Friday, September 24, 2021

Women of the Year


written by STEVE ULRICH
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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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