Thursday, March 31, 2011

S'now Fun

While the Dartmouth baseball team was opening the home season with a 16-11 win over Siena, workers took advantage of the sunshine and 46-degree weather yesterday to clear snow off Memorial Field in anticipation of next week's start of "spring" football. Unfortunately the forecast is calling for 7-10 inches of the white stuff tonight. At least it doesn't stick around long this time of year, right? Right?

This Dartmouth video released with news of the 2015 admissions figures looks an awful lot like what they did last year, but it's still entertaining. From a Dartmouth release:
After processing 22,385 applications, a College record, Dartmouth is offering admission to 2,178 students, or 9.7 percent of the applicant pool, to the Class of 2015.
The Daily Dartmouth has a story here.

And if you are wondering about the official announcement of the regular-decision football recruiting class, that has to wait until all the paperwork has been received by the college. The recruiting class is usually public toward the end of April or early May.
Contrast the Dartmouth and Ivy admissions trends with this from the Associated Press about the University of Massachusetts:
The University of Massachusetts flagship Amherst campus is making it easier for graduates of the state’s two-year community colleges to attend — and afford — the four-year school.
And ...
Under a program scheduled to be announced Wednesday by Gov. Deval Patrick and UMass-Amherst Chancellor Robert Holub, community college students with a 3.0 or better grade point average will be guaranteed admission and will not have to pay tuition. Students with a GPA of 2.5 or better will be guaranteed admission, and priority for course registration, financial aid and on-campus housing. They will also be eligible for special advising services.
Did you see the piece in USA Today about the value of a men's basketball scholarship? From the story:
... (A) USA TODAY analysis has determined that a typical player for a program receives at least $120,000 annually in goods, services and future earnings for his athletic work.
Find a chart with the figures here.

Green Alert Take: It's ridiculously easy to poke holes in the numbers but this much is clear: Scholarship athletes aren't being paid per se, but they are certainly being compensated.
Former jayvee football player Charlie Grant was the College Premier Division Player of the Week for his performance in Dartmouth's 22-19 loss at Penn State.
Five Yalies have worked out for pro football scouts as reported by the Yale Daily. Also at Yale, the school's athletic department has named its annual marrow donor registry drive in honor of Mandi Schwartz, the women's hockey player who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2008. From a release:
Yale's record-setting drives have added more than 1,600 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry, and at least five life-saving genetic matches for patients in need have been located through the Bulldogs' efforts.
South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier responded to top recruit Jadeveon Clowney being handcuffed last week by staging his own "arrest." Fast-forward to about the 1:30 mark of this video.

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