Friday, October 29, 2021

Council Supports Proposals


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Council Supports Proposals


The N.C.A.A. Says It's Working to Change. Next Year, at the Soonest. - The  New York Times  
by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA  |  photo by Aaron M. Sprecher, Associated Press

"The Division III Presidents Council supported three membership-sponsored legislative proposals Wednesday in preparation for the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis. 

Division III member schools with Division I sports could soon apply all Division I legislation, including Bylaw 15 (financial aid), to their Division I sports. The Presidents Council supported the proposal that would provide consistent framework to the 2% of Division III schools sponsoring a Division I sport. Currently 10 schools in the division sponsor a sport in Division I, with five of them able to offer athletics aid dating back to a waiver granted in 2004.

The council also backed a proposal that specifies only competition would trigger the use of a season. If adopted, student-athletes would be provided flexibility to maximize seasons of participation. A student-athlete would only be charged with a season of eligibility if the student-athlete competes at any point during the traditional season.

A proposal to use the NCAA Eligibility Center in certifying the amateur status of international student-athletes to provide more consistency and efficiency to the certification process was supported, as well."

>> Gender Equity Report: "The Presidents Council heard from Kaplan, Hecker & Fink on its second gender equity report, which was released Tuesday at the Board of Governors meeting. The second phase of the review looked at the equity of all NCAA championships (except basketball). The report noted the student-athlete experiences in Division III championships were overall more equitable than other NCAA championships, but some disparities existed concerning the venues for final rounds of the tournaments."

>> Constitution Committee: "The Presidents Council approved a recommendation to establish the legislative timeline for divisional constitutional provisions after the NCAA Special Convention on Nov. 15."

>> Next Up: "Troy Hammond, president at North Central (Illinois), was selected as the next chair of the council while Jim Schmidt, chancellor at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was voted in as the next vice chair."

>> Continue Reading


2.  Harrier Hopefuls

DIII North Central College Is The Ultimate NCAA Cross Country Dynasty -  FloTrack

har·​ri·​er  |  a runner on a cross-country team.

It's Conference Championship Weekend for Division III cross country. Here are the longest consecutive conference winning streaks that teams are looking to extend ... or end.

Cross country is not an automatic qualifier sport ... teams meet at NCAA regional qualifiers in two weeks.

Men's Consecutive Winning Streaks
46 - North Central, CCIW
30 - Calvin, MIAA
6 - Elizabethtown, Landmark
6 - Geneseo, SUNYAC
5 - Washington and Lee, ODAC
5 - Greenville, SLIAC

Women's Consecutive Winning Streaks
12 - Johns Hopkins, Centennial
10 - Claremont-M-S, SCIAC
9 - Geneseo, SUNYAC
6 - Hunter, CUNYAC
6 - Elizabethtown, Landmark
6 - Washington, Mo., UAA

>> Championship Weekend Preview
>> Championship Meet Information

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3. Administrators Are Not The Enemy

by Brian Rosenberg, President Emeritus, Macalester College

"It appears at times as if the condescension of some faculty members toward the administrative staff of a college or university — a group that by definition includes everyone from the president to the most newly hired admissions officer — is nearly limitless. In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, administrators are characterized as both autocrats and “widget makers.” The authors of another recent piece, in The Chronicle, opine that “the authority of academic administrators is only solid to the extent that they themselves are credible practitioners of the scholarly life”: that is, unless one is or has been a faculty member, one has no right to tell faculty members what they should or should not do.

No nonfaculty employee at any college campus in the United States will be surprised in the least by these observations, which may be especially blunt but are by no means unusual. One of the many unexamined but implicitly acknowledged truths on these campuses is that they are — despite the rhetoric of equity and inclusivity — deeply hierarchical. Or, to cite again the same piece in The Chronicle, “Traditionally, authority in the academy has been hierarchical and related to assigned functions, the most important of which is faculty teaching.”

>> Court Awareness: "Universities are built around the primacy of expertise. Everything from the organization of academic departments to the most common forms of pedagogy rests on the assumption that in order to do a job well, one needs an appropriate level of training, knowledge, and experience. Yet the definition of expertise is for many very narrow: Expertise in an academic discipline — traditionally defined through the possession of a Ph.D. or its equivalent and through the production of scholarship — is legitimate and provable. Expertise in other areas without which the university could not function is at best less important and at worst nonexistent."

>> Truth: "The truth is that being a mental-health counselor or a residential-life director or a financial-aid officer — or a college president — is different from being a faculty member but not necessarily (or even typically) easier or less dependent upon the expertise that comes with training and experience. When people who hold those positions hear and read regularly — and if they read the academic press, they do read this regularly — that they are not only unimportant but actually impediments to the “real” work of the university, it makes their already challenging jobs even more difficult."

>> The Final Word: "Here is an idea: The next time a student overdoses in a residence hall, call a faculty member; the next time a family pleads for more financial aid, call a faculty member; the next time an institution has to figure out a way to navigate safely through a global pandemic, call a faculty member. They are, after all, the experts."

>> An Entertaining Read

4. Undefeated, Untied

There are 26 undefeated and untied field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball teams in Division III entering the weekend, according to NCAA statistics.

Field Hockey (4): Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, Washington and Lee, Wilson

Football (19): Birmingham-Southern, Central, Cortland, Delaware Valley, Ithaca, Lake Forest, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Merchant Marine, Mount Union, North Central (Ill.), Saint John's, Susquehanna, Trinity (Conn.), Trinity (Texas), Union, Wesleyan (Conn.), Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Women's Soccer (1): Scranton

Volleyball (2): Johns Hopkins, Wartburg


5.  Weekend Spotlight

Women's Soccer Opens Season with 3-1 Victory at Fontbonne
Jess Shapiro, Washington U.

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

Field Hockey

  • No. 18 Vassar (11-5) vs. No. 19 New Paltz (13-2)
  • No. 17 Haverford (13-3) vs. Swarthmore (11-5)
  • York, Pa. (14-3) vs. Christopher Newport (10-4)
  • Shenandoah (13-2) vs. Lynchburg (12-5)
  • Wilson (15-0) vs. Keystone (12-5)


  • No. 18 Susquehanna (7-0) at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (6-1)
  • No. 8 Hardin-Simmons (6-1) at Howard Payne (6-1)
  • No. 12 Union (7-0) vs. Hobart (6-1)
  • No. 15 Ithaca (7-0) at RPI (6-1)
  • No. 24 Washington & Jefferson (6-1) at Grove City (6-1)

Ice Hockey (M)

  • Adrian vs. Utica
  • UW-Stevens Point vs. Lake Forest

Soccer (M)

  • No. 23 Johns Hopkins (11-2-2) at No. 16 Franklin & Marshall (13-2-1)
  • No. 3 Trinity, Texas (14-0-1) at Colorado College (10-3-1)
  • No. 13 Emory (8-1-4) at No. 15 NYU (9-3-1)
  • Concordia, Texas (9-3-3) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (11-3)
  • Whitman (11-4) at Willamette (10-3-1)
  • Wilmington (12-1-3) at John Carroll (9-3-4)

Soccer (W)

  • No. 3 Washington, Mo. (12-0-1) at No. 11 Case Western Reserve (12-1-1)
  • No. 2 Johns Hopkins (13-0-2) at Franklin & Marshall (11-2-2)
  • No. 24 Western Connecticut (15-1) at Southern Maine (11-2-3)
  • Connecticut College (9-3-3) at Middlebury (11-3-1)
  • Capital (8-6-2) at Otterbein (13-2)
  • Virginia Wesleyan (10-5-1) at Bridgewater (14-1-2)
  • No. 4 Calvin (23-2) at No. 6 Hope (19-2)
  • No. 11 Emory (19-3) vs. No. 14 Berry (18-2)
  • No. 9 Juniata (21-1) vs. Scranton (23-5)
  • Washington and Lee (21-5) at Berry (18-2)
  • Susquehanna (20-5) at Elizabethtown (20-6)
  • Mount Union (19-5) at Ohio Northern (18-5)
  • Williams (12-3) at Amherst (13-3)

6.  Comings and Goings

7.  Best Play You'll See Today

    High school defensive end Wakeem Page of Cathedral Prep (Pa.) last Friday made one of the most unbelievable plays you'll ever see.

    • Channeling his inner Troy Polamalu, Page timed the snap perfectly to intercept a backfield pitch, returning it for an easy score.

    Seriously, how do you do that?

    - courtesy of Axios

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