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TITLE IX HEARING DEMONSTRATES ALL-AROUND DISPLEASURE
Published May 10, 1995
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).