Friday, September 27, 2019

Admissions Decision Day

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1. Decision Day Approaches for Admissions

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) opened its national conference in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. As many as 215 voting delegates have an important decision before them on Saturday - do they remove several sections from their Code of Ethics and Professional Practices? Those sections restrict colleges from offering incentives for early-decision applicants, prevent them from recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed to another college and limit how they recruit transfer students.

>> Situational Awareness
Removing the sections from the code of ethics is a step toward NACAC signing a consent decree in order to resolve a two-year Department of Justice antitrust investigation. NACAC leaders have pushed to reach a consent decree rather than fight antitrust charges in court because of the high cost of litigation, the time it would take to fight charges, the possibility of affiliates or member institutions being ensnared in a continuing investigation and the possibility that an extended investigation would harm the association's reputation.

>> Why It Matters: NACAC members who don't comply with the code can face penalties including loss of membership or being unable to participate in college fairs.

>> The Big Picture: Some NACAC members feel strongly that the code of ethics provisions in question protect students. The provisions prevent students from being badgered by colleges that they've decided not to attend, for example. And they give rising freshmen time after the traditional May 1 admissions deadline to prepare for classes at the college they've chosen.

>> Be Smart: College leaders across the country are watching the antitrust investigation's resolution closely. “The deck has been stacked in a particular way for a long time,” said Daniel G. Lugo, president of Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina. “I have no idea if they move on any of this. But if they do, it will create an opportunity for the most agile and smartest ones among us.”

>> The Final Word: What would this mean for Division III athletic recruiting? "... an opportunity for the most agile and smartest ones among us."

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2. New Stadium for Wabash

"Wabash College has announced plans to construct a new football stadium that will open when the Little Giants host Rose-Hulman on September 5, 2020.

Wabash President Gregory Hess made the announcement of the $13 million Little Giant Stadium, which will include seating for 3,550 fans in the main grandstand, suites, and the W Club Lounge. The new facility will also include game operations and media booths, relocated scoreboard, a new playing surface, all-weather track, and expanded restroom and upgraded concession areas. Ground will be broken on Saturday, November 9.

"An anonymous group of donors has pledged substantial funding for the construction of Little Giant Stadium and we are grateful for their passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to our students," President Hess said. "This project and a complete renovation of Lilly Library constitute phase one of our Campus Master Plan implementation.""

>> DYK: Wabash is the sixth winningest football program in NCAA Division III. The Little Giants have posted a 166-34 record since 2001 (.830), won eight North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, and made the Division III Playoffs eight times over that span. The College's track and field team, which will compete in the stadium, has won 13 indoor and outdoor North Coast Athletic Conference Championships since 2011.

>> Worth Noting: Donors to the Little Giant Stadium project have chosen to pay tribute to former Wabash football coach Frank Navarro by naming the playing field in his honor. Navarro coached the Little Giants from 1974 to 1977. His 1977 team posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (the Division III National Championship game). The clock ran out on Wabash in a 39-36 shootout loss to Widener in the title game.

>> The Bottom Line: The new Little Giant Stadium will include four suites and the W Club Lounge on the second level, accessible via an elevator. Within the main concourse will be a Hall of Giants, which will pay tribute to Wabash's accomplishments in intercollegiate athletics.

3. Streaming News

University of Lynchburg athletics and the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network are thrilled to announce a new agreement with ESPN to deliver home sporting events on ESPN3, beginning with Lynchburg's tripleheader Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19 on Shellenberger Field.
Select Lynchburg field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball matches will be available via the ESPN App throughout the fall season, and LHSN will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the Hornets athletics programs through both ESPN3 and its YouTube channel through the 2019-20 academic year and beyond.
"ESPN3 provides us with the ultimate platform to highlight our incredible student-athletes and programs," Jon Waters, Lynchburg's director of athletics, said. "University of Lynchburg offers a dynamic co-curricular experience that includes real-world opportunities for our sport management, communications, and school of business students, and adding ESPN3 opportunities raise that bar to an even higher level."

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), through its strategic partnership with BoxCast, has launched AMCC TV, which will host hundreds of streamed broadcasts during the 2019-20 athletic seasons and beyond.
"We are very excited to offer this one-stop viewing option for our fans across Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio," said AMCC Commissioner Donna Ledwin.  "It gives our parents, alums, faculty, staff and students the chance to follow their favorite team no matter where they are competing."

The AMCC and BoxCast have signed a three-year deal which allows the league to showcase all conference institutions as they compete live on the web and on all mobile devices, with the ability to watch on Apple TV and Roku coming in 2020. The mobile app for iPhone and Android devices will be available in late October 2019.

RIT Men's Hockey fans will have new ways to watch games during the 2019-2020 season. The team's 17 regular season home games will be aired live locally on WBGT my18 and all games hosted by Atlantic Hockey teams will be available to stream via

Earlier this year the Atlantic Hockey Association and FloSports announced a multi-year partnership making the exclusive streaming destination for all live and on-demand Atlantic Hockey events.
    4. CCC Days

    As part of an effort to promote its visual rebrand and expand its presence on member campuses, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) is pleased to announce the schedule for the “CCC Days” this year.
    The CCC Days are intended to allow each CCC member school to celebrate its pride in being a member of the conference.

    On each of the CCC Day, the conference staff will visit a member campus and set up an area outside of some of the home events taking place that day. The staff will be available to talk about the conference, the rebrand, and other activities going on throughout the league.

    >> The Bottom Line: "We've been really excited about all the big changes that have happened in the CCC over the past few years – from the addition of new championship sports, to the expansion of our membership, to the visual rebrand this summer,” said CCC Commissioner Gregg M. Kaye. “This seemed like a great opportunity to continue riding that wave of good news and make our presence felt on our member campuses. It's our version of D3 Week."

      5. Weekend Preview

      Football -
      1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Saturday vs. Howard Payne)
      2. Mount Union (at #12 John Carroll)
      3. UW-Whitewater (idle)
      4. Saint John's (at Carleton)
      5. North Central (vs. North Park)
      6. St. Thomas (at UW-Eau Claire)
      7. Hardin-Simmons (at Louisiana College)
      8. Bethel (at Gustavus Adolphus)
      9. Muhlenberg (at Juniata)
      10. Berry (vs. Millsaps)

      Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Tufts (Sat at Bates)
      2. Amherst (Sat at Williams; Sun vs. Middlebury)
      3. John Carroll (Sat at Messiah)
      4. Chicago (Fri vs. Kalamazoo)
      5. Washington and Lee (Sat vs. Transylvania)
      6. Franklin & Marshall (Sat at #21 Haverford)
      7. Calvin (Sat at Manchester)
      8. Luther (Sat vs. Central)
      9. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Gettysburg)
      10. Puget Sound (Sat at Whitman)

      Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Messiah (Sat at Misericordia)
      2. Middlebury (Sat vs. #21 Connecticut C; Sun vs. New England C)
      3. Christopher Newport (Sat vs. York)
      4. William Smith (Sat vs. Skidmore)
      5. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Washington C)
      6. Washington-St. Louis (idle)
      7. College of New Jersey (Sat vs. Ramapo)
      8. Wheaton, Ill. (Sat at Elmhurst)
      9. Pomona-Pitzer (Sat vs. Redlands)
      10. Case Western Reserve (Sun at John Carroll)

      Field Hockey - NFHCA
      1. Middlebury (Sat vs. Connecticut C; Sun at Amherst)
      2. Rowan (Sun at Lynchburg)
      3. College of New Jersey (idle)
      4. Salisbury (Sat vs. Gwynedd Mercy)
      5. Tufts (Sat at #14 Bates)
      6. Vassar (Sat vs. Rensselaer)
      7. Bowdoin (Sat at #17 Trinity)
      8. Franklin & Marshall (Sat vs. Haverford)
      9. Johns Hopkins (Sat at Washington C)
      10. Ursinus (Sat at Gettysburg)

      Volleyball - AVCA
      1. Emory (idle)
      2. Calvin (Sat at #19 Hope)
      3. Chicago (Sat vs. Aurora)
      4. Claremont-M-S (Fri at Cal Lutheran; Sat vs. Whittier)
      5. Johnson & Wales, R.I. (Fri at Anna Maria/Emmanuel; Sat at #24 Tufts/Bowdoin)
      6. Carthage (idle)
      7. Berry (Sat vs. Sewanee/Centre)
      8. Juniata (Fri vs. #23 Johns Hopkins; Sat vs. Saint Vincent/Messiah)
      9. Saint Benedict (Fri vs. UW-River Falls; Sat at Simpson/Principia)
      10. Trinity, Texas (idle)

      6.  Comings ... 

      ... and Goings 

      7.  Made to be Broken

      by Lauren White, The Ithacan

      "Ithaca College’s ticket sales for the annual Cortaca Jug football game against SUNY Cortland (at MetLife Stadium) closed Sept. 25 with a total of 2,785 tickets sold. 
      The game organizers aim to break the attendance record for a Division III football game. The current record is 37,355, set by University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University in 2017. Cortaca 2019 had already sold over 30,000 tickets before on-campus selling began. Jaclyn Lawrence, assistant director of athletics for SUNY Cortland, said via email that Cortland sold 3,000 tickets to students, faculty and staff, bringing the total sales to at least 35,785.
      Jon Gregory ’10, associate director for the Office of Engagement and Constituent Relations, said that it is unclear exactly where the total number of tickets sold currently stands but that the college is in communication with both MetLife Stadium and Cortland in regard to the total number."

      >> What They're Saying: "Setting the record has been our goal since the day the game was announced, and we are confident that we’re within reach of setting the DIII record." - Gregory

      >> The Key Stat: St. Thomas defeated Saint John's, 20-17, before a crowd of 37,355 at Target Field in Minneapolis in 2017 - the largest D-III attendance ever.

      >> The Big Picture: In 2018, St. Thomas and Saint John's played before the largest D-III crowd of the season - 16,922. Ithaca and Cortland played before the fourth-largest crowd of the season at 10,000.

      8.  Play of the Day

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      Thursday, September 26, 2019

      An Existential Threat

      SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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      1. "An Existential Threat"

      "With name, image and likeness rights becoming a boiling point for college sports, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Tuesday that granting athletes such rights would be an "existential threat" to the collegiate model.
      Emmert on Tuesday, while speaking to a group of Division I athletic directors, called the current debate over name, image and likeness rights the "single biggest issue" in his almost-decade on the job.
      California governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign into law the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that would grant athletes in that state the ability to profit off their name, image and likeness. That would include the ability for players to earn money from commercials, endorsements and other business ventures.
      The NCAA Board of Governors told California legislators that such a law is "unconstitutional" and could render ineligible college athletes at the 58 NCAA schools in that state."

      >> Situational Awareness: "NCAA, don't threaten California. Don't threaten us." - Bill sponsor Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D)

      >> What They're Saying: "My personal view is folks in general think that every student-athlete is going to be making hundreds of thousands of dollars," Emmert told CBS Sports. "One or two will be making some significant amount of money. Nobody else will."

      >> Reality Check: SEC student-athlete representative Blake Ferguson, an LSU long snapper, told CBS Sports earlier this year he "makes" $12,000 a year counting scholarship checks, cost of attendance and other NCAA-allowed benefits.

      >> Keep Reading courtesy of Dennis Dodds, CBS Sports

      2. Lehe Named Managing Director of Communications

      The NCAA has tapped a seasoned and respected college sports communications professional to oversee its branding and strategy efforts at the national office.  
      Gina Lehe, senior director of external relations and branding for the College Football Playoff, will begin her role as managing director of communications—strategy and branding, on Nov. 4. She will report to Bob Williams, senior vice president of communications, and work closely with Erik Christianson, managing director of communications, as part of the NCAA communications leadership team.

      >> What They're Saying: “Gina has proven herself as an accomplished senior communicator while growing a respected brand within the college sports environment,” Williams said. “We are delighted she is joining our team to advocate for student-athletes in all sports and all divisions.”

      >> Between the Lines: Lehe will oversee efforts to continually frame the mission of college sports in the context of higher education and support the core purpose, goals and values of the NCAA. These efforts include utilizing primary research, branded content, communications planning, live events and targeted marketing communication efforts.

      3. NECC Announces Sportsmanship Initiative

      The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has announced the launch of its Sportsmanship Initiative for the 2019-2020 academic year, and beyond. With the implementation of the Sportsmanship Initiative, the NECC will renew its emphasis on sportsmanship through consistent messaging and programming, as well as continued education of student-athletes and administrators.
      The initiative will build upon the positive steps that have been put in place by the conference, including a successful Game Day the DIII Way training, hosted by Dean College, in the 2018-19 academic year. Per the NCAA, the goal of the program is to improve the behavior of parents and fans, and ensure that all Division III student-athletes have a rewarding experience.  The NECC will also continue to honor those student-athletes who excel in the area of sportsmanship, as every school in each respective sport will have the opportunity to nominate a student-athlete for the Del Malloy All-Sportsmanship team."

      >> Why It Matters: "Within the NECC, sportsmanship is of the utmost importance within all of our athletic competitions and we expect our student-athletes to compete with honor and integrity." - Jacob VanRyn, NECC commissioner

      4. Polls
      Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
      1. North Central
      2. Williams
      3. Washington-St. Louis
      4. Wartburg
      5. UW-La Crosse
      6. Carnegie Mellon
      7. Claremont-M-S
      8. Calvin
      9. Johns Hopkins
      10. Pomona-Pitzer (tie)
      11. MIT (tie)
      12. Chicago, 13. SUNY Geneseo, 14. Carleton, 15. Bates, 16. Rensselaer, 17. Otterbein, 18. Emory, 19. Amherst, 20. Haverford.

      21. UC Santa Cruz, 22. Middlebury, 23. John Carroll, 24. Dickinson, 25. UW-Stevens Point, 26. Rochester, 27. Berea, 28. St. Olaf, 29, UW-Stout, 30. Case Western Reserve.

      31. WPI, 32. Brockport, 33, UW-Eau Claire, 34. Connecticut College, 35. St. Lawrence.

      >> Moving Up: Dickinson (+6), St. Olaf (+3)
      >> Moving Down: UW-Stevens Point (-4), UW-Stout (-4)
      >> Hello: WPI, St. Lawrence.
      >> Bye-Bye: Elizabethtown, St. Thomas.

      >> The Key Stat: North Central has tied a modern-era program record with its 24th consecutive week atop the poll.

      Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA
      1. Johns Hopkins
      2. Chicago
      3. Washington-St. Louis
      4. Williams
      5. MIT
      6. Claremont-M-S
      7. SUNY Geneseo
      8. Tufts
      9. Carleton
      10. Rensselaer
      11. Dickinson, 12. UW-La Crosse, 13. Rochester, 14. Pomona-Pitzer, 15. Oberlin, 16. UW-Eau Claire, 17. Wartburg, 18. Hope, 19. Middlebury, 20. St. Thomas.

      21. Carnegie Mellon, 22. Baldwin Wallace, 23. Washington and Lee, 24. Wesleyan, Conn., 25. Case Western Reserve, 26. UC Santa Cruz, 27. Elmhurst, 28. TCNJ, 29. Centre, 30. Coast Guard, 31. John Carroll, T32. Messiah, T32. St. Olaf, 34. UW-Stevens Point, 35. Emory.

      >> Moving Up: UW-La Crosse (+7), Washington and Lee (+6)
      >> Moving Down: Emory (-10), UW-Eau Claire (-5)
      >> Hello: Elmhurst, Centre, UW-Stevens Point
      >> Bye-Bye: Bates, St. Norbert, RIT

      >> The Key Stat: Johns Hopkins rises to the No. 1 spot for the 49th time in the past seven years. Elmhurst is in the national rankings for the first time in program history.


      5.  Comings and Goings 

      6.  Quotable


      7.  Football, Futbol

      Only one NCAA Division III institution is undefeated in football, men's soccer and women's soccer through Sept. 24.

      Middlebury (@MiddAthletics)
      • Football: 2-0
      • Men's Soccer: 4-0-2
      • Women's Soccer: 5-0-1
      One other Division III program does not sponsor football but is undefeated in M/W soccer.

      Connecticut College (@CamelAthletics)
      • Men's Soccer: 5-0-1
      • Women's Soccer: 6-0
      Middlebury plays host to both Connecticut College teams on Saturday on the pitch.

      8.  Referee Injured by Cannon Blast

      "Touchdown cannon blasts are not rare in football. Hitting a referee in the process, however, is a new one.
      At a Maine Maritime Academy football game over the weekend, a referee took a literal cannon shot to the face, and is in recovery following the injury. News Center Maine has the video, and more information on the situation."
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      Wednesday, September 25, 2019

      2020 Legislation

      SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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      1. 2020 Legislation

      The 2020 SPOPL - or the second publication of proposed legislation - is now available online in preparation for the NCAA Convention to be held in Anaheim on January 22-25. This publication includes all membership-sponsored proposals as modified and includes all proposals sponsored by the Presidents Council or Management Council.

      >> What's Next: The amendment-to-amendment period is now underway, allowing submissions of amendments to the proposals. These may not increase the modification of the provisions; they must fall between the provisions of the original proposed amendment and the current provisions.

      >> Worth Noting: Included are three proposals to add emerging sports for women - acrobatics and tumbling, equestrian, and women's wrestling.

      2. What is a Sport? (cont.)
      Last Friday, we posted a query from Kendall Baker at Axios Sports about what is a sport? Baker polled some of his subscribers for their thoughts on the following 25 "sports" to determine whether they are, in fact, sports.

      >> The Key Stat: Doesn't look promising for athletic directors to recommend darts, fishing, cornhole or chess to an emerging sports list anytime soon.

      >> The Final Word: Of the 25 listed, which do you believe is a sport? Which do you think is not? Let's have some fun. Let me know at

      3. Soccer Community Turns Out to Honor Keene State Coach
      by Paul Miller, The Keene Sentinel

      "Ron Butcher laments that he never won the big one; a national championship, that is.
      Saturday, in front of fans, colleagues and decades of former players, his voice cracked with emotion when he spoke of that regret, the only void — if one can call it that — in a long, distinguished, record-filled career.
      Such is the competitive makeup of the self-made soccer coach who amassed 596 wins and a .679 winning percentage over more than four decades.
      It’s an asterisk, as he sees it. There is nothing he wanted more to deliver to the college community of which he was so much a part.
      It was telling that he mentioned it on this resplendent, sun-dripped September day meant to honor his remarkable legacy and to celebrate the naming of the college’s soccer complex Dr. Ron Butcher Field."

      >> What They're Saying: College President Melinda Treadwell, a former Keene State student-athlete, recalled how “terrifying” it was to practice and play in his presence, but, at the end of the day, how he “always modeled excellence, high expectations and success.”

      >> Why It Matters: “I owe everything to Butch … everything,” Mickey Rooney, arguably one of Keene State’s greatest players, said. “He changed my life.”

      >> The Big Picture: “I don’t know how many former players are here today,” said 1980s goalkeeper Keith Brown, “but just look around. Butch sticks with his players; he remembers them when they’re gone. It’s not a four-year relationship with him. It’s not just a coach-player relationship that just ends at that.”

      4. Polls
      Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Tufts
      2. Amherst
      3. John Carroll
      4. Chicago
      5. Washington and Lee
      6. Franklin & Marshall
      7. Calvin
      8. Luther
      9. Johns Hopkins
      10. Puget Sound
      11. Connecticut College, 12. Ithaca, 13. Loras, 14. Mary Washington, 15. Rensselaer, 16. Penn State-Behrend, 17. Hardin-Simmons, 18. SUNY Oneonta, 19. Wheaton, Ill., 20. Rowan, 21. Haverford, 22. Kenyon, 23. Capital, 24. Mount Union, 25. Belhaven.

      >> Moving Up: Luther (+11), Puget Sound (+10), Ithaca (+9), Franklin & Marshall (+7)

      >> Moving Down: SUNY Oneonta (-16), Capital (-11), Hardin-Simmons (-9), Johns Hopkins (-6)

      >> Hello: Rensselaer, Wheaton, Haverford, Kenyon, Mount Union, Belhaven

      >> Bye-Bye: Stevens, North Park, Luther, Augsburg, Texas-Dallas, Brandeis

      Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
      1. Messiah
      2. Middlebury
      3. Christopher Newport
      4. William Smith
      5. Johns Hopkins
      6. Washington-St. Louis
      7. College of New Jersey
      8. Wheaton, Ill.
      9. Pomona-Pitzer
      10. Case Western Reserve
      11. MIT, 12. St. Thomas, 13. Arcadia, 14. Centre, 15. Chicago, 16. Tufts, 17. SUNY Geneseo, 18. Claremont-M-S, 19. Dickinson, 20. Rochester, 21. Connecticut College, 22. Otterbein, 23. Wartburg, 24. Amherst, 25. Emory.

      >> Moving Up: Arcadia (+6), MIT (+6), Chicago (+5)

      >> Moving Down: Amherst (-17), St. Thomas (-4)

      >> Hello: Tufts, SUNY Geneseo, Dickinson, Rochester, Connecticut College, Emory.

      >> Bye-Bye: Williams, NYU, Swarthmore, Lynchburg, Trinity, TX, Springfield.

      Field Hockey - NFHCA
      1. Middlebury
      2. Rowan
      3. College of New Jersey
      4. Salisbury
      5. Tufts
      6. Vassar
      7. Bowdoin
      8. Franklin & Marshall
      9. Johns Hopkins
      10. Ursinus
      11. Montclair State, 12. Williams, 13. Messiah, T14. Bates, T14. Christopher Newport, 16. Centre, 17. Trinity, 18. Babson, 19. Colby, 20. Kean.

      >> Moving Up: TCNJ, Williams, Centre (+2)

      >> Moving Down: Tufts (-2)

      >> Hello: Kean

      >> Bye-Bye: Rochester

      Volleyball - AVCA
      1. Emory
      2. Calvin
      3. Chicago
      4. Claremont-M-S
      5. Johnson & Wales, R.I.
      6. Carthage
      7. Berry
      8. Juniata
      9. Saint Benedict
      10. Trinity, Texas
      11. Colorado College, 12. Carnegie Mellon, 13. UW-Whitewater, 14. Augsburg, 15. Ohio Northern, 16. UW-Eau Claire, 17. Babson, 18. Transylvania, 19. Hope, 20. Wesleyan, Conn., 21. St. Thomas, 22. Wittenberg, 23. Johns Hopkins, 24. Tufts, 25. Muskingum.

      >> Moving Up: Babson (+4), Transylvania (+4), Chicago (+3), Carthage (+3), Augsburg (+3)

      >> Moving Down: Wesleyan (-5), UW-Eau Claire (-3), St. Thomas (-3), Wittenberg (-3)

      >> Hello: Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Muskingum

      >> Bye-Bye: Clarkson, Ithaca, Heidelberg


      5.  Comings ... 

      ... and Goings 

      6.  Today's Number: 43

      A new research paper, led by a Duke University economist, found 43 percent of the white applicants accepted to Harvard University between 2009 and 2014 were athletes, the children of alumni, or the children of donors and faculty. The researchers found athletes alone make up over 16 percent of admitted students who are white, and the admission rate for white athletes was 87 percent, compared to 5 percent for applicants who are not athletes. White children of alumni, also known as legacy students, had an admission rate of 34 percent.

      - courtesy of Slate

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