The Super Bowl extravaganza this weekend has produced two head-scratching decisions by University of Tampa students and administrators.
The first involves the numerous students who have volunteered to help at the NFL Experience.
They are selling t-shirts, peddling various wares and turning a profit for the NFL’mdash;and getting nothing in return.
The amount of people willing to give up their time to volunteer at these events is astounding when you consider the number who honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at P.E.A.C.E.’s annual MLK Day of Service.
Only 37 participated that day in which volunteers actually did work to better the community.
Why are people volunteering to work for a corporation whose profits are in the billions?
This isn’t to detract from the NFL’s excellent service record’mdash;they did build quite a few houses for the homeless in the Tampa area this week, among other things.
However, UT students should step up here.
If you are working to profit the NFL, demand payment, and then do something positive for the community.
This is absolutely an non-issue.
The fact that students are working for a company’mdash;not a non-profit organization nor working toward some charitable aim’mdash;and receive no payment is purely nonsensical.
It’s embarrassing that people are calling themselves volunteers for a job like this.
The second head-scratcher is the message being passed around by RAs that only 3.4 people can be in a room during a Super Bowl watch party.
It’s not a typo.
And, it’s not a miscommunication.
The rule is actually that 3.4 people can be in a room at once.
Even Director of Residence Life Krystal Schofield called the number ‘absurd.’
If you have a friend you value less than others, you can probably let him be the fourth person in your room.
When the NFL Police come knocking, just explain that he’s worth less than the rest of the people.
We are sure that they’ll understand.
The NFL has a right to protect their broadcasts.
They have the right to promise their advertisers a certain amount of people will be watching the game.
But how can you put a limit of 3.4 people per room on the Super Bowl?
For that matter, who determines what that two-fifths of a person is?
There are countless bars, churches, groups and numerous other venues that will show various sporting events to the masses’mdash;and almost none will be penalized.
But UT RAs have stricken the fear of God into campus residents.
There will be roughly 2,000 people watching the second half of Sunday’s game in the Martinez Center, as the NFL is bringing the halftime show volunteers back to campus.
There had better be at least 589 TVs set up in there.