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Op-Ed: Bernard Muir, fatalist

Since arriving at Stanford in 2012, Director of Athletics Bernard Muir has been busy defending the NCAA and its crumbling notion of amateurism. Amongst other engagements, Muir spoke to a Congressional committee in May 2014 to argue against unionization efforts by college athletes. He then testified on behalf of the NCAA at the O’Bannon trial,…

Diving in

“So, how come people don’t swim last during a triathlon? Who wants to get soaking wet at the beginning of the race?” My friend looked up from her phone and stared blankly at me for a moment, toeing the line between incredulous and judgmental. “People collapse by the end. If swimming were the last event,…

Running in relation to academia

I never dreamt that participating in any sport, much less failing at one, would have such a dramatic, holistic impact on my life, but it did. Failure at cross country changed my entire outlook. Running was something I wasn’t good at, so naturally, I chased after it. With a sorry mile time, I began the…