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From Page 1A
the University had numerous non-
smoking areas throughout cam-
pus and aggressively marketed
programs to its employees to help
them quit smoking. There is no
protection for smokers in the Uni-
versity's non-discrimination policy
for hiring and admissions, though.
The policy has already appeared at
one community college in the state.
Kalamazoo Valley Community
College, located in southwest Michi-
gan, instituted a policy in 2005 saying
it would not hire any smoker to a job
that entails health care coverage. in
addition,the collegewillnotpromote
any existing part-time employees or
teachers who smoke to positions that
include health care benefits.
The policy was not applicable to

existing employees or faculty mem-
bers with health care who smoke.
KVCC has seen the tobacco
discrimination policy as a boon
because it saves money and pro-
motes healthy practices among its
faculty and staff, said Mike Collins,
KVCC's vice president for college
and student relations.
"Obviously, there are direct con-
nections between health care costs
that was one ofthe stimuli for making
the decisionto putthispolicyinplace,"
Collins said. "Essentially what this
allowsaus to do is spend less money on
health care costs and more money
on our students and educational pro-
He said the school bans only
those who smoke, as opposed to
those who drink alcohol, because
alcohol can have some "thera-
peutic value" in small doses.

Collins said the policy correlates
with the employee health pro-
gram at KVCC, which involves
a wellness assessment for all of
the college's full-time employees.
"We do wellness assessments for
all of our employees twice a year
and we go through and do an
analysis of various risk factors of
their individual health," he said.
"We look at things like blood pres-
sure, body mass index - there
are several factors that employ-
ees are given information on."
The American Cancer Society esti-
mates there will be 215,020 new
cases of cancer in 2008 and 161,840
deaths. According to the estimate,
tobacco use is the reason for 30
percent of all cancer deaths and
87 percent of lung cancer deaths.
- Daily News Editor Emily
Barton contributed to this report.

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For student-athletes, coveted college
scholarships don't always add up

In non-revenue
sports, smaller
scholarship totals
defy expectations
The New York Times
At youth sporting events, the
sidelines have become the ritual
community meeting place, where
families sit in rows of folding chairs
aligned like church pews. These
congregations are diverse in spirit
but unified by one gospel: heaven is
your child receiving a college ath-
letic scholarship.
Parents sacrifice weekends and
vacations to tournaments and spe-
cialty camps, spending thousands
each year in this quest for the holy
But the expectations of parents
and athletes can differ sharply from
the financial and cultural realities
of college athletics, according to an
analysis by The New York Times of
previously undisclosed data from
the National Collegiate Athletic
Association and interviews with
dozens of college officials.
Excluding the glamour sports of
football and basketball, the aver-
age NCAA athletic scholarship is
nowhere near a full ride, amounting
to $8,707. In sports like baseball or

track and field, the number is rou-
tinely as low as $2,000. Even when
footballandbasketball areincluded,
the average is $10,409. Tuition and
room and board for NCAA institu-
tions often costs between $20,000
and $50,000 a year.
"People run themselves ragged
to play on three teams at once so
they could always reach the next
level," said Margaret Barry of Lau-
rel, Md., whose daughter is a schol-
arship swimmer at the University
of Delaware. "They're going to be
disappointed when they learn that
if they're very lucky, they will get a
scholarship worth 15 percent of the
$40,000 college bill. What's that?
. Within the NCAA data, last col-
lected in 2003-04 and based on
NCAA calculations from an inter-
nal study, are other statistical
insights about the distribution of
money for the 138,216 athletes who
received athletic aid in Division I
and II.
- Men received 57 percent of all
scholarship money, but in 11 of the
14 sports with men's and women's
teams, the women's teams averaged
higher amounts per athlete.
- On average, the best-pay-
ing sport was neither football nor
men's or women's basketball. It
was men's ice hockey, at $21,755.
Next was women's ice hockey
- The lowest overall average

scholarship total was in men's
riflery ($3,608), and the lowest for
women was in bowling ($4,899).
Baseball was the second-lowest
men's sport ($5,806).
Many students and their parents
think of playing a sportnot because
of scholarship money, but because
it is stimulating and might even
give them a leg up in the increas-
ingly competitive process of apply-
ing to college. But coaches and
administrators, the gatekeepers of
the recruiting system, said in inter-
views that parents and athletes
who do hope for such money are
much too optimistic and that they
are unprepared to effectively navi-
gate the system. The athletes, they
added, are the ones who ultimately
Coaches surveyed at two repre-
sentative NCAA Division I institu-
tions, Villanova University outside
Philadelphia and the University
of Delaware, told tales of rejecting
top prospects because their parents
were obstinate in scholarship nego-
"I dropped a good player because
her dad was a jerk - all he ever
talked to me about was scholar-
ship money," said Joanie Milhous,
the field hockey coach atyVillanova.
"I don't need that in my program.
I recruit good, ethical parents
as much as good, talented kids
because, in the end, there's a con-
nection between the two."

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