Alex Leichenger | 123 articles

Business of Sports minor must feature social responsibility lessons

I attended Lacob’s talk eager to hear his opinion on another issue that has dominated the NBA news cycle for the past several months. I asked what impact the franchise sales of Donald Sterling and Bruce Levenson after both made racially charged comments has on the dynamic of NBA ownership.

| Senior Sports Editor

Re: ‘Professors’ endorsement of Israel boycott…’

Last week, we printed an op-ed submission entitled “Professors’ endorsement of Israel boycott deserves condemnation” in the pages of this Forum section. The writer’s conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of a government is a reckless accusation and in no way a defense of the academic freedom or nondiscrimination he claims to hold dear.

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Social injustice on social media

Since the killing of Mike Brown over a month ago, Twitter has driven worldwide attention to protests and ongoing abuse by law enforcement. The feeds of activists, including Antonio French and the Lost Voices, have kept focus and dialogue on Ferguson alive.

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Senior gives football team boost after return to defense

Following a two-year hiatus, Washington University senior linebacker Jonathan Paramore has shown no rust en route to anchoring a Bears’ defense that lost many key contributors from a season ago.

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Ray Rice case demonstrates issues in media, victim blaming and league response

Let’s start here with the Ray Rice case: do not blame Janay Rice under any circumstances. If you are blaming Janay Rice under any circumstances, then stop. Immediately. Domestic violence is a remarkably complex issue, and Janay choosing to marry Ray does not negate her victimhood.

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Missouri is poster child for out-of-control death penalty

The death penalty is wrong under any circumstance in a modern criminal justice system, and public officials from both sides of the aisle keep defending it anyway.

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Hot and cold on Katy Perry

No, I am not a 15-year-old girl, and yes, I went to the Katy Perry concert on Sunday at the Scottrade Center.

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Michael Brown: A victim of a racist system

Michael Brown died because police forces are not designed to protect people like him. They are designed to imprison people like him.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The national game at a crossroads

For the 30th year in a row, football is America’s most popular sport, and it’s not even close. In fact, it has been America’s most popular sport ever since the Harris Poll started asking people in 1985, with more than twice as many survey respondents saying they preferred the NFL to baseball, our supposed national pastime.

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Sports & Society: Fulfilling Mandela’s vision?

After the passing of Nelson Mandela last week, sports websites lauded the former South African president for his masterful ability to make sports a pathway for social change. “Mandela realized the transformative and unifying power of sports, and used that power to make changes that protests and diplomacy could not,” read the featured story on Yahoo! Sports.

| Senior Sports Editor