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Finally getting some respect

Posted on 27 October 2006 by Justin Phillips

After spending a year being on the outside looking in, Marquette is finally getting some recognition. Today marked the release of the ESPN/USA Today pre-season poll (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings) and Marquette ranked 17th, one spot above UConn.

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Who benefits from the rain delay?

Posted on 26 October 2006 by Justin Phillips

Last night’s game 4 of the World Series was rained out and the early indications appear that the Cardinals benefit the most from this.
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Wisconsin’s uncovered state race

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Thomas Shea

Very few on campus know that come this next election the position of Secretary of State is up for grabs. In fact, I’d bet some do not even know Wisconsin has such a position.

The Republican candidate for the position, Sandy Sullivan, could be considered a political novice, as this is her first attempt at a public office. Sullivan was born in Mauston, Wis. She is 65 years old. Sullivan attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and later went on to Madison for her graduate degree.
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New team and a new year

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Nicole Larson

The men’s lacrosse team is ready to get down to business, and this time they’re serious. After a misfortunate incident involving Public Safety and after the suspension of their season last year, the guys are back and stronger than ever, making a conscious effort to promote the team in a positive light, and help others through service work in the process.Last year, the lacrosse team developed a bad reputation as a party-affiliated club after a hazing scandal in the program swept the campus. The remainder of their season was terminated after a few meetings that were held last fall. Word got out about the less than flattering situation, and other news sources, such as The Journal Sentinel and WTMJ4, decided to pick up the story, too. With all the poor publicity for the club, one would think the men would be discouraged, but instead they turned the negative into a positive and are now stronger than ever.

“We became organized,” said Andy Hunt, vice president of the club, who has been an important figure in getting the club back on its feet and changing the way it operated. After the scandal in fall 2005, the club got together and decided to elect new officers and start working toward a better goal for the 2006-2007 season.

“It was hard initially to step into those roles,” explained senior captain and president Ben White, “but the work ethic and character [of the team] is phenomenal.” Both White and Hunt believe it was the hard work of the team that helped put the shattered pieces back together and brought the team up to where it is now. “Everyone was willing to do anything for the team,” White said.

It shows. Just this fall, the club has already played in tournaments and even hosted home games. Although the current record is 2-5, the team’s new attitude proves that a team is about more than statistics.

An example of the hard work and genuine desire to improve is the community service the team does together. There was no community service requirement included in the club’s probation, but the men get together and do it anyway, giving to the less fortunate because they are passionate about helping others and bonding as a team simultaneously. This weekend, the team will be playing in a tournament in which all tournament fees will be donated to the American Cancer Society. This is just one way the club has given back however.

The newly elected officers also held an anti-hazing workshop at the beginning of this season. They organized the event and were able to get nationally recognized speakers to attend. It lasted five hours, and it was open to any club that wanted to attend. When asked why they wllowed other clubs to join the workshop, Hunt said, “We wanted to make sure this kind of thing wouldn’t happen to anyone else.”

Another new aspect of the team is that whenever they have group outings, no member is allowed to consume alcohol. “We are a completely dry team,” explained Hunt. “Even the guys of legal age don’t drink while we’re out as a team.”

They thought it might be difficult to promote the team this season and to recruit new freshmen initially. However, the worry soon subsided. Most new players were somewhat aware of what happened the previous year due to the anti-hazing workshop, and team officers, who were happy to meet with new freshmen and their parents during campus preview. The situation from last season did not stifle their desire to join the club.

“It didn’t factor into my decision,” said freshman midfielder Michael Condon. The overall attitude of the team is positive and they are looking ahead with high aspirations. “The team is building good chemistry,” he further explained, and there are no signs of slowing down.

Currently, the men are looking forward to the rest of the fall season and the upcoming spring season. The team will begin again in late February or early March, and they have high expectations.

“We are excited to be Marquette Lacrosse again,” commented White, who explained that last spring they played on a team called the Trombones, which was not affiliated with the school. “It’s nice to put on a jersey that means something.”

They also expressed gratitude toward the loyal fans of the team. Earlier this fall, the club hosted a parents’ weekend, which included two home games. They gave away 100 free t-shirts that sported a Marquette Lacrosse logo. “We are appreciative of the fans,” said Hunt. “It’s been a long, hard road, and we’re proud of the team.”

The Marquette men’s lacrosse team has been inspiring so far this season, and can be expected to continue improving. Coming back from a devastating controversy, they managed to turn around the entire club with the support of fans and the hard work of each player in a single year. It’s only fair to say that they have earned back the trust of the parents, faculty and the fans. We can all look forward to an amazing spring season.

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Your season guide to Big East basketball

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Cassie Kowaleski

Cassie Kowaleski analyzes this year’s Big East competition.
Note: JUCO = Junior College Cincinnati Bearcats
Coach: Mick Cronin: 1st season…Cincy alum…24-6 last year with Murray State…named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year
Returning Starters:
• Cedric McGowan (6-6, SR, F)…averaged 13.3 pts and 8.0 rebounds in three NIT games last year
New Players:
o Tim Crowell (6-2, JR, PG)…JUCO transfer…was 1st team All-Conference and led the league with 7.5 ast last year.
o Marvin Gentry (6-3, JR, SG)… JUCO transfer…North Texas Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2006
o Herrol Hall (6-10, JR, C)…JUCO transfer…from Costa Rica, plays on their national team
o Abdul Herrera (6-10, SO, C)…didn’t play last year because he was ruled ineligible
o Adam Hrycaniuk (6-10, JR, C)…JUCO transfer…played amateur ball in Poland
o Marcus Sikes (6-8, JR, F)…JUCO transfer…played at Georgia his freshman year
o Deonta Vaughn (6-1, FR, G)…two-time All-State selection in Indiana
o Jamual Warren (6-2, JR, G)…JUCO transfer…2nd team JUCO All-American
o John Williamson (6-6, JR, F)…JUCO transfer…1st team JUCO All-American
Outlook: With a new coach and nine new players, the Bearcats will have an up-and-down season. Look for them to upset a ranked team or two, but also suffer tough losses finishing around .500.

Connecticut Huskies
Coach: Jim Calhoun: 21st season…Naismith Hall of Famer…two National championships (’99, ’04)
Returning Starters: None
New Players:
o A.J. Price (6-2, SO, G)…sat out last season due to violations of university’s student code of conduct
o Ben Eaves (6-7, FR, F/G)…from England where he plays on their U18 National team
o Doug Wiggins (6-1, FR,G)…Connecticut High School Gatorade Player of the Year
o Jerome Dyson (6-3, FR, G)…averaged 26 pts, 8 rebs and 6 ast as a senior in HS
o Stanley Robinson (6-9, FR, F)…most highly touted…plays on U18 U.S. National team
o Jonathon Mandeldove (6-11, FR, C)…Honorable Mention McDonald’s All-American
o Gavin Edwards (6-9, FR, F/C)…holds his high school’s career blocks record
o Hasheem Thabeet (7-3, FR, C)…from Tanzania…moved to Houston where he was 2nd Team All-City
o Curtis Kelly (6-9, FR, F)…New York Post and Daily News Player of the Year
Outlook: Lost top six scorers from last season, but are bringing in eight impact freshmen. They will not be the best team in the league, but they will be in the top five.
DePaul Blue Demons
Coach: Jerry Wainwright: 2nd season…2005-06 finished 12-15 with a big win over then No. 16 Wake Forest…assistant of U18 U.S. National team this past summer
Returning Starters:
• Sammy Mejia (6-6, SR, G)…has already scored over 1,000 career points
• Wilson Chandler (6-8, SO, F)…unanimous selection for Big East All-Rookie Team
• Karron Clarke (6-6, JR, F)…led team in FG and 3-PT shooting percentage last season
• Jabari Currie (6-4, SO, G)…led team in assists last season
New Players:
o Thijin Moses (6-8, FR, F)…from the Sudan, came to U.S. in 2004…MVP at five-star camp…ranked 93rd best senior by www.scout.com
o Will Walker (6-0, FR, G)…ranked 13th best PG by scout.com and rivals.com…78th best player by rivals.com
Outlook: Sporting News named them as a team that could surprise people in a good way in their “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned” section. This is a team that could finish in the top half of the Big East, which might mean a trip to the “Big Dance.”

Georgetown Hoyas
Coach: John Thompson III: 3rd season…son of legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson…handed Duke its first loss last season
Returning Starters:
• Jeff Green (6-9, JR, F)…2nd Team All Big-East
• Roy Hibbert (7-2, JR, C)…2nd Team All Big-East
• Jonathan Wallace (6-1, JR, G)…4th in Big East in assist/turnover ratio
New Players:
o Patrick Ewing Jr. (6-8, JR, F)…transfer from Indiana…son of THE Patrick Ewing
o Vernon Macklin (6-9, FR, F)…McDonald’s and Parade All-American
o Jeremiah Rivers (6-4, FR, G)…son of former MU great, “Doc” Rivers
o DaJuan Summers (6-8, FR, F)…Maryland’s 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year
Outlook: With an outstanding freshman class, a formidable backcourt and a PG who can distribute and take care of the ball, Georgetown will contend for the Big East title and more.

Louisville Cardinals
Coach: Rick Pitino: 7th season…8th best winning percentage among active coaches…only coach to take three different schools to Final Four (L’ville in 2005)
Returning Starters:
• Brandon Jenkins (6-3, SR, G)…led team in steals last season
• David Padgett (6-11, JR, C)…top scorer returning from last year
• Juan Palacios (6-8, JR, F)…led team in rebounding last season
• Terrence Williams (6-6, SO, F)…started 21 games as a freshman
New Players:
o Derrick Caracter (6-9, FR, F)…named No. 6 prospect in country by Hoop Scoop
o Earl Clark (6-8, FR, G)…McDonald’s and Parade All-American
o Will Scott (6-3, SO, G)…transfer from Cornell…walk-on
o Jerry Smith (6-3, FR, G)…Wisconsin state Player of the Year…3-time All-State selection
o Edgar Sosa (6-2, FR, G)…Co-player of the Year in New York
Outlook: After an 11th place finish in their first Big East season, Pitino should have this team’s attention. Bolstered by an outstanding freshman class, Louisville will finish in the top half of conference play this year.

Marquette Golden Eagles
Coach: Tom Crean: 8th season…took team to Final Four in 2003
Returning Starters:
•Ousmane Barro (6-10, JR, F)…got better throughout the season last year, fan favorite
• Dominic James (5-11, SO, G)…Big East Rookie of the Year
• Jerel McNeal (6-3, SO, G)…Big East All-Rookie team
New Players:
o Maurice Acker (5-8, SO, G)…transfer from Ball State…will sit out this year
o Lawrence Blackledge (6-8, JR, G)…JUCO transfer…Honorable Mention All-American
o David Cubillan (6-0, FR, G)…originally from Venezuela…All-State in New Jersey
o Lazar Hayward (6-6, FR, F)…rated among top 25 wing players by scout.com
Outlook: Marquette has three top-notch perimeter players in James, Matthews and McNeal. If Barro can perform adequately in the post and Dan Fitzgerald or Hayward solidifies the four-spot, this team can play with anyone.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Coach: Mike Brey: 6th season…49-31 record at Notre Dame…took them to Sweet 16 in 2003
Returning Starters:
• Russell Carter (6-4, SR, G)…ND Web site says he will be Big East’s most improved player
• Collin Falls (6-5, SR, G)…canned 102 3-pointers last season
• Rob Kurz (6-9, JR, F)…6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg last season
New Players:
o Luke Harangody (6-8, FR, F)…two-time All-State selection from Indiana
o Joe Harden (6-7, FR, F)…All-State selection from California
o Tory Jackson (5-10, FR, G)…two-time Michigan Class C Player of the Year
o Jonathon Peoples (6-3, FR, G)…All-State selection from Illinois
Outlook: Lost their two best players from a 12th place team. This season will be another long one for the Irish.

Pittsburgh Panthers
Coach: Jamie Dixon: 4th season…76-22 record in first three years ranks him tied for 4th among all-time best coaching starts
Returning Starters:
• Aaron Gray (7-0, SR, C)…Big East Most Improved Player…one of the best centers in the country
• Ronald Ramon (6-1, JR, G)…led Big East in 3-point FG percentage
• Levon Kendall (6-9, SR, F)…second leading rebounder on team
New Players:
o Gilbert Brown (6-6, FR, G/F)…rated No. 19 shooting guard by scout.com…38” vertical leap
o Austin Wallace (6-9, FR, C)…2nd Team All-State selection from New York
Outlook: Many have tabbed them as the favorite to win the Big East. While they are a tough team, they face a tough schedule and will finish 3rd in the Big East.

Providence Friars
Coach: Tim Welsh: 9th season…197-136 record at PU places him as the 4th winningest coach in school history
Returning Starters:
• Herbert Hill (6-10, SR, F/C)…earned team’s Defensive Player award
• Sharaud Curry (5-10, SO, G)…Big East All-Rookie Team
• Geoff McDermott (6-7, SO, F/G)…Big East All-Rookie Team
• Randall Hanke (6-11, JR, C)…led nation in FG percentage at 67.7%
New Players:
o Jamal Barney (6-3, FR, G)…set school record in HS with 58 points in a game
o Brian McKenzie (6-4, FR, G)…1st team All City in New York
o Ray Hall (6-11, FR, G)…runner-up for Colorado Player of the Year
Outlook: Providence has a young team that continues to improve, but this still will not be their year.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Coach: Fred Hill: 1st season…associate head coach last season…prior to that, was at Villanova where he was credited with bringing in their 2002 and 2003 recruiting classes
Returning Starters:
• Marquis Webb (6-5, SR, G/F)…won team’s Best Defensive Player award
• JR Inman (6-9, SO, F)…Big East All-Rookie Team
• Anthony Farmer (6-1, SO, G)…Big East All-Rookie Team
• Byron Joynes (6-9, SR, G)…led team with 5.5 rpg
Outlook: This young team has some talent, but loss of last year’s leading scorer and team MVP, Quincy Douby, will be too much to overcome. This team again finishes in the bottom half of the Big East.

St. John’s Red Storm
Coach: Norm Roberts: 2nd season…beat two ranked opponents last season
Returning Starters:
• Lamont Hamilton (6-10, SR, F)…Honorable Mention All-Big East
• Daryll Hill (6-0, SR, G)…led Big East in scoring in 2004-05 season
• Eugene Lawrence (6-1, JR, G)…led team with 4.9 assists per game
• Anthony Mason Jr. (6-7, SO, F)…son of former NBA player, Anthony Mason
• Aaron Spears (6-10, SR, F)…led team with .567 FG %
New Players:
o Qa’rraan Calhoun (6-8, FR, F)…led HS team to state championship in Maine
o Larry Wright (6-2, FR, F)…finalist for Mr. Basketball in Michigan
o Derwin Kitchen (6-3, FR, G)…runner-up for Mr. Basketball in Florida
o Avery Patterson (6-4, JR, G)…JUCO transfer…2ndTeam JUCO All-American
o Rob Thomas (6-6, FR, F)…rated as a top 25 small forward by several publications
Outlook: With all five starters returning and a decent recruiting class, this will be an improved St. John’s team that finishes in the middle of the pack in the Big East. Do not be surprised when they beat some highly ranked teams.

Seton Hall Pirates
Coach: Bobby Gonzalez: 1st season…head coach at Manhattan College the past seven seasons
Returning Starters:
• Jamar Nutter (6-2, JR, G)…averaged 14.6 ppg in conference play last season
• Stan Gaines (6-7, SR, F)…one of league’s top post defenders
• Brian Laing (6-5, JR, G/F)…averaged 5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg last season
New Players:
o Kashif Pratt (6-4, FR, G)…played HS ball with Louisville-commit Edgar Sosa and UConn-commit Curtis Kelly
o Eugene Harvey (6-0, FR, G)…expected to start at PG, if eligible
o Larry Davis (6-4, FR, G)…committed to NC State, until Herb Sendek left for Arizona State
Outlook: Do not expect them to repeat last year’s surprise run to the NCAA tourney. With no reliable big man, they will finish in the bottom half of the conference.

South Florida Bulls
Coach: Robert McCullum: 4th season…surprised then No. 25 Georgetown in last game of season last year
Returning Starters:
• McHugh Mattis (6-6, SR, F)…5th in Big East in blocks with 2.1 per game
• Melvin Buckley (6-7, SR, F)…Big East Academic All-Star
• Chris Capko (6-1, SR, G)…7th in Big East in assists with 4.1 per game
New Players:
o Kentrell Gransberry (6-9, JR, C)…transfer from LSU…eligible in mid-December
o Jared Rubens (6-5, FR, G/F)…walk-on
o Dante Curry (6-4, FR, G)…county player of the year from Florida
o Adamu Saaka (6-6, FR, G/F)…McDonald’s All-American nominee
o Solomon Bozeman (6-0, FR, G)…All-State selection from Arkansas
o Jesus Verdego (6-4, SO, G)…transfer from Arizona…eligible in mid-December
o Aris Williams (6-9, SO, F)…transfer from Valparaiso…sat out last season
o Zaronn Cann (6-6, FR, F)…red-shirted with knee injury last year
Outlook: In a deep league, somebody has to take last.

Syracuse Orangemen
Coach: Jim Boeheim: 30th season…inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…won national championship in 2003
Returning Starters:
• Demetrius Nichols (6-8, JR, F)…improved scoring average from 3.9 in 04-05 to 13.3 last season
• Terrence Roberts (6-9, SR, F)…led team in rebounding with 7.6 per game
• Darryl Watkins (6-11, SR, C)…already 9th all-time at SU in career blocks
• Eric Devendorf (6-4, SO, G)…Big East All-Rookie Team
New Players:
o Devin Brennan-McBride (6-9, FR, C)…ranked 31st among centers by scouthoops.com
o Paul Harris (6-5, FR, G)…ranked 7th prospect overall by collegehoops.net
o Mike Jones (6-8, FR, F)…rivals.com rated him the 40th prospect overall
Outlook: With experienced big men and some talented freshmen, the Orangemen should make a push for the Big East title.

Villanova Wildcats
Coach: Jay Wright: 6th season…led team to Elite 8 last season…has 104-59 record at school
Returning Starters:
• Mike Nardi (6-2, SR, G)…2nd Team All-Philadelphia selection
• Will Sheridan (6-8, SR, F)…led team in blocked shots with 46
New Players:
o Casien Drummond (6-10, FR, F/C)…played in Jordan Classic Regional All-American game
o Andrew Ott (6-9, FR, F)…reputed as a big man with excellent shooting touch beyond the 3-point line
o Antonio Penn (6-6, FR, F)…played HS ball with Sebastian Telfair (Boston Celtics PG)
o Reggie Redding (6-4, FR, G)…1st Team All-Philadelphia Catholic League
o Scottie Reynolds (6-0, FR, G)…McDonald’s All-American
o Curtis Sumpter (6-7, SR, F)…2nd Team All-Big East as a junior…sat out last season with ACL tear
Outlook: Villanova lost three guys to the NBA, but is still one of the top teams in the league. The season rides on Sumpter’s ability to bounce back from his knee injury.

West Virginia Mountaineers
Coach: John Beilein: 6th season…has 77-51 record at school, 524-323 overall…led team to Sweet 16 and Elite 8 the past two seasons, respectively.
Returning Starters:
• Frank Young (6-5, SR, F)…averaged 7.6 pts and 3.5 rebs last season
New Players:
o Devan Bawinkel (6-5, FR, G)…three-time All-State selection from Illinois
o Da’sean Butler (6-7, FR, F)…played in Jordan Classic Regional All-American game
o Dennis Gagai (6-2, FR, G)…walk-on
o Jacob Green (6-9, FR, F)…2nd Team All-Metro from Washington, D.C.
o Joe Mazzulla (6-2, FR, G)…Two-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year
o Jamie Smalligan (7-0, JR, C)…transfer from Butler…sat out season per NCAA rules
o Wellington Smith (6-7, FR, F)…All-State selection from New Jersey
o Cam Thoroughman (6-7, FR, G)…coming off torn meniscus
o Jonnie West (6-3, FR, G)…son of Mountaineer and NBA legend Jerry West
Outlook: With nine new players, this will be a year to forget for West Virginia fans.

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Sports writers predict future of MU Men’s Basketball team

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Peter Worth

Peter Worth
Overall, this season will be a year of continued improvement. Now that we’ve made a stamp on the Big East, more teams will be gunning for us, which means we need to step up our game in conference road games. The 3-5 mark from last year on the road in Big East play will not cut it if we want to have a chance for the conference title. I see a big win at home against underrated Syracuse while suffering a defeat to a talented DePaul team on the road. I anticipate a Sweet 16 finish this year.

Paul Nadolski
College basketball is here again, along with another exciting season of Marquette basketball. This year’s Marquette team is looking pretty good at the start of this season.
In order for this team to have any success, they will need a good presence down low. This should be accomplished with Ousmane Barro and Mike Kinsella, both of whom are over 6’10.”
Best win: Marquette, heavy underdogs against Connecticut, will do the unthinkable. Marquette takes it to Connecticut, and wins 76-68.
Worst loss: Marquette, feeling really good about their win over Connecticut, drops their next game to West Virginia in the classic trap game 73-65.
Big East Tournament: Connecticut gets some revenge and beats Marquette in the championship game. Season MVP: Look out for Jerel McNeal. He is going to have a huge year, improving upon what was a great freshman year. There will be no sophomore slump.
Overall Record: 24-10, including their wins to get into the Sweet 16. Marquette makes it to the Sweet 16, but then gets eliminated.

Cassie Kowaleski
The best point guard in the Big East, Dominic James, will lead this team to a 27-win season. An easy non-conference schedule will send MU into Big East play with just one loss. In conference play, MU will hit some bumps on the road at Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and DePaul (losing 4 of the 5), but will not suffer a loss on their home court this season. They will lose one other game they have no business losing, but they’ll temper this with a Big East tourney win before embarking on a solid NCAA tourney run to the Sweet 16 – unless, of course, James gets hurt.

Justin Phillips
Health is one of two keys to success for the Marquette men’s basketball team this upcoming year. Dominic James, Wes Matthews and Jerel McNeal all need to be healthy because this could be Marquette’s best chance to take the Big East. Early success in the College Basketball Experience Championship tournament will also be the key. If Marquette can pull off early season wins against Duke or Texas Tech, that should give them the necessary boost to carry throughout the season. I am predicting 26-6, a shot at the Big East title and a chance to play in the Sweet 16.

Brian Henry
The great John Wooden once said, “I’ll take talent over experience any day of the week.” This trend that is dominating college basketball, will carry Marquette to success this year. So the team will boast a line up that features little senior contribution, who cares? And what about the questions at the forward position? It’s solid guard play that will carry Marquette through the post season. Marquette will win 26 games, and score a share of the Big East Title. This success will propel the team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tourney, where they’ll lose a heartbreaker. Take that to the bank.

Patrick Kurish
The Golden Eagles look strong and will rebound well from last year’s early exit from the tournament. They will undoubtedly walk all over their non-conference opponents and should go 12-0 in those games, but mistakes happen so they will go no worse than 11-1. As for their slated 16 games with their Big East foes, I have them going a very respectable 12-4, pulling off big wins at home against Villanova and Syracuse. Postseason play will be good for the Golden Eagles. They will advance to the Big East tournament semi-finals and will have a Sweet 16 finish in the big dance come March.

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Something to cheer about

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Luke Fuller

Like the news, it is too easy to focus on the negative in the sports world. While thinking of a topic for this column, I kept coming back to the Miami-FIU brawl. Since the incident, I see a clip of it every time I turn on my TV. It is a shame that this story is getting so much attention when there are a lot of positive stories to focus on instead. Last year, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast and forced the Saints on the road for their entire season. This year, the Saints have given their fans something to cheer about. Through some clever scheduling work and the Saints’ strong commitment to play their home games in the Superdome, the team is currently undefeated at home after three games and will play a full contingent of eight home games this year at the Superdome.

Just getting the Saints to play games in New Orleans might have been enough good news, but they have also been downright good. The Saints are 5-1, and coming off their bye week, they sit atop the NFC South, a division that is supposed to be one of the strongest in the NFL. Drew Brees has been amazing in his first year, leading an impressive offense that has made the Saints an exciting team even for the non-fan to cheer about.

Even though Reggie Bush has not been quite as much of a game breaker as he is on Madden 2007, he has been a perfect example of how NFL stars should act. After falling to the second overall pick back in April, it would have been easy for Bush to complain about going to New Orleans. Instead, after a brief contract holdout, Bush came to practice and has acted with the utmost respect for the Saints organization. He has not whined about having to split playing time with Deuce McAllister, or opened his mouth to the media to voice any petty complaints. Instead, he has made the best of the situation, allowing the team to utilize him as a decoy and a receiver. After week six of the NFL season, Bush had 38 receptions, tying him for the third most in the NFL. More importantly, Bush has made headlines and turned heads by pledging to donate 25 percent of his share from the sale of his jersey this year.

Bush has also teamed with Diet Pepsi to raise money to rebuild New Orleans. Diet Pepsi has pledged to donate money to Rebuilding Together for every yard Bush gains. Diet Pepsi and Bush have also combined to auction items on e-Bay to further aid rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region. This effort is collectively called “Yard by Yard,” and donations can be made through their Web page, www.yardbyyard.com.

Saints games have also been exciting. (Many of us recall the Packers-Saints game that ended in dramatic fashion.) Five of the Saints’ six games have been determined by seven or fewer points. The Saints are 4-1 over that span with their only loss being against the Carolina Panthers, a potential Superbowl contender.

I bet it feels good to be a Saints fan these days; I cannot wait to try it out in week eight.

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Should college athletes get paid? – No

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Patrick Kurish

NO – Millions of dollars are generated from college sports annually from ticket sales, merchandise and concessions. So some wonder, “Where does all the money go if the student athletes do not get a share of the profit?” It would be a bad idea to give the athletes a cut of their check; the NCAA would put their sports’ integrity into question.The first question is: How will money affect the student athletes? This is where the major dilemma unfolds. Should able-minded college students go to schools based on the size of the signing bonus they would receive for committing early? People tend to forget these athletes are not just athletes; they are student athletes, and I assure you “student” comes first in that title for a legitimate reason.

Another overlooked fact is athletes worthy of receiving paychecks already have full-ride scholarship to their respective college. Although this seems like payment in itself, many argue the side costs of college – like clothing, emergency travel and medical expenses – are impossible to obtain because the athlete devotes so much time to school and sport that it would be unreasonable for them to have a job.

According to an August article in USA Today by Kelly Whiteside, this issue has an answer: “Beyond school-issued scholarships, the NCAA is funneling $750 million over 11 years into funds designed to directly benefit athletes. One will make a projected $11.33 million available this school year to needy athletes looking to cover clothing, emergency travel and educational and medical expenses…The NCAA is spending another $10 million annually on catastrophic-injury insurance.”

We know how money will affect the athletes and their mindsets, but how will paying athletes affect universities? Additionally, would the monetary success of one program dictate how much is spent to bring big recruits in to play? Powerhouse sports schools will be able to draw in quality athletes who otherwise may not have chosen to go there.

This would essentially result in colleges and universities having less money to distribute for general scholarships for people who excel in things outside the sporting community.

The money that is generated through college athletics belongs to the university, and the university should distribute it back to benefit its student body as a whole. By doing this, colleges are treating their students as equally important as athletes.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2006 )

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Should college athletes get paid? – Yes

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Paul Nadolski

YES – Amid typical college athletics debates – such as who should be No. 1 in the polls (if only Florida hadn’t lost to Auburn in football) – a new issue has taken precedence: Should college athletes be paid for their work? Many people think, “Yeah right. Like these kids need anything else besides free school.” That’s a good point, but from where should athletes get spending money? After class, they’re at practice, preparing for games. When are they supposed to work a job and earn spending cash?

Then, there are the ethics of the whole situation. Most people would agree education is the primary goal of college, so student athletes should focus more on their education during their down time. A valid point, but all students know they do not spend all of their waking hours on studies.

Even so, you must look at how much money the schools are making. Notre Dame currently has a $38 million contract with NBC to air football games on television. Would Notre Dame get $38 million to broadcast a national test? No. These athletes help many Division 1 schools make a lot of money.

Walk around Marquette and count the number of people in Notre Dame jerseys, or apparel from Ohio Sate, Michigan and many other schools. These schools make millions of dollars, and none of it goes back to the athlete who is doing all of the work.

Walter Bryers, NCAA Executive Director from 1952 to 1987, said, “The coaches own the athletes’ feet, the colleges own the athletes’ bodies and the supervisors retain the large rewards.” John L. Destrehan, a sports writer living in Los Angeles, said, “Art school students can sell their paintings, science students can publish their findings and journalism majors can have an article published. Is it the same to be able to receive money for producing a marketable talent for a school’s athletics department?”

No one is thinking about letting these athletes make millions in college, but why can’t they receive a monthly allowance of $500 a month? With all the millions athletes help schools earn, one would think the Athletic Department could afford it.

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Wisconsin’s uncovered state race

Posted on 25 October 2006 by Thomas Shea

Very few on campus know that come this next election the position of Secretary of State is up for grabs. In fact, I’d bet some do not even know Wisconsin has such a position. The Republican candidate for the position, Sandy Sullivan, could be considered a political novice, as this is her first attempt at a public office. Sullivan was born in Mauston, Wis. She is 65 years old. Sullivan attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and later went on to Madison for her graduate degree.

Her opponent, incumbent Democrat Douglas LaFollette is also a UW graduate, but from Madison. He is 66 years old. He was elected to the office of Secretary of State in 1974 and 1982, and has been re-elected ever since 1986.

LaFollette believes he has had many accomplishments during his tenure. “We have modernized the office and brought it up to standards,” said LaFollette. “We have also been computerizing and microfilming records for preservation.”

LaFollette also said that as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, he had succeeded in protecting a large portion of the land that the government manages. They have also used some of this land for development. From this development the Board of Commissioners has been able to generate $25 million in revenue which has been put towards Wisconsin public schools.

When asked about his chances for victory in the election, LaFollette said, “I’m optimistic. While I was out around the state this summer and fall, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people.”

For Sullivan, the motivation to become involved in politics came when she was taking care of her ailing father.

“After I had written my book, ‘Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs,’ during my father’s illness, I needed to sell my books so I went to any venue that would let me talk about my book.” said Sullivan. “After each of those venues, people would come up to me saying how honest and forthright I seemed and that they thought I should run for public office.” After investigating what positions were up for election, she decided on Secretary of State.

Sullivan has attracted media attention from outlets as diverse as Fox News and Comedy Central for her book, which details her various sexual and other adventures with Green Bay Packers players in the 1960s.

“I want to restore the position [of Secretary of State] to the way it used to be before LaFollette, when it was in charge of the State Election Board. I want to be able to go out to the world to promote Wisconsin business and encourage foreign investment in the state,” she said.

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