Interview with DONNA SHALALA: Big Campus, Big Issues

DONNA SHALALA, first woman to head a Big Ten university, tackles professional athletics, alcoholism, and the roles of business and government at Wisconsin

Q. Critics charge that amateur status in college athletics is a joke, that student athletes are being used and not educated. But so what? Serious students can get a good education, and the sports teams give schools like yours more prestige and more money.

A. What's at stake is the integrity of the best universities in the U.S. -- unless the leaders of higher education really take hold and make certain that what we have is students first, who come to our universities also to play athletics. People who are competitive are always pushing against the edges. But the situation is...

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