Monday, March 30, 2009
"IIT kills basketball: Men's and women's programs are shut down"
This article, written by Sara Olkon, discusses how the Illinois Institute of Technology is canceling its basketball program after this season. The decision was made as a means of allocating funds to extracurricular programs that would offer greater impact to a greater number of people. The article doesn't mention what those extracurricular activities may be, leaving the reader to wonder what gets the entire student body more involved than cheering for their athletic teams. The article's focus is on the how the cancellation affects the players' lives. This is the truly newsworthy aspect of the story, and the author does a nice job of quoting players' and coaches' opinions on the issue. A fair amount of background is given on how the basketball program is run concerning scholarships, though there is no information concerning how much funding it costs to run the program. There are no quotes from the school's administration outside of a very wordy PR statement, so the article does lack some balance, but it isn't the fault of the author since the organization refused to comment. After reading the article it's hard not to feel sorry for the players' whose lives have been drastically changed, and the emotion that the article stirs up in the reader is a direct result of powerful quotes. Olkon does a great job of setting the tone and getting at the real news in this story.