I completely agree with this and highlighted the bolded part which was my exact thought as I read the release. I don't think he gets it at all. Or just doesn't want to acknowledge it. Either way, if I was a Vermont fan, alum, resident or employee, I would be livid about this complete lack of substance statement. There is zero sense of responsibility or accountability whatsoever.
This is a half-assed at best response to an issue that requires so much more.
First, it's about how there are great and introspective athletic staff and student-athletes. There is no focus on the victims or those that are calling attention to this terrible issue. They mention a broad "survivors of sexual assault", but have no specific acknowledgment of issues on campus. Then a complete lie about how committed they are to ensure a safe community.
Supposedly "each of us has an important role...dismantling the systems and structures that CAN lead to sexual assault". It's pretty clear to me that Schulman and the department actively helped create the system and structure to protect student-athletes and allowed sexual assaults to continue. Also, the fact that they said: "it CAN lead to sexual assault" as if it didn't JUST lead to multiple sexual assaults.
Their actions speak much louder than these pitiful words. A completely hollow, non-apology that doesn't address the issue and effectively does nothing.
I think we are allowed to be upset about a non-substantive statement that doesn't do anything to address the issue.Until then, sadly it’s all just screaming into the void.
People can feel whatever feelings and emotions and however they want to feel about anything.I think we are allowed to be upset about a non-substantive statement that doesn't do anything to address the issue.
Even if that is what you were expecting, we should make a point to call it out for being dishonest.
The bar is set atrociously low
The Lt. Governor job in Vermont is largely ceremonial and she has little to no legislative power outside breaking ties, which rarely happens given her party heavily controls both chambers.Dumb question, I know the Lt. Governor tweeted (or something) but outside of this board, is there any real traction anywhere for there to be any resolution to this? At some point should we expect a block buster announcement about something related to this, or will it just fade away?
Wake up.What can be done? You realize that they have the ability to hold people accountable. They can do a lot more and chose not to.
You seen to be coming on here and trying to shout down people expressing outrage at Vermont Basketball / Athletics because they aren’t accepting the status quo of “how institutions operate.” It seems to be the stance that people should shut up because their outrage will lead to nothing, and I disagree wholeheartedly.Wake up.
Of course I realize that, but do you understand how institutions operate? UVM is an institution, no different then the rest. Nobody is going to hold anyone accountable inside the institution unless they are forced to. Look at the President at Hartford; completely different issue but that's a good glimpse into the type of people in charge at these institutions.
Accountability? That will only happen with the NCAA investigation and lawsuits to prove guilt OR people will have to ultimately be satisfied with the reforms/new initiatives as outlined in the Abrami article.
No, you’re incorrect. Not shouting down anyone, just aware of what it takes to get something to change.You seen to be coming on here and trying to shout down people expressing outrage at Vermont Basketball / Athletics because they aren’t accepting the status quo of “how institutions operate.” It seems to be the stance that people should shut up because their outrage will lead to nothing, and I disagree wholeheartedly.
The more people speak out, and express outrage, the more supported survivors feel — feeling alone is one of the crippling traumas of sexual violence. It’s one of the reasons survivors stay silent. If people continue to express outrage and express solidarity with survivors, it may well help other survivors (of which there are reportedly MANY of the specific men’s basketball player who has generated the publicity around this as well as reportedly several other men’s basketball players) come forward. If other survivors come forward and name names it ABSOLUTELY changes the dynamics around this and could force institutional change.
If the voices of outrage continue to grow, maybe it causes some donors to take pause and at least go through the motions of giving a shit about this — if they do and their dollars dry up a bit, that could also lead to change.
If people continue to express outrage around this and their voices get louder, maybe it will convince some of the Vermont basketball alumni and noted figures who have privately expressed disgust at this to sack up and publicly condemn the program, which would also be a game changer.
The grassroots movement up there and groundswell of outrage has led to multiple NATIONAL outlets taking note and beginning to investigate this story. If one of them writes something on this that could also change the dynamics in this...
Maybe people voicing their outrage leads to nothing, but it COULD lead to something big. It does more for people disgusted by this than staying silent. As the saying goes, “all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to stay silent.”
Any evidence of this? Because I haven't seen any.multiple NATIONAL outlets taking note and beginning to investigate this story.
Considering the seriousness of what is being alleged, this is not something you publish without serious vetting from several sources for fear of another Duke Lacrosse episode.Any evidence of this? Because I haven't seen any.
Notwithstanding the fact your account is a week old, your dedication is admirable. I'm tending to agree with Hoop Cat that the extent of the changes will be what was covered in the Abrami article. I don't see a Pete Thamel swooping in and torpedoing the program a la the 2010 Jailcats. Who knows with these types of things though.
The Duke Lacrosse case had everything, black vs. white, rich vs. poor, entitled students vs community members. It was like a journalists' dream when the story broke. As far as why, the accuser went to the police so there was a report with names & statements.Down here in Georgia, I knew nothing of this until I logged onto this site to see what people were saying about the U. of Hartford reclassifying its athletic program. I'd also never heard about Kendall's allegations last year until I read about them on this site. I get a lot of my national news from the online Washington Post - I did a quick search for relevant articles there and found none. By comparison, the national media coverage of the allegations about Baylor football and Duke lacrosse in recent years were impossible to miss. I'm not sure what the difference is here.