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Don’t hate the prostate

| Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Bookstore-Basketball-Name-Evaluation Committee,
Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among American men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. About one in 36 men will die of prostate cancer.
Dr. Pizzat’s Prostate Exam is — was — a group of five young men trying to raise awareness of this serious disease, until we were unfairly wronged by an ignorant and insensitive committee.
We specifically mentioned in our application that our team name stood for men’s health awareness. Do you not like Dr. Pizzat? Are you against men’s health? If the former is true, we assure you Dr. Pizzat is a respectable doctor and a tremendous activist for men’s health. If the latter is true, you are contributing to the “awkward gender stereotypes” so talked about at Notre Dame.
“Dallas Buyers Club: Aiding You With Love” is a clear reference to AIDS, a prominent theme throughout the aforementioned movie and one of the worst diseases known to man. That team pokes fun at the disease and is rewarded with a Top-Ten Name, while support for men’s health is rejected.
We would like a formal apology and official recognition of our team name — Dr. Pizzat’s Prostate Exam.
The ball is in your court.

Jonathan Gordon
DJ Augenblick
Eric Palutsis
Pat Dorin
juniors
Knott Hall
March 23

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