Friday, May 22, 2020

Stepping Up

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MAY 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Stepping Up


by Matt Hamilton, US Lacrosse Magazine

"One year ago, Mitch Wykoff played lacrosse in an entirely different world.

The junior star at Gettysburg had recently wrapped up his season with a double-overtime loss to St. John Fisher in the first round of the Division III NCAA tournament. It was the Bullets’ third straight one-goal exit from the Division III playoffs, but he had visions of a senior season that would buck the trend.

Then, the 2020 season was cut short in March and the Division I lacrosse landscape was altered significantly. Days after the cancellation of the season, the NCAA announced it would grant players an extra year of eligibility, including seniors whose last seasons were supposed to be this spring.

This summer was supposed to be the start of a new chapter. Wykoff was looking at pursuing a Master’s degree in the near future, but not necessarily in 2020.

The extra year of eligibility made it so he could end his lacrosse career on his terms, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. He decided on Syracuse for 2021."

>> The Big Picture: “Yeah, I recognize that these are some of the best players in the country and this is the best team in the country, and I think that’s awesome.”

>> What They're Saying: “He’s got Division I size. He was 200-something pounds. He fits that bill. When you see him running around with that stick, I think anybody would be impressed. I think he’ll be in the mix for Syracuse.” - Hank Janczyk, head coach, Gettysburg

>> Continue Reading


2. Planning for Championships


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NCAA Senior Vice President of Championship Joni Comstock joins Dr. Brian Hainline and Andy Katz tonight at 7 p.m. EDT.



3.  A Note About Next Semester

by Tiffany C. Li, McSweeney's
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff —
After careful deliberation, we are pleased to report we can finally announce that we plan to re-open campus this fall. But with limitations. Unless we do not. Depending on guidance, which we have not yet received.
Please know that we eventually will all come together as a school community again. Possibly virtually. Probably on land. Maybe some students will be here? Perhaps the RAs can be let in to feed the lab rats?
We plan to follow the strictest recommended guidance from public health officials, except in any case where it might possibly limit our major athletic programs, which will proceed as usual.
We understand you may have concerns about the University’s future, but we will take this time to emphasize that academic terms are merely units of time, and here at the University, we strongly believe in the concept of time.
In this time, more than ever, it is time for strong, decisive action.
We have decided to delay our decision.
It is our decision to delay our decision so we can decide on our decision at a later decided time.
We will make our final decision on campus reopening on a date no later than the day our closest competing universities announce their decisions and no earlier than the day after we cash your fall tuition deposit checks.
The University is here for you in this trying time. If you have any questions not answered by this email, please do not hesitate to re-read this email.
Sincerely,
The University


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4.  Fall Plans



From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s a complete alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.

as of May 21, 5:40 p.m. EDT

5.  The List

Life Wisdom From On and Off the Field | Philosophy

Most overtime games played in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse tournament.

10 - Gettysburg (6-4)
6 - Denison (2-4)
4 - Nazareth (4-0)
4 - Middlebury (1-3)
3 - Ithaca (3-0)
3 - Roanoke (1-2)


6. Comings and Goings


7.  1 Truck Thing




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Thursday, May 21, 2020

What Happens to Winter Sports?

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MAY 21, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  What Happens to Winter Sports?

Men's College Basketball: Division III game in Baltimore held in ...
by Pat Forde, Sports Illustrated

"The academic calendar is shifting at American universities as we speak. Will the athletic calendar shift with it?

On Monday, Notre Dame announced that it is starting its fall semester early, canceling fall break and ending the semester before Thanksgiving—something athletic director Jack Swarbrick indicated to Sports Illustrated was a possibility last week. That came a day after South Carolina announced a similar move, sending students home before Thanksgiving and then conducting finals remotely. Creighton and Marquette, among other schools, are also condensing their fall academic schedules.

Expect more and more universities to follow that trend in the near future."

>> Court Awareness: "The logic is solid: Students coming and going en masse from campus are at increased risk of bringing the COVID-19 virus back with them, and Thanksgiving break roughly coincides with the beginning of flu season and what many expect to be a spike in coronavirus cases. This is a decision that puts health first and shouldn’t scuttle the semester academically at those schools."

>> Why It Matters: What happens with winter sports? The month of January is usually quiet and lonely enough for athletes on a college campus. Social distancing is not the challenge that it is during the semester. Is the expectation that teams will return to campus and participate in contest during the "break"?

>> What They're Saying: “We’re trying to think responsibly and creatively about how to best have the college basketball season play out for student-athletes, teams and fans,” said the NCAA vice president for men’s basketball, Dan Gavitt. “We’re trying to be very creative and nimble, but it’s still early in the process.

>> The Final Word: "We’ll see how it plays out. But this much is certain: The less time the entire student body spends on campus at American universities, the more it calls into question why the athletes should be there."

>> An interesting take

 
2. Tuition Discounts Climb



by Hallie Busta, EducationDive.com

"It's well-known that students typically pay less to attend an institution than its posted sticker price. While that amount varies by student, it is creeping upward overall.

Underscoring the rising discount rates is growth in the share of students receiving aid from their schools and how much they get, the report explains. Four in five undergraduates received institutional support this year. On average, those funds covered about 55% of their tuition and fees. In the last decade, the share of students receiving grants rose six percentage points while the share of tuition and fees the aid covers climbed by 10 points.

As tuition discounts rose year-over-year, enrollment and net tuition revenue — adjusted for inflation —​ fell.

The crisis could deepen those decreases. Schools are already losing out on revenue from auxiliary services, such as room and board money they refunded students. Many are being pressed to pay back a portion of tuition. Heading into the fall, colleges that are unable or choose not to reopen their campuses may lose out on additional income."

>> Inside Pitch: "That's the fear of many campuses," said Ken Redd, senior director of research and policy analysis at NACUBO. "If they won't be able to reopen fully in the fall, what impact will that have on student enrollments, and then in turn, what impact will that have on generating revenue from room and board and other charges from which they generate a fair bit of revenue?"

>> Be Smart: "Slightly more than half of institutions responding to NACUBO's survey saw either no change or a drop in enrollment of first-time, first-year undergraduates from 2016 to 2019. The most commonly cited reasons for the decrease were heightened competition from other schools, affordability concerns among students and changing demographics of prospective learners."

>> Continue Reading


 
3. The Top 5 College Hockey Logos


NCAA Hockey: Overtime, tie games continue to climb | NCAA.com
by Carter Jones, Colorado Hockey Hub

"NCAA Division III hockey lies on the periphery of the broader sports landscape. Dwarfed by land-grant university contemporaries, and the NHL beyond that, Division III athletics, and subsequently their mascots and logos, play a key role in boosting school spirit on smaller campuses across the country. This holds particularly true with regard to hockey, given there is no Division II level for the sport.

The concentration of Division III hockey programs in the Upper Midwest, and along the East Coast in particular, amplifies that obscurity as many program's mascots and logos have evolved over generations.

While we would have loved to include a selection or two from Colorado schools, the state currently has no Division III hockey programs to boast so we had to cast a wide net and then narrow the list to just five selections."

>> Hints:

5) Only four schools in the United States share the nickname but no one else can claim that logo
4) The mascot’s name is Roody Roo
3) The logo is fashioned after the Pied Piper of Hamelin
2) After 2,046 submissions, and a runoff vote, this nickname and logo were born
1) This school didn't have a mascot until a student body vote in 1907.

 

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4.  Fall Plans




From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s a complete alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
as of May 20, 4:35 p.m. EDT

5.  The List

NCAA championship softball final games that ended 1-0.

1985: Eastern Connecticut d. TCNJ
Kim Durocher (pictured) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K
1986: Eastern Connecticut d. TCNJ
Kim Durocher 7 IP, 2 H, 5 K
1987: TCNJ d. UW-Whitewater
Jill Marghella 7 IP, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K
1990: Eastern Connecticut d. TCNJ
Christia Mohan 7 IP, 5 H, 1 K
2002: Ithaca d. Lake Forest
Abigail Hanrahan 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K;
Abbey Pelot 1.2 IP, 2 H
2017: Virginia Wesleyan d. St. John Fisher
Courtney Wright 5 IP, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K;
Hanna Hull 2 IP, 1 W, 4 K

6.  Comings and Goings
 

 
7.  1 Gatorade Thing
 
>> Yes, I'm Dating Myself: 1967. Personally, I just wanted to collect the bottle caps.

Gatorade Bottle Cap NFL 1970s Football Helmet Memorabilia Complete ...

 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What Becomes of the College Town?

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MAY 20, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  What Becomes of the College Town?


Enlightened" Ithaca - Life in the Finger Lakes
by Kevin Stankiewicz, CNBC

"The mayor of Ithaca, New York, told CNBC on Monday that the city’s economy faces dire consequences if local colleges do not hold in-person classes this autumn due to the coronavirus.

“If the students don’t come back in the fall, we’re in real cataclysmic trouble,” Svante Myrick said on “Squawk on the Street.” 

Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. Cornell, an Ivy League institution, has more than 20,000 students while Ithaca College has about 6,700.

Myrick’s comments came as Ithaca College announced Monday that it plans to hold in-person instruction this fall, with the autumn semester now slated to begin Oct. 5 — more than a month later than originally scheduled.

The cities and communities in which schools are located also are impacted by decisions on reopening campuses. College students play a vital role in the economy of Ithaca, a city of about 30,000 residents, Myrick said."

>> The Big Picture: “It’s not just pizza shops and it’s not just bars. It’s not just restaurants. It’s barbershops. It’s nail salons. It’s accountants. It’s law firms,” he said. “The ripple effects of all of our students staying home and not coming back to campus, would be crippling.”

>> Key Facts
  • Ithaca, a city of 30,000 residents, is looking at a $15M deficit.
  • Tompkins County, Ithaca's home, has 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 
  • As of Monday, New York State has over 350,000 cases.

>> What They're Saying: “If we’re not sure that our students can come back to the United States or if parents in California will feel comfortable sending their kids to Cornell in the fall, then our economy won’t get back to where it was.”


>> Continue Reading


2.  Athletics Are Not Expendable


"Athletics are absolutely a part - a core part even - of the student education experience."

In these troubled time for colleges and universities, athletics can be an easy mark for those making financial decisions, exacerbating the age-old rift between academics and student activities.

Michael Rocque, an associate professor of sociology at Bates, states his case:
  • Student-athletes represent 25 percent of the student body on average across DIII campuses. These numbers are even higher at liberal arts colleges.
  • Athletics complements the curriculum, allowing students to figure out how to be leaders, how to manage time and how to be disciplined.
  • Athletics allows student to flourish, grow, and learn in multiple areas - educating the whole person.
He also writes about coaches as educators.
  • Athletics staff are not competition, but collaborators in students' educational journey.
  • Coaches are experts at motivation and getting the most out of students.
  • Student-athletes have higher graduation rates than the general student body.
>> The Bottom Line: "To dismiss the educational value of athletics to me seems akin to a STEM professor considering a student’s elective in a humanities course to be a waste of time. It’s short-sighted."

>> Be Smart: "Athletics in the American university is once again in the cross-hairs of those who view it as at odds with what higher education is about. Cuts will certainly need to be made in the coming months. But rather than viewing athletics as an inconvenience that should be the first to go, faculty should embrace athletics as a core part of the educational process."


3.  COVID Forces Programs to Slash Budgets

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down college sports, forcing athletic departments to search for any cost-cutting measures they can find.

>> Why It Matters: While some of those are temporary, like furloughing employees, halting travel and asking head coaches to take pay cuts, others could be more permanent as schools take a closer look at their budgets and revisit why they were spending money on certain things in the first place.

>> The Big Picture: In addition to dealing with the challenges of the present, athletic directors and conference commissioners are also looking ahead and weighing how they can save money whenever sports do resume. Two prime examples:
  • Travel: One obvious way to reduce costs is to cut back on travel and develop a more regional approach to scheduling, especially for conferences like Conference-USA, which now spans three time zones thanks to football-driven realignment.
  • Tournaments: The Mid-American Conference is eliminating conference tournaments for eight sports, meaning conference champions in field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's lacrosse, softball and baseball will now be determined based on regular-season records.
>> By The Numbers
  • Cincinnati cut men's soccer last month, which will save the school roughly $725,000. Last year, Cincinnati spent over $875,000 to pay its football support staff (i.e. analysts and other non-coaches).
  • Kansas spent over $2 million to feed its 130-member football team last year, compared to just $175,000 to feed its men's and women's track teams (combined 108 members).
  • Clemson paid its football support staff $6.2 million last year, "a figure that doesn't include the $8 million paid to 10 assistant coaches but does count the four staffers who make up the Clemson aviation department — a director, pilot, captain and captain/hangar manager," writes Dana O'Neil for The Athletic.

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4. Fall Plans


From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.


as of May 19, 6:40 p.m. EDT

5.  The Gift of Giving

Less than a year after changing its name, Calvin University is adding its first school. University leaders hope the new school is the first of many. A $22.25 million anonymous gift to launch the Calvin University School of Business was announced during the institution’s board of trustees meeting this past weekend.

The gift will be used to construct the Calvin University School of Business building and to improve shared spaces in the DeVos Communication Center, the building to which the new school will be connected. The gift also provides significant endowment funds that will be used to support the new dean of the School of Business and business faculty. The purpose of the endowment is to serve as a catalyst for a number of new academic programs intended to serve new populations of students at Calvin.


Wilmington College’s largest gift ever received in the 150-year history of the landmark institution will accelerate the ongoing renaissance WC has enjoyed in recent years as a result of enrollment records, new academic programs, major gifts, fiscal stability, and new and renovated facilities.

With the disbursement pending, the College expects to receive $13.5 million from the estate of Catherine (Cathy) Withrow, widow of 1958 alumnus Andrew (Andy) Withrow. They join a fellowship of key supporters who continue to demonstrate their confidence in Wilmington College. The College accepts their gift as a reflection of the couple’s belief in its ongoing commitment to excellence as a Quaker-affiliated institution of higher education that is preparing the leaders of tomorrow, according to President Jim Reynolds.

In accordance with the impact of their estate gift, the Board of Trustees has chosen to rename the Center for the Sciences and Agriculture (CSA), the College’s largest academic building, to The Withrow Center for Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences.

6.  Comings and Goings


7.  1 Bumper Thing 


Photo: Katie Kirby/Revolution Event Design & Production via AP

Laugh or cry: The summer of social distancing will produce some memorable photos.
  • The "bumper tables" above come from Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. The restaurant says they will help ensure social distancing while letting people congregate outdoors.
  • Owner Shawn Harman told WBAL-TV that the tables are basically an "adult version of a toddler walker."
  • "It's a fun way to get through a crappy experience," Harman said. "They've been received quite well. It has turned out to be, if nothing else, a tremendous marketing event. We have plans to order some more."

courtesy of Axios

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