The multi-million dollar enterprise that is the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is underway. During press conferences following the games, media as asked if they have any questions for the ‘student-athletes.’ Under Walter Byers’s leadership, the NCAA created the term ‘student-athlete’ in the mid-twentieth century out of fear that the students could be seen as employees–and thus able to organize for collective bargaining purposes and be entitled to benefits–and not students.

Read more about the damages of imposing a constrictive name upon a large swath of our student population, an imposition to which the students did not consent.

I published my thoughts HERE in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.


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