By Brennan Sullivan
The debate over whether college athletes should be paid has been argued for some time and in schools across the nation. Proponents of compensating athletes say that playing a sport is a part-time job which they must balance with school, a social life and perhaps another job. Its opponents contend that paying people directly, instead of incentivizing with academic scholarships, will turn universities into downright businesses, where students can just bounce around to whichever pays them best.
In a board meeting held in early March, Roosevelt University decided where it stands on the issue. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Roosevelt athletes will be awarded $10,000 for each sports team that they are rostered on.
The compensation will not take the place of any scholarship money they already receive for athletics, nor will it simply be deducted from their tuition. On the last competition of their season, athletes will receive a life-sized check from the university, along with a gift card to Chipotle Mexican Grill.
A member on the Roosevelt Board of Trustees, who asked not to be named, said, “The board feels that the athletes of Roosevelt have been exemplary representatives of the university and deserve to be paid for their outstanding, incomparable service to their school.”
The source spilled that some of the board members were not happy about giving students outright cash without dictating what it can be spent on. Being college students, they insisted that the responsible thing to do was to ensure that the athletes were being adequately fed and housed close enough to campus so they can easily go to and from practices or games.
Luckily, Roosevelt students are fortunate to have a well put together and competent executive board to resolve difficult, complex issues such as this one. After locking themselves on the 13th floor of Wabash for over 36 hours with no food or water, they found a solution that settled their differences.
The university will be buying back the Gage building located on Michigan Avenue and renovating it to become athlete-exclusive housing. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has accepted the position of full-time chef, to provide them first-class meals that will help them continue to be the best ranking athletic program in the Midwest.
“I am so happy that my athletes on the badminton team are finally getting the recognition they deserve,” said Head Coach of Roosevelt’s badminton team, Pat Pougnet.
Coach Pat, along with other athletic staff and athletes, have already expressed their gratitude to the Board for propelling Roosevelt’s most championed and supported department. Head of the women’s soccer team, Brenda Stremlau, tweeted to the university thanking them for helping her finance her education. She said she “can’t wait to spend my well-earned $10,000 on priceless Roosevelt University spirit wear and tickets to all CCPA performances for the rest of my days.”
*This is an article from the Scorch, the annual satire issue of the Torch*