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President Hatch’s Op-ed

As NCAA Division I Board Chair, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch is at the forefront of navigating the increasingly more complex playing field for today’s student-athlete. Today he co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining why he believes unionization is a bad idea. The full text follows for your convenience.


Why Unionizing College Sports Is a Bad Call

Change at the NCAA can be achieved without turning
student-athletes into employees

By Lou Anna Simon and Nathan Hatch

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I men’s and women’s basketball championship games on Monday and Tuesday mark the culmination of a month that saw more than 10,000 student-athletes participate in 23 different championships at all levels of the NCAA.

We are proud to be a part of an organization that inspires the fervor and intensity of March Madness. For us, though, the championship games are about more than spectacle and excitement. Big events like these help the NCAA to provide opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes to get an education, to grow under the guidance of the world’s finest coaches and professors, and to become leaders on the field and off.

Those opportunities are being jeopardized by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics. For now, the unionization push is focused on Northwestern University football student-athletes, but we must see if the National Labor Relations board upholds its recent ruling in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize.

We oppose the effort to bring labor unions into college sports. One group of athletes is not more hardworking, more dedicated or more driven than another. Unionization will create unequal treatment not only among student-athletes competing in different sports, but, quite possibly, even among student-athletes on the same team.

Our concerns about this movement extend beyond the economic and practical difficulties created by transforming the college-sports relationship into one of employer-employee. To call student-athletes employees is an affront to those players who are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get an education.

Do we really want to signal to society and high-school students that making money is the reason to come play a sport in college, as opposed to getting an education that will provide lifetime benefits? The NCAA’s philosophy, proven by where the organization spends its money, is education first. More than 90% of NCAA revenue is redistributed to member schools, which provide $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships in addition to other direct support to student-athletes. Most member schools depend on this revenue, as only 23 out of 1,100 generated more money than they spent on athletics in the past fiscal year.

The model we have today enables more than 150,000 young men and women playing more than 20 different Division I sports to attend college and earn a degree while competing – and after their eligibility is complete. Many of these student-athletes would not be able to attend college were it not for the athletics scholarships they received: 15% of Division I student-athletes are the first in their families to attend college. This model provides similar educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Division II and III student-athletes every year.

Are those seeking representation by a union raising legitimate concerns? Certainly. We already have begun addressing those concerns by:

  • Allowing schools to provide scholarships to student-athletes to return and complete their degrees even many years after their eligibility has expired.
  • Designing a new governance model that includes student-athletes – with votes – at the highest levels.
  • Allowing schools latitude to provide student-athletes with resources that enhance their educational experience.

Division I is completely reworking its governance structure, with the student-athlete voice central to its design. After our structure is reconfigured in the coming months, we will pursue a number of other student-athlete benefits within a year. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pacific-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference are committed to using the autonomy they hope to gain to better meet the needs of student-athletes at their 65 schools. Among the top issues to be addressed:

  • Redefining a scholarship to include extra money for things such as trips home and professional clothing.
  • Providing set times for student-athletes to get a break from the rigor of Division I sports.
  • Keeping the health and safety of student-athletes a priority.

Research shows that less than 2% of men’s basketball and football student-athletes go on to compete professionally in their sport. Most student-athletes play college sports as part of their educational experience and simply because they love their sport. We believe that the current model for college athletics, while in need of changes, is worth preserving. We look forward to making student-athletes more complete partners with the NCAA as we shape the future of college sports.

Ms. Simon is the president of Michigan State University and chairwoman of the NCAA executive committee. Mr. Hatch is the president of Wake Forest University and chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors.

Packing and Shipping Options for Summer 2014

Some parents and families have started inquiring about summer storage and shipping options for their students’ belongings.  If your student needs to purchase boxes and tape and simply needs to ship items home, our own on-campus Mail Services can provide those options.  They ship belongings home, but do not store boxes for the summer.   Your student can check out the Mail Services office in the basement of Benson University Center to discuss his/her box and shipping needs.

For students who want to ship their belongings home at the end of the semester (or have them stored in Winston-Salem over the summer), Wake Forest has a relationship with Eli’s Pack and Ship.  For more details, see the phone and website information below: 

Eli’s Pack & Ship
Eli Bradley
336.721.0596
www.elispackandship.com

Families are welcome to select their own vendors or service providers.  However, this company is one with whom Wake Forest has an existing vendor relationship.

“Mann the Quad” – Tuesday at 6:30

Wake Forest Athletics just sent the following email to Deacon Club members.

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Wake Forest University will introduce its new head men’s basketball coach to the public at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 on the Hearn Plaza on WFU’s Reynolda campus.

Head coach Danny Manning will hold a question and answer session with fans from 6:30 until approximately 7 o’clock on Tuesday.  Coach Manning will then be available to meet with the fans and also to have his photo taken.

Free refreshments will be available to the first 500 fans in attendance.  The family-friendly event will include inflatable games and activities for fans of all ages.   Included among the activities are Hamster Ball races, Cornhole, face-painting and more.  In addition, the Deacon Shop on the Quad will be open until 9 p.m.

Coach Manning will be joined at the introduction by his wife Julie, son Evan and daughter Taylor.

We hope to see you there as we “Mann the Quad!”

Go Deacs!

April 2014 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published a April 2014 Dining Update.  Please encourage your students to read it for more information about April dining options.

Campus crime alert

A Wake Forest student informed University police that an unknown man sexually assaulted her on campus in February. The University Police Department is investigating the incident.

On March 28, she told University police that she was walking alone on campus when a man grabbed her, pulled her into a patch of trees and assaulted her.  She said the incident occurred on the night of February 14 around midnight.  Based on her description, police suspect the incident occurred in a small, tree-covered area between Spry Stadium and Farrell Hall, near Wingate Road.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked by University police to call the department at 336-758-5911 or use the department’s Silent Witness process.

The University Police Department offers the following suggestions for reducing the chances of being sexually assaulted:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be wary of isolated locations.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night.  Vary your route.  Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
  • Don’t let alcohol or drugs cloud your judgment.
  • Be assertive, don’t let anyone violate your personal space.
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
  • Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
  • Lock your door and windows in your residence, even if leaving for only a few minutes.
  • Keep an eye on your residence’s keys.  Don’t lend them to others.  Don’t lose them. Don’t put your name and address on your key ring.
  • Be careful about unwanted visitors.  Know who’s on the other side of the door when you open it.
  • Have your keys ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, work.
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock the car.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets and keep your doors and windows locked.

Severe Weather Guidelines for Wake Forest

The following information was sent to all students:

Wake Forest University is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In the event of inclement weather events, such as a severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or warning, it is important that all occupants of campus adhere to the warnings and information provided in the severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

The following guidelines are to provide quick action for safety during a severe weather event such as a tornado:

  • Turn off electrical equipment and stop machinery.
  • If in a laboratory setting, turn off lab equipment, close chemical containers, and proceed with Laboratory Safe Shutdown and Start-up Procedures. 
  • If standing on elevated surfaces, such as ladders and scaffolding, come down to the floor or ground.
  • If outdoors, seek safe shelter indoors.  A sturdy building is the safest shelter.
  • Avoid seeking shelter in buildings with high open spaces such as a gymnasium, an atrium, or a large glassed area.
  • Move to the lowest level of the building or an interior corridor or stairwells. Avoid upper floors and stay away from windows and doors.
  • If seeking shelter in a corridor, face the interior wall. Kneel and place hands over head.
  • If there is not enough time to move to an interior location of the building, take shelter under a desk or sturdy table.
  • If there is not enough time to take shelter indoors, lie flat and face down on the ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may blow onto you in a tornado.
  • Supervisors must contact the employees and advise them to cease outdoor activities until the immediate threat is over; however, employees do not need to wait for a supervisor’s instruction to take shelter. If an employee feels at any time that weather conditions are unsafe, they should stop working and seek shelter.
  • Remaining in a vehicle is extremely risky in a tornado. If possible, drivers are to stop their vehicles and seek shelter inside closest building. However, if there is no building nearby, and you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your vehicle and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, because they offer little protection against flying debris. If you are caught in extreme winds or flying debris, and are unable to seek shelter indoors, or exit to a low-lying area, park the car as quickly and safely as possible, out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible.
  • Please do not go outside again until the immediate threat is gone.
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow directions provided in emergency messages communicated by University Police, Communications and External Relations, or other official University sources.  The University’s emergency notification system is called Wake Alert (wakealert.wfu.edu).  It provides numerous ways for University Police and Communications and External Relations to announce emergencies. 
  • Call Customer Service at 758- 4255 if repair is needed to any building damage.
  • Call University Police at 758-5911 for emergency needs such as fire and/or injuries needing any 911 related services.

The following guidelines should be considered when there is an immediate threat of a severe thunderstorm and lightning:

  • Seek safe shelter indoors.
  • Turn off electrical equipment such as televisions or computers using AC/DC connection.
  • Close all open windows.
  • Stay away from windows and doors during a severe lightning storm.
  • Remain indoors until the severe weather event has passed.

Keeping those outside (including employees and students) safe:

Lighting poses a particular threat. It is important for departments to monitor weather conditions in the surrounding area. In case of neighboring lightning storms, safe shelter is recommended within substantial buildings, enclosed metal vehicles, or low ground. Outside stairwells do not offer protection during severe weather. Please wait inside at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike before returning to outside.

Housing and Dining Selection for 2014-15

Where Will You Wake? Housing and Dining Selection 2014 will occur April 7-11.  Students will have an opportunity to view a variety of room styles in residence halls across campus during Open House, April 3rd from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Students who are still looking for a roommate or suitemates are encouraged to utilize the Virtual Roommate Mixer, found on the Residence Life and Housing website.   For information regarding selection, please visit the FAQ page.

Important Registration Information

Registration for Fall 2014 classes will be taking place the first week of April.  The Registrar’s web site on the registration process has a lot of important information for your students.  Please urge them to review this site BEFORE they begin the registration process to make sure they are aware of all activities and processes.

All students are advised to check their accounts for holds and be sure to remove the holds prior to registration.  Offices such as Finance & Accounting, ZSR, etc. will NOT be available to remove holds after 4 p.m, so students should be sure to clear holds early in the day.  Students must get the hold cleared by the department that placed the hold on their account.

The Registrar’s office will close at 5 p.m. during Registration Rounds, but staff members are available Monday – Thursday in the evenings to answer your questions using Google Chat. To contact the University Registrar’s staff between 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Please see the Registrar’s web site on the registration process for instructions on how to use the Google Chat option.

For students who have not yet declared a major, they must meet in person with their academic adviser to receive their PIN to register.  Students with declared majors and/or minors, including those currently abroad, will be advised and will be registered for classes within the major/minor department between March 17 – 28.   Each department governs advising and assignment of registration priorities and most registration procedures during Major/Minor Registration.

The Office of Academic Advising is always available as a resource to students.

A Message from President Hatch

The following message was sent this afternoon to the campus community from President Hatch.

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Dear Wake Forest Community,

Yesterday, after the announcement that Jeff Bzdelik had resigned as Wake Forest’s head basketball coach, some members of our community took it upon themselves to roll the quad. Rolling the quad, as every Wake Forester knows, is a tradition celebrating competitive success.

Aaron Rountree III, a Wake Forest sophomore on the basketball team tweeted, “’Rolling The Quad’ should be reserved for glorifying the success of Wake Forest University, not for the disrespect of another human being.” I could not say it better.

Civility is a hallmark of our community and I am disappointed that yesterday’s misplaced passion did not accurately portray our values to the country. Dozens of people came out this afternoon to clean the quad and for that I am grateful.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Senior Yearbook Portraits

Due to overwhelming demand, additional dates have been added for senior yearbook portraits.

  • Saturday, March 22 from 11am – 4pm
  • Monday – Wednesday, March 24-26 from 11am – 7pm.

The web site is www.ouryear.com and the school code for Wake Forest University is 87110. The site is open and updated so students can begin scheduling.

This will be the last opportunity for seniors to have their picture taken for the yearbook.