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Kevin Kwasny blames coaches
WINNIPEG – Two years after he says he was hit in the head during a university football game, Kevin Kwasny is still working to regain his mobility and is suing over a decision to send him back onto the field.
The former defensive end alleges in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that team coaches for Bishop’s University in Quebec kept him in the game when he was already dizzy from a hit.
“He complained about his head being sore and that he got hit very hard … and they just told him to get back in there a couple of plays later and keep on going,” Kwasny’s father, Greg, said Tuesday.
Kevin Kwasny, who is now 23, was taken to hospital during halftime in a Canadian Interuniversity Sport football game between the Bishop’s University Gaiters and the Concordia Stingers on Sept. 10, 2011. He had suffered bleeding on the brain and was in critical condition.
Some say rules will hurt recruitment
The groups in charge of college and university sport in Canada are increasing restrictions on how many non-Canadians are allowed to play.
And civil rights advocates, as well as one college from Prince Edward Island, say those quotas amount to discrimination.
Both the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Association have long had rules restricting the number of non-Canadians who can play basketball.
The university group recently extended those quotas to volleyball, and the collegiate association says it is exploring expanding its rules as well.
Both say some restrictions are necessary to keep Canadian sports Canadian and prevent schools from getting an unfair advantage by going out and recruiting the best athletes from around the world.
But Holland College in P.E.I. says keeping international students off sports fields hurts recruiting efforts and runs counter to the federal government’s goal of increasing foreign student enrolment.
Sportsnet & The Score will broadcast games to 2018-19
Fans of university sports learned Wednesday about a new six-year deal between Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Rogers (which also owns Maclean’s) that will bring games to more viewers on Sportsnet and The Score’s television, online and mobile platforms through to 2018-19.
Football’s Vanier Cup, which will be held on Nov. 23 in Quebec City, is one of 13 big events scheduled for the upcoming season, along with men’s and women’s hockey and basketball championships. The rest will soon be announced.
Andrew Bucholtz of the blog Eh Game sees the deal as a logical and positive partnership, writing:
The Canadian university basketball and hockey championships (both men’s and women’s) will be a far better fit on Sportsnet and The Score than on TSN, and when considered as an overall picture, this makes a lot of sense for CIS. It’s very beneficial that CIS basketball’s now in a place where it will be taken seriously.
Pierre Lafontaine, Chief Executive Officer of CIS, sounds excited too. He said in a press release:
“This expanded, long-term partnership with Sportsnet will help elevate the CIS brand and provide our 11,000 student athletes, 700 coaches and 54 member institutions the recognition they deserve. It will serve to shine a light on the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes who will move on to become future leaders in this country and around the world.”
Scott Hems overcame bullying and lost 100 pounds
This story originally appeared in The Aquinian, the student newspaper at St. Thomas University.
In high school, I was a typical big guy. I took a lot of shit from people. I got teased and laughed at. Girls wouldn’t talk to me. I could never eat enough, and I never felt good about myself.
There was one thing did make me happy, though, and that was hockey. I loved hockey in high school, but couldn’t make the high level teams because of my weight. During AAA tryouts one year, the coach called me. He wanted to tell me I was a fantastic goalie and had the heart of a champion.
He followed up the pep talk by saying I was “too fat to present the image we want on this team.”
Happy Movember, #BaldforBieber & Save the Wesmen
1. Movember, one of the most popular fundraisers on Canadian campuses, began today. Perhaps taking a cue from Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, who challenged his fellow premier Robert Ghiz of P.E.I. to a grow-off, students at the University of Regina’s Carillon student newspaper are asking readers to bet on who can grow the best mo. $5 to vote. Proceeds fight cancer.
2. The 2013 Maclean’s University Rankings are finally here! The 132-page guide includes stories on class size, the viral videos phenomenon, expensive textbooks and, of course, the rankings. Who took home the gold may not surprise you, but the performance of schools like the University of Northern British Columbia, New Brunswick and Trent probably will.
3. A false rumour on Twitter that Justin Bieber had cancer caused a number of fans to shave their heads and tag them under #BaldforBieber. Rachel Herscovici of the Queen’s Journal disapproves.
4. More than 800 people have “liked” a Facebook page called “Save the Wesmen.” The University of Winnipeg is considering changing the name of its Wesmen athletics teams to be more inclusive.
What it’s like to work at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Your Job Makes Me Jealous is an interview with a young Canadian whose career is so cool that people at parties crowd around to hear about it. We discuss the ups, the downs and the pay.
This week, Mike Thompson, a 25-year-old from Oshawa, Ont., talks about his job as coordinator of fan services at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, based at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It’s his job to oversee customer service at events from Raptors basketball games to last week’s Barbra Streisand show. When something goes wrong, he’s the one who makes it right.
Thompson holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Human Kinetics in sport management from the University of Windsor. He’s worked with MLSE since 2010. The hours are long, the pay is fair ($45,000 to $55,000 per year), but he can’t imagine doing anything else.
A pipeline protest, a really bad cartoon & black cats
1. Critics of the Northern Gateway pipline project are hoping at least a thousand people will turn up today for a protest rally at the B.C. legislature in Victoria, reports The Canadian Press. The protests have been endorsed by unions such as the the Canadian Auto Workers, the B.C. Teacher’s Federation and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, plus celebrities including actor Ellen Page and singer Dan Mangan.
2. A student newspaper cartoonist has been fired from the Arizona Daily Wildcat after an anti-gay comic strip prompted thousands of complaints. The comic shows a father telling his son that if he’s gay, he will be shot with a shotgun, rolled into a carpet and thrown off a bridge. The boy says, “Well I guess that’s what you call a ‘Fruit Roll Up.’”
3. Animal welfare advocates say they no longer ban adoption of black cats at Halloween—a practice that stemmed from fears the animals would be harmed. In fact, the Ontario SPCA is now offering a discount on the adoption of black, orange and calico cats, reports The Canadian Press. How cute.
One man’s satirical take on the NHL lockout thus far
Connor Simpson was the editor and is now a contributor to The Cadre, the online-only student newspaper at the University of Prince Edward Island where this column appeared on Monday.
The NHL and the NHLPA could not come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by the deadline, set by the devil himself Gary Bettman, of midnight Saturday.
The league has officially entered a lockout, its second in eight years.
Canada was nearly overrun with anarchy.
Protestors gathered on Parliament Hill almost instantly. Drunken Senators fans threw beer bottles at Parliament and lit effigies of Gary Bettman on the steps. Liquor stores in Manitoba were sold out by Sunday morning. Shelves were completely barren, according to online reports. There wasn’t a bottle of skootch for a hundred miles.
Derrick Rose wants the Chicago teachers’ strike to end
NBA star Derrick Rose got rather emotional at the launch of D Rose 3, his Adidas shoe, yesterday. ESPN says the tears came because he was shown a video referencing the injury that took him out of the game in April, but CNN points out that he also said, in between sobs, that he’s praying for the Chicago teachers’ strike to end. Perhaps he just really loves education. Check out the clip:
Lingerie football, Snooki, Neil Armstrong and tuition
1. Canada’s Lingerie Football League kicks off its inaugural season on Sept. 1 when the Saskatoon Sirens will host the British Columbia Angels on home turf. The players wear lingerie uniforms that offer less protection than traditional football gear. Some think the league is sexist. Others don’t.
2. Golfer Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old New Zealander, beat heavyweights like Stacey Lewis and Michelle Wie at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver. Yes, you read that right: 15.
3. You’ve already heard about the Octogenarian woman’s horrendous restoration of a 102-year-old church painting of Christ in Borja, Spain. It was a sad event, but there is an apparent silver lining. Hundreds of tourists flocked to the sleepy town to catch a glimpse this weekend.
LL Cool J, brain-boosting LSATs and unwanted party guests
1. Rapper LL Cool J, who made famous the words “Mama said to knock you out,” has put his money where his mouth is. Upon discovering a burglar in his Studio City, Calif. home, police arrived to find that Mr. Cool J “just had him in custody with his physical strength.”
2. Cambridge Bay, Nunavut isn’t linked to the rest of the country by roads, but that hasn’t stopped Google Street View from sending a camera to map the high Arctic town. It’s probably not of much use, as the 1,477 people who live there pretty much know all the roads and apparently the satellite Internet is so slow that watching it will be a struggle. But for us in the south, it is cool!
3. Another lesbian student has faked an anti-gay attack. A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and then called for help. Police say a Facebook posting presaged the self-injury: “So maybe I am too idealistic, but I believe way deep inside me that we can make things better for everyone. I will be a catalyst. I will do what it takes. I will. Watch me,” it read. Earlier this year, a lesbian in Connecticut claimed she received anti-gay notes under her dorm room door. A surveillance camera revealed that she had been slipping herself the notes.
$1-million suit for alleged defamation
The Kitchener Rangers, an Ontario Hockey League team, is suing a Michigan student newspaper, a journalist and his anonymous source for $1-million over what they say are false allegations about promising to pay a top player $200,000 to join them instead of the Wolverines.
They team alleges defamation because such a payout would break rules. From the Detroit Free Press “OHL teams are allowed to pay a player to go to school while he’s with the team or allowed to pay him an education package after he’s done playing. Teams are not allowed to give players money instead of the education package.”
Junior hockey team fined $2,000
A hockey coach in Newfoundland was suspended for a year and his team was fined $2,000 after he allowed players to skip a tournament’s opening ceremonies to study for their university exams. Brian Cranford, the coach, has volunteered for the Mount Pearl Junior Blades for 20 years. Several of the 23 players, aged 18 to 20, were writing exams in April when the Don Jonson Cup was held. Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), which issued the fine and suspension, said they did so because they expected at least a representative of the team to attend the cup ceremony, but none came. Cranford told The Toronto Star that he will appeal the decision to Hockey Canada.
University strikes task force after second alleged assault
Boston University has created a task force to study the “culture and climate” of its men’s hockey team after a second player was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student.
Max Nicastro, 21, a BU Terriers defenceman and Detroit Red Wings draft pick, was charged on Feb. 19 with two counts of rape.
That came after the Dec. 11 arrest of former teammate and Toronto-bred centre Corey Trivino, 21, who allegedly forced his way into a student’s room and groped her against her will. Trivino has pleaded not guilty.
BU president Robert A. Brown said in a statement Thursday that the task force reflects “a University-level judgment that the two incidents indicate something systemic or habitual may foster a team climate that does not comport with the highest standards of conduct we seek to maintain…”
The naming of sports teams is now fraught with peril
One of the best running gags in the TV show Community is that Greendale College’s teams are called “The Human Beings”—an absurdly bland moniker designed to insulate the school from complaints and controversy—the sort of complaints levied periodically against the Cleveland Indians or the Washington Redskins.
The fictional school’s feckless Dean might have a point, though, because naming sports teams, at schools especially, is now fraught with peril.
This danger was underscored last week when Utah’s Corner Canyon High School had to do away with its team name “Cougars.” The term, which, in some circles has come to mean an older woman sexually interested in younger men, was the subject of complaints. Canyon teams will now be “The Chargers.”
$1.5-million will improve sports facilities
The University of Guelph has received a $1.5 million donation to help jump start the school’s renovation of its Alumni Stadium. The improved athletic facility could open as early as Sept. 2012. The money will pay for a new synthetic turf field that will benefit not only athletics, but will also host concerts and Orientation Week events. The donation, the largest-ever one-time gift to Guelph Athletics, came from a local family who wants to remain anonymous. ”While the donors do not play to the spotlight, they have been key supporters of our BetterPlanet Project and already made major gifts to support academic and athletic programs at the University,” said President Alastair Summerlee in a release. Student are contributing to the improvements in athletic facilities too with a new fee that was approved by a referendum in 2010 and that will generate $75 million over 30 years.
Canadian schools have crazy fans and community too
From the Maclean’s University Rankings—on newsstands now. Story by Alex Ballingall.
We’ve all seen it: the near-ubiquitous image of the spirited American college student chanting a school slogan, streaking across campus or slogging back a beer from a Dixie cup in a stadium parking lot. It’s the sort of paint-your-body zealotry often depicted in Hollywood movies.
Doesn’t seem very Canadian, does it?
Certainly not according to the 2010 edition of The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, a yearly publication out of Yale University that documents the strengths and weaknesses of North American universities. “One aspect of college life that Canada fails to offer is school spirit,” the guide stipulates. “Their attachment to their schools is not as strong as in the United States.”
Lack of female leaders continues
Gender equality in Canadian varsity sports is improving, but there are still problems to tackle, shows new research from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies.
The good news, according to the report, is that there were almost as many varsity women’s teams (425) as there were varsity men’s teams (431) in 2010-11. The bad news is that there were only 7,815 team roster positions for female athletes—44 per cent of the total—despite the fact they make up 56 per cent of university students.
The truly “disturbing” news, according to the study’s authors, is that women make up less than one-fifth of the senior leadership. Women hold only 19 per cent of head coach jobs and only 17 per cent of athletic directorships.
Drunken party involved “an initiation”
The University of Guelph’s men’s rugby team is suspended for two games over an off-campus party.
Athletics director Tom Kendall told The Globe and Mail that a Sept. 17 party violated the school’s athletics code because of misuse of alcohol and an initiation. ”It’s more the alcohol,” Kendall said. “Nobody was hurt and the police weren’t involved. It wasn’t severe in that sense, it wasn’t a hazing incident,” he added, although he said it’s “not 100 per cent clear” what type of initiation occurred.
St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. recently unveiled its draft student behaviour code, which imposes up to $500 fines and possible expulsion for incidents of hazing at off-campus gatherings where more than two STU students are present. That policy was developed after a STU student died from injuries at a party where excessive drinking and hazing reportedly occurred.
Guelph’s Gryphons rugby team will forfeit two upcoming games, against Toronto and McMaster.
Vicky Sunohara to lead women’s hockey
Three-time Olympian Vicky Sunohara has joined the University of Toronto as the new head coach for women’s varsity hockey.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist played in the Winter Olympic Games from 1998 to 2006, before retiring in 2008 and taking a position as the director of women’s hockey at The Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario. Sunohara is also a U of T alumna, having completed her bachelor’s degree in physical health education after retiring from hockey.
“This is a dream job for me,” Sunohara said in a statement. “I played here at U of T, I went to school here and graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Health and now I have a chance to give back to one of the most prolific women’s hockey programs in North America.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to the task at hand – making the Varsity Blues a national contender.”