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NCAA Official to Address Collegiate Athletics Issues Friday

(10-14-99) - National Collegiate Athletic Association Executive Director Cedric Dempsey will discuss some of the most controversial issues in collegiate athletics at a special appearance tomorrow, Oct. 15, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Cushing 001.

The title of Dempsey's talk will be "Gender Equity, Amateurism and the Graduation Rates of Student-Athletes." The event is open to the University community.

Dempsey, formerly athletic director at the University of Arizona, was appointed NCAA executive director in 1994 and has overseen implementation of a new governance structure in the organization.

Assoc. Prof. Paul Spagnoli (History), the University's faculty representative to athletics, said the event represents an ideal opportunity to learn more about subjects with a significance far beyond the sports pages.

"Dempsey's talk should be of interest to BC faculty because of the many contentious issues in which the NCAA is involved, from gender equity through initial eligibility," he said. "And because a generally well-regulated program like Boston College's stands to benefit from the work of a regulatory agency like the NCAA, which seeks to maintain standards among all participants in intercollegiate athletics."


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