I've spent countless hours at backyard barbecues trying to explain the joys of attending the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. From this point on I will simply distribute copies of Steve Rushin's 'Toga Party.
SCOTT GAWLICKI, West Hartford, Conn.
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I disagree with David R. Wilkes concerning the so-called pampering of student-athletes (LETTERS, Sept. 2). As a Division I college athlete in a nonrevenue sport, I believe athletes deserve what universities provide. I go to class 15 hours a week, practice 20 hours a week, study and lend my name to the university. Putting in that kind of time and work doesn't bother us at all, but considering the money the universities make off us, we're justified in asking that the university provide us with the best facilities possible.
CHRISTOPHER TORRES, El Paso
Michigan State's new football facilities feature therapy pools, but I would like to add that the newly renovated Shaw Residence Hall at MSU features hot tubs in the bathrooms. And no, Shaw Hall is not where the football team resides. While I understand the criticism, I think the university's equal treatment should be noted.
ADAM GLATZ, East Lansing, Mich.