Re “UC Merced's new course,” Nov. 11
While I appreciated the report from UC Merced, I was confused at the inclusion of what seemed the too-easy detail of its lack, of all things, of a football team. By my count, exactly one of the students profiled expressed a presumed desire for one at a university that she knew, when she was accepted, did not have one.
I teach at UC Irvine, which has had no football team, happily, for all of its nearly 50 years. As a teaching assistant and then lecturer for two decades, I've never once heard a student or faculty member complain. Go team!
In reply to your story, it must be unequivocally stated: UC Merced is a research institution. Now and forever. Any suggestion otherwise is absurd.