Phi Beta Cons

“Will Led Zeppelin Be on the Test?”

Tonight, Ohio State plays Tennessee in the basketball tournament. A friend recently encouraged me to read a recent Sports Illustrated profile of OSU standout Greg Oden:

Bright, curious, and witty, Oden is the kind of kid professors relish having in class. He planned to declare a finance major in his first semester and dig into a full course load. But because of basketball, his academic advisors counseled him to pull back–his major is now “undecided”–and he is taking only two courses this quarter: Sociology 101 and History of Rock and Roll. (He also recevies two credits of basketball, a benefit varsity athletes are able to claim twice during their academic career.) His 12 credits, the NCAA minimum, make for a strikingly light load compared with that of most freshmen.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.