Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Title IX at 50

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Title IX at 50

Title IX at 50
by Gail Dent, NCAA

"The NCAA began its Title IX at 50 celebration during the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis. The celebration commemorates the anniversary of the landmark federal law signed in 1972 that prohibits gender discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

The Association will host programs, tributes and other activities through spring 2023, alongside member schools who also are recognizing the anniversary.  The efforts will culminate at the 2023 Women's Final Four in Dallas, where Divisions I, II and III will hold their basketball championships. 

In addition to the creation of a special Title IX at 50 logo, a dedicated website is available at, which includes a membership tool kit that provides ideas and suggestions on how schools and conferences can celebrate on their campuses and in their communities. Various materials and stories also will be archived on the site, along with the Title IX at 50 report that will detail progress made over the years and where additional work needs to be done."

>> History Lesson: "Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and was signed into law June 23. It states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." 

>> What's Next: "Celebratory activities also will take place at this year's NCAA Inclusion Forum on June 15-16, and various recognitions will occur at 2022 NCAA championships. Additionally, communications efforts will include social media features, resource materials, dedicated stories and Title IX membership spotlights."

>> Quotable: "Title IX is turning 50 years old, and we are taking this opportunity to celebrate, motivate, encourage and support women and everyone engaged in improving equity for all," said Amy Wilson, managing director in the NCAA office of inclusion. "While progress is being made across intercollegiate athletics, including with our championships, the journey is not over."

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2. What Keeps a President Up at Night
by Mary Dana Hinton, Hollins

"Long before COVID, those of us who are privileged to serve as college or university presidents had no shortage of worries to keep us awake at night.

For nearly a decade, we have been bracing ourselves as we approach a demographic cliff in the next five years, beyond which lies the specter of declining enrollments and serious budget shortfalls. In the meantime, our current student bodies, from more diverse backgrounds than in the past and with shifting characteristics, have rightly demanded that we provide more support services on campus, and those services have significant costs attached.

Then there is what is likely the single greatest cause of our sleepless nights: the long-lamented broken business model in higher education. Expenses, demands and needs—along with price tags—are increasing rapidly, while families’ ability and willingness to pay lag behind."

>> Situational Awareness: "All that was pre-COVID. During the pandemic, each of those issues has taken on even greater importance. As a result of the past 18 months, social justice movements are finally demanding necessary and significant institutional change. That faulty business model is now in a million little pieces as the revenue losses and expenses of COVID have damaged—in some cases decimated—many of our institutions financially. And student need is greater than ever."

>> What's Next: "So what does all this have to do with sleepless college presidents? We now have an obligation to acknowledge, support and prepare for those students to arrive on our campuses knowing that their learning and development have been compromised. Part of this acknowledgment means partnering with K-12 schools in order to understand what will be needed and how we can support their efforts. Turning away and hoping for the best will be to our peril. Rather, we must prepare our institutions to be student-ready."

>> The Final Word: "College leaders must not solidify inequity. And yet as I toss and turn during another fitful night, I realize that if we do not take the initiative to respond in this moment, to actively address the urgent needs of K-12 students by becoming a legitimate partner with the public schools doing their best to serve them, that is precisely what we will be doing. And if that happens, we should all lose sleep."

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3.  Former Red Hawk Soars to MLS

The Montclarion
by Matt Orth, The Montclarion

"It’s Jan. 9, 2022. Michael Knapp, former midfielder for the Montclair State University men’s soccer team and current midfielder for the United Soccer League (USL) team the New York Red Bulls II, was already living his dreams of being a professional soccer player. But, moving into a bigger professional league was not in his realm of personal possibility.

“My agent called me two days before the draft and he told me, ‘Mike, I think you’re on the [Major League Soccer] draft board, but don’t expect to be drafted by anyone since you are already pro,'” Knapp said. “So in my mind, I was thinking I was not [going to] get drafted because of what my agent told me. But [then again], he also told me to keep my head up.”

Two days passed. Knapp’s head was kept up, but all of a sudden on the day of the 2022 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, he started to feel different emotions than usual. It was almost as if what his agent had told him was not going to come to fruition.

And with one of the most out-of-the-ordinary ways to find out that a player has made it into the big leagues, Knapp was officially drafted with the 61st pick in the third round of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft to Austin FC."

>> Soccer Sense: “The day of the draft I was just in the gym in the sauna thinking, ‘Man, I have a weird feeling. I have a feeling I’m going to get drafted,’ but because of what my agent told me, I didn’t think much of it,” Knapp said. And then, the strange feeling Knapp had became a reality. A lot of people in Knapp’s circle kept reposting something on Instagram in the middle of the night, waking him up. Confused, he blew it off and went back to sleep. And then, he got one of the biggest texts he would ever get from his agent confirming his suspicions. “My agent texts me [saying], ‘You have been drafted to Austin FC."

>> College Days: "In two seasons, Knapp established himself as one of the top players at Montclair State and within the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) as a whole. He won NJAC Rookie of the Year in his first season, then proceeded to win the Pat Baldiserra Midfielder of the Year Award in the conference the very next season."

>> Quotable: “[In terms of] where I came from, I didn’t play at an academy; I went to Division III, got injured and kept on working,” Knapp said. “You just have to put your head down and go to work. Don’t listen to anybody and believe in yourself. That’s why everyone was so happy when I got drafted — I believed in myself when nobody else did."

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4.   Lightning Round


  Denise Bierly won her 500th career game as the Eastern Connecticut women's basketball team downed Keene State, 56-27, on Monday.

 John Carroll junior Alex Phillip and Washington (Mo.) sophomore Emma Kelley were named the USTFCCCA DIII Athletes of the Week

  Concordia-Wisconsin sophomore Spencer Herman was named the AVCA Player of the Week. He hit .529 with 6.33 kills per set in a loss to Loras.

  Happy birthday to Scranton SID John Gatto.

    5.  Watchlist

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      Volleyball (M): #1 Springfield at #5 New York U., 6:30 p.m. EST
    • The top-ranked Pride (3-0) and the fifth-ranked Violets (1-0) square off in Brooklyn. James Haag had 12 kills for NYU in its season-opening upset of #1 Carthage.
    • Stream the game
      Basketball (W): #4 Trine at #1 Hope, 7:30 EST
    • The Flying Dutch (16-0, 8-0) puts its 61-game win streak on the line at home against the Thunder (13-2, 6-1). Irresistable force meet immovable object - Hope averages 93.6 ppg, while Trine allows just 48.6.
    • Stream the game
      Basketball (M): #5 UW-Platteville vs. #10 UW-La Crosse, 7:00 CST
    • Another WIAC slugfest as the Eagles (15-2, 6-2) take the road to battle the Pioneers (17-1, 6-1). Expect a low-scoring affair as UWL and UWP are 1-2 in the league in scoring defense.
    • Stream the game

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