Athletics https://mag.uchicago.edu/tags/athletics en The right way to run a college athletics program https://mag.uchicago.edu/education-social-service/right-way-run-college-athletics-program <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/19_Summer_Munson_Brains.jpg" width="2000" height="1238" alt="Jay Berwanger and Bruce Montella" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Jay Berwanger, AB’36, presents the game ball to Bruce Montella, AB’86, MD’90, at the 1985 homecoming game. (UChicago Athletics)</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/lester-munson-jd67"> <a href="/author/lester-munson-jd67"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Lester Munson, JDʼ67</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">Summer/19</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For sports editor Lester Munson, JDʼ67, UChicago strikes the right balance of academic and athletics excellence.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Early in September 1985, our son’s first year at the College, my wife, <strong>Judy Munson</strong>, AB’66 (Class of 1963), and I found ourselves traveling downstate to Galesburg, Illinois, on a cold and rainy Saturday. We arrived just in time to watch him and his football teammates finish their warm-ups for a game against Knox College. (The University of Chicago resumed intercollegiate football in 1969 and has grown into a program with 93 young men in uniform last season.)</p> <p>The field at Knox nestles within grassy slopes. The rain was running down to the field and leaving puddles of water and mud on the playing surface, perfect conditions for the Maroons’ star running back, <strong>Bruce Montella</strong>, AB’86, MD’90. While the Knox defenders were sliding and falling in the mud, Bruce pounded through them for big yardage.</p> <p>I grew up in a family with season tickets to the Chicago Bears. I saw Gale Sayers at Wrigley Field and Walter Payton at Soldier Field. Neither Sayers nor Payton ever achieved what Montella achieved that day. There is no official record of the number of times he carried the ball, but my recollection is that he ran at least 25 times and maybe more. It is official that he ran for a total of 305 yards. That’s an incredible 12 or more yards per carry. It was a historic performance that put Montella in a group of University football greats that includes Jay Berwanger, AB’36, a running back who won the first-ever Heisman Trophy in 1935.</p> <p>A week after Montella’s performance at Knox, we joined other football parents for the lunch hosted by the director of athletics, at the time Mary Jean Mulvaney, before each home game. A crowd was gathered around Montella’s parents. “Isn’t that nice,” I thought. “They’re congratulating the Montellas on the awards and recognition Bruce received after the Knox game.” These honors included, for instance, <em>Sports Illustrated</em> College Player of the Week.</p> <p>I walked over to offer my own congratulations. To my surprise, the other parents were not talking about the Knox game. They were congratulating the Montellas on Bruce’s early admission to the University’s Pritzker School of Medicine.</p> <p>The breathtaking performance on the field and the admission to medical school demonstrate what a college athletics program ought to be. The University’s program is part of what is known as Division III in the nomenclature of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports. Within Division III, there are 443 schools offering intercollegiate competition in 25 sports. The students who compete engage in a pursuit of excellence in academics, teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and leadership.</p> <p>At the other end of the spectrum is Division I, in which large universities stage massive spectacles for public entertainment. Within Division I, 130 schools play big-time football and 353 schools compete in men’s basketball. These two Division I intercollegiate sports have become a major American industry that produces billions of dollars in revenue each year. There is nothing like it in any other culture.</p> <p>It is increasingly difficult to see any connection between these Division I extravaganzas and the objectives of higher education. The driving force in Division I is money—money in the form of television contracts, corporate sponsorships, ticket revenue, skyboxes, shoe contracts, sideline apparel contracts, naming rights, and other deals and gimmicks designed to increase revenue.</p> <p>The income from these two sports has produced salaries for coaches and administrators that can be incomprehensible. Top coaches are paid as much as $10 million per year. A contract with a manufacturer to wear its apparel in televised games can produce additional hundreds of thousands of dollars each season. There are now at least 20 <em>assistant</em> football coaches who are paid more than $1 million per year, two or three times the salary of their schools’ presidents.</p> <p>In addition to the Brobdingnagian coaches’ salaries, the schools are investing huge sums in workout facilities, dormitories, and other amenities for the athletes. The phrase “arms race” is frequently used to describe the rush to build these palaces. Attempting to justify such expenditures, some suggest that the income from Division I sports supports the school’s academic efforts. But economists who have studied the budgets of these universities have concluded that only 20 of the schools produce athletics income that could be used elsewhere in the university. The others struggle to break even on athletics; many of them suffer losses and must be subsidized by student fees and other budgetary maneuvers.</p> <p>The outsized revenues prompt many to ask why some of the money cannot be paid to the athletes who produce the income. It’s a good question. The NCAA insists that its athletes must remain “amateurs” to preserve the wholesome image of college sports and to continue to draw the vast TV audiences that these games enjoy.</p> <p>Players and former players have tried to use American antitrust laws to obtain a share of the money. They have a strong argument. The NCAA is clearly a monopoly (as the only game in town, it’s actually a monopsony), and its rules against payment are an obvious restraint of trade. But the players have been rebuffed in two major court decisions.</p> <p>The US Supreme Court had a chance to address the issue a few years ago. Although the matter involves hundreds of colleges and universities, thousands of athletes, and millions of fans, the court inexplicably declined to accept the issue for consideration.</p> <p>The student-athletes of our university and all Division III schools do not receive athletic scholarships, although they may be the beneficiaries of grants based on academic merit or need. Their training, practice, and performance are a proportional part of their lives on campus. If there is a conflict between a class and a team practice, the Division III athlete goes to class. That is often not the case for football and basketball players at Division I powerhouse schools.</p> <p>UChicago athletes go to class, and they graduate. Bruce Montella’s big day at Knox College was an indication of what was to come as the University began to attract student-athletes in multiple sports. Under the leadership of director of athletics and recreation <strong>Erin McDermott</strong>, the University has become one of the nation’s most successful Division III athletic programs.</p> <p>The NCAA maintains standings for the 449 schools competing in Division III. The University’s success in its 20 sports has put it in the top 20 for the past six years, and it is now ranked ninth among all schools for 2018–19.</p> <p>For the past 16 years, I have served as the master of ceremonies at the annual induction ceremony for the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame. Each year we award this honor to several highly successful former student-athletes. The achievements of these elite athletes in competition are remarkable, but what they have done after graduation is equally impressive.</p> <p>Our son, <strong>Lester Munson III</strong>, AB’89, for example, played left tackle for four years on the offensive line. With his political science degree, he went to Washington and worked on Capitol Hill for 25 years, concluding his career as staff director to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is now a principal in BGR, the lobbying firm founded by Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi and longtime chair of the Republican National Committee.</p> <p>What is it about competing in Division III sports that puts the student-athletes of the University on a pathway to success? For four years, they practice, they train, and they compete at a demanding level while succeeding in one of the most challenging academic programs anywhere. They show up, they work, they help others on their teams, and they learn leadership. Along the way, they wake up one morning and discover that they have become educated men and women, ready for citizenship in full.</p> <p>In short, they demonstrate what a college athletics program can and should be.</p> <hr /><p><em>Journalist Lester Munson, JD’67, has served as a senior editor at ESPN.com and </em>Sports Illustrated<em>. He lives in Chicago.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/education-social-service" hreflang="en">Education &amp; Social Service</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/football" hreflang="en">Football</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/education" hreflang="en">Education</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refformats field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/formats/alumni-essay" hreflang="en">Alumni Essay</a></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/education-social-service/right-way-run-college-athletics-program" data-a2a-title="The right way to run a college athletics program"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Feducation-social-service%2Fright-way-run-college-athletics-program&amp;title=The%20right%20way%20to%20run%20a%20college%20athletics%20program"></a></span> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 22:17:25 +0000 admin 7150 at https://mag.uchicago.edu “If you can’t outswim them, outlive them” https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/if-you-cant-outswim-them-outlive-them <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1903_Chung_Swim.jpg" width="2000" height="1254" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/rsmith" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsmith</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When Maurine Kornfeld, AB’42, AM’48, first started competing in 1987, backstroke was one of the two strokes she knew. Now she’s an international record holder. (Photo courtesy International Swimming Hall of Fame)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/jeanie-chung"> <a href="/author/jeanie-chung"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Jeanie Chung</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/web-exclusives" hreflang="en">Web exclusives</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">03.11.2019</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A Hutchins-era graduate exercises her way into the record books.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Maurine Kornfeld</strong>, AB’42, AM’48, wishes she could make it back for more reunions, but they tend to conflict with her swim meets.</p> <p>Kornfeld, who set her first world record at 90, was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018. She has set seven long-course and 20 short-course international masters records in the individual medley, freestyle, and backstroke. (A long-course, or Olympic-size pool, is 50 meters; a short-course pool is 25 yards.) At the 2017 World Masters Championships in Budapest, the then 95-year-old was the oldest woman competing in the meet, setting a world record in the 95–99 age group in the 800-meter freestyle. In four world championships, she has won 14 gold and four silver medals.</p> <p>But when she started competing in 1987, she was just trying to find a time to work out. Her full-time job as a social worker left her Saturday mornings free, but when she went to the pool at the YMCA in Glendale, California, the staff told her it was closed for masters swimming practice. If she wanted to swim at that time, she’d have to join the team.</p> <div class="story-inline-img"> <figure role="group"><img alt="Maurine Kornfeld, AB’42, AM’48" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5a681d0f-9f4f-4035-8f02-ebd6c50bdb84" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1903_Chung_Swim_SpotA.jpg" /><figcaption>(Photo courtesy International Swimming Hall of Fame)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Despite having no competitive experience at all, she called the coach.</p> <p>“He said, ‘What’s your stroke?’” and I said, “‘None in particular.’”</p> <p>At her first practice, she had no idea what the coach meant when he told her to swim a 50. “Fortunately he pointed to the end of the pool and back,” she says—25 yards each way. “He kept shouting at me, ‘put your face down.’ I didn’t know anything about goggles. I just liked to swim.”</p> <p>She stuck with it, and two months later the coach told her she’d be swimming in her first meet. As the only swimmer in the 65–69-year-old novice division, she won two blue ribbons: in the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard backstroke, which were the only strokes she knew.</p> <p>Today she swims with the Rose Bowl Aquatics team in Pasadena, driving four times a week from her home in the Hollywood Hills. Her favorite event is the 200-meter backstroke, but a greater attraction for her is the camaraderie.</p> <div class="story-inline-img"> <figure role="group"><img alt="Maurine Kornfeld, AB’42, AM’48" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f9502bfe-a88f-4880-a8e8-2d5a6b949450" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1903_Chung_Swim_SpotB_0.jpg" /><figcaption>(Photo courtesy International Swimming Hall of Fame)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>“I want to get up at five in the morning to see my swim pals,” she says. “Meeting and connecting with people who are different from oneself, who are younger, different ethnic backgrounds, all kinds of occupations—it’s both amazing and wonderful. It’s a little like being back at the University of Chicago.”</p> <p>Her studies at UChicago made as big of an impression on Kornfeld as her fellow students. She remembers taking The History of Ideas with University president Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler: “It was a pretty heady experience.”</p> <p>UChicago fostered a love of literature, evident at her Hall of Fame induction ceremony last September when she quoted Robert Browning’s poem “Rabbi Ben Ezra”: “Grow old along with me! / The best is yet to be, / The last of life, for which the first is made.” Later in the speech she mused, “I’m so glad they say it’s healthy to swim, because even if it weren’t, I’d do it.”</p> <p>When she’s not swimming, Kornfeld works as a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—a role she stumbled into when she was there doing research for an art history course she was taking. She also gives tours at Los Angeles’s Union Station, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Hollyhock House, and the House of Blues. Her only frustration: “There are always more things to do than there’s time to do them.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/sports" hreflang="en">Sports</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/aging" hreflang="en">Aging</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refuchicago field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/college-alumni" hreflang="en">College alumni</a></div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/if-you-cant-outswim-them-outlive-them" data-a2a-title="“If you can’t outswim them, outlive them”"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Fif-you-cant-outswim-them-outlive-them&amp;title=%E2%80%9CIf%20you%20can%E2%80%99t%20outswim%20them%2C%20outlive%20them%E2%80%9D"></a></span> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:18:19 +0000 rsmith 7080 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Touchdown https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/touchdown <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1511_Gregg_Touchdown.jpg" width="1600" height="743" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/28/2015 - 14:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>UChicago vs. Macalester, October 19, 2013. (UChicago Athletics)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">Fall/15</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Maroon football, by the numbers.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>First-quarter points allowed by the <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/index" target="_blank">Maroons</a> during the first six games of the football season: <strong>0</strong></p> <p>Average number of points scored per game by the 5–1 Maroons, compared with opponents’ average of 22: <strong>29.5</strong></p> <p>Head football coach <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/coaches/chris_wilkerson" target="_blank">Chris Wilkerson</a>’s career win record with the Maroons: <strong>.792</strong></p> <p>UChicago football players who achieved University Athletic Association All-Academic honors for 2015: <strong>34</strong></p> <p>Maroons named <a href="http://www.saa-sports.com/landing/index" target="_blank">Southern Athletic Association</a> or <a href="http://uaasports.info/information/aow/aowarchive" target="_blank">UAA Athletes of the Week</a> so far this season: <strong>4</strong></p> <p>Rushing yards by running back and second-year <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/2014-15/bios/carroll_chandler_gvwv" target="_blank">Chandler Carroll</a> during a Sept. 26 win, breaking a 1985 school record by <a href="http://www.midwestsportsmed.com/Physicians/DrBruceMontellaMD.aspx" target="_blank">Bruce Montella</a>, AB’86, MD’90: <strong>311</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/football" hreflang="en">Football</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refformats field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/formats/william-rainey-harpers-index" hreflang="en">William Rainey Harper&#039;s Index</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedstories field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>“<a href="http://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/genius-gridiron" target="_self">Genius of the Gridiron</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, web exclusives, 10.14.2015) “<a href="http://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/super-bowl-shuffle" target="_self">Super Bowl Shuffle</a>” (<em>University of Chicago</em> Magazine, web exclusives, 01.29.2015) “<a href="http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter2012/features/ineligible-receiver.shtml" target="_blank">Ineligible Receiver</a>” (<em>Core</em>, Winter/12) “<a href="http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter2012/features/web-extra-football.shtml" target="_blank">The Chicago Way of Football</a>” (<em>Core</em>, Winter/12) “<a href="../university-news/midway-point" target="_self">The Midway Point</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, web exclusives, 11.30.2012) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/9510/October95Legends.html" target="_blank">Legends of the Fall</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct/95)</p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/touchdown" data-a2a-title="Touchdown"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Ftouchdown&amp;title=Touchdown"></a></span> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:51:00 +0000 jmiller 5139 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Super Bowl shuffle https://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/super-bowl-shuffle <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1501_Zulkey_Super-Bowl-shuffle.png" width="700" height="325" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/6824854509/" target="_blank">Photography</a> by Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/claire-zulkey"> <a href="/author/claire-zulkey"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Claire Zulkey</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/web-exclusives" hreflang="en">Web exclusives</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item"><p>01.29.2015</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">UChicago assistant football coach Craig Knoche stops by I-House to teach residents about American football.</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sandwiches, wings, fries, and chili with the fixings were on the menu for the 40 or so attendees at the <a href="http://ihouse.uchicago.edu" target="_blank">International House</a> annual talk “Understanding American Football,” presented the week before the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/49" target="_blank">Super Bowl</a>. “If you didn’t know, the University of Chicago does have a <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/index" target="_blank">football team</a>, and they do quite well in their division,” said I-House’s Kory Sopko (“quite well” meaning the team went eight for nine last season). “There are some smart people who play football,” added Sopko, as she introduced the guest speaker, assistant football coach <a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/fball/coaches/craig_knoche" target="_blank">Craig Knoche</a>, who received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and Spanish from <a href="https://www.iwu.edu" target="_blank">Illinois Wesleyan University</a> and a master’s degree in pure mathematics from the <a href="http://illinois.edu" target="_blank">University of Illinois</a>.</p> <p>Knoche began his talk by passing around some of the equipment the players wear so attendees could feel the weight of the pads, try on a helmet, and palm a football (obligatory joke from the audience: “What is the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/sports/football/nfl-investigator-seeks-to-consult-columbia-physicist-over-patriots-deflated-footballs.html" target="_blank">‘pressure’</a>?”).</p> <p>Knoche showed video clips of the Maroons playing <a href="http://wustl.edu" target="_blank">Washington University in St. Louis</a> (Chicago won, 44-23) to demonstrate the various jobs of defense, offense, and special teams, and discussed the differences between the various collegiate divisions and professional teams before explaining the key points of Super Bowl XLIX: who the key players and coaches are, the teams’ various controversies, and even America’s actual favorite pastime, Super Bowl <a href="../economics-business/best-bettor" target="_self">betting</a>. “I think one of the reasons why football is popular, aside from the violence and the way it fits well with TV with all the breaks for commercial, is that people gamble like crazy on the NFL.”</p> <p>Then Knoche opened up the floor to questions, of which there were many (not surprising, since the audience was composed of undergraduate and graduate students as well as several visiting scholars and postdocs). Here is a sampling:</p> <p><strong>Do you need to be in the college system to be in the NFL?</strong> No. You need to be at least three years out of high school.</p> <p><strong>What are the major differences between football and rugby?</strong> I don’t know anything about <a href="http://uchicagorugby.strikingly.com" target="_blank">rugby</a>.</p> <h5>[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2314","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"362","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] (Photography by Claire Zulkey)</h5> <p><strong>How does mathematics help you coach football?</strong> It’s mental gymnastics, which helps train our kids to think abstractly about concepts. Kids want to memorize by rote, but I try and teach them in the abstract. Our kids now understand that if the front end of passing play is running a certain route, we want to keep our spacing so they don’t run into each other. We’re trying to stretch the field vertically, so we want to think of it that way instead of thinking, “Okay, there’s the X, Y and Z, and I’m the Z.”</p> <p><strong>Why do the coaches use headsets?</strong> Some are on the field and some are up top in the booths. The best way to watch football is from far away so you can see everything.</p> <h5>[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2315","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"362","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"460"}}]] (Photography by Claire Zulkey)</h5> <p><strong>What should we watch for in the Super Bowl?</strong>&nbsp;<br /> The <a href="http://www.seahawks.com" target="_blank">Seahawks</a> have a great defense, but the <a href="http://www.patriots.com" target="_blank">Patriots</a> arguably have the greatest quarterback of all time [in <a href="http://www.patriots.com/team/roster/Tom-Brady/272d4f2c-1bb9-4372-b02c-dfa3fa60575b" target="_blank">Tom Brady</a>]. I think the game will be low scoring. If [Seattle defensive back] <a href="http://www.seahawks.com/team/roster/richard-sherman/b689109a-5471-4c08-bd56-e1568117081e/" target="_blank">Richard Sherman</a> has a good day covering people, then the Patriots won’t win, but if [New England tight end] <a href="http://www.patriots.com/team/roster/Rob-Gronkowski/d4ae2cff-1daf-45d5-a1a8-63f5986e3397" target="_blank">Rob Gronkowski</a> has a great day catching and scoring, the Patriots will win.</p> <p><strong>Who are you cheering for?</strong> I want the Patriots to win. They’ve been so good for so long and people hate them and are jealous of their success. They never have a bad year. Some people say, “I hate them because my team isn’t as good as they are.” I appreciate their consistency.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/law-policy-society" hreflang="en">Law, Policy &amp; Society</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/super-bowl" hreflang="en">Super Bowl</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/football" hreflang="en">Football</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedstories field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">“<a href="http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter2012/features/ineligible-receiver.shtml" target="_blank">Ineligible Receiver</a>” (<em>Core</em>, Winter/12) “<a href="http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter2012/features/web-extra-football.shtml" target="_blank">The Chicago Way of Football</a>” (<em>Core</em>, Winter/12) “<a href="../university-news/midway-point" target="_self">The Midway Point</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, web exclusives, 11.30.2012) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/9510/October95Legends.html" target="_blank">Legends of the Fall</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct/95)</div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/law-policy-society/super-bowl-shuffle" data-a2a-title="Super Bowl shuffle"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Flaw-policy-society%2Fsuper-bowl-shuffle&amp;title=Super%20Bowl%20shuffle"></a></span> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:50:20 +0000 jmiller 4362 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Trophy life https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/trophy-life <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1312_Kelly_Trophy-life.png" width="700" height="325" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/11/2013 - 13:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Long after Chicago left big-time football, Berwanger’s Heisman legacy endures. (Archival Photographic Files, apf4-00490, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/jason-kelly"> <a href="/author/jason-kelly"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Jason Kelly</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">Nov–Dec/13</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Jay Berwanger’s legacy endures, thanks in part to an award nobody had heard of when he won it.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Jay Berwanger, AB’36, needed a place to store his Heisman Trophy and his Aunt Gussie needed something to prop open the swinging door between her kitchen and dining room, so the arrangement worked out well. For 15 or 20 years that’s where the first Heisman statue stood, on Aunt Gussie’s floor, as if its stiff arm was designed to be a doorstop.</p> <p>“Eventually Jay retrieved it and now it’s there at the Ratner Center on campus,” says Brian E. Cooper, author of <em>First Heisman: The Life of Jay Berwanger</em> (Crestwood Publishing, 2014). A few feet from where Cooper spoke, a new statue of Berwanger stood on a pedestal overlooking a high school football stadium in Dubuque, Iowa.</p> <p>A September 22 ceremony featured the unveiling of Berwanger’s bronze likeness on a plaza at the entrance to the field where he played, now named for his high school coach, Wilbur Dalzell. Among the recollections floating around that afternoon, the “Heisman as doorstop” story captured Berwanger’s peculiar identification with what has become college football’s most prestigious prize.</p> <p>As a senior halfback, he aspired to the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>’s Silver Football, given to “the most useful player to his team in the Big Ten.” He received the Silver Football and the Douglas Fairbanks Trophy, then the best-known honor for the nation’s most outstanding player. With those prizes already in tow, the telegram informing Berwanger that he had won the inaugural Downtown Athletic Club Trophy (later renamed the Heisman) interested him more for the expense-paid trip to New York it offered.</p> <p>But the trophy and Berwanger’s reputation symbiotically increased in esteem over the years. As Archie Griffin, to date the only player to win the Heisman twice (for Ohio State in 1974 and ’75), told Cooper, “he was a classy individual and he lent a lot of credibility to the award.”</p> <p>To this day, the award bestows credibility on Berwanger. It is the prize most associated with college football—“the best known individual award in American sports,” as <em>First Heisman</em> calls it—recognizable even to those who don’t follow the sport.</p> <p>Even though Chicago has long since abandoned the trappings of big-time football, the legacy of the inaugural Heisman winner adds luster—and attracts talent—to the team. “He still helps our football program,” says associate athletic director Brian Baldea. “He’s a great recruiter.”</p> <p>Widely recruited himself, Berwanger’s reputation preceded him to Chicago, but his humility belied his ability. Classmate Ernest Dix, AB’36, had never played the sport, Cooper says, “but decided as a freshman at Chicago that it might be a good idea to try to play Big Ten football.” Dix struggled just to master the equipment.</p> <p>As he fussed with his shoulder pads, Berwanger came to his aid, essentially helping a novice teammate dress himself. A fast and long-lasting friendship developed. “For more than 70 years, they were friends,” Cooper says. “When I interviewed Ernie he talked about how modest Jay was about his accomplishments.”</p> <p>Berwanger’s major athletic accomplishments ended at Chicago. In another notable “first,” he was the first pick in the first NFL draft, but the cost-benefit analysis of a professional football career didn’t add up. Although top players could earn up to $500 a game, they still had to supplement their income with other jobs in the off-season. As Berwanger noted, he could make that much money as an after-dinner speaker without the physical punishment.</p> <p>There were rumors of a contract dispute with Chicago Bears owner George Halas, but Cooper says that Berwanger simply made him an offer he couldn’t accept. “Jay basically signaled to Halas by making an extremely high salary ‘demand’ that he wasn’t really that interested in pro football.”</p> <p>Competing in the 1936 Olympics as a decathlete was a possibility and he considered leaving school after his senior football season to train. But the idea of the University’s star athlete—and student body president—taking an academic leave didn’t sit well with administrators. A vice president let Berwanger know that his scholarship would not be good if and when he returned. “We had a long discussion around Christmastime,” he said, “and we decided I should graduate.”</p> <p>Never an Olympian, Berwanger played rugby and officiated college football games, moonlighting from his day job running a manufacturing business. He stayed in the Chicago area, raising his three children with his wife, Philomela, AB’38, AB’40, and returning to Hyde Park regularly for football games until his death in 2002 at age 88.</p> <p>If most know him as the Heisman-winning halfback, it took a moment for his family to recognize the leather-helmeted ball carrier in the sculpture now on display in Dubuque. “We all looked at it and said, ‘That isn’t him,’ because we remember him as an older person,” his son Cuyler “Butch” Berwanger says. “But then you saw the pictures of him and, hey, that’s him, as a younger man.”</p> <p>Sculptor Vala Ola’s rendering captures Berwanger in full stride, socks bunched around the ankles of his high-top cleats, one arm outstretched and head cocked backward as if he’s leaving defenders in his wake. In fact, the Berwanger statue bears a striking resemblance to Heisman itself, fitting given the association that was so rewarding for both the trophy and the man.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/football" hreflang="en">Football</a></div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/trophy-life" data-a2a-title="Trophy life"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Ftrophy-life&amp;title=Trophy%20%20life"></a></span> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:06:02 +0000 jmiller 2544 at https://mag.uchicago.edu A team effort https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/team-effort <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1310_Zulkey_A-team-effort.png" width="700" height="325" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/14/2013 - 13:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>(Photography courtesy Aaron Horne Jr., AB’98, MBA’06, MD’06)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/claire-zulkey"> <a href="/author/claire-zulkey"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Claire Zulkey</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">Sept–Oct/13</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A UChicago basketball legend excels in a new arena, giving thanks to those who provided assists.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On October 18, seven new members will be inducted into the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame. Aaron Horne Jr., AB’98, MBA’06, MD’06, was inducted in 2009 for helping lead the basketball team to a 76–29 record from 1994 to 1998. The <em>Magazine</em> recently caught up with Horne, now a structural heart disease fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How did you decide to pursue your business and medical degrees at the same time?</strong></p> <p>When I was an undergrad, I graduated with honors in public policy. During my third year, I did a little soul searching and I figured out what would be the best direction to focus my vocational career. Medicine unquestionably was the focal point of that. But I was also interested in health-care delivery and health-care access.</p> <p>In my second year of medical school, I had an opportunity to interact with patients. After that, I realized that while it is obviously critical to understand the anatomy and physiology of the patients, you also start to get a glimpse at the barriers people have to health-care experiences, be it their access to health care, their ability to pay for the treatments they need, or other socioeconomic barriers.</p> <p>For me it was satiating to have a broader understanding of how we can do a more effective job of delivering health care to patients. The University of Chicago was great in terms of understanding that we need people who want to understand the diverse aspects of the health-care delivery sphere.</p> <p><strong>How were you able to juggle pursuing both degrees?</strong></p> <p>It sounds a little bit banal and cliché but at the end of the day, you have to identify areas in which you’re passionate. For me, cardiovascular health care not only was interesting from a physiologic standpoint but cardiovascular disease was and is the number-one killer of individuals within the United States, and affects people who were already minorities within our health-care delivery system, so I wanted to help to decrease these disparities.</p> <p>Another thing that’s exciting about cardiology is that it’s an area that’s rife with technological advances. I want to figure out how to incorporate this incredible technology into health-care practice in a time where we have more constrained resources. All these are important questions that are fascinating to answer.</p> <p>It was an area that was inherently something I was passionate about, therefore it’s something that still makes me excited to get up and go to work every day.</p> <p><strong>What’s an average workday for you?</strong></p> <p>As a term of reference, you might have read recently that George W. Bush had a stent placed in one of the arteries in his heart. That’s what I do on a daily basis.</p> <p>My general and interventional cardiology training happened here at Baltimore. I stayed on for this year and I’m doing an additional fellowship on structural heart disease. As we all know, thankfully, people are living to be older these days and along with that they get a natural progression of heart disease. The valve that’s responsible for blood leaving your heart also lets blood go to your brain and vital organs. Over time that can naturally become stenotic and therefore not open up. Historically, these patients have had to have their chests cracked and opened up and have open surgery in order to have the aortic valve replaced surgically.</p> <p>Now, at the forefront of medicine, were doing these procedures transcutaneously, meaning I can just put an vascular sheath in your groin and then through a sophisticated delivery catheter system, replace your valve without having to open up your chest in many instances. That’s what I’m focused on the majority of my time. My patients on average are 85 years and older, and were trying to figure out how to improve the quality of their life.</p> <p>We also focus on peripheral vascular disease, patients that in some instances have smoked tobacco and have difficulty walking because of atherosclerotic plaque in their legs. We have to put a stent in the arteries to open up the blockages. The beauty of my job is that there’s a great variety.</p> <p><strong>Are athletics still a part of your life?</strong></p> <p>I run four times a week for 30 minutes in addition to low resistance weight training. I work out first thing in the morning. In addition to being critical for cardiovascular primary prevention it is also very therapeutic for one’s mental health.</p> <p>One of the things that was unique about the University of Chicago is that while we absolutely believed in competing hard, the undergrad community really made an investment in our careers. We’re not going to the University of Chicago to play sports because we want to play professional athletics; however, we competed hard and pushed ourselves to realize our goals.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refformats field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/formats/interview" hreflang="en">Interview</a></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/team-effort" data-a2a-title="A team effort"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Fteam-effort&amp;title=A%20team%20effort"></a></span> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:36:49 +0000 jmiller 2451 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Sense of direction https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/sense-direction <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1310_Tsang_Sense-of-direction.png" width="700" height="325" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2013 - 16:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">(University of Chicago News Office)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/derek-tsang-ab15"> <a href="/author/derek-tsang-ab15"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Derek Tsang, AB’15</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sept–Oct/13</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">New UChicago athletic director Erin McDermott has experience and high expectations.</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item">Erin McDermott isn’t the type to dawdle, and the call of duty didn’t let her. Even before her July 22 start date, the new UChicago athletic director was already involved in the search for a new football coach—Dartmouth associate head coach Chris Wilkerson’s hiring was announced July 30. After 13 years at Princeton, McDermott is still adjusting to her new digs; when I arranged to meet with her she didn’t know where the Reynolds Club was, although she got there just fine. “I feel like I’m kind of graduating from Prince­ton, and I’m going to be like a first-year in Chicago,” she said. After three years working as assistant director for compliance at Columbia University, McDermott worked her way up to deputy athletic director at Princeton. She also chaired the NCAA’s postseason selection committee for field hockey and served on the NCAA’s Championships Cabinet. As an international business major at Hofstra College, she lettered in basketball, later earning a master’s in sports management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In an interview with the <em>Magazine</em>, edited and adapted below, McDermott discussed the importance of the student-athlete and her own experience in sports and sports administration. <strong>Ice in her veins</strong> I remember one game against Lehigh or Lafayette my senior year. I had been a very consistent free-throw shooter in high school, and that seemed to not be the case as much in college. The game was very close, and it was the last play. It was a feed from a guard to me down low, and I was able to make a basket. I was fouled, and the opposing coach called a timeout—they were trying to make me think about it. I came out of that and made the shot. I remember going back to the locker room, and the opposing coaching staff was in front of me and didn’t realize it. One of them made a comment, “can you believe it was McDermott that made the free throw at the end?” So I ran by. I didn’t say anything derogatory, but I just let them know I was there. <strong>Interdisciplinary discipline</strong> I always liked that my sports experience offered discipline both within that athletic area but also in the academic area. It’s a very similar approach that makes you successful in both places: you have to invest time, you have to really work at it. You can’t just go to class and expect things are going to come naturally. You have to read, you have to do the research. And it’s just the same in playing. You can’t just show up for games, you have to go to practice, you have to work on those skills. <strong>Chicago’s <em>second</em> female AD</strong> I think it’s fabulous that I’m not the first. In this case to have had a woman so long ago be the athletic director [Mary Jean Mulvaney, 1976–1990], I think says a lot about the institution. At that time, that was very uncommon for sure. So there’s certainly a lot of pride in being another woman hired as an athletic director. But I would hope that that focus on gender, at this point, is not really a defining thing. <strong>Division of labor</strong> I feel like you have really the greatest set of attributes here, where you can fully be about the student-athlete experience. It’s not about the conference realignment at Division 1, which means you’re pulling kids out of class constantly. They’re not having a normal student experience, and I think that gets clouded sometimes in the competitive aspect of things. And that’s just not what I’m about. So that’s why I felt such a connection here. <strong>The student-athlete experience</strong> I want students to leave here a UAA champion, maybe even a national champion, feeling like they’re going to be connected to their coach for the rest of their lives, and that it’s somebody who really developed them and influenced them in a very positive way. And to leave here feeling like they took everything out of this place that they possibly could. To me that would mean they had the best possible experience they could have had.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refformats field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/formats/interview" hreflang="en">Interview</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedstories field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">“<a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/06/20/erin-mcdermott-named-athletic-director-uchicago" target="_blank">Erin McDermott Named Athletic Director at UChicago</a>” (University of Chicago News Office, June 20, 2013)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedlinks field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/" target="_blank">UChicago Athletics website</a></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/sense-direction" data-a2a-title="Sense of direction"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Fsense-direction&amp;title=Sense%20of%20direction"></a></span> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:22:18 +0000 jmiller 2343 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Cognitive dissonance https://mag.uchicago.edu/science-medicine/cognitive-dissonance <div class="field field--name-field-letter-box-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/1306_Golus_Cognitive-dissonance.jpg" width="700" height="325" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/02/2013 - 10:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The jarring truth is that knowledge about head injuries remains foggy. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wink/2044998998/" target="_blank">Photography</a> by juicyrai, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/carrie-golus-ab91-am93"> <a href="/author/carrie-golus-ab91-am93"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Carrie Golus, AB’91, AM’93</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">May–June/13</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At a conference on concussions, many questions and few answers.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Doctors—especially specialists with decades of experience—are supposed to <em>know</em>. Yet again and again, speakers at the conference Mild Head Injury, Concussion, and Return to Activities, held in January at the Gleacher Center, voice variations on the same theme: “We don’t really understand.” “There’s no data.” “Everyone thinks they’re right but nobody knows.” Organized by David Frim, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of neurosurgery, and Julian Bailes, chair of neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, the conference was intended for a broad range of health professionals—neurosurgeons, emergency room physicians, pediatricians, physical therapists, as well as coaches and physical education teachers.</p> <p>“If you remember one thing, remember this: concussion spectrum,” says the first speaker, Ann-Christine Duhaime, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Massachusetts General and a Harvard professor. “What is a concussion? It depends on who you ask.” Early studies of concussion took a biomechanical approach, she explains, assuming that a head injury was determined by the type, direction, and magnitude of the force. But recent research has undermined that assumption.</p> <p>In her four-year study of football, men’s hockey, and women’s hockey at three colleges, the goal was to determine if there is a biomechanical threshold for concussion and if forces can predict outcomes. The athletes suffered almost half a million impacts, she says. Yet just 48 players were concussed: 40 in football and eight in hockey, of whom seven were female. One unexpected finding, Duhaime says, was that some of these injuries “had no specific identified impact.” Another surprise was that only half of the patients had immediate symptoms, and very few of these symptoms could be observed by others.</p> <p>As for forces, there was a wide range and no obvious threshold. “Are subconcussive hits equally important?” she says. “Maybe you can get symptoms from repeated subconcussive hits. … Do the symptoms matter, or do the forces matter? Or maybe it has to do with your genes.”</p> <p>Deciding when an athlete should return to play is just as nebulous. You want to prevent three things, Duhaime says: second impact syndrome (a rare but serious condition that can cause death) in the short term, exacerbated or persistent symptoms in the medium term, and permanent cognitive deficits in the long term. But there is no evidence that waiting to recover completely prevents second impact syndrome. “We don’t understand if physical or cognitive rest makes sense” in preventing persistent symptoms. And “we just don’t know” what causes permanent damage, she says. “How many hits is too many? Too many of what?”</p> <p>Next up is Elizabeth M. Pieroth, clinical neuropsychologist at NorthShore. “Neuropsychology has a long history of research on concussion, starting with the 1970s on boxing,” she says. “We were the first to use college athletes as a natural experiment.”</p> <p>To assess her patients, Pieroth relies on interviews and neuropsychological tests—but there is little correlation between the two. “Athletes are not always truthful,” she says. “One part of my job is people lying directly to my face. Particularly girl soccer players.” Sometimes they’re being deliberately untruthful: an athlete understates her injury because she doesn’t want to let the team down. Sometimes they aren’t; for example, an athlete who doesn’t realize that sensitivity to light is a symptom. Testing also finds impairment in patients who seem symptom-free. “Physical and cognitive symptoms usually recover together,” Pieroth says, “but not always.”</p> <p>The cognitive tests look at attention, memory, language, visual-spatial processing, and sensory motor skills, among other factors. While there are literally hundreds of different tests, both paper based and computer based, “most tests are designed to catch the big things—gross abnormalities,” she says. But “concussion is subtle.”</p> <p>Pieroth lists various factors that can delay recovery, including age (younger children recover more slowly), gender (girls recover more slowly), ADD or learning disabilities (“these kids’ brains are wired a little differently”), and depression or anxiety. “We talk a lot about return to play, but not return to learn,” says Pieroth, who advocates getting young people back into school as soon as possible. “Microscopes, whiteboards, and hallways are difficult for kids” with concussions, she says, but there are simple solutions. If navigating crowded hallways is a problem, for example, a student could be given permission to leave class three minutes early.</p> <p>During the lunchtime panel discussion, attendees have a chance to ask their own questions, including the most basic: how do you know when to clear an athlete to return to play? Frim’s stark answer: “There is no way we can clear someone to go back and play football,” he says. “It is an inherently dangerous game. So is hockey. So is soccer.” But sports have advantages that counterbalance the risks, he adds: athletes tend to get better grades and more sleep than nonathletes; they can benefit from a close relationship with their coach.</p> <p>How about “brain rest,” a common concussion treatment that limits physical and intellectual activity? “The brain is just as metabolically active when you’re asleep as when you’re doing calculus,” Duhaime says. “Brain rest doesn’t make sense metabolically.”</p> <p>How many concussions are too many? Even a reasonable assumption—that children who have multiple concussions are at a higher risk for future injuries or long-term complications—is unproven, says Frim. “Are they at a higher risk of injury than their peers? We have no data to answer it with. … Is CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] started by early concussions? There are so many questions we can’t answer.”</p> <p>As for whether kids should play these sports at all, “It’s a personal decision; everyone has a comfort level with risk,” says Pieroth. She recommends thinking in terms of risk stratification. “If you’re a hundred pounds and five two, don’t play football. Don’t play on three different travel teams.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/science-medicine" hreflang="en">Science &amp; Medicine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/neuroscience" hreflang="en">Neuroscience</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/science-medicine/cognitive-dissonance" data-a2a-title="Cognitive dissonance"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Fscience-medicine%2Fcognitive-dissonance&amp;title=Cognitive%20dissonance"></a></span> Thu, 02 May 2013 15:13:56 +0000 jmiller 2023 at https://mag.uchicago.edu The midway point https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/midway-point <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/30/2012 - 14:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">Amos Alonzo Stagg (third from left) with the University of Chicago football team, undated. (Archival Photographic Files, <a href="http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/db.xqy?one=apf4-00661.xml" target="_blank">apf4-00661</a>, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/jason-kelly"> <a href="/author/jason-kelly"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Jason Kelly</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/web-exclusives" hreflang="en">Web exclusives</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item"><p>11.30.2012</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">A former player traces UChicago’s oblong football history, from dominance to disappearance to happy coexistence with the school’s academic culture.</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item">Even back—<em>way</em> back—when the University of Chicago took football as seriously as any major college program in the country, the Maroons suffered from the occasional egghead move. After leading the team to the 1922 Big Ten title, star quarterback Milton “Mitt” Romney (<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/July-2011/Mitt-Romney-Named-after-QB-for-Chicago-Bears-U-of-Chicago/" target="_blank">yes, relation</a>) lost his eligibility for his senior season for “piling up too many credits.” It was a tough blow, but the Maroons could withstand it. The program Amos Alonzo Stagg built from 1892 to 1932 was so dominant—244 wins, seven Big Ten titles, two national championships—that it left a mark not just on college football but on American history. Jay Berwanger, AB’36, the first Heisman Trophy winner, stiff-armed a Michigan defender named Gerald Ford, leaving the future president with a permanent scar under his left eye. Jeff Rasley, AB’75, a former UChicago wide receiver, tells those stories and more in <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/466998308" target="_blank"><em>Monsters of the Midway</em></a>, a “truthy memoir combined with actual history” about the rise and fall and revival of Maroons football. If not exactly the story of a Phoenix rising—Stagg personally chose that mascot, by the way—it contains enough Chicago idiosyncrasies to interest even readers who hate football as much as Robert Maynard Hutchins did. Stagg’s official job title, for example? Director of Physical Culture. He created a cultural phenomenon. In 1913 the University built a 55,000-seat castle—it had turrets—called Stagg Field after the incumbent coach who would spend two decades working in the edifice bearing his name. Less than a decade after he left for the College of the Pacific, though, Hutchins banished football (if he could have, he would have eradicated physical culture altogether) from the University of Chicago. From 1939 to 1964, the game stayed gone, even though Chancellor Lawrence A. Kimpton hired Carelton College coach Wally Hass in 1956 with the promise that he could reinstate the program. It took eight years for even a club team even to take the first hesitant step—and when that happened, students protested. A few years later, students protesting more important matters played an unwitting role in the return of varsity football. As 400 students attempted to occupy the Administration Building in February 1968, athletes blocked their entry. “Eventually, though, it got to be lunchtime, the jocks got hungry and left,” Rasley says in a talk to an Indianapolis alumni group. “So the 400 protestors entered the Ad Building.” They stayed for a week, inspiring counter protests on the quad, national news coverage, and a letter from Milton Friedman, AM’33, comparing the situation to Hitler’s Germany. “Serious stuff,” Rasley says, but in that contentious atmosphere some football club members circulated a petition to revive the varsity program. “Probably because petitions were flying around all over the place and most people didn’t bother to read what it was about,” they compiled 1,500 signatures. “Coach Hass said that was instrumental in convincing the administration that they should allow football to come back.” And it did come back, in a manner of speaking. The tradition of piling up credits remained; the football dominance did not. Players scheduled classes purposely to conflict with practice. “Others didn’t show up for Saturday games when they had a term paper due on Monday or a major exam,” Rasley says. The rosters in his era included aspiring nuclear physicists and classics scholars. There was a linebacker who was an expert on Italian Renaissance chamber music and another player who missed a week of practice “trying to finish a translation of the <em>Epic of Gilgamesh</em> from Sumerian to English.” The team’s record reflected those priorities. From 1969 to 1994, the Maroons never won more than five games in a season—and they reached that high-water mark only four times. Things have improved significantly since then. Although scholars still populate the roster, they have matriculated the ball down the field well enough to win four conference titles since 1998. Last season the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/sports/ncaafootball/at-the-university-of-chicago-football-and-higher-education-mix.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em></a> took notice, profiling the program “where football and higher education mix.” Dean of the College John W. Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, expressed his approval of the “nice and proper team” the University fields today. They still play at Stagg Field, but a more modest incarnation a couple blocks from the original. The old castle, of course, was demolished to make room for Regenstein Library. Also on that site: Henry Moore’s sculpture commemorating the first controlled nuclear reaction, which is in no way a commentary on the fate of the football program that once played there.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/football" hreflang="en">Football</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedstories field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">“<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/sports/ncaafootball/at-the-university-of-chicago-football-and-higher-education-mix.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">Where Football and Higher Education Mix</a>” (<em>New York Times</em>, September 16, 2011) “<a href="http://thecore.uchicago.edu/Winter2012/features/ineligible-receiver.shtml" target="_blank">Ineligible Receiver</a>” (<em>Core</em>, Winter 2012) “<a href="http://uchiblogo.uchicago.edu/archives/2009/10/a_sort_of_homec.html" target="_blank">A Sort of Homecoming</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, <em>UChiBLOGo</em>, October 27, 2009) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0701/chicago_journal/night_lights.shtml" target="_blank">Night Lights</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Nov–Dec/07) “<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2006/Marooned/" target="_blank">Marooned!</a>” (<em>Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct. 2006) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0310/features/hof.shtml" target="_blank">Chicago’s Starting Team</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct/03) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0208/campus-news/journal-heisman.html" target="_blank">First Heisman Winner Dies</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Aug/02) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/0110/campus-news/report-pe.html" target="_blank">Destined for Greatness</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct/01) “<a href="http://magazine.uchicago.edu/9510/October95Legends3.html" target="_blank">Legends of the Fall: Saint Amos</a>” (<em>University of Chicago Magazine</em>, Oct/95) “<a href="http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1128811/index.htm" target="_blank">College Football Is an Infernal Nuisance</a>” (<em>Sports Illustrated</em>, Oct. 18, 1954)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedlinks field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item">“<a href="http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/centcat/fac/facch06_01.html" target="_blank">Amos Alonzo Stagg, Physical Culture and Athletics: 1862-1965</a>” (University of Chicago Centennial Catalogues)</div> <div class="field field--name-field-storymedia field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 class="media-icon media-icon-slideshow">Slideshow</h2> <object width="210" height="158"> <param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fscientechpix%2Fsets%2F72157631165455708%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fscientechpix%2Fsets%2F72157631165455708%2F&set_id=72157631165455708&jump_to="></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138" allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fscientechpix%2Fsets%2F72157631165455708%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fscientechpix%2Fsets%2F72157631165455708%2F&set_id=72157631165455708&jump_to=" width="210" height="158"></embed></object><p>Slides from Jeff Rasley’s August 20, 2012, presentation about the Monsters of the Midway.</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/scientechpix/sets/72157631165455708/show/" target="_blank" class="more-link">VIEW THE IMAGES FULL SIZE AT FLICKR</a> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/midway-point" data-a2a-title="The midway point"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Fmidway-point&amp;title=The%20midway%20point"></a></span> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:09:38 +0000 jmiller 1658 at https://mag.uchicago.edu Her best shot https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/her-best-shot <span><span lang="" about="/profile/jmiller" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmiller</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/27/2012 - 10:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>(Photography by Jason Smith)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refauthors field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"> <div about="/author/michael-lipkin-ab11"> <a href="/author/michael-lipkin-ab11"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Michael Lipkin, AB’11</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refsource field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/publication-sources/university-chicago-magazine" hreflang="en">The University of Chicago Magazine</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-text field--label-hidden field--item">May–June/12</div> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Taylor Simpson, the Division III women’s basketball player of the year, casts a wide net.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A fourth-year aspiring heart surgeon majoring in visual arts, Taylor Simpson has taught art in India and founded the UChicago chapter of a public-health nonprofit providing medical care in Honduras and Panama. She’s also the 2012 Division III women’s basketball player of the year.</p> <p>Simpson led the Maroons to a school-record 27 wins and a second straight NCAA tournament appearance, where they lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Calvin College, their only defeat of the season. Simpson averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Her 3.81 grade-point average also earned her academic all-American honors.</p> <p>“We’ve had some amazing kids in our program, but in fairness to Taylor, she’s doing things away from athletics that very few others are doing now,” head coach Aaron Roussell says. “She’s getting more out of the University of Chicago than anyone I’ve ever come across here, but she is giving back more than anyone else as well.”</p> <p>When she arrived on campus from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Simpson wasn’t sure whether to pursue her passion for visual arts, which seemed to have little connection to her planned medical career. Yet she discovered links between the two subjects. “Majoring in art has actually helped me in my premed classes,” Simpson says. “Being so visual has really helped me in organic chemistry, visualizing models and reactions.”</p> <p>In her art Simpson uses found objects—car mats, rusty nails, plastic bags—in sculptures and collages to convey what she sees as hidden beauty. Scott Wolniak, lecturer in visual arts, says, “She likes the process of being able to transform the banal and things of low value and bring meaning and worth to those things through her interventions.”</p> <p>As a first-year Simpson intervened in a different way: she heard about Global Brigades, a nonprofit that sends students, doctors, and medical supplies to Honduras, Panama, and Ghana to set up mobile health clinics. There was no chapter at the University, so Simpson called the national coordinator. “He laughed at me at first,” Simpson says, “I guess because I was so young.”<br /> The following summer Simpson, two dozen other students, and a team of UChicago doctors flew to Honduras, where they spent a week treating 300 to 600 people a day who lacked access to medical care.</p> <p>A year later Simpson traveled to Varanasi, India, to teach arts to elementary students through Nirman, an Indian NGO. Drawing on her experiences at the Neighborhood Schools Program, in which UChicago students teach in Hyde Park–area schools, she developed a ten-week visual-arts curriculum for grades K–8.</p> <p>While in India, she found a basketball court at a nearby university and approached some players. Initially shocked that a girl wanted to play, they were soon playing nonstop pick-up games for two to three hours. “They never subbed me out—maybe they didn’t want to hurt my feelings—and I never wanted to come out,” says Simpson. “I was in the best shape of my life.”</p> <p>Her fitness showed on the court the following season. As a third-year Simpson led the Maroons in scoring and rebounding, as UChicago won the UAA conference championship and advanced to the Elite Eight in the Division III NCAA tournament for the first time. “We have been able to be so successful because we all have this attitude that individual stats don’t matter; it’s all about the team,” Simpson says. “We all get along so well, and I think it really shows on the court.”</p> <p>Since last season, the Maroons have a 43-game regular-season winning streak. Fourth-years Simpson, Bryanne Halfhill, Meghan Herrick, Morgan Herrick, and Joann Torres started together in all but five games this year, leading Chicago to another UAA title and NCAA berth. Roussell, who left in April for Bucknell, says the group’s success “surpasses anything that any other class has done.”</p> <p>Simpson’s personal string of accomplishments is partially a product of her evolving passions. “I didn’t do anything consciously, going down a checklist,” she says. “I just wanted to play basketball and be the best I could be. I wanted to do Global Brigades and do the best I could do. It’s what makes me feel satisfied.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-reftopic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/topics/university-news" hreflang="en">University News</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/athletics" hreflang="en">Athletics</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-refuchicago field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/college" hreflang="en">The College</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedstories field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>“<a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/features/20120227_simpson/" target="_blank">Taylor Simpson: Artist, Pre-Med, All-American</a>” (University of Chicago News Office, February 27, 2012) “<a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/02/22/fourth-year-basketball-players-johnson-simpson-named-academic-all-americans" target="_blank">Fourth-year Basketball Players Johnson, Simpson Named Academic All-Americans</a>” (University of Chicago News Office, <span class="field-content">February 22, 2012)</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-relatedlinks field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://athletics.uchicago.edu/womensbasketball/wbk.htm" target="_blank">Women’s Basketball website</a> <a href="http://www.globalbrigades.org/%20" target="_blank">Global Brigades website</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-storymedia field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 class="media-icon media-icon-video">Video</h2> <iframe width="220" height="179" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/t_EZPALc__I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Interview with Taylor Simpson.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_EZPALc__I" target="_blank" class="more-link">WATCH THE VIDEO AT YOUTUBE</a> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://mag.uchicago.edu/university-news/her-best-shot" data-a2a-title="Her best shot"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a><a class="a2a_button_print"></a><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fmag.uchicago.edu%2Funiversity-news%2Fher-best-shot&amp;title=Her%20best%20shot"></a></span> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:52:37 +0000 jmiller 1038 at https://mag.uchicago.edu