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Pep-Rally for Brains Over Brawn? Academic Trading Cards!

Blah, blah, sports, blah. Not a popular sentiment, I realize — I mean they're fun to watch and all (I hear) but I'd rather know the names of the leaders of Zimbabwe than whether the World Series has happened yet. I just get concerned over the culture of idolizing athletes — because when has a touchdown ever cured cancer?

That's why I'm particularly excited over Penn State's new line of academic trading cards. Just like baseball cards (or the media heroes cards), the glossy collectables tout the top faculty members. According to the university president, "We have many great faculty, and they are surely worthy of the accolades our society often lavishes on athletes, coaches, and celebrities in the entertainment world." Hear, hear!

To take a peek at what they look like and whose featured,


I mean, imagine if this girl was a excited about Glaciologist Richard Alley and his work, as listed on his card: "He unlocked the SECRET of the Greenland ice core." Take that to the free-throw line! The cards are sadly not for sale, but maybe even better they're being given away at football tail-gate parties. What more perfect place to nudge university fans into remembering that the school is well rounded and says the president, of "the important work being done by our leading scholars." No word on whether the cards come packaged with gum though. . .


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wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
This is interesting. My old school started to hold Pep Rallies and give out letters and awards to students who got good grades or improved their grades. They for the 1st pep rally the Principal warned the parents and ask them to come to the high school for the Pep Rally and they told the parents what the rally was for but didn't tell the students. We get there and all the student body is crammed in the gym, parents and other family are there and the marching band is playing. The Principal walks out and says this is a Pep Rally/Awards Rally to celebrate some students who've done something great for themselves. Then she unfurled like 4 banners: students w/ 3.5 to 4.0 GPAs, students with 2.0 to 3.4 GPAs, students who've made great strides to improve their grades for the semester and students that other students and teachers have selected as showing tremendous improvement in class. She then called each group of students up and presented with an award or if they were a Senior a letter, and with a hug and then asked for everyone to applaud each students achievement. It was terrific. My oldest nephew was an overachiever so he was on the 4.0 banner from 10th grade when she started this program to graduation. I think this really inspired his younger brother to try to beat him. Cause my younger nephew was recognized on the 2.0 to 3.4 banner then the next then the 4.0 GPA banner. He wanted the academic letter to go with his marching band letter. It was a really fabulous idea.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I would be in favor making lots of stuff that's currently yearly into an every four years thing: the Oscars, the Super Bowl, Winter...
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I'm with you there. I dig the olympics. I try to watch basketball and baseball, but there are just too many games. At least my football teams only play 16 times a season.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I am not a soccer greek, but I like to watch the World Cup. I like things that happen every four years.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Haha yes. I just tried to find other awesome soccer clips, but they're usually pretty dull if you're not a soccer-geek.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I have watched it over and over again! Have you seen all the different versions on youtube? Hilarity.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Haha. I could watch that over and over again.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
The last one probably ruined it forever for me, since no one else will ever get Zidane'd.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I tried to watch the World Cup. Everytime I watch soccer I look away for two seconds and miss the only score of the game. It's too frustrating.
ceej ceej 8 years
I think this is a fabulous thing. I heard the great Patch Adams speak once and he said he wished that American children could name at least one great philanthropist from their country instead of knowing only those who possess good hand eye co ordination.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Cheers, Citizen. I am not interested in sports. High school and college I can understand, professional sports just seem flat out ridiculous to me. I count as one of the 5 luckiest things to happen to me that I am with a man who really only cares to watch the Iron Bowl and the World Cup. Does anyone else consider politics their sport? I feel like I follow it similarly, and every four years the presidential election is like the Olympics.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Er, "excellent". :oy:
em1282 em1282 8 years
This is awesome. I had SO many excellet profs in college--I would have loved trading cards with their bios/pics on them!
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
this is awesome!
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
Penn State even has a board game out at our local Barnes and Nobles! (which sucks since I am a Temple Owl) :(
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Hate to say it, but these are going to end up being a waste of funding. They're just going to end up being litter. College kids at tailgate parties don't care about who "unlocked the secret of the Greenland ice core". They just want to drink beer and enjoy the game. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This is very cool!
stephley stephley 8 years
The gum isn't as good in trading cards as it used to be, when there even is any. These are a cool idea.
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