Last February, two Boston University hockey players were charged with sexual assault. Following the incident, the University launched a task force to investigate what exactly was going on in the crazy world of supreme student-athletes. In a full-blown report released Wednesday, the school concluded that there is a "culture of sexual entitlement" surrounding the BU Cawledge Hawkey team.
(In other shocking news, eating too many Big Macs may increase the risk of heart attack.)
Most the investigation's details--mostly stories of "sexual debauchery" and academic red flags--were not released to the general public. However, the Boston Globe managed to go all journalist on BU's ass and obtain the documents because Truth! What follows is some choice lines from the Globe's report:
In the documents, which were obtained by the Globe on Thursday, were tales of a late-night 2009 NCAA championship party at Agganis Arena where dozens of guests drank from kegs in the locker room showers and took to the ice naked to shoot pucks.
“It was insane,” one former student who attended told the BU task force. “People were having sex in the penalty box.”
Said the Globe in its initial piece on this, "That culture of entitlement stems “in part from their elevated social status on campus,” and is marked by heavy use of alcohol and casual sexual encounters with female students."
One player came close to admitting that. “You don’t ask [permission for sex] when you are drunk,” he told the task force, adding that he did not see how the actions of the two players charged last year constituted sexual assault.
Another player used two slurs to describe women who “hook up with multiple guys,” then wondered, “What other word for them is there?”
A female student told the task force that a player had shoved his hands down her pants at a party and refused to stop even as she was punching him. She did not report the incident to authorities because, she said, “that’s just what [BU hockey players] do.”
Again, it's not something you're necessary surprised to hear--boys will be boys, and athletic hockey playing boys will shamelessly slam chicks at astounding rates--but these are clearly instances where even the lax lines of student athlete conquesting are crosssed.
The subcommittee findings also note that some BU hockey players have SAT scores “far below the vast majority of their classmates,” and that recently an increasing percentage have enrolled in the school’s continuing-education program instead of its traditional undergraduate colleges. The university recently banned that practice.
The report also contains troubling, if poorly supported, allegations about academic special treatment for athletes. One faculty member said a colleague had cautioned her that the grades she submitted for hockey players might differ from those ultimately entered on transcripts — an allegation Morrison called “extremely inflammatory” and said was unsupported by the evidence.
A student also told the task force that players were allowed to skip classes even when their athletic schedules did not present conflicts. Morrison disputed that as well.
Now to the part where no one should really give a sh*t. The hypocrisy here is angering. Schools have these huge teams they marvel about during their tours, make all the money in the world, and then they take a giant dump on the "corrupt system" they are aiding and abetting. I understand that a University is not made up of a singular person and some school officials vehemently disagree with what's gone on, but the progression of logic here is quite simple--if you have a good team, you want good players. Good players are often good players at the expense of being at practice instead of community service food drives. They therefore don't have the desired resume, but are accepted (and given money) because of sports. Which means that they are there for sports, not school.
All in all, and interesting, but not totally eye-opening report. Sure there are problems, the two sexual assualters clearly took things too far, but the culture is only there because Boston University rakes in the benjis from their cawledge hawkey tradition and prestige. Giving a sh*t about moral depravity is certainly understanding, and for every ubermensch hockey Bro there needs to be a Professor McDoogle. But at the end of the day, these 'cultural perceptions' just as much abetted by the other side's antagonism as they are anything else. We all have roles to play--some just involve more kegs, blackouts, and questionable decisions than others.