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Duke student paper concerned: Why no female managers on men’s basketball team?

As we live in a world where the percentage of “historically marginalized” populations must — must — be improved no matter the situation, the #1 ranked Duke men’s basketball team is facing the ire of the school paper for not having any … women managers.

The managers “are easy to notice if you’re watching the Blue Devils in the stands,” writes The Chronicle’s Sam Turken.

“At every timeout,” Turken writes, “the managers dash onto the court with one handing a clipboard to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the others giving the players Gatorade and towels. They usually all dress similarly with each wearing black slacks, black Nike sneakers and a blue, black or white collared shirt with a Duke logo.

“But in recent years, another feature has been glaring—they’re all men.”

“Glaring”! Indeed. You’re in the stands watching the best team in the country, but you’re wondering … “Where’s the female managers??”

According to the story, manager positions for the b-ball squad are open to both men and women, and the latter have occupied spots in the past. However, there hasn’t been a female manager since the 2014-15 season.

Allegedly, according to Turken, a former manager said back in 2014 that the team “was not going to hire women anymore.” Another manager stated in a message (given to the Chronicle by a former female applicant) that the basketball team “held female applicants to a higher standard than males.”

That applicant has filed a complaint with the Duke Office for Institutional Equity, which said it was investigating.

From the story:

[The applicant who filed the OIE complaint] and one other former female applicant also said that the application process and interview in front of only men is intimidating and uncomfortable for female applicants. The latter woman said she felt self-conscious about wearing a dress during her interview. …

“It’s like you and this table of men,” [another applicant] said. “It’s incredibly daunting for women going in, let alone that it’s intimidating in the first place that you have to walk 15 seconds across the room looking at these guys.”

[She and another applicant] noted that the chair that they had to sit in was placed in an awkward position because it was a few feet away from the table. The woman who applied within the last three years said she was concerned that the position would allow the managers—who were all men—to see up the bottom of her dress.

“They sit you in a chair like slightly moved back from the table. So I was forced to then make sure my legs were put together at all times because I wasn’t hidden under the table,” she said. “I [had] to hold myself in this one position for like 30 minutes.”

But in the very next paragraph:

The two women who have gone through the interview said that the questions were gender neutral and did not make them feel any more uncomfortable. In fact, the woman who applied in the last three years said she left the interview feeling confident that she did well.

They added that “they do not think the men try to look up female applicant’s skirts.” Thank heavens!

Nevertheless, the women said the whole interview process is “naturally more intimidating for women who interview in front of only men,” and that “men cannot understand how uncomfortable it is to be the only female sitting in the room answering questions from a bunch of guys.”

To wit: The interview to be a men’s basketball team manager is “intimidating and uncomfortable” for women, which guys just “cannot understand.” Yet female applicants want a position which would require them to be around all men for 30-50 hours per week?

Read the full story.

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  • Rclifton

    The “childishness” of the article is stunning. How did these “students” even get into the University?

  • American1

    Why do men not have periods? I just don’t get it. 😉

    • Muhammed Atta

      Who crooned “only women bleed”, and did include women who bleed after being properly disciplined by their muslim minder?

  • Bigg Bunyon

    Uh … because none are qualified? Can’t take the heat? Don’t want the hassle? Why are there so many juvenile assistant editors?

  • discovinny

    This is Mike Krzyzewski. If his speeches were a movie, it would get a R rating in the first sentence alone. Believe you me, you are better off not being near the man. The team lost to Boston College today, which means the players will get a tongue-lashing for “f’ing up his program”. That is what loyal underpaid Pete Gaudett was told after he took over the team the year K has back problems. Pete Gaudett could have made more money working at McDonald’s, seriously, but instead was willing to work hard for less money so that he could be on the staff of a legendary coach. He coached the team while the coach recovered, and he did the best he could considering the situation. His reward was a profanity laced tired that essentially forced him out.

    So, the ladies are better off. Would you want to work with a man who curses liberally during games (read his lips), does not value loyalty, and blames others for his mistakes? I wouldn’t.

  • Muhammed Atta

    No female, Pfffft. Where are the transgender managers of color is the more important question.

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    I’ll take a stab at that? Because the school doesn’t want to be sued by her claiming the basketball players (men) looked down on her? Who cares? Only the PC lib-tards.

  • Will

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