 Academic-Athletic Fellows from the faculty and staff who hang with each team and keep the interplay with academics close on a daily basis. It has taken decades to get that program where it is today. Many of these folks — including such as Shirley Tilghman — hold endowed chairs and big jobs. Money doesn’t hurt in implementing this, but it’s minor; the commitment of the community is everything.

This is not the SEC. If our athletic departments aren’t seen as integral to the education — and not just to the athletes, but to everyone on campus — they will die. And it’s their responsibility to establish that, not the president or admissions.

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Date Posted: 18:17:06 06/06/18 Wed

How is Princeton Field Hockey (or Tennis or Lacrosse) integral to the education of *everyone* on campus?

And why the gratuitous swipe at the SEC - because they value school spirit and campus life?


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Date Posted: 00:57:40 06/07/18 Thu

Fair questions.

For the first, I'll refer you to someone qualified to comment. The three Academic-Athletic Fellows of the Field Hockey team are the Assistant Dean and Director of the University's International Internship Program, the Executive Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the holder of an endowed postdoctoral fellowship in Astrophysics. Ask them.

As for the second, SEC athletics have as much to do with education as they do with Mongolian crop circles.


Meanwhile, the conference is on the cutting edge with nine men's sports, counting X-country and indoor/outdoor track as three.

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