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Title:Perceptions from Non-revenue Student-Athletes
Author(s):Faust, Irene; Kremske, Dan
Division of Intercollegiate Athletics
college athletics
cross country
Abstract:The perspective of the non-revenue student-athlete is an interesting point of view on the college campus. The individuals competing in non-revenue sports at the University of Illinois are talented Division-1 NCAA athletes who are often overshadowed by their fellow student-athletes in revenue sports such as football and basketball. We wanted to investigate if the non-revenue student-athlete knew the reasons for the continuation of their program within the athletic department and could echo the mission statements of the Divison of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA). We found consistencies within the responses of the non-revenue student-athletes such as, scholarship distribution was thought to be skewed toward revenue sports but non-revenue athletes largely understood the reason for it, equipment was given according to need but hardly ever given in surplus, media attention was very small and localized, and finally the pressures they faced as student-athletes was largely internal or at least stemming from within their own program. The non-revenue student-athletes however, still take great pride in representing the student body, the community, and the university in competition.
Issue Date:2011
Course / Semester:Kinesiology 442 Fall 2011
Instructor, Melissa Littlefield
What is a body? Is there such a thing as “the” body? How are bodies produced? What do they represent? Who gets to represent them? In this course we examine bodies in history, in particular cultural contexts, in international and national forums. Readings vary widely to include anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological perspectives. Our assigned projects focused on exercise, health and sport practices in general and on the University of Illinois campus in particular. This course is connected to the Ethnography of the University Initiative.
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-02

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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