While certain groups are lobbying for the unionization of NCAA athletes, Olivet’s athletes have their own demands.
By Matt Dahlberg
Most of the athletes on campus wanted simple things like financial help if they are injured during a season, or even just a little spending money for food and other college necessities. Still, some other student athletes had higher expectations when it came to Olivet investing in the players.
Junior soccer player Tyler Gill wanted more casual fans to recognize his importance to the team.
“When I’m introduced at the start of a game, I want more than just my name called. I should have my own theme song playing. It shouldn’t be some recording of a song, the Olivet marching band should come up with an original song to match my play style and personality.”
Brittany Booth, a junior on the track team, listed her grievances and what the university should do to appease her.
“Some classes are really far away from my dorm and I don’t have a lot of time to get to class, I should have my own personal go-cart and chauffeur in-between classes.” Booth didn’t stop there. “My time is precious so I don’t think it would be a big deal if I had the right to be at the front of any food line in Ludwig, in fact I should have that right for all lines on campus.”
Edward Shilka, a sophomore swimmer, may not have seniority, but that doesn’t limit his long list of expectations for Olivet.
“The first thing that needs to happen is, I need to be added to the mural in Ludwig’s dining hall. I don’t ask for much, just my face as the center and most prominent point of the piece,” Shilka said. “Along with that I shouldn’t be required to pay for anything on campus. Events, supplies, food, you name it: I should get it, otherwise what’s the point? I think I may transfer if Olivet doesn’t come through.”
Along with Shilka, Gill and Booth both agreed that if Olivet doesn’t meet their demands the university may lose out on their talent.
“Olivet needs to realize just how important we are. I’ve already heard from a few other colleges that are dying to have me.” Booth said. Gill assured that “we aren’t holding Olivet ransom, we just want what is rightfully ours.”
The NCAA athletes may have started this movement for student athlete benefits, but Olivet athletes have taken it to the next level.