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kikuria

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  1. Thinking it's a business decision by the Times Union. UA athletics has been pouring advertising dollars towards the TU over the last few years. That kind of coverage kills the golden goose. UAlbany has many former TU staffers working for them now. Piss off the school with your coverage, sport reporters won't get access to the locker room or and beat reporters will get less access to on campus people. That's how the game is played and both sides know it.
  2. It's interesting that the court made clear that they are NOT saying the University is in compliance with Title IX (seemingly acknowledging they are not.) The optics aren't good when trying to recruit. Female high school athletes think 2x about coming to Albany just making the problem worse. I also looked at the reported enrollment numbers. Looks to be nearly 500 more women now than men. It's been a few years but the last time I looked those numbers the school was nearly even and sometimes even had more males enrolled. That's a big shift in a short period. If enrollment is changing that dramatically, how does the school get into compliance?!! EDIT: 520 more women than men as of June 30, 2020 report.
  3. Reading the article and the trying to get through the ruling. Basis of the dismissal appears to be because the school has current agreement with the Office of Civil Rights. And court doesn't want to step in while in effect? Am I reading that correctly?What happens if school doesn't meet the deadline?Note: Notwithstanding my love for rowing and previous advocacy for the addition of Women's Crew, I recognize that ship sailed (or rowed) long ago. Bummer but reality sets in at some point.
  4. Sadly, I've been heads down for a few months now. If it weren't for twitter, it would have take a few weeks for me to figure out the score of the game. So there's that at least.
  5. Anyone see this article? Towards the bottom is includes a small part about UAlbany owing the NCAA $30,000 for hosting the first round of football playoffs. https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Low-turnout-for-UAlbany-football-playoff-victory-14873033.php
  6. Insert edit: I like <winning> football May my otherwise lame effort to lighten the mood not go down in flames
  7. I'm definitely older than you! Probably dating myself to some degree but there used to be a ton of PE classes including swimming classes (I took one. Great 1 credit class.) There was a swimming (and diving?) team too. I don't know if there is a local market for pool rentals though.
  8. Was hoping I read incorrectly. Need to find it again. Regardless, just terrible. What were they planning on doing with it? That I don't remember.
  9. Did I read correctly that they are getting rid of the pool? Or are renovations in the works for it too?
  10. I agreed insomuch as it only works when it's a budget priority. It does not appear to be.
  11. I should have asked this differently - was the offer to join the CAA extended at the same time as football? Or did it come up afterwards?
  12. Do you know when the offer was extended? How does something like that play out?
  13. I seem to recall reading a previous thread but ... could someone refresh my recollection on whey we didn't move over to the CAA in all sports?
  14. Heard recently that MJ had/has some Title IX concerns too (not related directly to tennis or the previous OCR investigation) and they were in writing. If Benson fired her for speaking out about it things are going to go to hell pretty quickly. Good god, could it get any worse?
  15. Any word on whether Benson's contract has been renewed? It'll be 5 years in August.
  16. I haven't seen any announcements but maybe someone else has.
  17. https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2019/05/16/title-ix-how-female-athletes-new-york-colleges-face-inequities/3471574002/
  18. I thought about that very question. It's part of the reason I stopped advocating for crew outside of it being the only sport that I know of that can hit the numbers needed (I think the current team is solid but that's more being a fan than anything else.) I came to this conclusion by looking at the issue differently. If my daughter was on the club team (she's not in college yet), and she said "Dad, they're offering to make the team varsity ...", I'd advise her against it so long as Benson was at the helm. That was a tough pill to swallow given some of my previous posts. But that's where I'm at. Summary: I agree with you almost 100%
  19. You're right, it is about equity of opportunity. OCR already decided on this though. School was 97 roster spots short. This past year it was 86 slots short (which is more than last year ). I can't wrap my head around Benson lying though. It was unnecessary. Quick note - We do know what was already agreed to. They agreed to "substantial proportionality" within the agreed upon time frame. OCR doesn't tell anyone how to get there. Only that they have to. But the court/jury can order a specific remedy. And that's what concerns me. I'm a crew guy and think it's the right fit because of numbers. The club team had good success directly with D1 schools, huge alumni support in terms of $$, and has had a solid coach for years. But that doesn't mean it's the only solution or even the best solution. That should be for the school to decide. So if it's taken out of the Department's hands - that's on Benson and no one else.
  20. Want to make a real change? Don't allow anyone to make excuses for violating the law.
  21. I was asked a question. I answered the question. Fortunately, it matters not what you or I or anyone else thinks of the question or answer. However, excrement it is not. Those email(s) exist. Unless you were specifically referring to the audio. In which case, I have already indicated that was not played for me (I assume the person didn't have it on them.) Here's what I'm hoping for - jury trial. I thought about this long and hard. My former preference was to have the school fix the problem and make it go away. It's become more clear that the people involved are the problem and it can only be resolved with a change in leadership (or a come to religion moment). A jury trial seems to be the only way that ALL of this stuff comes out.
  22. Perfectly reasonable question. I was shown a copy of an email thread that he had with a 3rd party (meaning not me.) Which was a follow up to an in person meeting(s?) that he had. I'm told there is an audio recording of that meeting though I have NOT listened to it.
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