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Each week sports reporters Matthew Lambert and Eric Schroeder will face off on a hot topic in sports. The world of sports is changing quickly and constantly, but we want to slow it down and take a better look at the juiciest gossip, scandal, rumor or issue that is making headlines this week. Lambert and Schroeder will take different sides and battle it out, telling you why you they are right.
This week’s topic: Running back star of the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice
From: ERIC SCHROEDER
After TMZ released a video of Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely. The league originally suspended Rice for two games prior to the release of the video. This leaves many questions and even more room for blame around the mishandling of the situation. But whom does the finger point to? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? The owner and managers of the Ravens? Let’s talk about it… (Recap by sports editor Allison Mueller)
In my opinion, the league as a whole, especially Roger Goodell, needs to be held accountable.
As commissioner it is his job to keep things in order and ensure that these very public figures are setting good examples. It is not only important for the overall image of the league, but the fact that these players are extremely influential to the youth of our world today.
So, to see their favorite player no longer on the field and to understand generally why would actually be a really good thing in my mind. These are grown men, whether they think so or not, and they should be treated as such.
Now, I understand there are a lot of issues in regards to double jeopardy in the fact that the indefinite suspension and termination of his contract came after the initial ruling. It is in my opinion that this is absolutely the correct punishment, but at this point others need to be held accountable for this delay.
Goodell’s tenure as commissioner has been riddled with questionable decision-making, and this is what should be the last straw. I agree with ESPN analyst Keith Olbermann who calls for the resignation of prominent figures in this horrific situation. It is long past time we have a new commissioner at the head of the NFL who will not take issues of domestic violence lightly and will understand the importance of upholding a clean image for the league as a whole.
With that being said, Ray Rice has no place in this league ever again. Some may argue that Vick got a second chance, but I think that even that, while not correct, is a much lesser offense than the actions of Rice. Hopefully those responsible will realize their actions and take the appropriate action without having to be told to do so.
From: MATTHEW LAMBERT
I think a fitting way to show how enabling the Baltimore Ravens are is by comparing them to a couple of parents that have a bratty kid. The parents say the child would never do such a thing, and we support them, until the child gets into so much trouble, the parents finally have to admit they were wrong.
This is where the Ravens are now. Their kid got into a lot of trouble, and they can’t bail him out. The evidence was out in front of the Ravens. In fact, it was in front of everyone thanks to TMZ.
The Ravens made a choice about Rice to not suspend him or ask him to take a leave of absence to figure out his relationship with his wife. They left it up to the worst commissioner in all of sports, Roger Goodell, to make a decision, when the Ravens could’ve handed out their own suspension. They accepted the minuscule suspension and tried to bury the fact that something wasn’t right.
There was still a question looming in the air: what happened in the elevator?
You can argue the Ravens moved swiftly to terminate the contract of Rice, but did they? How did a gossip-tabloid website acquire this video, a full eight months after the first video was leaked? Did the NFL and Ravens know what happened in the elevator and chose not to act? Did they just want to sweep the mess under the carpet and hope mom doesn’t find it later?
All in all, our society goes around passing the blame from person to person, so my blame and my finger points to the Ravens. My finger points in the direction of the Ravens owner Stephen J. Bisciotti, president Richard W. Cass, general manager Ozzie Newson, senior vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty and head coach John Harbaugh.
You are enablers.
You should resign from your positions and admit you were wrong.
You are the parents.
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Sarah Peters caused a stir on Lake Winona this past weekend.
On a crisp, cloudy Saturday morning, Peters brought to Winona what no one had before: a library designed specifically to float on water.
With the help of many volunteers, Peters set up the floating library on Lake Winona in front of the Lake Lodge Recreation Center and invited everyone to come check it out.
Community members and students alike kayaked or canoed to the center of the lake to see Peters’ collection of book art.
Junior Grace Pesch loved how interactive the library was.
“It’s a lot different than going to a library and sitting down with a book for a couple of hours,” she said. “Here there’s exercise, fresh air and you can talk to people about art.”
Pesch also enjoyed Peters involvement with the collection. She was excited that she could give feedback to Peters about a book, and Peters in turn could give feedback to the original artist.
Senior Katelyn Dreblow shared the same feeling. Dreblow found out about Peters’ project through the Winona State update, and she wanted to experience the library because of her love of both books and the outdoors. Like Pesch, Dreblow enjoyed talking with others out on the lake. The shared experience helped her to connect with others, she said.
Bringing people together was one of Peters’ goals with this project.
During a public talk at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on Thurs. Sept. 11, Peters spoke about the inspiration behind the project and the logistics that went into planning.
“I was interested in water as a space for bringing people together,” Peters said. She was interested in what she described as “a common space, uncommon experience.”
The library was inspired by another project Peters had participated in: the Art Shanty Project. She and several others created an ice-fishing house, described as a “living room on ice,” while other projects included a teahouse shanty, a music box shanty and a sauna shanty.
Peters and a friend said they wanted to continue this experience on the lake. They would row out to a lake and read, and people on the water conversed with them.
“It was a social experience that was unexpected but genuine and fun,” Peters said. “You’re inspired to converse when seeing something not normal.”
With this thought in mind, Peters created a pilot of the floating library project and applied for a grant from the State Arts Board, which she received to fund her project. With this grant Peters hired a graphic designer, an architect and commissioned three art projects. Many artists from around the country as well as some internationally contributed their artwork.
People in their kayaks or canoes could check out the artwork featured in the collection, so they could read on the lake or in their kayaks. A drop box was designed so that books could be returned.
Several books in the collection were popular amongst visitors. One of the books included lyrics about food from various Prince songs, another was a group of postcards addressed to “dear stranger” and a third book was of Scandinavian proverbs by a Minneapolis press.
Some books did not even look like books at all. There was a viewer with 3D slides and a flipbook with a picture of a blazing fire and tornado on the inside.
For volunteer Andy Noble, the flipbook was one of his favorites. He also enjoyed interacting with people who came up to the library.
“It’s a cool community project,” he said. “It’s a strange but cool interaction between people and objects and nature.”
Fellow volunteer senior Gabi Hale agreed. She enjoyed how relaxing the library was and enjoyed meeting new people.
“It was cool helping people find books and talk to them and help them pick out books,” Hale said.
Volunteers and visitors alike reached a consensus: the library would be a great event to welcome back to the Winona community.