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ibanezist00
03-24-2012, 01:29 AM
You left out the part about the President of Union college being quoted in 2003/4 saying that if the hockey team won 40% of their games it would be a successful season.

I entered union in 2002...the 02/03 season was the first year the team had a home playoff series, my senior year was the first year they won a playoff series. Now they are in the NCAA's twice and ECAC Champions.

2000 students, liberal arts school. Hockey rink needs to be replaced like most in the ECAC...at least there are no Obstructed View seats like in troilet.

There is a little perspective.

At least the "troilet" has actual spotlights instead of giant strap-on hip-gyration-operated spotlights like Messsofa Rink, and actually does the Canadian National Anthem before games ;)

All in good fun of course :)

Rolevio
03-24-2012, 06:22 AM
There are some very strange corners in that place. Also bats. Lots of lots of possibly rabid bats. But I haven't been there since the 90's so (hopefully) not anymore.

Was completely renovated in 1995. No more bats. (Or ivy growing all over it)

RSTuthill
03-24-2012, 07:14 AM
I think you are merging William Seward (Secretary of State, Purchaser of Alaska) and Squire Whipple (Bridge Designer) who designed the Whipple Truss Bridges which that pedestrian bridge is a smaller scale of. The Whipple Truss was first made famous in it's use over many Erie canal crossings.
Ah, but it is called the Seward Bridge is it not? I thought that particular one was designed by Seward himself although he may have used the Whipple design methodology.

Rolevio
03-24-2012, 07:36 AM
Ah, but it is called the Seward Bridge is it not? I thought that particular one was designed by Seward himself although he may have used the Whipple design methodology.

I don't believe so, at least on the name. It was definitely not designed by Seward.

Eph72
03-24-2012, 09:35 AM
Bumping this first post with urls that (hopefully) now work for readers interested in the history of the beginnings and evolution of Union's hockey program.


More than a few casual hockey fans might be wondering this week how tiny Union College happens to have a Division 1 college hockey program and where it comes from.

Here's some history (academic and hockey history) I wrote up last October and am reposting.

Founded in 1795 and located in Schenectady, NY, Union was the first institution of higher learning chartered by New York State. Only Columbia is older and it was founded not by the state but by a royal charter granted by King George II in 1754.

In the 1820s and 30s Union was the birthplace of college greek letter fraternities in the US and has been called the "Mother of Fraternities". Kappa Alpha Society, Sigma Phi, and Delta Phi, known collectively as the Union Triad, were founded there between 1825 to 1827. Several other fraternities, including Psi Upsilon (1833), Chi Psi (1841) and Theta Delta Chi (1847) were also founded at Union.

During the first half of the 19th century Union experienced great success and was ranked with Harvard and Yale among the top colleges in the country. By 1839 Union had one of the largest faculties in American higher education and an enrollment surpassed only by Yale. It was one of the first colleges to develop a scientific curriculum alongside the traditional "classical" curriculum and Union's President, Eliphalet Nott, was thought by many to be the preeminent college president in the US during the period.

In 1881 Chester Arthur, Union class of 1848, became the 21st President of the United States.

Union hockey began in the early 1900s, but, unlike its neighboring upstate New York schools, like RPI and Clarkson, it enjoyed no particular success and hockey was dropped as a varsity sport in the 1940s.

After World War II, Williams, Amherst and Wesleyan joined Bowdoin and Dartmouth in signing the so-called Pentagonal Agreement regarding college athletics and academics. This led to the formation of the New England Small College Athletic Conference in 1971 by the Pentagonal colleges (other than Dartmouth which had joined the Ivy League in the meantime) together with Union and Bates, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury and Trinity colleges and Tufts University.

About the time it joined NESCAC, Union had a new president named Thomas Bonner, who wanted to raise the profile of the school's athletic programs. Bonner hired Tom Cahill, the former Army football coach, to build up the football program and Ned Harkness, the controversial former RPI, Cornell and Detroit Red Wings coach, as head coach and rink manager, to revive the hockey program. Bonner apparently gave the coaches carte blanche to do whatever was needed to win -- and win quickly. Funds were raised for a new arena and the Achilles Center rink was built.

The hockey team began play in NCAA Division III and was instantly successful, finishing with a 20𣯓 record in the 197576 season, their first since the 1940s, with a roster full of freshmen. Harkness followed up this initial success with a 22𣛧 season in 1976-77, and the young program was well on its way to becoming a powerhouse. Sports Illustrated wrote the Harkness comeback story up in February 1977: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092047/3/index.htm
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At the same time, however, there was a huge amount of controversy over the limitations imposed by the small college-oriented NESCAC on Union's athletic aspirations and in May 1977 Union decided to leave the NESCAC altogether. See: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19770518&id=IEYxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GOEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1191,4829816.

The 197778 season started off with the team going 4𢴏 record in their first 6 games. However, a battle between the academic powers that be and Harkness was brewing. In late December, four of Harkness' top players were put on academic probation and barred from playing. Harkness was furious and abruptly quit. Reports were flying that he had violated NESCAC recruiting rules (and then lied to Bonner about it) and that admission standards for hockey players had been compromised. Many of the Union players coming in as freshmen were well into their twenties and had played for Canadian Senior teams; others were NHL draftees drawn by the chance to play for Harkness (a former coach of the Detroit Red Wings) and his plan to jump the team to Division I. Upon hearing of their coach's decision to leave, the entire team refused to play the remainder of the season in a show of solidarity with their coach.

Overnight, the school's JV team turned into the varsity and due to the scandal, Union's formal schedule was cancelled. They were forced to play a makeshift schedule which included games against prep schools such as Hotchkiss, Trinity-Pawling, and Kimball Union, as well as games against other school's JV teams. They went 0-13-0 for the rest of the season and were outscored 146-32. As for Harkness, he instantly resurfaced as the founder/GM of the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings. In 1982, he was appointed president/CEO of the U.S. Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid.

In May 1978, Bonner left Union to become President of Wayne State University. He had never recovered from the Harkness controversy. See: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KBYxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BOEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4562,5825830&dq=thomas+bonner+leaves+union+gazette&hl=en

Union went back to D3 hockey the following year, except, for better or worse, they were no longer NESCAC members, and stayed there until 1991 when it accepted an invitation to replace Army in the ECAC.

Union struggled in the ECAC for many years and many observers and their own fans thought they would never succeed at the D1 level.

So much for history.

(Note: I'm not a Union alum, just the uncle of one. I apologize in advance if I've misstated anything above and welcome corrections and additions. I will be pulling for Union this weekend!)

uniontrack
03-24-2012, 02:29 PM
Was completely renovated in 1995. No more bats. (Or ivy growing all over it)I miss the ivy, tho...Gave it some character as an "old" building....

Keith.

uniontrack
03-24-2012, 02:30 PM
At least the "troilet" has actual spotlights instead of giant strap-on hip-gyration-operated spotlights like Messsofa Rink, and actually does the Canadian National Anthem before games ;)

All in good fun of course :)

Union doesn't do the Canadian Anthem anymore? That's a shame.....They did it when I went in the late 1980's...Frankly, there was 3 times as many Canucks on the roster as Americans, so it was only fair....

Keith.

Eph72
03-24-2012, 02:57 PM
I miss the ivy, tho...Gave it some character as an "old" building....

Keith.

Here's a link to a slideshow of the Union campus, including lots of shots of the renovated Nott Memorial, which although no long ivy-clad or bat-ridden, has plenty of character: http://www.flickriver.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/

Rolevio
03-24-2012, 05:03 PM
I miss the ivy, tho...Gave it some character as an "old" building....

Keith.

I've only ever seen pictures of it with the ivy (first campus visit was 1996) but I like the current presentation more. Fits better with the rest of the campus and shows off the stonework.

satyking
03-24-2012, 08:45 PM
Am I correct, no scholarships

Rolevio
03-24-2012, 08:51 PM
Am I correct, no scholarships

No athletic scholarships. RIT and Union are the two D1 programs not allowed to offer because they elevated to D1 after the cut off date.

jericho
03-24-2012, 09:07 PM
Now that Union made the Frozen Four (can't believe I just said that) maybe now you can get a legitimate DI rink...

Veritas
03-24-2012, 09:20 PM
Eph72 -
Thanks for that information. As you might guess from the user name I am Harvard alum and fan but a nephew/godson went to Union and loved it.
I have been watching you and cheering for you since Harvard's season ended.
Awesome game tonight against Lowell.
Best of luck to Union in the Final Four

duper
03-24-2012, 10:27 PM
You're right. Before they were the Garnet and the Crimson, respectively, I think both schools called themselves the Magenta. Really.This doesn't surprise me. The University of Chicago sports teams are still called the Maroons.

uniontrack
03-24-2012, 10:37 PM
Now that Union made the Frozen Four (can't believe I just said that) maybe now you can get a legitimate DI rink...Not gonna happen very soon...

Union has a policy of not starting a capital project until 100% of the funding is in place.

This no debt policy has served Union well over the years and until the project is announced and the funds fully raised, Messa stays.....

Besides, if it annoys other teams so much, why are we thinking about new digs ;)

Keith.

duper
03-24-2012, 10:51 PM
No athletic scholarships. RIT and Union are the two D1 programs not allowed to offer because they elevated to D1 after the cut off date.They're not allowed, like, by the NCAA? I don't understand.

Rolevio
03-24-2012, 10:53 PM
They're not allowed, like, by the NCAA? I don't understand.

it's one of the NCAA division regulations (I believe a D3 regulation) but play-up schools are not allowed to offer scholarships unless they were grandfathered in. And I believe for hockey that meant you had to be playing at the D1 level prior to 1971 though I am not clear on the date.

Veritas
03-25-2012, 12:50 AM
It might also relate to the fact that 5 of the teams in ECAC are Ivies and cannot do athletic scholarships by Ivy League rules.

Rolevio
03-25-2012, 12:53 AM
It might also relate to the fact that 5 of the teams in ECAC are Ivies and cannot do athletic scholarships by Ivy League rules.

Has nothing to do with that (though a former Union president may have gone along with that philosophy if the NCAA allowed U to give scholarships)... and there are 6 Ivies.

hanasoni
03-26-2012, 12:41 AM
Union College is also the home of the CRP (Character Research Project) in the '50s and '60s, which many protestent churches used as curriculum guides for Sunday Schools. I grew up in Detroit and when our local church decided not to use it anymore, my mom and dad took us kids to Central Methodist Church, which is very, very close to Comerica and Ford Field. That's how I got to know downtown Detroit so well.

But enough history, you folks made the Frozen Four - Congrats. But, so did my team: GO DAWGS!!!!!!