Boston Blazer’s Lacrosse Team Take Their Halftime Show to a Whole New Level of Debauchery

As if Lacrosse teams need to once again tarnish their already terrible reputations, the Boston Blazers have gone ahead and perpetuated the idea that lacrosse is a sport played by boneheads.  This sport already gets enough terrible press, like the famous Duke Lacrosse team rape case and Judy Blume’s Lacrosse playing rapist nephew to name …

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Textual Violence: Harassment and Stalking in the Digital Age

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The 24-7 newsreel world we live in, a cacophonous array of tweets and status updates, and new messages certainly puts the pressure on keeping your privacy, well, private. Before our very eyes, the internet is forcing us to reconsider friends, relationships, even basic human connections — and with this revolution, inevitably, come the new ways people can terrorize others. A recent piece in the Washington Post discusses how text messages have become a weapon in today’s dating world.  A victim profiled in the piece, Siobhan Russell, was stalked via text message by a boyfriend, too:

In New York, a 17-year-old trying to break up with her boyfriend got fewer messages, but they were menacing. “You don’t need nobody else but me,” read one. Another threatened to kill her.

The threats soon became worse, and Russell’s ex-boyfriend killed her in the spring of 2009, because he couldn’t have her.
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Quinnipiac College in Title IX Violation … So Why Has This Led to an “Is Cheerleading a Sport” Debate?

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Quinnipiac College in Connecticut dropped their volleyball program last year in lieu of competitive cheering.  Volleyball coach Robin Sparks and several v-ball players have taken the situation to court, opening the door to some pretty serious allegations of Title IX shenanigans.

Title IX, for those of you who may not know, is actually part of the Civil Rights Act (it was added in 1972).  Championed by Congresswoman Patsy Mink, its purpose has been equality in both high school and college athletics.  It reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

You would think this would be pretty straightforward, but the chaos at Quinnipiac shows that this is unfortunately not the case.  You see, there’s a lot more to this story than the elimination of one sport for another.

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

Judge Stefan Underhill also will be asked to decide whether Quinnipiac improperly manipulates the size of the rosters of its other teams to get around complying with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in athletics.

Underhill issued a temporary injunction last year that prevented the school from disbanding the volleyball team after finding the school was over-reporting the participation opportunities for its female athletes and under-reporting the opportunities for men.

Evidence showed the men’s baseball and lacrosse teams, for example, would drop players before reporting data to the Department of Education and reinstate them after the reports were submitted. Conversely, the women’s softball team would add players before the reporting date, knowing the additional players would not be on the team in the spring.

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The Yeardley Love Murder: Just a Case of Drunken Revenge?

By now, you may have heard about the murder of University of Virginia lacrosse player, Yeardley Love. The suspect, ex-boyfriend and men’s lacrosse athlete George Huguely, is no stranger to violence against women; he had previously threatened and verbally abused a female police officer during a substance related arrest and had a reputation for being controlling of his romantic partners. As both Huguely and Love appear to have been intoxicated at the time of the murder, several commentators have argued that this was merely a booze-fueled lover’s quarrel that went too far. However, it is naive to say this without considering the circumstances surrounding Huguely and his upbringing.

Huguely is a product of the elite Landon School in Maryland. While this on its own may not seem terribly important, this happens to be the same school that several of the players involved in the Duke lacrosse scandal attended. In fact, not only did Huguely know and play lacrosse with many of the players accused of sexually and racially abusing the exotic dancer involved, but actually defended them. To me, this points not simply to alcohol problems on Huguely’s part, but also a fundamental disrespect for women and non-white people — precisely the sort of people not allowed at Huguely’s school and so often derided in macho, prep school sports.

Indeed, some who have written about the recent Harvard Law School email scandal argue that racism and sexism on the part of upper class, conservative white students are not simply unfortunate or isolated incidents, but are an indication of the sorts of reactionary views imparted to students at elite prep schools and universities. Thus, while alcohol almost certainly contributed to Huguely’s history of menacing behavior and the deadly actions that led to Love’s death, it is naive to say that there is not a deeper underlying hatred of those that threaten white male privilege that fueled Huguely’s rage.

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