Thursday, November 21, 2019

'Stag Survival Guide' Sinks Swimmers

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. 'Stag Survival Guide' Sinks Swimmers

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving team was assigned "mandatory educational programming" after three senior women quit over a document produced by the men's team, according toThe Student Life, the Claremont Colleges' student newspaper.

The document produced by the senior men on the team - "Stag Survival Guide" - is portrayed as an introduction for first-year swimmers and divers with descriptions of the team's returning athletes written by senior men. But another student newspaper - The Scripps Voice - says the document includes "use of the n-word, explicit sexual references to the members of the women's team, and a homophobic description of another teammate."

Upset with what they characterized as inaction from head coach Charlie Griffiths, three of the senior women met with the coach individually on September 18 to quit the program. A day later, The Scripps Voice reports, Griffiths held a meeting and temporarily suspended some of the male swimmers from practice. But at that meeting, a captain of the men’s team presented a “defensive document” detailing other sexually suggestive jokes or traditions from the team’s group chat, including traditions within the women’s team. One such example from the “defensive document” includes a Valentine’s Day tradition involving inappropriate jokes by the women’s team, and a ‘friskiest frosh’ award given by the senior women to the freshman they deem the most promiscuous.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletic department and its associated schools concluded that behavior by members of the CMS swim and dive team justified “mandatory educational programming,” Claremont McKenna College told TSL on in mid-October, concluding an investigation into reported actions that may have violated athletic department values.

>> Reality Check: Some members of the men’s team say they had not seen their descriptions until after the guide had been shared with all members of the team. Furthermore, they had not consented to being included. Both full names and photos of team members accompanied the descriptions.

>> What They're Saying: A disclaimer on the first page warns, “Before progressing please understand this work is by and for stags only, and any copying, sharing, or general spreading of this guide is a crime punishable by disembowelment, dismemberment, death, or in the cases of serious infractions, an awkward, drawn-out one-on-one talk.”

>> The Final Word: This happens way too often at our nation's colleges and universities. Today it's CMS. Tomorrow it could be you.

2. Field Hockey Championship Preview 
The Division III field hockey championship Final Four is slated for Saturday-Sunday at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pa. Here is our look at the field.

(6) Franklin & Marshall (19-3) vs. (5) Johns Hopkins (19-2), 11 a.m. EST
  • The Diplomats and the Blue Jays meet for the third time in the penultimate match of the season. Hop won the regular-season and Centennial Conference title matches over F&M by identical 2-1 counts. The Jays are led by the potent trio of senior Katie McErlean and sophomores Abby Birk and Maddie Brown-Scherer who have combined for 36 goals and 31 assists. The Diplomats look to Centennial Offensive Player of the Year Lily Mynott, who has found the cage 28 times this fall, and CC Defensive POY Melissa Gula. JHU leads the all-time series, 26-15-1.
(2) Middlebury (19-1) vs. (3) Salisbury (20-1), 2 p.m. EST
  • The defending national champion Panthers look for their fourth title in the last five seasons. Junior Erin Nicholas is the first player in NESCAC history to follow up Rookie of the Year honors with back-to-back Player of the Year awards in the conference. Sophomore Grace Harlan is seventh nationally with a 0.74 goals-against average. The Sea Gulls are led by the dynamic duo of senior Arielle Johnston and sophomore McKenzie Mitchell who both tallied 12 goals on the season. Junior Dom Farrace is third in D-III with a 0.51 GAA. 

>> 923: The total number of wins for Middlebury's Katherine DeLorenzo (401-125-2, 28 yrs) and Salisbury's Dawn Chamberlin (522-120-8, 33 yrs) as head coaches. The pair are amongst the top six active D-III coaches in victories.

Final: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

>> Rosters, Schedules, Statistics and More

3.  More Bad Behavior | Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire has suspended five student athletes from the university’s football team after racist social media messages including references to the Black Male Empowerment group on campus were posted to Twitter.
After the message chain was shared on Facebook and Twitter, Dennis Beale, the founder of BME, addressed the issue via the BME Facebook page.
  • “I am appalled about what I have seen on social media,” Beale said. “This group was designed to help change the perception of African American Males on a predominantly white campus. Along with exemplifying the black excellence that these young men display on a daily basis. It is very disturbing to see the backlash we get from the people in our own backyard.”
Chancellor James Schmidt said he was outraged and disgusted when he heard about the message.
  • "Some things might blur a line between what's racist and not racist," he said. "But, nothing is more racist and really strikes at the heart of terror, for frankly a lot of our faculty and students on campus, than seeing an image of a burning cross and klansmen standing in the background."


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4.   Calendar

Nov. 21-23 - Women's Volleyball championship, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nov. 23 - Men's and Women's Cross Country championship, Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 23-24 - Field Hockey championship, Manheim, Pa.
Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving
Dec. 6-7 - Men's and Women's Soccer championship, Greensboro, N.C.
Dec. 9-10 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, Indianapolis
Dec. 20 - Football championship, Shenandoah, Texas

5. And Now Some Good News ... 

At the NCAA Mideast Regional cross country meet last Saturday, hundreds of athletes competed. While only a few qualified for the NCAA Championship, Chatham had a separate victory of its own.

Junior Lexi Kapla was in the process of finishing her own race when she spotted an injured runner, Pamela Myers from Eastern University. Aided by runner Gabrielle Sacks from Cedar Crest College, Lexi helped carry Myers across the finish line. While this may have hindered her own finishing time, Kapla won in the arena of sportsmanship that day with her efforts to help a struggling competitor finish the race.

When asked about what happened that day, Kapla shared her experience.
  • "Looking back on the regionals race, I saw someone in need and helped her out. It didn't really matter to me what my finishing time was, it was about making sure that she got to the finish line," she said. "For her and I, that was our last race of the season. I wanted to make sure that she could at least say that she finished her last race, even if she needed a little help along the way."
>> What They're Saying: "Lexi was running a really solid race and had the potential to run one of her fastest times all season. But, [she] saw the runner struggling and demonstrated an amazing act of kindness." - Erin Gale, head coach

>> The Final Word: #whyD3

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8.  1 Wine Label Thing

Wineries may spend unholy sums on marketing their products, or none at all, sometimes to equal benefit. But it’s amazing how few wineries, whether large, medium or boutique, nail it with the most important billboard for their brand: Their wine labels.
Whether you scan a retail shelf, wine app or website, the design of a label jumps out at you and makes a quick impression, but not always a good one. Even after having closely examined roughly a quarter-million labels over the years, I still get gobsmacked by the poor quality of all-too-many labels.
There are wine labels that are beautiful, distinctive, accurate and filled with useful information about such things as blends, vineyards, fermentation practices and barrel management. Scores from trusted reviewers can be quite valuable, when quoted along with full tasting notes. By and large, however, you’ll need to be a bit of a detective. Compile clues as to a wine’s character and quality. Know what words on a label matter, and which you can forget.
Here are common words and phrases that serve no useful purpose on a wine label and should be ignored.
- courtesy of Wine Enthusiast
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