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    'The future of athletics should not be up in the air'
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    When explaining where we ended up for college, the question that tends to come up nine times out of 10 is, "Of all places, why did you choose University of Alaska Fairbanks?" While many people's answers would vary, it can safely be said that for more than 100 students at UAF the answer would be athletics.

    On one hand, we have a born and raised Alaska athlete who chose to attend UAF to continue representing her state. UAF never crossed her mind until one day at camp she caught the eye of UAF volleyball coach Brian Scott, who planted the seed of Fairbanks in her mind. A few weeks later she hesitantly went up to Fairbanks for the very first time on a recruitment visit. From that day on, she knew in her heart and had no doubts that she wanted to be a Nanook, not only for the sense of community she felt on her visit, but the opportunities that laid at hand academically. While pursuing degrees in biology and physiology, she was thrilled to be wearing blue and gold throughout the journey she was about to embark on. This was her opportunity to not only come out of college debt-free but to help create a legacy that would be remembered in the Athletics Department.

    On the other hand, we have an athlete from the Midwest who never thought she would be able to play a college sport out of her home state of South Dakota. A new window opened up when she received a call from a volleyball coach in Fairbanks. When it finally came time to make her college decision, she ended up with two options: attending a college 15 minutes away from home or playing volleyball and pursuing a degree in civil engineering at a college more than 2,000 miles away. Surprisingly, the decision ended up being a lot easier than she thought. On her visit she realized that, while she would be far away from home, she would have a new family to be a part of. She would be blessed with the opportunity to be a college athlete and role model while wearing the UAF blue and gold.

    The future of athletics should not be up in the air. Athletics is not a luxury to a university. In reality, there is no luxurious life to be lived as a student-athlete. Many have the misconception that we, as student-athletes, have everything handed to us on a silver platter. In reality, thousands of hours have been dedicated to the gym and classroom to get where we are today. Many sacrifices are made to pursue a sport while also trying to excel at academics. Between the study sessions with lab groups and early morning weight training with teammates or finishing up those last few textbook problems and staying up late studying the scouting report, athletics has taught us not only how to be a team player but also how to manage our time effectively and overcome and deal with adversity. It is more than just a game or even a program as a whole. Athletics has shaped us into who we have become today.

    Our athletics program is made up of talented athletes, but a lot of our success can be attributed to hometown support that we received. At the beginning of every volleyball game when looking out into the crowd, we see fellow classmates, friends, other athletes, professors, administrators and advisers. Along with familiar faces from our university, local athletes attend the competitions as well. These athletes range in age from younger beginners just learning to play a sport to athletes from the Fairbanks area high schools. College athletics is an inspiring experience for young athletes who dream of becoming the best they can be. We have the ability to pass along our legacy and expectations to the next generation of student-athletes.

    When looking at the fate of UAF's future, it is possible that 100-plus elite student-athletes will leave Fairbanks without the athletics program it currently offers. From Alaska or beyond, these are student-athletes with a strong desire to represent the university both within the state and around the country traveling for competitions. Our successes on and off the athletic stage bring needed attention to UAF, and when UAF succeeds, the community of Fairbanks succeeds right beside us. It's not just about saving athletics but saving how the University of Alaska Fairbanks is viewed and the quality of education it provides.

    Zoey Keene and Cate Whiting are both members of the University of Alaska Fairbanks volleyball team. Keene is a sophomore from Anchorage studying biology and physiology. Whiting is a junior from Rapid City, South Dakota studying civil engineering.
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    I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"

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    "According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".

    UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.

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    So in my googling of athletics in Alaska, I found this:
    [Alaska Southeast] did have an intercollegiate sports program that was shut down along with Sheldon Jackson College and Alaska Pacific University in 1990. Even though the focus of a school is its education, former Director of Activities at UAS Tish Griffin said students need activities like basketball. When the three smaller Alaska colleges (UAS, APU and Sheldon Jackson) all shut down their sports programs in 1990, it had a huge effect on the UAS campus. The following year, all three years saw a drop in enrollment. "There was an impact," Griffin said. "I saw the most impact on student life. What was missing was the school spirit, the common athletic event that united the campus. You have to have a way for the students to recreate. Activities give them a fuller life, and they're much more rounded. And it also helps them buy into the campus."
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    For goodness' sake, even the nerds at MIT have varsity sports. That said, they don't have idiots in state government who didn't learn from Sam Brownback and Bloody (Because of Structural Debt) Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfmorris View Post
    For goodness' sake, even the nerds at MIT have varsity sports. That said, they don't have idiots in state government who didn't learn from Sam Brownback and Bloody (Because of Structural Debt) Kansas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    The nerds at MIT are required to earn physical education and wellness points, plus a swim requirement. Varsity sports count, but club sports don’t.
    Do they have to take Drownproofing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    So in my googling of athletics in Alaska, I found this:
    [Alaska Southeast] did have an intercollegiate sports program that was shut down along with Sheldon Jackson College and Alaska Pacific University in 1990. Even though the focus of a school is its education, former Director of Activities at UAS Tish Griffin said students need activities like basketball. When the three smaller Alaska colleges (UAS, APU and Sheldon Jackson) all shut down their sports programs in 1990, it had a huge effect on the UAS campus. The following year, all three years saw a drop in enrollment. "There was an impact," Griffin said. "I saw the most impact on student life. What was missing was the school spirit, the common athletic event that united the campus. You have to have a way for the students to recreate. Activities give them a fuller life, and they're much more rounded. And it also helps them buy into the campus."
    Interesting!
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    I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"

    From ADN:

    "According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".

    UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    So in my googling of athletics in Alaska, I found this:
    [Alaska Southeast] did have an intercollegiate sports program that was shut down along with Sheldon Jackson College and Alaska Pacific University in 1990. Even though the focus of a school is its education, former Director of Activities at UAS Tish Griffin said students need activities like basketball. When the three smaller Alaska colleges (UAS, APU and Sheldon Jackson) all shut down their sports programs in 1990, it had a huge effect on the UAS campus. The following year, all three years saw a drop in enrollment. "There was an impact," Griffin said. "I saw the most impact on student life. What was missing was the school spirit, the common athletic event that united the campus. You have to have a way for the students to recreate. Activities give them a fuller life, and they're much more rounded. And it also helps them buy into the campus."
    Alaska Pacific University had a hockey program way back when. It was then known as Alaska Methodist University.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fairbanks hockey puck View Post
    The future of athletics should not be up in the air.
    Athletics is not a luxury to a university.
    First sentence: True - This is political posturing on a grand scale and stupidity that hopefully will resolved shortly with some sort of reasonable compromise.
    Second sentence: False - Athletics are a huge financial drain for most universities and are non-essential. Yes, they are great to have, help build community / institutional bonds and round out the student life experience... but they are a luxury item. If you don't have money to pay for them, they do end up on the chopping block.

    Michigan Tech had a pretty successful school funded D-II football program. One summer, the school decided they didn't want to pay for it any more. Had it not been for the generous donations of outside sources that would have been the end of football at MTU, just like that, overnight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    Michigan Tech had a pretty successful school funded D-II football program. One summer, the school decided they didn't want to pay for it any more. Had it not been for the generous donations of outside sources that would have been the end of football at MTU, just like that, overnight.
    When was this? I ask because I don't see a substantial increase in football contributions in any year from 2010 through 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Pickett View Post
    When was this? I ask because I don't see a substantial increase in football contributions in any year from 2010 through 2018.

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    2002-2004, somewhere in there?
    Edit: On March 18, 2003 the football program was eliminated due to budgets cuts made by the university, but through alumni funding, the program was brought back ten days later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    2002-2004, somewhere in there?
    Edit: On March 18, 2003 the football program was eliminated due to budgets cuts made by the university, but through alumni funding, the program was brought back ten days later.
    That feels familiar.

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    Yeah it was 2003, and let's be honest the typical highlight of an MTU football season is barely beating an even crappier NMU team. They've gone to 2 NCAA tournaments in the last 15 seasons, hosting both the games in Houghton, and been outed in the first round both times. It's a halfway decent D2 program at a fairly remote, cold weather nerd school and enjoys solid alumni and fan support, but I wouldn't exactly call the program a roaring success either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirtless Guy View Post
    2002-2004, somewhere in there?
    Edit: On March 18, 2003 the football program was eliminated due to budgets cuts made by the university, but through alumni funding, the program was brought back ten days later.
    The program never missed a year, The AD was Rick Yeo, and it was his way to increase hockey funding and maybe Title IX issues not sure on that one. I believe the funding was handled differently if you did not see an increase.

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    Last edited by Suze; 07-29-2019 at 08:28 PM.
    Originally Posted by aparch
    I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"

    From ADN:

    "According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".

    UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.

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    So, when the governor vetoes it and calls a special session in Wasilla again....

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    Alaska Pacific University had a hockey program way back when. It was then known as Alaska Methodist University.
    Didn't some guy named Brush skate on that team?

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    Regent Gloria O’Neill described regents’ upcoming decision on UA’s structure as one of the biggest decisions the board has faced in 100 years.

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    UAF made the kind of hockey history on October 10th 2015 that no team wants to claim – the Nanooks became the first NCAA Division I victim of Arizona State.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seawolf Fan View Post
    Didn't some guy named Brush skate on that team?
    It was a long time ago. All I remember is they had a team; I don't remember any player names.

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    The U of A Regents are moving towards a single accreditation model. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/educ...dministration/

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    I just posted this at a different fanboard (csnbbs):

    What does this mean for UAA & UAF hockey this year? I'm not yet sure. I think the show goes on for 2019-20 for both the Seawolves and Nanooks. Next year, probably only 1 team. (Obviously, they've got bigger things than sports to consider right now, but this is a college sports fanboard.)
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    Update, 3:40 p.m. Regents agree to move toward single-accreditation model

    In an 8-3 vote, the UA Board of Regents approved a motion that’ll move UA toward a single-accreditation model — the structuring option preferred by UA President Jim Johnsen.

    Under the motion, the regents authorize Johnsen to implement four steps:
    • Reduce administrative costs immediately through consolidation and standardization of processes in the “back-office functional areas” including IT, finance, university relations and procurement.
    • Prepare a strategic approach to combining “duplicative academic colleges and schools, consolidating research institutes and enhanced integration of community campuses" for review and approval by the regents at their September meeting.
    • Prepare a plan for board approval to transition from three separately-accredited universities (UAA, UAF and UAS) to a single institutional accreditation with multiple locations over the 2019-20 academic year.
    • Consult through the above steps with students, faculty and staff.

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