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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ UL was the first school in the US to desegregate after Brown v Board, and the first historically white southern school to desegregate in any meaningful way.

    The University Press of Florida has given ultoday.com permission to reprint the history of UL's Desegregation. We will serialize the story over the next few weeks.

    First article is up on...
    Next installment is up http://ultoday.com/node/877

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ UL was the first school in the US to desegregate after Brown v Board, and the first historically white southern school to desegregate in any meaningful way.

    The University Press of Florida has given ultoday.com permission to reprint the history of UL's Desegregation. We will serialize the story over the next few weeks.

    First article is up on...



    Complaining about the University on the boards and in public hurts UL,
    and it hurts the Ragin' Cajuns.

    Negativity undermines our recruiting, fundraising, attendance, and ticket sales.
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    UL WAS NOT A LEADER IN THIS!!!!!! You were sued, taken to court, and ORDERED by a judge to allow blacks in. UL DID NOT DO THIS VOLUNTARLY!!!!! YOU WERE MADE TO DO IT IN FACT YOUR ADMINISTRATION AT THE TIME FOUGHT IT. Please don't make yourselves out to be some kind of forward thinking university. Like virually all colleges and universities in the South at the time you fought this tooth and nail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    _ It is great that this board allows these posts of facts---thanks for the clarification---In my short Law School stay I did not realize that Brown v Board did not cover higher education--But the main thing is that we were about a decade ahead of the Universities of Miss and Ala and maybe LSU in our admissions---BTW when did LSU allow blacks??? I know that it was a while after UL!!! _
    READ THE ARTICLE YOU WERE SUED, TAKEN TO COURT, ULL DID NOT VOLUNTARLY DESEGREGATE!!!!! Granted you may have been ahead of LSU and the rest of the South but you were ordered by a judge to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    _ Doesn't speak very well our hunt and find skills.

    I don't see how this thread could generate 400 views and only result in 17 clicks to UL Today. We must be clicking but not finding what we went there for.

    Perhaps you could start providing a link directly to the article in your post? _
    I posted the QB club notes, with a direct link, and within an hour 40 people had read it. Within 24 hours it was over 130 views, and today, it's over 190 views.

    In 24 hours however, the deseg article-- again, with a direct link here-- has had only attracted 16 views.

    Some non-sports articles do OK, even without a direct link here: Vote Beausoleil, about 60 views, UL's SBDC Director taking top honors, less than 40 views.

    So we care about football a lot more than academics and other things. But there seems to be a definite resistance to the deseg story.

    Why do you guys & gals think that is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ So we care about football a lot more than academics and other things. But there seems to be a definite resistance to the deseg story.

    Why do you guys & gals think that is? _
    'Cause we're all bucktooth, football loving racists!!

    Raginpagin.com = primarily a sports forum. So when the "secondary" topic comes up, it attracts "secondary" interest.

    And my guess at the deseg story: Most people avoid anything involving race because it's a touchy subject that makes people uncomfortable. Sports forums are an escape from reality, therefore most people here would probably steer clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunZ1 View Post
    _ 'Cause we're all bucktooth, football loving racists!!

    Raginpagin.com = primarily a sports forum. So when the "secondary" topic comes up, it attracts "secondary" interest.

    And my guess at the deseg story: Most people avoid anything involving race because it's a touchy subject that makes people uncomfortable. Sports forums are an escape from reality, therefore most people here would probably steer clear. _
    Perfect answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunZ1 View Post

    Raginpagin.com = primarily a sports forum. So when the "secondary" topic comes up, it attracts "secondary" interest.
    So people here feel that academics is of 'secondary' importance in a university?

    Or is it just of secondary importance to them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ So people here feel that academics is of 'secondary' importance in a university?

    Or is it just of secondary importance to them? _
    It's of secondary importance within the context of this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ So people here feel that academics is of 'secondary' importance in a university?

    Or is it just of secondary importance to them? _
    If you were on an academic forum, I would expect the QB club notes to be of little or no interest to most of the participants. Since you are on a sports forum...

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    One solution would be for less people to click on the QB Club notes. We would then have a better academic to athletic ratio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunZ1 View Post
    _ It's of secondary importance within the context of this forum. _
    Actually, I put you guys on the spot.

    It's of secondary importance to people who visit sports forums.

    As it is almost everywhere, but particularly in Louisiana. Ah well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunFun View Post
    _ So people here feel that academics is of 'secondary' importance in a university?

    Or is it just of secondary importance to them? _
    Probably just that you are getting lots of views from people who are on RP at the time; hence they are going there for the football news. Just a guess tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunZ1 View Post

    And my guess at the deseg story: Most people avoid anything involving race because it's a touchy subject that makes people uncomfortable. Sports forums are an escape from reality, therefore most people here would probably steer clear. _
    I thought about what you guys said here... Some of you may not be aware of it, but without this desegregation story, many of you might not be on this board. Many of you would have gone to school elsewhere, and UL athletics would not be of as much interest as it is.

    The 1954 academic desegregation led to the athletic desegregation of the 1960's. In the early 1970's, there were only three historically white southern schools who were allowing blacks on their teams: Florida State; Houston; and little ol' SLI/UL.

    All three of us had powerhouse basketball teams.

    UL basketball, of course, finished in the Top 10 nationally-- yes, in the major college polls, along with UCLA, UNC, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, -- in both 1972 and 1973. I own a Sports Illustrated featuring 5 schools on the cover, one of them being USL.
    1972
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    All of this happens because we had talent that very few other schools had-- black talent. And that happens because we had desegregated back in 1954, long before the rest of the South.

    Without the success of that basketball team, UL does not build its athletics as well as we have; we probably don't become charter members of 1A. And we do not grow our campus as much as we have.

    In addition, there is not a one of you who would deny any of our black athletes their place on our teams, nor any of our black students or faculty their place on this campus. You are all aware that, if not for the contribution of black athletes, UL's teams would be at the national bottom for most of our sports.

    The newest installment is up: http://ultoday.com/node/889

    This one is interesting because it highlights the contributions of President Fletcher, Wisdom Chapel (actually Monseigneur Sigur, although he's not mentioned in this section) and Joe Riehl, for whom the Burdin-Riehl campus of Lafayette General is named.

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