FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, was established in 1904 to regulate the game of soccer. Most of you know FIFA by the prestigious soccer tournament that they organize every four years. The World Cup is supposed to be an event to unite all nations. It is a time where people take pride in their countries and enjoy the spirited camaraderie of watching games with each other. What most of you probably do not know is that FIFA has become an increasingly corrupt organization since 1974.
Before I came to Bucknell University I had never met someone who was homosexual, or even bisexual. However, I was very accustomed to hearing gay slurs in my everyday life. I went to an all boys school named Christian Brothers Academy. When other high schools in the area talked about us, they referred to us as “CB-GAY”. When they cheered against us in sports games, they intended to insult us with this phrase and even some more graphic phrases. I never really cared much about what these other schools said about us. I wasn’t paying attention to how hurtful this could be to other people. To be completely honest, the word “fag” was even included in my vocabulary on an infrequent basis. My friends around me, along with these other schools, made it seem like these slurs were just jokes. Everything changed when I went to college.
I had the opportunity to go and see the play “101” last weekend. The play was performed by Bucknell’s very own Department of Theatre and Dance. To be honest, I had a pretty negative outlook going into the play, thinking it’d be a musical about a story I would have no interest in. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the story. It captured many prominent elements and phases a college student encounters during their college experience.
I actually wrote one of these blog posts earlier in the semester and picked French soccer international, Thierry Henry. The close second on my list of people was the one and only Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s most celebrated coach of all time. Most of you are probably unaware of who this is. To give you a little background on Sir Alex Ferguson, he the Coach K of Duke basketball or the Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots(A little more respectable might I add). In other words, he is an absolute legend. During his 26 years of coaching at Manchester United, he won 38 trophies including 13 Premier League Championships and 3 Champions League trophies.
Concussions have become quite a common injury in high school sports. A 2011 study indicates that concussions account for around 15% of all high school injuries for schools with athletic trainers. I specify that these schools have athletic trainers because this injury is often difficult to detect. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics presented a paper that suggests schools with athletic trainers post higher concussion rates than schools without athletic trainers. This is clearly a problem. High school students will not have the discipline or the awareness to put themselves out of the game if they do not have an athletic trainer. Thus, I propose that Elon Musk invents a device for all sports that can be used to detect concussions.
President of the Board of Collegiate International Affairs, Justin Bieber, has recently issued a public decree to current collegiate students and future applicants requiring a semester abroad. The study abroad excursion will be funded completely by the student’s university. Now, this all-expenses paid vacation doesn’t come without specific requirements each student is responsible for while on their studying abroad programs.
The World Cup has continuously been the one of the greatest sporting spectacles to bless nations across the world. I say “bless” because for most nations around the world soccer is more than just a sport. In John Oliver’s YouTube spoof of the World Cup in Brazil, a Brazilian woman discusses how soccer truly is a religion. This highly anticipated event, occurring only once every four years, attempts to unify each nation under the religion of soccer. Unfortunately, over the past decade the World Cup has become shrouded in controversy. Why would such an amazing event with the goal of unifying nations become subject to alleged criticism? Simple, the World Cup is run by a corrupt international civil society organization called the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Without a doubt, my favorite sporting event to watch is the World Cup. The World Cup is an international soccer tournament that takes place every four years. Over 200 different nations across 6 different continents play matches to be one of the 31 nations to make it into the prestigious World Cup. The World Cup is run by the Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), a civil society organization, whose goal is to improve the game of soccer and unite the world through events and competitions. However, closer looks into FIFA’s practices have illuminated the corrupt, unethical nature of the organization.
“You can make money without doing evil”. This statement represents Google’s one of Google’s core philosophical beliefs. They created this statement during the early years of the companies’ development. Google maintains that they “often revisit this list to make sure it holds true”. They guarantee that they will be a corporation that values doing good just as much as they value profits. They realize that doing good often results in a favorable, long-term corporate image. This holds today. Google has become a company that has not only dominated its industry, but also has maintained their promise to be a socially responsible corporation. They serve as the role-model for all corporations by knowing the balance between work and fun, as well as the balance between ethics and profits.
If there’s one person in this world who understands business, it is Michael Scott. Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell, is the Regional Manager of a paper company named Dunder Mifflin in NBC’s hit show, The Office. For those of you who have seen the show, you may be wondering how in the world Michael Scott understands business. For those of you who have never seen the show, Michael is probably the best procrastinator of all time. Think of the laziest college student you know and multiply it by ten. He absolutely despises doing work. Once a month, Michael is tasked with validating quarterly reports by signing the documents. He procrastinates all day by prank calling one of his employees and fighting one of his employees at the karate dojo. At the end of the day, the rest of his employees must forge the signature for him.