Style Means Everything

It’s all about “style”. Not the kind of style that you wear: It’s your ethics and decision-making. In “Games Climbers Play” by Lito Tejada-Flores, the concept of “style” is developed through rock climbing. If a climber chooses to follow the accepted rules of a climbing game, then he is climbing ethically and, therefore, has good “style”. On the other hand, a climber can have bad “style” or unethical climbing by following the rules of a simpler climbing game. For example, alpine climbing with expedition style would be considered bad “style.” Bad “style” destroys the game of climbing because the purpose of the game structure is to ensure that each participant has a “similar feeling of accomplishment” as other ethical players after attempting the same game. The idea of “style” in rock climbing got me thinking about other sports where participants can be prone to unethical play, and baseball immediately came to mind. Continue reading

Players or Fans?

My everyday life has changed a lot, since I’ve come to the University of Michigan for soccer. I have started attending different sports events and I’ve observed things I have never once observed before. Having to go to a variety of different sports events and realizing what it truly means to be a student athlete at Michigan. Watching clips of the past events, you see the passion the players have for the game. But really playing you get such an amazing rush of happiness when you win and such a feeling of disappointment when you lose.

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Do Menand’s Theories Apply to High School?

Throughout my Political Science 101 class, students have dissected Live and Learn by Louis Menand. Most people compare colleges, or their college experience, with whichever of Menand’s theories they find most applicable. However, I would like to look at Menand’s three theories and compare them to my high school experience because I feel most people are yet to realize the similarities

Menand discussed three theories in his article Live and Learn. Menand’s first theory suggests that college is a sorting process, setting a value on graduates; students with the highest value, or merit, are the best. His second theory is that people should try to become well-rounded because once they are working they will be forced to specialize. Menand’s third, and final theory is that an education should offer specialized knowledge in order to prepare for future employment. In my opinion, all three of these theories could be translated to describe high school.

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