Friday, May 7, 2021

Title Time


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Title Time

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It's the opening weekend of NCAA DIII championship tournaments, as women's lacrosse plays its first two rounds to whittle down to the Sweet 16.

We're keeping an eye on:

  • Illinois Wesleyan (10-3) vs. George Fox (13-0)
  • Babson (4-1) vs. TCNJ (7-2)
  • John Carroll (16-1) vs. UW-River Falls (9-2)

Farmingdale State has withdrawn from the tournament, allowing Washington & Jefferson to move into the second round.

>> Complete Bracket

The men's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis fields will be announced on Monday with a number of slots being filled this weekend. See below for all the title games.

Men's and women's golf begin their championships on Tuesday.

Baseball and softball still have two more weekend remaining in the regular season before selecting their fields on May 23.


2. Becker to Lay Off Over 300

by Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed

"Becker College will lay off 329 employees at the end of June, the Telegram & Gazette reported.

The layoffs are set to take place two months before the private college in Worcester, Mass., closes its doors. Enrollment declines, ongoing budget deficits and added financial burdens during the pandemic contributed to the college's Board of Trustees deciding to close at the end of the current academic year and wind down operations in August.

Most of the layoffs -- 245 -- will be at the college's Worcester campus, while 84 people from its Leicester campus will be laid off."



3.  Selection Monday
The championship fields for men's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis will be announced on Monday. Here is what to you need to know.

Lacrosse (M)
Field Size (31 teams) - 28 AQ, 1 Pool B, 2 Pool C
Who's In: Franklin & Marshall (Centennial), Benedictine (NACC), Centre (SAA)

Championship Games (25)
  • Atlantic East: Neumann at #5 Cabrini
  • C2C: #9 Christopher Newport at #3 Salisbury
  • CCIW: North Central at Illinois Wesleyan
  • CSAC: Kean at Stockton
  • CCC: Western New England at Endicott
  • Empire 8: Nazareth at #11 St. John Fisher
  • GNAC: Norwich at Lasell
  • HCAC: Hanover at Transylvania
  • Landmark: Elizabethtown at Catholic
  • Liberty: #12 St. Lawrence at #1 RIT
  • Little East: Western Connecticut at UMass Boston
  • Michigan: Hope at Albion
  • MAC Commonwealth: #6 York at #7 Stevenson
  • MAC Freedom: Misericordia at Stevens
  • MWLC: Monmouth at Northwestern
  • NESCAC: #13 Williams at #2 Tufts
  • NEWMAC: Babson at Coast Guard
  • NAC: Husson at SUNY Poly
  • NCAC: Kenyon at #15 Denison
  • Ohio: John Carroll at Baldwin Wallace
  • ODAC: Washington and Lee at Lynchburg
  • Presidents: Westminster at Grove City
  • Skyline: Farmingdale State at SUNY Maritime
  • SUNYAC: Geneseo at Cortland
  • USA South: Piedmont at Pfeiffer

Tennis (W)
Field Size (42 teams) - 36 AQ, 2 Pool B, 4 Pool C
Who's In: Penn State Behrend (AMCC), Luther (American Rivers), Johns Hopkins (Centennial), North Central (CCIW), Cairn (CSAC), Nazareth (Empire 8), Franciscan (Presidents), Millsaps (SAA), Southwestern (SCAC), N.C. Wesleyan (USA South)

Championship Matches
  • American Southwest: semifinals (Fri.)
  • C2C: semifinals (Fri.)
  • CCIW: semifinals (Fri.)
  • CCC: Endicott vs. Nichols
  • Heartland: semifinals (Sat.)
  • Landmark: Scranton at Moravian
  • Liberty: Vassar at Skidmore
  • Little East: Plymouth State at Rhode Island College
  • Michigan: Kalamazoo at Hope
  • MAC Commonwealth: Lebanon Valley at York
  • MAC Freedom: DeSales at Wilkes
  • Midwest: Grinnell vs. Lake Forest
  • Minnesota: semifinals (Fri.)
  • NESCAC: semifinals (Sat.)
  • NEWMAC: Springfield at Babson
  • NJAC: Stockton at TCNJ
  • NAC: Penn State Harrisburg at NVU-Johnson
  • NCAC: Kenyon at DePauw
  • NACC: semifinals (Fri.)
  • Northwest: semifinals (Fri.)
  • Ohio: semifinals (Fri.)
  • ODAC: Sweet Briar at Washington and Lee
  • Skyline: Farmingdale State at St. Joseph's (L.I.)
  • SUNYAC: 
  • UMAC: 
  • Wisconsin: UW-Whitewater

Tennis (M)
Field Size (37 teams) - 33 AQ, 3 Pool B, 1 Pool C
Who's In: Mt. Aloysius (AMCC), Concordia, Texas (ASC), Johns Hopkins (Centennial), Grove City (Presidents), Oglethorpe (SAA), Trinity (SCAC), Principia (SLIAC), N.C. Wesleyan (USA South)
Championship Matches
  • American Rivers: semifinals (Fri.)
  • C2C: semifinals (Fri.)
  • CCIW: semifinals (Fri.) 
  • CCC: Wentworth vs. Roger Williams
  • Empire 8: semifinals (Fri.) 
  • Landmark: Scranton at Drew
  • Liberty: Skidmore at Rensselaer
  • Michigan: Hope at Kalamazoo
  • MAC Commonwealth: 
  • MAC Freedom: DeSales at Stevens
  • Midwest: Grinnell vs. Lake Forest
  • Minnesota: Carleton at Gustavus Adolphus
  • NESCAC: semifinals (Sat.)
  • NEWMAC: Coast Guard at Babson
  • NJAC: 
  • NCAC: DePauw at Denison
  • NEAC: NVU-Lyndon at Lancaster Bible
  • NACC: Concordia (Wis.) vs. 
  • Northwest: semifinals (Fri.)
  • Ohio: semifinals (Fri.)
  • ODAC: Virginia Wesleyan at Washington and Lee
  • Skyline: Farmingdale State at Manhattanville
  • UMAC: 


4.  Rowan Rewards

Rowan Medicine Covid-19 Vaccination Center | School of Osteopathic Medicine  | Rowan University
by Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education

"Here’s another vaccine incentive, for those keeping track: Rowan University, in New Jersey, is offering up to $1,000 for many students who get the Covid-19 vaccine.

The incentive is for full-time students who show proof of vaccination by August 7. They’ll get $500 toward course registration, and students who live on campus will get an additional $500 to pay for housing.

It’s an unusually generous incentive, but it’s far from the only one. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, students who are vaccinated could enter a lottery for free housing, textbooks, or meal credits. Other campuses, including Siena College, said they would relax certain Covid-related rules once a certain percentage of in-person students got the shot."

5.  Vaccine Update

As colleges look toward the fall-2021 semester, they’re grappling with whether to require — or just strongly encourage — students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Here’s a chart of institutions - includng 78 Division III institutions - that have decided to issue blanket vaccination requirements of all students, students living on campus, and/or employees.

  • California (6): Caltech, Chapman, Claremont-M-S, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz
  • Colorado: Colorado College
  • Connecticut: Wesleyan
  • DC: Trinity Washington
  • Georgia: Emory
  • Indiana (2): DePauw, Saint Mary's
  • Iowa: Grinnell
  • Kentucky: Berea
  • Massachusetts (23): Amherst, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Emerson, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Lasell, MCLA, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime, Mount Holyoke, Salem State, Simmons, Smith, Springfield, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Westfield State, Wheaton, Williams, Worcester State
  • Maine: Bowdoin
  • Maryland (2): Johns Hopkins, Salisbury
  • Michigan: Kalamazoo
  • Minnesota (2): Carleton, Macalester
  • Missouri: Washington U.
  • New Jersey (9): Drew, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stevens, Stockton
  • New York (9): Hamilton, Ithaca, Manhattanville, NYU, Rensselaer, Rochester, RIT, Sarah Lawrence, Vassar
  • North Carolina: Brevard
  • Ohio: Kenyon
  • Oregon (2): Lewis & Clark, Willamette
  • Pennsylvania (5): Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Haverford, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore
  • Rhode Island: Roger Williams
  • Tennessee: Maryville
  • Virginia (4): Bridgewater, Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Virginia Wesleyan
  • Washington (2): Pacific Lutheran, Whitman
  • Wisconsin: Lawrence
>> Complete List

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