In Other News: March Madness

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A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

Spring is in the air… or at least its on the calendar. And so are the sounds of fans cheering, odds shifting, brackets crashing and extra-squeaky shoes on the gym floor. (I mean seriously, how do they get those shoes to be so loud?!) Bracket-betting, foam finger throwing tantrums meets unbridled school spirit and athleticism. It’s the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament! And its the 75th one! That’s kind of a big deal.

Here are five titles which look at March Madness from different perspectives:

Career Information Center, 10th Edition. Macmillan Reference USA, 2014.

They say if you find your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life…. So if the energy and intensity of the bracket is what gets your heart pumping, why not make a career our of it! In the Career Information Center, learn what a career in gaming services is all about and what it takes to land this dream job.

Multicultural America, 1st Edition. Sage Publications, 2014

Some changes come easily to sport, and some are more difficult. Often the battles of society are played out on the field, and segregation, racism and bigotry were no exception. Learn more about the history of sport and ethnic diversity in this title.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd Edition. St. James Press, 2013.

“Wait? What’s all this stuff on my TV? Why is Warren Buffet giving away a billion dollars?” If you’ve heard or asked questions like these in the last few weeks, this title is for you. The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture can provide some context about the NCAA, the sponsors of the tournament.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd Edition. Gale, 2012

Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. It’s averaged that 86% of Americans gamble, in one form or another. It’s estimated that 5-7% of the population have a gambling problem. Learn more about the psychology of gambling, including how to identify when someone has taken their fun too far.

*Facts for this section were taken from The Citizen Link.

The Business of Sports, 1st Edition. Praeger, 2010.

Every year, thousands of people bet billions of dollars on NCAA tournament brackets. But what’s in it for the schools? Why is it important for historically strong performers to perform strongly? What can it mean to underdogs to stage a coupe at any point in the tournament? What’s the ROI for a university sport team? Find out more, here.




photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.



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