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A survey of students and staff helped lead the book choice for the second year of the program.

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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:00 am

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Last year, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville implemented Campus Read, a program designed to get students and faculty on campus engaged in reading a book that provokes thoughtful discussion and reflection.

After a survey taken by students and staff, the new selection for the 2013 academic year will be "Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity," by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry.

In "Scoreboard, Baby," reporters Armstrong and Perry take readers through a descriptive account of the University of Washington's 2000 football squad, which included 24 players who were arrested or charged with crimes during their years at the university, for which they did little or no time.

Crimes as serious as armed robbery and sexual assault went seemingly unpunished. A web of accomplices ranging from team coaches, university officials, local police and prosecutors, members of the media, and even victims kept the players on the field so that the Washington Huskies could reach for their winning season.

"We look for books that will generate interest among students and will provide material worthy of class time," said Evelyn Martens, co-chair along with Kory Wein, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, of the 2013-14 Campus Read committee.

"We had a great inaugural year, and we would love to see even more people get involved with this book both in their classrooms and around campus."

A variety of classes at different levels are expected to make "Scoreboard, Baby" required reading for students next year.

In addition, Armstrong will be available for possible class visits and a speaking engagement on Oct. 10 to include a question and answer session, press conference and book signing.

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