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Female athletes need their time in the spotlight

Female athletes need their time in the spotlight

April 14, 2018

Female athletes are included in halls of fame and are instrumental to sports history, yet their athletic ability is sometimes questioned and their talents are often hidden.In an April 5 practice session, ...

Ballot mishaps at primaries highlight third party struggle

Ballot mishaps at primaries highlight third party struggle

By Savannah Eadens

April 1, 2018

As the votes from the 2018 primary elections are finalized this week, the Illinois Green Party has brought attention to the challenges third party political groups often face.The Illinois Green Party cri...

Activism shown during ‘VMAs’ should not be temporary

Grammy nominees show improvement in award diversity

By Ariana Portalatin

September 5, 2017

Although social media labeled the 2017 MTV "Video Music Awards" as dull and more boring than previous years, politics and activism took center stage. Many celebrities took the opportunity at the Aug. 27 awards...

How we learn about sex and relationships

Sex education influences teens’ knowledge, activity

March 30, 2015

Let’s talk about sex. Young adults learn about sex from a handful of different sources, but research suggests teachers rather than parents are now the most common givers of “the talk” for adolesc...

His airness reaches 52 years, not points

By Copy Chief

February 23, 2015

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine wore a “Space Jam” jersey during this year’s NBA dunk competition, but should have carried a sign around that said “Happy Birthday” to the real dunk champion and the man who wore the jersey best, especially in the iconic 1996 Looney Toons-starring film—Chicago hero Michael Jordan.His airness—the man who jumped from the free throw line, double-clutched a ball palmed in his righ...

Brianna Planter

Featured Athlete: Brianna Planter

October 27, 2014

Brianna Planter, a junior dance major, taught herself how to dance at age 9. Now in college, she is the new choreographer of the Poms, Columbia’s dance team.Planter said she first found her competiti...

Quality is key

Ihmoud's Moods

By Media Relations Editor

April 14, 2014

Life is too short to force people into limited lifestyles. A one way in, one way out policy—like the one proposed by NBA commissioner Adam Silver—is unfair because each individual player has his or her...

Craft beer catches on in Chicago

By Matt Watson

February 7, 2011

The bartender dashes back and forth, filling drinks and sliding them across the counter to eagerly waiting customers. Roughly 30 people crowd around the bar, laughing and trying to talk above the person squeezed in next to them. The dining area, filled with a mix of young hipsters and older professionals, is completely full. Glass windows cover the back wall, revealing giant fermenters and a man skimming sediment from a vat of...

Jazz’d Up

By Jazzy Davenport

December 14, 2009

Last week the world watched as Serena Williams, the best female tennis player in the world, lost her cool after being called for a foot-fault during the U.S. Open. The younger Williams sister has been criticized so much during the past week for her verbal attack on the lineswoman. She virtually had a meltdown in front of viewers worldwide and exposed us all to her potty mouth.I admit Serena was wrong and crossed the line. She should have never threatened to shove the tennis ball down the woman’s throat, and we don’t even know what else was said. However, athletes of all sports have meltdowns all of the time and rarely does it cost them the match, or in some sports, the game. The loss of temper is rarely the deciding factor in who wins or loses. So was Serena’s meltdown enough to cause her to be penalized to the extent that she would lose the match?Not taking anything away from Kim Clijsters, she’s a talented player and I think it’s incredible that she was able to win just 18 months after giving birth. However, was Serena’s meltdown such a big deal because of her actions or because of who she is? I’ll go with the latter. There have been several tennis players who have done things of that nature. Competitive, passionate athletes do it all of the time. It’s a part of the game. Those who are the best are often the ones who are seen arguing a call. They’re supposed to—especially when a seemingly bad call is made at a crucial point in the game. In Serena’s case, it was match point.So should Serena really be fined $10,500 for “aggravated behavior?” I understand that $10,500 is not much to her, especially because she received $350,000 in prize money for even reaching the semi-finals, but what exactly determines “aggravated behavior?” Beside the fact that Serena apologized for her behavior several times, Roger Federer had a run-in with a referee just two days later and was only fined $1,500.Unfair? I believe so. There is no way that Serena should have been fined nearly ten times as much as Federer was. Although Federer is the No. 1 male tennis player in the world, Serena is more popular and has a greater marketability than Federer.  So, because of her talent, appeal and influence, she must be held to greater standards, thus facing a greater penalty.At first this sounded a bit contradictory to me. However, I then realized that this is how things are supposed to operate. We sports fans are just used to seeing the superstar athletes get off easily.  I guess it doesn’t work like that in tennis.

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