Friday, October 9, 2020

Winter Is (not) Coming



OCTOBER 9, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Winter Is (not) Coming


The first domino has fallen in Division III for winter sports, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has canceled conference competition, including championships, for the winter season.

Students may continue to practice according to NCAA, NESCAC and institutional policies, while institutions may schedule outside competition at their discretion.

>> What They're Saying: “The conditions on the ground have not really changed much since this fall, at least not for the better,” Bates athletic director Jason Fein said. “The students and everyone on campus have done a great job keeping the cases down, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to move the needle on changing the way we operate right now.”

>> The Bottom Line: “We’re holding out hope that goes winter well and we can participate in the spring,” Hamilton athletic director Jon Hind said.

>> Read the entire statement from the NESCAC presidents


2. Get Out the Vote!


Salute to students from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as well as the women's basketball programs in the Centennial Conference for their part in getting out the vote.

#D3Votes  #Vote2020


3.  #LexStrong
Landmark Field Hockey Joins Atlantic East Conference 100 Miles Pledge

Add on another 100 miles for the members of the Landmark Conference who joined The Atlantic East's challenge to raise awareness and support for breast cancer education. 

The Landmark joins the Commonwealth Coast Conference field hockey programs in a challenge for each individual on the team to complete 100 miles, whether walking or running, in the 31 days of the month.

"The young women of Catholic University field hockey are committed to the 100-mile challenge to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education. We stand with Alexis Howerin, Wesley College field hockey, and all individuals impacted by breast cancer at large. We are together in this effort and our hearts are with you."

>> Landmark Conference release
>> Atlantic East Conference release

4.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed before our time.

Conference: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Commissioner: Maureen Harty
Headquarters: Naperville, Ill.
  • Founded: April 26, 1946 as College Conference of Illinois; name changed in 1967
  • Remaining Charter Members (7): Augustana, Carthage, Elmhurst, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin, North Central, Wheaton
  • Other Core Members (2): Carroll (1955), North Park (1962)
  • Associates (9): Aurora (BOWL), Chicago (WLAX), Concordia Wisconsin (WRES), Dubuque (MLAX), Lakeland (BOWL, WRES), Loras (MVB), Marian (BOWL), Milwaukee School of Engineering (WRES), Washington Mo. (FB)
  • Oldest: Carroll (1846)
  • Largest: Elmhurst (2,704)
  • Smallest: Illinois Wesleyan (1,684)
  • Longest Trip: 253 miles (Carroll to Millikin)
  • Championship Sports: 25

>> Monday: Northwest Conference

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5. Comings and Goings
6.  1 Speed Reading Thing

by Rebecca Dolan, Wall Street Journal

"Paperbacks stacked high on your nightstand, e-books lingering in your Amazon carts, articles left unread in your browser—at this point it’s too much material for a normal human lifetime. Several apps and technologies, however, can help you plow through the pages you’ve piled up (with the best intentions) during quarantine, in far less time."

Arek Holko claims that his app Outread (free for iOS), with its streamlined user interface, can bump a reader’s words-per-minute average to between 450 and 600 words—twice that of standard English readers—by using two speed-reading modes. 

Another option: The coach-like Spreeder (free, with upgrades from $5, has a clunkier interface but tries to overcome that criticism, walking you through several guided speed-reading courses that can help drill you out of sluggish habits, like fixating on single words or losing your place in a text."

>> Read More (sorry, couldn't help myself) and have a great weekend


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