ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- For University of North Carolina junior Jay Bowers, life at college has been, at best, confusing: "In college you don't know what to believe," he said. "They throw so much at you."
The 20-year-old Mr. Bowers, who hopes to go to law school, enjoys listening to rap music and watching MTV almost as much as he loves baseball -- and he loves baseball. He and his friends, Gigi Leaks and Trent Suggs, have been following the debate on obscenity.
For Mr. Bowers, the debate has caused some personal anguish.
"There are different levels for me," he said. "A picture of Christ in a jar [of urine], that offends me. The Madonna videos? You have to be looking for something bad to find something bad. Then I hear people talk about sexism and racism, and I get worried because it's so ingrained; my generation didn't start it, and no matter how hard I try, sometimes I find myself thinking racist and sexist."