Alleged Oil Changes Prompt No Further Investigation

Cecilia Levine, Managing Editor

Pace officials have yet to conduct a proper investigation six weeks after it came to light that some of the school’s football players were undergoing a risky procedure referred to as an “oil change” which was performed by nursing students.

Despite the initial astonishment and disbelief, minimal actions were taken to further investigate the issue, if any. Executive Director of Pace Security Vincent Beatty said that he has no knowledge of the incidents as nobody has reported them to him.

Student nurses remain mum which leaves Dr. Harriet Feldman, Dean of the College of Health Professions and Dean and Professor of Lienhard, with insufficient evidence to conduct a proper investigation.

“It’s hard to investigate something that nobody wants to talk about or come forward with specifics on; nobody seems to have any knowledge of it from our end,” said Feldman, who said that had the nursing department known at the time it would have moved to dismiss the students. “I mean, there’s nothing to do. These folks have probably all graduated and there’s no way of knowing about any of it. If [the incident] comes to our attention we will do something.  Without any hard info there’s nothing we can do to investigate.”

While Feldman stays committed to doing what she can do identify the perpetrators, Athletic Director Mark Brown only acknowledged preexisting programs.

“The Pace Athletics Department takes the safety of its student-athletes seriously and as such, safety is at the forefront of every decision and policy we have. We strongly encourage safe and healthy decision-making by our student-athletes. We have implemented a comprehensive drug education and testing program administered by The National Center for Drug Free Sport. As we move forward, our staff will work with our Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Captains Council to address any concerns,” Brown said.

Many Pace students, such as sophomore nursing major Mary Alice Hall, felt that the decisions of their former peers are a poor and inaccurate reflection of themselves.

“Nursing is a maturing force which promotes healing delivered by bearers of integrity. To participate in the reckless charade of ‘oil changing’ underscores the nursing discipline,” Hall said. “It also shows that these nursing students are not the swiftest of individuals nor are they the most competent. We nursing students should be defending our future license with a fierce ardor not imperil our efforts.”