Why is there no CU men’s varsity soccer team?

The fact that the University of Colorado-Boulder still fails to have a men’s soccer team in 2015 continues to baffle me.

We as students go to a nationally recognized research institution with a population of more than 30,000 in students, yet we still can’t have a men’s soccer team. CU currently sponsors 17 varsity athletics teams in both men and women’s sports. This means that there is an imbalance of both gender teams, which leads me to propose that the next sport to be added be a men’s D1 soccer team to keep the balance. I feel as though this sport is the only one singled out of all the major sports played in the world. It’s not like there is a lack of potential people to add another sport to the men’s side of the program.

In my freshman year, I walked by the men’s soccer club team tryouts, which is all the school has, and witnessed more than 200 young men trying out for a team of 22 total players. This shows that, if added, the team could have an immediate impact on the national scale due to the amount of people wanting to play. This could lead to a very skilled and competitive team added to the list of big teams at CU. It would provide more entertainment for students and families. I would hope that within the near future the school takes a look at what they currently have, and what they are lacking and realize that it is time to add a men’s Division 1 soccer team to this school’s great athletic program.

Tomas Lopez Del Carril

Boulder

Polis needs to decide who he supports regarding TPP

In voting on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congressman Jared Polis has to make a decision about who he represents — his constituents concerned about labor rights, the environment and social justice or multi-national corporations.

Fast Track usurps the power of the Congress thereby denying the American people their right to legislative representation. Once approved, Fast Track will not allow for changes in the content of the TPP.

The TPP is a secretive “trade” agreement. The text is available to members of Congress but the law forbids them from discussing its content with the public.

Congressman Polis’ staff has been saying that small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) would benefit from this corporate trade deal. In reality, the big beneficiaries are the large multi-nationals. According to Public Citizen Trade Watch, SMEs comprise 99.7 percent of U.S. firms. In Colorado only 4 percent of SMEs export any products, while 22 percent of the states’ large firms export.

In the first two years, exports under the 2011 U.S. Free Trade Agreement with Korea actually fell in the top 10 products, and the overall U.S. goods trade deficit with Korea rose 50 percent to $7.6 billion, 50,000 U.S. jobs were lost.

Colorado inequality has also soared since NAFTA was first passed in 1994. The richest 10 percent now receive nearly half of the income in the state, the highest inequality in 100 years.

The TPP would empower foreign corporations to challenge in foreign tribunals Colorado public health and environmental policies that they claim undermine their future profits.

Congressman Polis says he is undecided about Fast Track authority, He needs to decide who he supports: his constituents or the big corporations.

Isabel Olivera-Morales

Boulder

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