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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 15, 2011 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Raise a jeer for State U.

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What happened at Penn State is a tragedy, an outrage and a depravity. But that's not all of the worst of it.

Jerry Sandusky, the onetime defensive co-ordinator of the Nittany Lions who is accused of raping little boys in the shower, is gone, perhaps to be measured for prison stripes. Joe Paterno, the head coach at Penn State for 46 years and a legend in college football second only to Bear Bryant (and maybe Amos Alonzo Stagg), is gone, too. His reputation lies in tatters as the years close in on a celebrated life. Lesser officials at Penn State, including the president of the university, are gone, too, doomed to spend the next few years with their lawyers.

But the system remains intact, and more scandal is surely inevitable. The big universities have become entertainment companies, like Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros., with similar ethical and moral codes. They're pursuing the same dollars with the same passion and the same lack of commercial constraint. What would Hollywood be without sex, scandal, shame and calumny? It's what makes Sammy run.

Scandal in collegiate athletics, particularly in the revenue sports, football and basketball, is not new. Last year the NCAA, which pretends to regulate conduct in collegiate sports, sanctioned the University of Southern California and withdrew recognition of its national championship of 2004 and compelled Reggie Bush, an All-American running back, to return his Heisman Trophy. Bush is now a highly paid running back for the New Orleans Saints, so why should he care? Auburnwas dogged by accusations that its brilliant quarterback, Cam Newton, was delivered to the university by his father, who received $180,000 from an agent. Newton was cleared and Auburn won the national championship. Who cares about how they did it?

The real scandal is the behavior of the college presidents who know what's going on but won't do anything about it, not only to avoid the wrath of alumni and fans, but because they dare not risk shutting off the golden spigot that dispenses millions, and even billions, of dollars brought in by the greatest show on campus.

The Southeastern Conference, which stretches across the football-obsessed South from Arkansas to South Carolina and whose teams have won the last five national championships, last year collected a billion dollars in athletic receipts, most of it from television. The Big Ten teams (actually 11, the college presidents being not necessarily better at numbers than their semi-literate coaches and players) followed by collecting $905 million.

A decade ago the private Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics examined how the shoe companies — Adidas, Nike, Reebok — have spread so much money around, with contracts not only to the universities but to the coaches as well. "We want to put our materials on the bodies of your athletes," Sonny Vacarro, who has presided over "sponsorship empires" at the three big shoe companies, told them.

"We want to put our materials on the bodies of your athletes," he told the Knight panel, "and the best way to do that is to buy your school. Or buy your coach."

"But why," asked the president emeritus of Penn State, "should a university be an advertising medium for your industry?"

A good question, but the shoe man that Taylor Branch, writing in Atlantic magazine, calls the "sneaker pimp" of schoolyard hustle, had a ready answer. "They shouldn't, sir. You sold your souls, and you're going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question, sir, but there's not one of you in this room that's going to turn down any of our money. You're going to take it. I can only offer it."

In his perceptive account, "The shame of college sports," in the October issue of the Atlantic, Taylor Branch writes that a former president of the North Carolina university system recalled to him: "Boy, the silence that fell in that room. I never will forget it."

The allegations at Penn Stateraise the outrage level a notch, maybe two, but nobody could be surprised. Outrage begets outrage, and eventually spins out of control. Corruption begets corruption, too. Money talks, Big money shouts.

What the universities allow and even encourage is inexcusable, but the rest of us are to blame, too. Entertainment is all, and the saturation of the culture by cheap sex and gratuitous violence seems to be exactly what the public wants. You don't have to be Grandma Grundy to figure out how the culture got taken to the showers at Penn State.

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