Monday, October 31, 2022

Championship Weekend Doesn't Disappoint


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Championship Weekend Doesn't Disappoint

Perfect Score Gives Colorado College Third SCAC Women's Cross Country Title in Four Years

There were 43 conference championship meets this weekend. Here is who came home with the team hardware.

AMCC: PSU Behrend (M/W)
A-R-C: Wartburg (M/W)
ASC: McMurry (M/W)
Atlantic East: Marywood (M/W)
Centennial: Johns Hopkins (M/W)
CUNYAC: Hunter (M), CCNY (W)
C2C: UC Santa Cruz (M/W)
CCIW: North Central (M), Wheaton (W)
CCS: Berea (M), Piedmont (W)
CSAC: Valley Forge (M/W)
CCC: Roger Williams (M), Suffolk (W)
Empire 8: Nazareth (M), St. John Fisher (W)
GNAC: Norwich (M), Colby-Sawyer (W)
HCACL Rose-Hulman (M), Manchester (W)
Landmark: Moravian (M), Scranton (W)
Liberty: RPI (M/W)
LEC: Plymouth State (M), Keene State (W)
MASCAC: Bridgewater State (M), Westfield State (W)
MIAA: Calvin (M), Hope (W)
MAC: Messiah (M), Widener (W)
Midwest: Cornell (M), Ripon (W)
MIAC: St. Olaf (M), Carleton (W)
NECC: Mitchell (M), Lesley (W)
NESCAC: Williams (M/W)
NJAC: Rowan (M), TCNJ (W)
NAC: SUNY Delhi (M), Husson (W)
NCAC: Oberlin (M), Wittenberg (W)
NACC: MSOE (M), Aurora (W)
Northwest: George Fox (M/W)
OAC: John Carroll (M/W)
ODAC: Lynchburg (M/W)
PAC: Franciscan (M), Allegheny (W)
Skyline: Merchant Marine (M/W)
SAA: Berry (M), Centre (W)
SCIAC: Pomona-Pitzer (M), Claremont-M-S (W)
SCAC: Colorado College (M/W)
SLIAC: Greenville (M/W)
SUNYAC: Geneseo (M/W)
United East: SUNY Morrisville (M), St. Mary's, Md. (W)
UAA: Emory (M), Chicago (W)
UMAC: UW-Superior (M), Martin Luther (W)
USA South: Southern Virginia (M), Meredith (W)
WIAC: UW-La Crosse (M/W)

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2.  Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Race in Admissions

by Nell Gluckman and Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education

"The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in two cases that challenge colleges’ consideration of race in admissions decisions — one against Harvard University, the other against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The outcomes of the cases, which have been making their way through the court system since 2014, could decide the fate of race-conscious admissions in America. Legal observers believe that the now-conservative court may seize the opportunity to end the practice altogether.

The Chronicle asked six legal and higher-education experts to share one key thing that they will be watching for during the arguments on Monday and to explain why that could be pivotal."

These cases represent a conflict in America over how to address racial discrimination and promote equal access and opportunity in higher education. I’ll be watching for how the justices debate this question as they consider how to interpret the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Liliana Garces, U. of Texas

I will be listening for how the justices and attorneys talk about Asian Americans in relationship to other students and people. - OiYan Poon, U. of Maryland

I’m very interested in whether any member of the court elevates the issue of what, precisely, is on the table as the court considers the big question presented in these cases: whether higher-education institutions can continue to “use race as a factor in admissions.” - Art Coleman, EducationCouncil LLC

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3. Calvin Adding Football

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"Football is coming to Calvin University in 2023. Calvin University’s Board of Trustees voted on and approved the university’s athletics strategic plan, which includes adding women's acrobatics and tumbling, men’s volleyball, and men’s American football to its portfolio of NCAA Division III athletic offerings. It also calls for an exploration of expanded ice hockey programs, including adding a women’s team.

“We are one of the premier athletics programs in all of Division III and so why not add more offerings that meet the needs of our students,” said Dr. Wiebe Boer, president of Calvin University.“By adding these sports, we are providing students who have competed throughout high school the opportunity to get the best Christian liberal arts education around and continue in the sport they love. It’s a win-win.”

>> What's Next: "The athletics strategic plan also includes a significant renovation and expansion of Calvin’s outdoor athletic facilities, including the construction of new outdoor facilities for soccer, lacrosse, and football. Searches for head coaches in men’s volleyball and women's acrobatics and tumbling are underway, with a search for a Calvin football coach kicking off early next month."

>> What They're Saying: “Calvin University occupies a unique space in Division III athletics,” said Dr. Noah Toly, provost of Calvin University. “Our athletic teams are consistently winning league titles and competing on the national stage, and those same student-athletes are raising the collective GPA of the university. This only happens because as a community we value excellence on the field and court and in the classroom and our faculty, staff, and coaches support that environment.”

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4. Top Six Remain In Place

North Central continues to top the weekly rankings with Mount Union in the two hole. Bethel moved into the top 10, while Susquehanna made the week's biggest leap.

  1. North Central, Ill. (23), 8-0
  2. Mount Union (2), 8-0
  3. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7-1
  4. Saint John's, 7-1
  5. Linfield, 7-0
  6. Trinity, Texas, 8-0
  7. UW-La Crosse, 7-1
  8. Hardin-Simmons, 7-1
  9. Bethel, 7-1
  10. UW-Whitewater, 6-2

>> This Weekend: No. 2 Mount Union vs. No. 22 John Carroll; No. 15 Wheaton vs. No. 25 Washington, Mo.

>> Unbeaten (17): Albion (8-0), Alma (8-0), Carnegie Mellon (9-0), Cortland (8-0), Delaware Valley (8-0), Endicott (8-0), Ithaca (8-0), Linfield (7-0), Mount St. Joseph (8-0), Mount Union (8-0), North Central (8-0), Randolph-Macon (8-0), Ripon (8-0), Susquehanna (8-0), Trinity, Conn. (7-0), Trinity, Texas (8-0), Wartburg (8-0).

>> Party Like It's ... 1968?: Alma is 8-0 for the first time in 54 years after a 49-35 victory against Olivet. 

>> Scot Stunner: Trailing 33-7, Wooster came all the way back, scoring the game-winning TD with 11 seconds remaining to defeat rival Wittenberg, 44-43. It is the Scots' first triumph over their rivals since 2008.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Adrian men's ice hockey upped its win streak to 33 with 4-3 and 8-3 victories against Utica. 

  Field Hockey

  • There is just one unbeaten team remaining in DIII field hockey and it resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Salisbury (16-0) wrapped up the regular season with a perfect 16-0 mark after a 6-2 win at DeSales. North Carolina is the only other team with an unblemished record in NCAA field hockey (15-0).
  Soccer (M)
  • The much-heralded matchup between two female head coaches of men's soccer programs ended in a scoreless draw on Friday between Chicago and NYU. The Maroons were the last side in NCAA men's soccer with an unblemished record (14-0-1).

  Soccer (W)

  • There are no longer any sides in NCAA women's soccer with umblemished records, as both Case Western Reserve (13-0-1) and DII West Chester both battled opponents to draw this weekend.

  Volleyball (W)

  • There are just one team remaining in all NCAA divisions with a spotless record - Claremont-M-S (26-0).

   Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Jessica Duff, associate AD, Smith; JJ Hunter, director of track and field, MIT.
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