Tammy Trojan Under Attack

Douglas Ernst (The Washington Times)  —  The University of Southern California is under a federal microscope for possibly discriminating against men when it comes to scholarships and educational opportunities.

Documents obtained by the educational watchdog Campus Reform this week confirm an ongoing investigation into the home of “Tommy Trojan.” Kursat Christoff Pekgoz, a lecturer and Provost’s Fellow at the school, won a January appeal with the U.S. Department of Education after an attorney tried arguing that women were the “underrepresented sex” at USC.

Mr. Pekgoz noted that men — 48% of the student body — are the minority on campus while USC’s Smart Women’s Securities chapter and the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) chapter are in operation, among others.

“[Such programs are] excluding male students from participation and providing opportunities for female students only,” a complaint sent to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) states, Campus Reform reported Tuesday.

The lecturer also prompted a similar federal investigation into Yale University in late February.

“There is no longer any valid reason to maintain affirmative action for women,” he told the nonprofit.

USC media official Emily Gersema told Campus Reform that school officials are “working with the Office of Civil Rights and will take steps to address any issues they may raise.

“USC is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from discrimination and that encourages fair treatment of all students, faculty, and staff, a value that is emphasized in university policies,” she wrote.

The Washington Times

 

 

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RodGarnay
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Wow. Wonders never cease.

You could argue, loosely at least, that Title IX accomplishes the same thing.

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The fact women out-number men in school is not discriminatory. Generally speaking women spend more time studying than men. I have always held a belief that at that age men’s enhanced sexual tension is an obstruction to doing well in school, whereas women at that age are more in control.

Paul_Muad_dib
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That’s a big generalization. Not that I’m complaining, but men are definitely discriminated against in today’s world. I guess it stems from the backlash of the female community who had been oppressed for so long.

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But you are an attorney and know that the only thing needed to show discrimination are the numbers. That has been used as evidence under the civil rights act for decades. Turn about is fair play. I can’t wait til Title IX is done away with. My sister was a T&F pre-Title IX athlete so I am very sympathetic to women’s sports but it is hurting the men unfairly. First order of business will be for the University and conference to create men’s lacrosse teams. It would be so great to see USC play ASU, ORE, UCLA, and STAN in… Read more »

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I’d rather see USC add a wrestling team. MMA is the sport of the future and wrestling is huge farm system for MMA. Plus, Cali is a big state for wrestlers. I bet SC could win National titles rather quickly.

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The problem with MMA is there are way to many injuries. And especially concussions. It will no more make it as a college sport than boxing did in its hey day. Wrestling doesn’t make in in the sun belt because people want to be outdoors. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation. For instance, today, twice as many boys play lacrosse in PA than football (a football hotbed). Plus, the best academic schools (Ivy, military academies, Hopkins, etc.) all play lacrosse. The Big 10 has become a power in lacrosse, too. There are so many schools that are… Read more »

Paul_Muad_dib
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There’s no such thing as professional lacrosse. MMA is huge and still growing. And there are way more concussions and CTE from football than MMA, and football is doing just fine.

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Uh, Paul, maybe you should use google before making statements about things you are familiar with. There are two professional leagues…one summer and one winter (Indoor). Granted they don’t pay much but it is growing.

Also, having a professional league is a straw man argument has nothing to do with collegiate minor sports being viable.

Paul_Muad_dib
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I did google it before I posted and saw that the starting salary is 7000 and the average is 20000. Most players have regular jobs and the sport is just a hobby for them. I was just being facetious when I said there was no professional league. If you can’t make a living off of it, then I see no reason to add the sport when there is little to no room for a new men’s team. MMA on the other hand can be an opportunity for a great career. Just my opinion

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I agree. I am not in favor of people gaining something – anything – by taking it away from others. Which is exactly what Title IX did. If you want to create more opportunities for women, that’s great. But not by limiting opportunities for men. Bottom line, it’s not fair.

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Exactly how I feel about it.