Friday, February 28, 2020

Take Your Mark

FEBRUARY 28, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Take Your Mark

Matt Wilkinson pulls away from the pack

There will be 20 indoor track and field conference championship meets around Division III this weekend

Meets to Watch (M)
  • WIAC: Oshkosh (#1), La Crosse (2), Whitewater (7), Eau Claire (9), Stout (18)
  • MIAC: Carleton (16), St. Thomas (22), Saint John's (23)
  • SUNYAC: Cortland (13), Brockport (15), Geneseo (24)
  • Liberty: Rensselaer (11), Ithaca (19)
  • American Rivers: Loras (3), Wartburg (20)

What We're Watching
  • MIAC Mile: Matt Wilkinson, Carleton (4:08.55); Sean Lonergan, St. Olaf (4:09.75); Karl Wachter, St. Thomas (4:12.78)
  • WIAC Pole Vault: Noah Zastrow, Stout (17-3); Zach Jasinski, Whitewater (16-4 1/2); Joe Vils, Oshkosh (16-1 3/4).
  • WIAC Triple Jump: Jonathan Wilburn, Oshkosh (50-3 1/4); Tom Kohn, Stevens Point (49-4 1/4).

Meets to Watch (W)
  • American Rivers: Loras (5), Dubuque (10), Wartburg (23)
  • CCIW: Carthage (8), Wheaton (16), North Central (25)
  • Liberty: Ithaca (#1), Rochester (22)
  • UAA: Chicago (3), Washington U. (7)

What We're Watching
  • ARC 60 Meters: Gabrielle Noland, Loras (7.56); Terriana Black, Loras (7.61).
  • ARC 200: Alison Beeman, Dubuque (24.49); Noland (24.50).
  • Centennial 3K: Felicia Koerner, Johns Hopkins (9:43.29); Rebecca Grusby, JHU (9:45.23); Alex Ross, JHU (9:46.85); Isabel Cardi, Dickinson (9:49.58).
  • UAA Long Jump: Isabel Maletich, Chicago (41-3 1/4); Eka Jose, Washington U. (39-3 3/4).

>> Links to Results, Host Sites

2.   Carolina on My Mind
The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Committee announced the participants in the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

The championships will be held March 18-21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Greensboro Aquatic Center will serve as co-hosts. A total of 579 participants (526 swimmers and 53 divers) will compete in the championships.

Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.  Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the regional diving meets February 28-29.  The complete list of all swimmers competing in the championships is available at Selected divers will be added to the website Monday, March 2.

>> PARTICIPANTS: Men's qualifiers Women's qualifiers

3.  About Last Night


  Fourth-seeded U. of New England (20-7) knocked off top-seed Western New England, 62-53,  in the semifinals of the CCC tournament. Abby Cavallaro led the Nor'easters with 25.

  Lindsay Gauldin poured in 24 points as seventh-seeded Guilford (16-9) toppled #2 Washington and Lee, 84-77, in an ODAC quarterfinal.

  Fourth-seeded UW-Oshkosh (17-10) ran No. 1 seed UW-Whitewater out of the building with an 81-65 victory in a WIAC semifinal. Leah Porath had 22 for the Titans.

  Billy Arsenault scored as time expired to lift top-seeded Endicott (19-7) past Wentworth, 63-62, in a CCC semifinal. See the game-winner here.

  Greenville made 31 of 67 three-point attempts to defeat Fontbonne, 164-148, in a SLIAC semifinal. Austyn Contreras led the Panthers with 41, including 11 threes. You have to see this box score.

  Cole Rabedeaux scored 22 points as Eau Claire (19-8) upset top-seeded and sixth-ranked Platteville, 78-74, in a WIAC semifinal.

  Fifth-seeded MSOE (15-12) upended top-seed Benedictine, 74-70, in the NACC semifinals. Gabe Wear topped the Raiders with 23.


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4. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W) -
  1. Tufts (Williams)
  2. Hope (FRI vs. Calvin)
  3. DePauw (FRI vs. Ohio Wesleyan)
  4. UW-Whitewater
  5. Bowdoin (#6 Amherst)
  6. Amherst (#5 Bowdoin)
  7. Whitman (George Fox)
  8. Wartburg (#11 Loras)
  9. Bethel (#16 Augsburg)
  10. Baldwin Wallace (#25 John Carroll)
>> Others to Watch: Montclair State at Rowan (FRI); Cortland vs. Geneseo (FRI); Cabrini at Marymount (SAT).

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (FRI vs. Muhlenberg)
  2. St. Thomas (#3 Saint John's)
  3. Saint John's (at #2 St. Thomas)
  4. Wittenberg (FRI vs. Oberlin)
  5. Randolph-Macon (FRI vs. Hampden-Sydney)
  6. UW-Platteville
  7. Mount Union (John Carroll)
  8. Johns Hopkins (FRI vs. Haverford)
  9. North Central (FRI vs. #22 Elmhurst)
  10. Nebraska Wesleyan (Coe)
>> Others to Watch: Eastern at Stevens (SAT); York at Christopher Newport (SAT).

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (Southern Maine)
  2. Geneseo (Potsdam)
  3. Utica (SAT/SUN vs. Nazareth)
  4. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. UW-Superior)
  5. Hobart (New England College)
  6. Adrian
  7. U. of New England (Wentworth)
  8. Trinity, Conn. (Amherst)
  9. UW-Stevens Point (FRI/SAT vs. #15 UW-River Falls)
  10. Babson
>> Others to Watch: Stevenson at Wilkes (FRI/SAT); St. Norbert at Marian (SAT).

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (Cortland)
  2. Middlebury (Trinity)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. Stevens Point)
  4. Gustavus Adolphus (Saint Mary's)
  5. Elmira (Utica)
  6. UW-River Falls (FRI/SAT vs. Superior)
  7. Norwich (Plymouth State)
  8. Hamline (Augsburg)
  9. Endicott (Salve Regina)
  10. Adrian (FRI/SAT vs. St. Norbert)
>> Others to Watch: William Smith at Nazareth (SAT).

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

5.  Lax et Lux Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3

Lacrosse (M) - USILA
  1. Salisbury (Coast Guard)
  2. Amherst (Hamilton; SUN vs. Western New England)
  3. Cabrini (#15 Dickinson)
  4. Williams (at Trinity)
  5. RIT
  6. Tufts (Colby)
  7. Denison (SUN vs. Roanoke)
  8. Wesleyan (Bates)
  9. Ursinus (#20 Christopher Newport)
  10. York (at #14 Lynchburg)
>> Others to Watch: #16 Stevenson at #12 Gettysburg; #19 Franklin & Marshall at #18 Washington and Lee.

Lacrosse (W) - IWLCA
  1. Middlebury (#13 Bowdoin)
  2. Tufts (at #16 Colby)
  3. Gettysburg (#21 Denison)
  4. Salisbury (SUN vs. #8 Washington and Lee)
  5. Wesleyan (at Bates)
  6. Franklin & Marshall (at #14 Mary Washington)
  7. York
  8. Washington and Lee (SUN at #4 Salisbury)
  9. Amherst (at Hamilton)
  10. Catholic (Rowan)
>> Others to Watch: #22 Cortland at #19 Ithaca.

* roughly translated as Lax and Light

6.   Weekend's Best

Volleyball on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #15 Lancaster Bible at #3 Stevens (FRI); #10 St. John Fisher at #1 NYU.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (M): #21 North Carolina Wesleyan vs. #25 Johns Hopkins; #33 Swarthmore vs. #36 NYU.

Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3  (W): #32 Linfield vs. #36 Gustavus Adolphus.

Baseball on Apple iOS 13.3  #1 Chapman vs. #15 Cal Lutheran (FRI/SAT); #6 Babson vs. #2 Trinity, Texas (FRI/SAT/SUN); #3 Birmingham-Southern vs. #24 Rhodes (SAT/SUN); #11 Webster vs. #21 Concordia-Chicago (SUN).

Flag in Hole on Apple iOS 13.3  (M) #4 Claremont-M-S vs. #14 Redlands at SCIAC #1 (Tukwet Canyon Champions Course, Beanount, CA)

7.  1 Bacon Thing 

Dunkin' will be selling sleeves of bacon, the coffee chain announced today.
  • "The crispy bacon strips are smoked with cherrywood, flavored with sweet black pepper seasoning," Yahoo! reports.
  • "Each pack comes with eight savory-sweet half-slices of bacon, and they are available for a suggested retail price of $2.49."
  • "Servings contain a hearty 190 calories, with 12 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of sugar."
- courtesy of Axios

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Colleges Brace for Covid-19

FEBRUARY 27, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Colleges Brace for Covid-19

by Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education

"With federal health officials sounding the alarm, American colleges are bracing for more-widespread outbreaks of coronavirus within the United States. They are readying communications plans, cautioning students to use preventive health measures, and even preparing for possible college closures.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Tuesday. “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”

The contagious respiratory illness, now formally known as Covid-19, broke out in China in late 2019, but it has been spreading around the world, upending the stock market, and raising fears of a global pandemic.

With large numbers of students and faculty members who travel internationally to study, teach, and do research, colleges could be vulnerable to outbreaks, said Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer of University of Southern California Student Health. Another risk factor is colleges’ relative density, with students studying and living in close quarters. “We’re really at the front lines,” said Van Orman, a professor of family medicine.

>> Good News: In colleges’ favor, however, is that younger people so far have contracted Covid-19 at lower rates than others and have recovered better than those who are older and sick.

>> Lesson Plan: Meanwhile, colleges are seeking to minimize students’ risk on campus and to educate them in preventive health measures. Much of colleges’ advice on coronavirus mirrors that for other infectious respiratory illnesses: Wash your hands frequently. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Try not to rub your eyes or nose. Stay home if you’re sick. Avoid being in close contact with others.

>> Be Smart: Because of a lack of transparency in reporting in the early stages of the outbreak, scientists remain unsure of just how fatal the latest coronavirus is. If Covid-19 turns out to be especially infectious, colleges might consider “closing down for a block of time to reduce transmission,” U. of Central Florida associate VP Michael Deichen said.

>> Keep Reading

2.  Sultans at Swat

Swarthmore basketball undefeated D3 NCAA
by Ben Pickman, Sports Illustrated

"On Saturday night, Zac O’Dell and Nate Shafer were in their dorm alongside their teammates on Swarthmore College’s campus watching the 76ers-Bucks game when the senior co-captains' phones started blowing up. Shafer looked down to see an ESPN update stating that San Diego State had lost at home to UNLV, 66-63. The texts promptly rolled in. “Congrats, you guys are the last undefeated team,” many of them read.

Coming into last weekend, there were only two teams throughout the three divisions of NCAA men’s basketball that had yet to lose a game: Division I SDSU and Division III Swarthmore. The Garnet—by definition a red silicate mineral—are now the only team still undefeated, the lone men’s program to win all of its regular season games.

“It was kind of a weird environment,” O’Dell says, reflecting on receiving the news of SDSU’s loss. “Another team just lost, nothing really happened for us.”

The fact remains that one of America’s most rigorous and prestigious academic institutions also now sports the men’s basketball team that had the most successful regular season relative to its competition.

Swarthmore, located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, accepts just 9% of potential applicants, per the school’s 2018-19 Common Data set. It enrolled just 1,647 total students last year and its average SAT score was 1463. It has shaped countless Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur geniuses and Rhodes Scholars."

>> Reality Check: O’Dell, a chemistry major, is a member of the American Chemical Society, and has presented some of his research at academic conferences. In the fall, he co-authored a paper entitled, “In Situ Quantification of Silver Nanoparticle Dissolution Kinetics in Simulated Sweat Using Linear Sweep Stripping Voltammetry,” becoming likely the only active college basketball player to see his work published in a recent issue of Environmental Science & Technology. He is currently applying to PhD programs, focusing on analytical or physical chemistry.

>> Big Man on Campus: For the past three years, Shafer has volunteered at a local preschool, located within minutes of the team’s gym. As a thank you for his efforts, dozens of kids that he had worked with attended the team’s Feb. 8 game against Franklin & Marshall. That afternoon, Tarble Pavilion was filled with six, seven and eight-year-olds all wearing Swarthmore shirts with Shafer’s No. 40 on it. “It’s definitely a special moment,” he says. “Not one you forget.”

>> Go Deeper

3.  Regional Rankings 

Jahidi Wallace

Men's Rankings
Atlantic: 1-Stevens, 2-Yeshiva, 3-Eastern
Central: 1-UW-Platteville, 2-Washington U., 3-Benedictine
East: 1-Brockport, 2-Rensselaer, 3-Hobart
Great Lakes: 1-Mount Union, 2-Wittenberg, 3-Marietta
Mid-Atlantic: 1-Swarthmore, 2-Johns Hopkins, 3-Christopher Newport
Northeast: 1-Springfield, 2-Middlebury, 3-Tufts
South: 1-Emory, 2-Randolph-Macon, 3-Texas-Dallas
West: 1-St. Thomas, 2-Nebraska Wesleyan, 3-Saint John's

Women's Rankings
Atlantic: 1-Marymount, 2-Rowan, 3-DeSales
Central: 1-UW-Whitewater, 2-Chicago, 3-Wheaton
East: 1-New Paltz, 2-Ithaca, 3-Cortland
Great Lakes: 1-Hope, 2-Baldwin Wallace, 3-DePauw
Mid-Atlantic: 1-Messiah, 2-Scranton, 3-Widener
Northeast: 1-Tufts, 2-Amherst, 3-Western New England
South: 1-Trinity (Texas), 2-Oglethorpe, 3-Texas-Dallas
West: 1-Wartburg, 2-Bethel, 3-Loras

4.  Net Generation Tennis on Apple iOS 13.3


The 12th annual ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship will be hosted by Centre this weekend. The tournament showcases eight of the top teams in a three-day event to crown an indoor national champion.

Friday's Quarterfinals
#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Centre
#3 Emory (defending champion) vs. #10 Brandeis
#5 Pomona-Pitzer vs. #9 MIT
#7 Carnegie Mellon vs. #8 Chicago


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5.   About Last Night Basketball on Apple iOS 13.3  Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Softball on Apple iOS 13.3

Carbo's 51 Saves Lifts Hockey to First Round Win over Curry

  Connor Carbo stopped 51 shots as sixth-seeded Wentworth (8-15-3) upset #3 Curry, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the CCC tournament. He made 56 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Colonels on Jan. 24.

  Darius Dangerfield scored 25 points and handed out six assists as fourth-seeded Lycoming (19-8) went on the road and upset top-seeded Widener, 90-77, in the MAC Commonwealth semifinals.

  Fourth-seeded St. Scholastica (15-12) took out top-seed Northwestern, 85-82, in the UMAC semifinals as Jack Silgen scored 27 points. It was the first home tournament loss for the Eagles since 2010.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Owen Yake scored four times while Scott Nizolak tied a program record with six assists as Elizabethtown (2-1) upset No. 15 Dickinson, 16-12.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Megan Jackson scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift No. 6 Franklin & Marshall (2-0) past No. 7 York, 10-9.

Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3  Margaret Rosaschi made 12 saves, including a stop on a free-position shot in the closing seconds, as Geneseo (1-1) held off No. 15 William Smith, 15-14.

  Chris Fisher went 2-for-5 with three RBI as Huntingdon (7-1) knocked off No. 3 Birmingham-Southern, 10-5.

Softball on Apple iOS 13.3  Top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan took a pair of games from No. 9 Salisbury, winning by identical 10-1 scores. Julia Sinnett went 4-for-4 in the opener and Jessica Goldyn had three hits and three RBI in the nightcap.

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Dog Thing 

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Enrollment Woes

FEBRUARY 26, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Enrollment Woes

by Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education

"There’s no point in sugar-coating it. Private and public colleges alike are worried about enrollment. The Chronicle’s latest enrollment survey, conducted with the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, paints a picture of anxiety, especially at private colleges and regional universities. More than half of those institutions did not meet their enrollment or net-revenue goals last fall, the survey found. About 60 percent of the public and private institutions that responded to the survey missed their enrollment goals. And 67 percent did not meet their net-revenue goals.

There is no magic bullet to fix the underlying problem — declining enrollment — that’s driving much of the worry."

>> The Bottom LineThe Chronicle’s latest enrollment survey of 292 institutions, conducted with the CIC and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, makes clear that stress, pain, and uncertainty plague the nation’s private colleges and regional universities. Fifty-two percent of private institutions missed both enrollment and net-revenue goals, compared with 49 percent of publics.

>> Of Note: Private institutions were more active in giving out student aid, often a key factor in attracting students to a college. Forty-six percent of private institutions raised their level of aid, while roughly 30 percent of publics gave more aid last fall. Half of the public institutions gave out the same level of aid as the year before, compared with a third of private colleges.

>> What They're Saying: “If there’s one trend I’m seeing, it’s the rising level of anxiety pushing people into looking for miracle drugs — you know, the magic pill that’s going to help me transform overnight what’s been otherwise a very difficult job,” Peter Farrell of consulting firm, Farrell Day, says.

>> Reality Check: Susquehanna University offers an example of how uncertainty can affect an institution. It had a challenging year; the Pennsylvania university missed its enrollment goals by less than 5 percent, but also missed its net-revenue goals by more than 5 percent, even after revising those goals down more than once. Susquehanna also gave out more money in institutional aid and enrolled fewer international students.

>> The Final Word: “The University of Minnesota has become really competitive,” says provost Karen Kaivola, noting that some students come to Augsburg for a year or two, then try to transfer to the state flagship. But she believes that Augsburg has created a niche in the market and a comfortable place for non-white students. “It’s a challenging environment for higher education, but I think we occupy — for now — a special space.”

>> Go Deeper ($)

2. 51 Millions Reasons to Give

Union College class of 1980 graduates Rich and Mary Templeton announce their donation of $51 million to their alma mater on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. The donation will create the Templeton Institute for Engineering and Computer Science. Rich Templeton is chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments. (Will Waldron/Times Union)
by Chris Churchill, Albany Times-Union
"More than four decades ago, Mary Haanen and Rich Templeton were teenagers and newly arrived at Union College. They met at the Rathskeller dining hall and the rest, as they say, is history.
On Friday, the long-married couple returned to Union (N.Y.) College for a remarkable announcement. In front of an audience of hundreds gathered in the Memorial Fieldhouse for a fundraising event, school President David Harris announced that Mary and Richard Templeton have committed to donating $51 million to the college.
You read that right. $51 million."

>> Why It Matters: That's the biggest donation in Union's 225-year history.

>> Situational Awareness: The couple, living Dallas, Texas, had three children, and their lives were better than they could have ever dreamed possible, Richard Templeton has said. But in 2013, while on a family beach vacation, Mary had waded out into the water when she was picked up by a massive wave and slammed into the ocean floor. She was instantly paralyzed.

>> Reality Check: In a speech that CNN described as the "one graduation speech you should watch," Richard talked about the power of his wife's resilience. Mary, in turn, talked about her struggle and determination to overcome, small step by small step. "Small and steady steps can be quite big and spectacular," Mary said. "They move you to a bigger place."

>> The Final Word: Mary said her goal is to leave the people and places she touches better than how she found them. Go Deeper

3.  Mat Time  

It's regional championship weekend on the mat as teams and individuals strive to qualify for the NCAA Division III meet on March 10-11 in Cedar Rapids. The final dual-meet team ranking is below followed by the regional sites with dates.

Top-Ranked Wrestlers
125: Carlos Champagne (Wabash); 133: Kristian Rumph (Wartburg); 141: Troy Stanich (Stevens); 149: Ryan Anderson (Centenary); 157: Grant Zamin (UW- La Crosse); 165: Kyle Hatch (Wabash); 174: Cornell Beachem (Mount St. Joseph); 184: Tanner Vassar (Augsburg); 197: Guy Patron (Loras); 285: Drew Kasper (Otterbein).

Complete Rankings

Regional Sites / Dates
Central: Merillat Sports Center, Adrian MI (FRI-SAT)
Southeast: Hitchcock Arena, Mechanicsburg, PA (FRI-SAT)
Upper Midwest: Si Melby Hall/Kennedy Center, Minneapolis, MN (FRI-SAT)
Lower Midwest: Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA (SAT-SUN)
Mideast: Glazer Area, Ithaca, NY (SAT-SUN)
Northeast: The Recreation Center, Providence, RI (SAT-SUN)


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4.  About Last Night 


  Brooklyn (12-15) took out top-seeded John Jay (20-6), 57-55, in overtime in the semifinals of the CUNYAC tournament. Noah Shy (pictured) led the #5 seeded Bulldogs with 20 points and eight rebounds.

  The second seed in the NCAC - Wabash (17-9) - is out after a 75-69 home loss to #5 DenisonConor Fenton had 26 points and nine boards for the Big Red (11-15).

  Haydn Braun led five North Central players in double figures with 20 points as the #6 Cardinals (12-14) bounced third-seeded North Park (17-9) from the CCIW playoffs, 91-84.

5.  Rankings Lacrosse on Apple iOS 13.3

>> Welcome: Messiah
>> Movers and Shakers: Claremont-M-S (+2)
>> What We're Watching: #6 Franklin & Marshall at #7 York (WED); #24 Scranton at #19 Ithaca (WED).

>> Hello: Stevenson.
>> Upward Bound: Ursinus (+3), Dickinson (+3).

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Break The Stigma

The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is standing up and stepping forward to break the stigma surrounding mental health struggles.

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