Friday, September 24, 2021

Women of the Year


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1. Women of the Year

2021 WOTY Top 30

The Woman of the Year Selection Committee has announced the Top 30 honorees for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. 

Selected from 535 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees represent 12 sports and an array of academic majors, including biology, psychology, mechanical engineering, education, software engineering and anthropology.

Honored from Division III

  • Mikayla Bisignani, Johns Hopkins, swimming
  • Kailyn Brandt, Washington College, field hockey
  • Favor Ezewuzie, Wheaton (Ill.), track and field
  • Emma Griffith, Chicago, volleyball
  • Naomi Hill, North Central (Ill.), triathlon
  • Eka Jose, Washington (Mo.), track and field
  • Jessica Lopez, Haverford, track and field
  • Mekayla Montgomery, William Smith, lacrosse
  • Lindsey Ruderman, Amherst, swimming and diving
  • Jenna Taylor, Simpson, basketball

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2.  Surviving Among Giants

by Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education

"Now and then, financial experts try to peg the minimum number of students that an average small college needs to survive comfortably. Is it 800, or 1,200? Fifteen hundred?

Certainly those numbers never dipped to 125 students, which is what Sterling College enrolls every year on a remote, 130-acre campus in northeast Vermont. But Matthew Derr, Sterling’s president, prefers to see the college’s attributes — particularly its size — as a strength in a time of economic uncertainty and sliding demographic trends. By staying small, controlling costs, and carving out a niche that appeals to donors — in this case, the pressing issues surrounding ecology, sustainable agriculture, and climate change — Sterling’s future will be more certain than those of bigger colleges with conventional aspirations for growth, Derr says.

Sterling’s strategy is one of many approaches that are emerging among small private colleges — some of which go against a conventional notion of innovation in higher education, often focused on scaling up. “Scale” — to increase production and revenues relative to costs — comes from the vocabulary of business and Silicon Valley; it is tech-enabled, and it favors broad appeal and streamlined interactions with students."

>> Situational Awareness: "Searching for growth potential in untapped markets of adult, professional, or other nontraditional populations is universal among his clients. “All of that is in service of what they expect to be a declining market for the traditional undergraduate-student population — so tacitly, everyone’s acknowledging that the core business is going to get smaller,” says Peter Stokes, a managing director in the higher-education practice at Huron Consulting. The question is how to control costs and attract high-pay students while maintaining access and student success — the three key factors that drive the higher-ed business model. “That’s not an easy thing.”

>> Between The Lines: "While the nation’s small colleges can be as hidebound as the rest of higher ed, they can also be among the sector’s leading innovators. Their size makes them nimble, which frequently allows them to test bold new directions that challenge conventional thinking about how institutions can offer education, draw in students, and be sustainable. But their smallness can also lead to fragility."

>> What They're Saying: “The problems are national, but the solutions are local,” says Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges.. “In other words, each institution has to find its particular combination of business model, mission, and culture that’s sustainable.”

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3. Allegations Fly Against Albion Prez

by Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed

"Hundreds of Albion College students, alumni and current and former employees are calling for the president’s removal.

Mathew Johnson, who became president of the Michigan liberal arts college in July 2020, has been “bullying staff and students to get his way,” according to a petition, which as of Tuesday evening had garnered more than 1,770 signatures. The petition throws a host of accusations at Johnson, including allegations that he profited from campus construction projects, hired nonwhite employees only because of their skin color and kept two goats on campus against city law.

What stands out about the petition at Albion College is the range of allegations lobbed at Johnson, both in the petition and in the comments people post with their signatures. Instead of rallying around one or two central issues, signatories have piled on. The complaints range from allegations of racism to concerns about limited student parking."

>> Point: "Dissatisfaction with Johnson’s leadership began in August 2020, when the college required that all students download an app called Aura, which tracked their whereabouts, Luke Seaman, a junior history major at Albion who signed the petition, said in an email. The app managed the college’s COVID-19 testing and public health response, and it shared a student’s location with administrators if the student tested positive for COVID-19 or left campus, Johnson told MLive."

>> Counterpoint: "Every decision made has been with the greater good of Albion College and the surrounding community as the paramount focus. We, the Board of Trustees, stand behind President Johnson and the College’s approach.” - Michael Harringtonchairman of the Albion College Board of Trustees

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4.  What We're Watching

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Here's a list of the games/matches/events that we are keeping an eye on this weekend.

Cross Country

  • Running of the Cows, Carleton
  • Long-Short Invitational, Dickinson
  • Purple Valley Classic, Williams

Field Hockey

  • No. 13 Trinity (5-0) at No. 7 Williams (5-1), 12:00
  • No. 8 Franklin & Marshall (4-2) at No. 15 Ursinus (5-2), 12:00
  • Scranton (6-0) at Susquehanna (6-0), 1:00


  • No. 4 Mount Union at No. 21 John Carroll, 1:30
  • No. 13 Bethel at No. 6 Saint John's, 2:00
  • No. 7 Hardin-Simmons at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7:00

Soccer (M)

  • No. 15 Christopher Newport (3-1-2) at No. 2 Washington and Lee (5-0-1), Fri., 5:00
  • Montclair State (6-1-1) at New Jersey City (7-0-1), Sat., 1:00
  • No. 4 Messiah (4-0-1) at No. 10 NYU (5-0-1), 4:00

Soccer (W)

  • No. 18 Amherst (4-1) at Connecticut College (3-0), 11:30
  • No. 12 Misericordia (7-0) at No. 5 Messiah (4-1-1), 7:00
  • No. 18 Southwestern (9-0) vs. No. 4 Colorado College (11-1), Fri., 4:00
  • No. 10 Wartburg (12-0) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (12-2), Fri., 6:00
  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (9-1) vs. No. 4 Colorado College (11-1), Sat., 1:00

5.  Comings and Goings

6. More Than Mugs


by John Holl, Wine Enthusiast / Illustration by Lani Kemp

"Beer deserves better than the shaker pint glass. A bar and taproom staple, 16-ounce shaker glasses are best for mixing drinks. They became the go-to for beer because they’re inexpensive, durable and can be stacked to save space.

Glasses with the proper circumference at the top allow aromas to escape and help stouts taste more roasty, IPAs more hoppy and Hefeweizens more wheaty. Glasses that are too thick can retain heat and stunt the beer’s flavors. Poor-quality glassware can hold stains and make a beer appear discolored.

“You want a glass that will enhance, not dull, a beer,” Matthew Cummings, owner and founder of Pretentious Glass Co. in Knoxville, Tennessee, says."

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Poets Ink NIL Deal


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Poets Ink NIL Deal

by Scotty Jenkins, GMTM

"It was only a matter of time before the benefits of Name, Image, and Likeness trickled down from the heights of Power 5 football and basketball to some of the little guys. But, even as more athletes signed deals late this summer, few believed the excitement of NIL would ever affect Division-III sports.

Until (last) Thursday night, when the Whittier College football program signed the first team-wide NIL deal.

A member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Whittier College is located just east of downtown Los Angeles. But the Poets' first Name, Image, and Likeness deal did not come from a production company or music label.

Instead, it came from the industry that has maybe collected the most signatures from college athletes so far: Food.

>> Court Awareness: "In exchange some sponsored tweets featuring the restaurant posted to the Poets Twitter account, Whittier Football will receive "catered food" and and players will get "some free meals."

>> Why It Matters: "While the reason for the deal comes from the team's brand and logo recognition in the area, the players themselves, not the university will be receiving the benefits. That was an aspect of the deal that really excited Tony Caljean, an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, and Whittier head coach Mike Neale. The ability for these young athletes to be doing business on their own and seeing the benefits of their abilities off of the field."

>> Reality Check: "In a report published a few days ago, it was found that the average NIL deal for Division III athletes was only a tenth as valuable as the average Division I athlete's ($47 for D-III versus $471 for D-I)."

>> What They're Saying: "Division III is a little bit different than Division I and people might not recognize our players," Caljean said about the team-wide deal, "but they'll recognize our logo and stuff like that."

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2. Constitutional Survey Results

Constitution Committee Update

"The Board of Governors Constitution Committee sought input from a broad base of experts and leaders to identify how the NCAA constitution should be transformed to best meet the needs of college athletes. More than 4,800 campus administrators and college athletes provided survey input and their viewpoints will inform the committee's work.

In November, the committee will submit a working draft of its proposals for membership feedback, which will be discussed at a special virtual convention Nov. 15. The final proposals will be provided to the NCAA Board of Governors by Dec. 15 and scheduled for votes in January by the full NCAA membership at the Association's national Convention in Indianapolis."


  • Division I and Division II were more likely to recommend accountability be set at the national level for championships, health and safety, inclusion and equity, and sport-specific rules of play, while Division III respondents were more mixed between divisional and national accountability.
  • Approximately one-third of Division II and Division III leaders surveyed agreed that the current divisional structure needs to change. Comments included calls to increase the number of divisions (often calling for an expansion of Division I, or in some cases Division III)
  • Administrators in Division II and Division III voiced concern that they will be heavily impacted by the work of the Constitution Committee but will have little voice in the process. Many who expressed contentment with their current divisional model were wary of a constitutional overhaul. Among those who do want change, some noted that they would like to see greater equity in terms of divisional representation in decision-making and more revenue shared with Divisions II and III.

Read the NCAA Constitution Committee Survey Executive Summary of Findings


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3.  NABC Asks for Feedback

"The NABC on Wednesday announced the formation of the NABC Division III Student-Athlete Development Coalition. The Student-Athlete Development Coalition features a diverse roster of NCAA Division III men’s basketball players who will provide direct feedback on a variety of national issues to the NABC.

The NABC initially launched the program last season for Division I and is now expanding to engage all three NCAA divisions. The Division III Student-Athlete Development Coalition is comprised of one representative from each of the 10 Division III regions."

Members include

  • Marcus Juarez, University of Dallas
  • Owen Theune, Ripon College
  • MJ Barnes, Albion College
  • Sean Coman, Hendrix College
  • Blake Gearhart, Clarkson University
  • Barrett Lowe, Hunter College
  • Bryce Hopkins, University of Chicago
  • Jarron Flynn, Connecticut College
  • Daryl Costa, Springfield College
  • McKale Williams, Stevenson University

4.  Players of the Week



Northwestern freshman outside hitter Abby Glanzer was named the AVCA National Player of the Week. She averaged 5.06 kills per set on 81 kills and hit .305 to lead the Eagles to wins against Saint Benedict, Chapman and Cal Lutheran.

Field Hockey


Haverford junior goalkeeper Hannah Roth was named the NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week. She totaled nine saves in wins against Elizabethtown and Rowan and posted a clean sheet in the shutout of the 10th ranked Profs.

Lynchburg graduate forward Jackie Lerro was tabbed as the NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week. She had two goals and two assists in the 4-3 overtime win against 15th ranked Ursinus, including the game-winning tally.


Bella Green

Lycoming junior forward Bella Green was named the United Soccer Coaches National Women's Player of the Week. She scored four goals and assisted on four others in a 3-0 week for the Warriors.

Torres Continues Point Streak; Saints Fall to Stevenson

Marymount first-year forward Leonardo Torres was selected United Soccer Coaches National Men's Player of the Week. He tallied four times and dished out three helpers in a 3-0 week for the Saints.


5. Hop on Top

The top four teams remained in place in this week's AVCA Division III coaches poll. Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wartburg made moves into the top 10.

  1. Johns Hopkins, 9-0
  2. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-0
  3. Trinity, Texas, 9-1
  4. Colorado College, 11-1
  5. Calvin, 12-1
  6. Emory, 10-2
  7. Hope, 8-1
  8. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 8-0
  9. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 10-0
  10. Wartburg, 12-0
>> Say Hello To: NYU, MIT

>> Matches We're Watching
  • No. 18 Southwestern (9-0) vs. No. 4 Colorado College (11-1), Fri.
  • No. 10 Wartburg (12-0) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (12-2), Fri.
  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (9-1) vs. No. 4 Colorado College (11-1), Sat.
>> DYK: Johns Hopkins has a 44-match win streak. It is the fourth-longest streak in DIII history. Central holds the record by winning 60 consecutive matches from Oct. 17, 198 to Sept. 1, 2000.

>> Complete Poll

6. Jays, Knights Hold No. 1 Spots

Changes were the name of the game in the USTFCCCA women's rankings this week, as seven of the top-10 and 30 teams overall shifted position. And on the men's side, 25 of the 35 teams moved on the ladder.

  1. Johns Hopkins
  2. Wartburg
  3. Chicago
  4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  5. Washington, Mo.
  6. MIT
  7. Dickinson
  8. Williams
  9. Amherst
  10. Bates
>> New to Top 10: Williams, Bates

>> Complete Poll

  1. Wartburg
  2. Williams
  3. Pomona-Pitzer
  4. Geneseo
  5. John Carroll
  6. MIT
  7. North Central, Ill.
  8. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  9. Claremont-M-S
  10. Washington, Mo.
>> New to the Top 10: John Carroll, North Central, UW-Whitewater, Claremont-M-S

>> Complete Poll

7.  Comings and Goings
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Start Spreading The News


written by STEVE ULRICH
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cortaca 2022 announcement

"Just when you thought it couldn't get any bigger, the football rivalry between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland is doing just that, with (the) announcement that the two institutions have accepted an invitation from the New York Yankees organization to play the 2022 Cortaca Jug at storied Yankee Stadium. The game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a 1 p.m. kickoff time.

The Ithaca Bombers and Cortland Red Dragons played the 2019 game across the Hudson River at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as a Division III-record crowd of 45,161 fans watched IC win 32-20. Once referred to by Sports Illustrated as "the biggest little game in the nation," the Cortaca Jug was not contested in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This fall's matchup will take place on Nov. 13 at SUNY Cortland.

Ithaca and Cortland will each be issued tickets in the fall of 2022 for sale to their students, faculty, and staff at a price of $24.50. Tickets will go on sale for the general public this fall, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, with most seats priced from $24.50 to $69.50. Those tickets will be sold by online at and All tickets will be delivered digitally, and mobile presentation will be the sole method of entry."

>> Quotable: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Ithaca College community to experience our rivalry game in one of the world's most iconic venues for sports, and we are thrilled that Yankee Stadium has extended an invitation for the 2022 Cortaca Jug matchup to take place there," said Susan Bassett '79, associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports at Ithaca College."

>> Quotable II: We are excited about this opportunity to once again showcase this great game in such an iconic venue," said Cortland's Director of Athletics Mike Urtz '94, M '00. "What Cortland and Ithaca have is so unique at our level."

>> Dueling Releases - Ithaca | Cortland


2. Admissions in a Wild Year

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

"The 2020-21 year was a shock to the entire system of higher education. Admissions was hurt throughout, beginning as students were sent home and banned from campuses (before the 2020-21 year had even started), making it impossible for many students to see the campuses at which they would enroll. In the fall of 2020, many campuses remained closed to in-person instruction (and campus visits by prospective students). Even as some campuses started to reopen in the spring of 2021 and vaccines started to become available, many campuses were operating on anything but a normal schedule.

With all of these challenges, how did admissions fare? And how did that the challenges of the last year reshape the landscape for admissions? In our survey of 206 admissions officials, Inside Higher Ed found:

  • Admissions officers were very worried about filling their classes this year and most did not fill their classes by the traditional May 1 date for the following fall’s class. Add in the months of May and June, and most admissions offices were still searching for students.
  • About one-third of admissions officers said that the pandemic did not change whom they admitted. Thirty-seven percent said it changed whom they admitted, but in a minor way.
  • More than 80 percent of officers say they are very likely to increase recruitment for minority and transfer students, while approximately three-quarters (78 percent) say the same for full-time undergraduates and first-generation college students. 

>> Worth Noting: "As in years past, we asked if colleges met their enrollment goals for new students by May 1, the traditional date to respond to an offer of admission. Only 32 percent of colleges reported doing so. We then asked the remaining 68 percent if they had met their goals by June 1, and found that 16 percent did. We then asked that group (the remaining 84 percent) if they had met their goals by July 1, and only 8 percent answered in the affirmative."

>> Yes, But: "Despite all the changes, most colleges (74 percent) said they didn’t admit students this year whom the college probably wouldn’t have admitted in prior years. And over all, private colleges are expecting more students this fall than last."

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    3.   Lions Rise, Jumbos Remain

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    Sophie Vieira, TCNJ / photo by Jimmy Alagna

    The TCNJ women rose to the top of the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, while the Tufts men remained in the No. 1 spot.


    1. TCNJ, 6-0
    2. Johns Hopkins, 4-0-1
    3. Washington, Mo., 6-0-1
    4. Christopher Newport, 5-1
    5. Messiah, 3-1-1
    6. MIT, 6-0-1
    7. William Smith (tie), 4-1-1
    8. Trinity, Texas (tie), 5-0
    9. Chicago, 6-0
    10. Case Western Reserve, 6-0

    >> Welcome: McDaniel, Emory

    >> Conference Call: UAA (5), NESCAC (4), Centennial (3), A-R-C (2), Liberty (2), C2C (1), MAC Commonwealth (1), MAC Freedom (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), NWC (1), SAA (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1),

    >> Matches We're Watching
    • No. 7 William Smith (4-1-1) at RIT (4-1), 4:00 (Wed.)
    • No. 16 McDaniel (6-0) at Gettysburg (4-0), 7:00 (Wed.)
    • UW-Platteville (5-0-2) at No. 17 Loras (7-0-1), 8:00 (Thurs.)
    >> Complete Poll

    Seniors Cano and Aroh Lift Men's Soccer Over Wesleyan 2-1
    Mati Cano, Tufts

    1. Tufts, 4-0
    2. Washington and Lee, 5-0-1
    3. St. Mary's, Md., 8-0
    4. Messiah, 4-0-1
    5. Trinity, Texas, 6-0
    6. Rochester, 4-0-1
    7. Calvin, 6-1-2
    8. Ohio Wesleyan, 5-0-1
    9. Chicago, 5-0-1
    10. NYU, 5-0-1

    >> Newcomers: Middlebury, Coast Guard, Muhlenberg, Otterbein, Claremont-M-S, Emory

    >> Conference Call: UAA (4), Centennial (3), NESCAC (2), NEWMAC (2), SCIAC (2), SUNYAC (2), C2C (1), CCIW (1), MAC Commonwealth (1), MIAA (1), NCAC (1), NJAC (1), OAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), United East (1)

    >> What We're Watching
    • No. 3 St. Mary's (8-0) at No. 22 Johns Hopkins (3-0-2), 4:00 (Wed.)
    • No. 8 Ohio Wesleyan (5-0-1) at No. 19 Otterbein (5-0), 5:00 (Wed.)
    • No. 4 Messiah (4-0-1) at No. 10 NYU (5-0-1), 4:00 (Sat.)

      4.   Panthers Remain No. 1

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      Katie George, Middlebury / photo by Will Costello

      The top three teams remained in place in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll with Amherst making a big leap into the top 10.

      1. Middlebury, 5-0
      2. Johns Hopkins, 6-0
      3. Tufts, 3-0
      4. Kean, 6-0
      5. Messiah, 5-1
      6. TCNJ, 4-1
      7. Williams, 5-1
      8. Franklin & Marshall, 4-2
      9. Amherst, 4-0
      10. Rowan, 2-2

      >> Hello: Cortland

      >> Conference Call: NESCAC (6), Centennial (3), NJAC (3), C2C (1), Landmark (1), Liberty (1), MAC Commonwealth (1), NEWMAC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), SUNYAC (1)

      >> Matches to Watch
      • York (6-0) at No. 17 Susquehanna (5-0), Wed.
      • No. 8 Franklin & Marshall (4-2) at No. 15 Ursinus (5-2), Sat.
      • No. 13 Trinity (3-0) at No. 7 Williams (5-1), Sat.
      >> Complete Poll

      5.  Comings and Goings
      1 THING

      6. Holiday Shortfall

      Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

      "It'll be hard to find everything for the holidays this year — even staples like coffee and footwear — because of supply chain woes likely to persist at least through spring, Jennifer Kingson writes for Axios What's Next.

      • Why it matters: Scarce inventory means more scuffles among shoppers in brick-and-mortar stores, fewer deals for Black Friday — and online price wars that could threaten some retailers' livelihoods.

      What's happening: Stores of all sizes and specialties are already trying to hoard things in warehouses — from turkeys, stuffing and cranberry sauce to Halloween decorations, video game consoles and those chic fleecy sweaters that everyone seems to want.

      State of play: MGA Entertainment and Basic Fun — the distributors behind LOL Surprise! dolls, Little Tikes, Bratz, Tonka and Fisher-Price — say those toys will be scarcer and more expensive, CNN reports.

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