“We know that obesity and its co-morbidities are going to rob individuals of quality and quantity of life. What good is it to go through college, get your bachelor’s degree at Lincoln University, go get your graduate degree, work for five, six, seven years, and all of a sudden, you experience a catastrophic health issue associated with obesity? That would be a tragedy. We believe that it’s our professional educators’ responsibility to alert students to this.”
—dr. james deboy (chair, department of health, physical education and recreation, lincoln university), explaining the rationale behind lincoln’s stance that students with body mass indexes exceeding 30 will not be able to graduate unless they take a one-credit gym class
you know, even though i disagree with the approach (using BMI as a concrete indicator of health is about as reliable as delonte west), the implementation (how much will one walking class really help someone in dire need of dietary assistance?), the hypocrisy (from what i’ve read, the only green thing you’ll find in a lincoln university cafeteria is lemon-lime kool-aid) the jar of stigma and discrimination worms this opens up, and the fact that a select group of students are being required to do something that would actually benefit the entire population, i actually don’t think that lincoln university’s idea is a bad one.
if the goal of a college or university is to produce well-rounded alums, it makes sense to attempt to curtail a life-altering and potentially life-threatening issue that plagues a good percentage of their population.
but, why stop there? while obesity is undoubtedly a serious issue, i can think of a ton of other “classes” that graduating lincoln seniors could take t0 help alter dangerous behavior, prepare them for the real world, and improve their “quality and quantity of life”.
wouldn’t all the liberal arts majors benefit from “its a recession, which means that your sh*tty ass degree is even more worthless now: 501″, a class convincing them to get as many graduate degrees as possible while also teaching them valuable trades such as bartending, waitressing, shoplifting, and blogging? i know i would have.
for all the graduating seniors on the football and basketball teams with serious nfl and nba aspirations, wouldn’t a class titled “you’re not just at an hbcu. you’re at a division two hbcu. this means the nfl and nba probably aren’t checking for you: 302″ help them make their post-sports transitions?
i can think of at least two benefits of having all the graduating males take “you graduated. this means leave campus and stop trying to f*ck all of the freshmen: 101″
1. because there would be more available men to date, less graduating women would be required to attend the “one hundred and one ways to get closer to your newly purchased litter of kittens” seminar
2. the freshmen and sophomore males still on campus wouldn’t grow bitter at the fact that all those 23-year-olds with cars and beards and atm cards were taking the cream of their crop. and, subsequently, they won’t feel the need to pledge sigma or que
just think about how many hours of useless conversations and arguments we wouldn’t have to listen to anymore if all the budding huey newtons, angela davis’s, and conspiracy theorists had to take a “take off the tinfoil. its really not that serious. really: 402″ class, and were then made to attend a weekend retreat where they were forced to actually laugh, read cosmo’s and maxim’s, and have sex with another human being.
anyway, people of vsb.com, how do you feel about lincoln university’s obesity stance? do you think this is a step in the right direction, or a step in a field full of bad idea and lawsuit landmines?
also, can you think of any other special “classes” that could benefit graduating seniors?