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Chris Tennyson said on September 26th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I guess Harvard should not accept donations from Bill Gates, who left that institution early to begin his professional career. Carmelo did indeed donate the lion’s share of the funds for the new facility, which is named after his father. And as a Syracuse graduate, I am thankful for his support and proud of Carmelo for recognizing the positive impact Syracuse University had on his life. Lot’s of good messages here for young people who follow the careers of athletes.

Russell Scibetti said on September 26th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

You raise a pretty good point about Gates, but there is one key difference. Gates always intended to attend Harvard for his education. Carmelo decided to go to Syracuse for a year just to prepare for the NBA.

I do think its a great gesture on Carmelo’s behalf and hold nothing against him for it. In fact, I wish more athletes supported positive initiatives for schools and communities. I’m just a little surprised that Syracuse is willing to take on such a public moniker that is clearly unrelated to their status as a educational institution.

Mark Cole said on January 3rd, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Who has the lowest graduation rates? African-American/Black athletes. The real tragedy is that Chancelor cantor and most college coaches are willing to blind their eyes to this as their football and basketball programs bring in over $30 million dollars in revenue.

If an athlete can’t write a 10th grade level essay, what on God’s green earth is he doing at Syracuse University in the first place???