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FCA: Teamwork and “The Butler Way”

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I know now that the tournament is over everybody will talk about games, moments, players and percentages. Preperation for next year’s season’s will begin and the drama of college basketball will permeate through hollowed halls of basketball arenas, field houses, and gymnasiums everywhere. For me the game has always been a simple love of teamwork and personal choice. I remember helping my dad put up our basketball goal next to the driveway. Working on layups, floater shots and hoping I’d grow another 10″ so I could be decent sized gaurd. But that driveway was the glory days of my playing career. Simple friendly, and family.

Years later I look at the game in awe at times. How a small group can come together and work for the greater good. Knowing when to make personal shots are pass the ball for that quick cut into the lane. This fascination filters into a small admiration for a select few coaches who encompass the real ideals of the game. (Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt, Gene Keady, Ed Wooden)

Last January, I lifted up accolades for Tennessee’s Head Coach, Bruce Pearl, only to find out that he had fallen to the pressures and guise of winning over success. At that same time, a young coach at Butler was beginning to build a new example of how to coach basketball. Brad Stevens is quickly becoming the new darling of the mid-major collegiate basketball universe; however, that is not the most important thing he is doing. By emphasizing his “The Butler Way,” (Five Key Ideas: Humility, Passion, Unity, Servanthood, Thankfulness) he has built a program dedicated to build men and winners.

Below is a great character study sent out by FCA last Tuesday. No matter what happened this past week I still feel compelled to share his story.

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Bullying and Title IX

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With the creation of Title IX, education in America was quickly moving towards a redefinition of sports and extra-curricular equality. Overtime the interpretation of these statutes have expanded to include all areas of public education. With this current case, I wonder if the use of the statutes is proper in this case. Wouldn’t gross negligence be a more reasonable response towards the disciplinary action or lack of sexual harassment. With the court narrowing the concept of the case to only be a part of the Title IX statues, I wonder if this is intended to broaden the scope of the statues to include future suits.

In the end, I am dismayed by the schools reaction to the events that took place. The denial of punishment and clearly defined policy to oppose these actions in should have been completed. For perspective, the students involved would be underclassmen in high school.

Parents’ Suit Offers Test of Title IX for Justices –

Published: December 2, 2008

WASHINGTON — The parents of a girl who said she had been molested on a school bus seemed poised to win what may turn out to be an empty victory, judging from the justices’ questions on Tuesday at the Supreme Court.

The case was filed in 2002 after the girl, a kindergarten student in Hyannis, Mass., told her parents she was being sexually harassed by an 8-year-old boy every time she wore a dress or skirt to school. Two or three times a week, the girl said, the boy would force her to lift her skirt and pull down her underwear, provoking mocking laughter from the other students on the bus.

Her parents were dissatisfied with the school’s response, which included an inconclusive investigation and the offer to transfer their daughter to another bus. The school took no action against the boy, who denied the girl’s account, and it refused to place an adult monitor on the bus.

The parents sued under two federal statutes, and the argument on Tuesday concerned how those statutes interact.

The federal appeals court in Boston last year ruled that the parents could not win their claim under the federal law known as Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in schools that receive federal money, because they could not prove that the school district had acted with deliberate indifference to the harassment.

The appeals court also ruled that Title IX, which does not allow suits against individuals and contains other limitations, was the only statute under which the parents could sue. The question before the court in the case, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, No. 07-1125, was whether the parents might also invoke a broader federal civil rights law known as Section 1983.

Several justices appeared ready to accept that Title IX, enacted in 1972, was not meant to limit the ability to sue under Section 1983, enacted a century earlier. But, in this case at least, they also seemed to think that allowing a claim under the earlier law would make no difference.

“In the civil rights area, there are a lot of overlapping statutes,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said. “Yes, you have two claims. But if you lose under IX, you are going to lose under 1983 as well.”

“A determination by a court that the school district acted reasonably in relation to these complaints” in the context of Title IX, Justice Ginsburg reasoned, was probably sufficient to dispose of the parents’ Section 1983 claim as well.

Charles A. Rothfeld, representing the parents, appeared to have the better of the argument on the interaction of the two statutes, but he struggled to identify the theory that would allow his clients to win the case under Section 1983 should the Supreme Court allow them to invoke it.

Justice Antonin Scalia said the court should decide the legal question and let the lower courts sort out its application in this and other cases. How the two statutes interact “is an important question,” he said. “It’s why we took the case. Why can’t we decide that issue and then for all these loose ends send it back to the Court of Appeals?”

Justice Stephen G. Breyer suggested another possible outcome. Perhaps, he said, the case should be dismissed as improvidently granted and the issue should await decision in a more suitable case.

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