Forum question: What kind of role should athletics play?
Athletics are a very important part of the university. They are a window through which people see the university. Part of athletics is whether you win or lose, and that influences how people see the university. And some people are uncomfortable about that. But Michigan, Virginia, UCLA and UC- Berkeley all have high-quality athletic programs, and that enhances their visibility and marketing across the country.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.