Amateurism and exploitation were defined and discussed in relation to NCAA Division I athletics.The evolution of intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete was reviewed in order to better understand the motives for today’s exploitive practices.
One wall is stacked with a small museum's worth of old nautical clocks, thin slabs of quartz, vacuum tubes of unknown purpose and a few metronomes.Tom Van Baak has set up an atomic-clock lab at his home in his Bellevue, Washington.*Photo: Quinn Norton * View Slideshow BELLEVUE, Washington – Tom Van Baak's spare upstairs bedroom looks like a cross between the control center of a remote polar outpost and the inner sanctum of a Victorian mad scientist.Another wall is dominated by shelves overflowing with metal boxes sporting dials, knobs, flashing LEDs and constantly shifting digital displays. '"Van Baak is in a better position to answer that question than most.A sealed metal cylinder resting on a paint-splattered stepladder bears the not-quite-reassuring sticker, "Cesium Device. you are peaceful and have no worries," says Van Baak, fingering a length of cable connecting two of his machines. He's part of a community of about 400 geek hobbyists taking advantage of a glut of surplus precision timekeeping gear to pursue a serious interest in very precise timekeeping.