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"So You're Telling Me There's a Chance."

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Nearly eight years ago I walked into a room of about 10 young women who just lost their coach and suffered through two humiliating seasons in which their conference record was 1-31. I was their new coach, and I was expected to make them a nationally competitive team.

Listen Up: This Is the Most Meaningful Part of My Job

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Decades as a reporter and editor -- and now as a college instructor -- have installed a well-calibrated BS-detector in my brain. It was not going off.

The Failure of College Sport as an Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

As someone who has worked for institutions of higher education for more than four decades, it is especially embarrassing for me that colleges appear to have the worst record in sports for hiring women and people of color.

Traffic Lights Turn Me Red

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Mark Routhier, UCF Forum columnist OK, I admit it: I have road rage, just not the kind that makes me drive four feet behind someone who has made...

An Open Letter to List Articles

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Dear List Articles, you are killing us. You know who you are --the type of article shared on Facebook at an every-other-status-update clip: "22 Things Right Behind You That Could Kill You Right Now."

Age Is Nothing But a Number

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The funny thing about growing older is that "old" is an elusive term. When I was 20, 40 was old. When I was 40, 60 was old. Now that I am almost 60, 80 is old. And why not? 80 is the new 60.

When Do We Stop Caring About the Brands That Define Us?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

For a decade, I was the Diet Coke Guy: eccentric, mainstream but not obvious, at odds with the way others would try to define my masculinity (how many "Dude, why are you drinking Diet Coke? Worried about your girlish figure?" comments have I fielded?).