Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hazing in DIII


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Hazing in DIII

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"College athletes at NCAA Division III schools experience hazing at higher levels than nonathletes, and are more likely than their nonathlete peers to hold attitudes and beliefs that support hazing, according to new research from the University of Maine.

David Kerschner, a Ph.D. student in higher education, and Elizabeth Allan, professor of higher education, surveyed students at five NCAA Division III institutions. Those are schools that do not offer athletic scholarships to student-athletes. However, it’s the largest division of the NCAA — about 40% of the association’s overall membership, including 11 colleges and universities in Maine. Nationwide, more than 190,000 student-athletes compete in Division III programs.

Nearly 41% of athletes in the survey experienced hazing, defined as “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.” Across the five schools in the study, the percentage of athletes that experienced hazing ranged from 19.6% to 56.5%. For nonathletes, the results showed almost 25% of students experienced hazing."

>> Between The Lines: "The study is unique, because it looked specifically at small-time college athletics. Most previous hazing studies, even those focused on college athletics, have not differentiated between NCAA divisions. Kerschner — whose dissertation is focused on hazing in NCAA Division III athletics — and Allan note that athletes at such schools comprise about a quarter of the overall student body and may account for as much as 55% of the student population at some institutions."

>> Quotable: “Given this, it is likely varsity athletes can have a significant impact on the overall institutional hazing climate at NCAA Division III institutions,” they write."

>> The Final Word: "While the findings may not be generalizable to all Division III institutions, the data suggest that, in order to support the health and safety of college students, hazing prevention is warranted at institutions with NCAA Division III athletes."

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2. Call Him Mayor

Coach Barber Named Among "Most Distinguished Men Of Illinois" - Greenville  University | Private Christian University

Some call him George ... some call him Dr. Barber ... others call him 'Coach.'

You can now call him Mayor.

George Barber, head coach of the Greenville College men's basketball team, was elected mayor of the city of Greenville, Ill., on Tuesday, defeating the incumbent with 59 percent of the vote.

Barber, who also serves as a professor of kinesiology and sport at the College, will continue his coaching role. The program's all-time leader in coaching wins, his Panthers set a NCAA DIII record by averaging 135.1 points per game in 2019.




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3. Elms Starts GNAC Play in 21-22

"Elms College and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference are pleased to announce that the Blazers' GNAC core membership will begin this fall with the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.

Last October, both the institution and the league office issued a joint announcement indicating that Elms would join the GNAC with the 2022-23 academic year, however that timeline has since been adjusted.

Elms had been a member of the New England College Conference since 2007, claiming 19 league championships while leading the way in All-Academic selections.

The Blazers' swimming and diving programs have been associate members of GNAC since 2006, last competing at the 2020 GNAC Championships just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Now all 17 sport programs will compete in the same conference, including: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's outdoor track & field, as well as men's and women's volleyball.

>> What They're Saying: "The GNAC is a natural fit for Elms College, as seven other private Catholic Colleges are currently among its member institutions," said Elms College President Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA."

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4. In the Circle

Elly Novak vs Stout (3/21/21)

This Week's NFCA Top 10

  1. Linfield (8), 22-2
  2. Virginia Wesleyan, 21-3-1
  3. Texas Lutheran, 20-4
  4. East Texas Baptist, 16-3
  5. Salisbury, 14-4
  6. Christopher Newport, 18-8
  7. Eastern Connecticut, 14-0
  8. Kean, 12-0
  9. Birmingham-Southern, 23-3
  10. Belhaven, 20-6 AND DePauw, 17-2
12-15: St. John Fisher, Berry, Wartburg, Moravian
16-20: MSOE, Emory & Henry, Transylvania, Saint Benedict, Randolph-Macon
21-25: Cortland (tie), Mount Union (tie), Dubuque, Alvernia, Westminster (Pa.)

>> Hello: Westminster
>> Chutes: Transylvania (-5), Dubuque (-5)
>> Ladders: E. Connecticut (+5), Saint Benedict (+5)

>> Games to Watch: #8 Kean vs. TCNJ (Sat.); #15 Moravian vs. Catholic (Sat.); #19 Saint Benedict vs. Gustavus Adolphus (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll



5.  Track. And. Field.

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This Week's USTFCCCA Top 10
  1. John Carroll, 196.80
  2. Lynchburg, 160.90
  3. Mount Union, 137.91
  4. UW-La Crosse, 137.71
  5. Rowan, 137.42
  6. George Fox, 137.23
  7. McMurry, 114.63
  8. UW-Stout, 108.96
  9. UW-Oshkosh, 107.28
  10. Carnegie Mellon, 105.27
11-15: Whitworth, Wartburg, Centre, Washington (Mo.), UW-Whitewater
16-20: Piedmont, Bethel, Loras, Saint John's, North Central (Ill.)
21-25: Hardin-Simmons, Ithaca, Johns Hopkins, Gustavus Adolphus, Central

>> Complete Ratings

This Week's USTFCCCA Women's Top 10
  1. George Fox, 260.56
  2. UW-La Crosse, 217.43
  3. Ithaca, 161.23
  4. Johns Hopkins, 135.43
  5. Washington (Mo.), 122.35
  6. Loras, 110.17
  7. Nebraska Wesleyan, 108.20
  8. Mount Union, 104.69
  9. Pacific Lutheran, 102.10
  10. John Carroll, 99.19
11-15: Baldwin Wallace, Dubuque, Centre, Lynchburg, Illinois Wesleyan
16-20: Gustavus Adolphus, UW-Oshkosh, Rochester, Rhodes, Wheaton (Ill.)
21-25: UW-Stevens Point, Wartburg, Hardin-Simmons, Geneseo, Chicago

>> Complete Ratings


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