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  • TITLE IX HEARING DEMONSTRATES ALL-AROUND DISPLEASURE

         Tuesday's congressional hearing on the effects of Title IX
    showed that "no one is completely satisfied with enforcement of
    the 1972 gender-equity law," according to Harry Blauvelt of USA
    TODAY.  Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL):  "This is the only civil
    rights law I know of where innocent bystanders are punished.  The
    elimination of opportunities was never the intent of Title IX"
    (USA TODAY, 5/10).  Hastert also noted some universities are
    forced to cut men's programs like swimming and wrestling in order
    to provide sports programs for women.  Hastert declares these
    students are, "caught in a quota system which makes them a number
    and not an athlete."  Rep. Cardiss Collins (D-IL) took a
    different point of view.  Collins: "I am sure that during the
    course of this hearing, you will hear the same old, tired
    arguments that Title IX is taking opportunities away from men.
    (These arguments come from) school administrators or football
    coaches who fear that increasing opportunities for women will
    come out of their hides.  It is time for the schools to share
    their resources fairly" (Athelia Knight, WASHINGTON POST, 5/10).
    Brown University President Vartan Gregorian testified that the
    statute is very confusing and needs clarifying.  Gregorian: "I am
    a frustrated university administrator who does not like
    bureaucracy and who does not like to be intimidated by lawyers
    and who would like a clear policy" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/10).  Lawmakers
    have decided to take the day's testimony and analyze it before
    making any changes to the 23-year-old statute.  Subcommittee
    Chair Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA):  "We'd like to digest what we
    learned today" (USA TODAY, 5/10).
    

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