Is Rowan University going Division I?

By Sierra Morrison

 

Glassboro, N.J. – Rowan University is going through a lot of changes. Rowan University had a 10 year plan for growth; by year 3 Rowan University hit that goal. To keep up with demand, Rowan University opened a new business and engineering building and has more buildings under construction. With all this growth, there’s talk that Rowan University will go from Division III to Division I.

 

In order to go Division I, Universities must meet the following: Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing season has to be represented by each gender as well. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball, Division I schools must play 100 percent of the minimum number of contests against Division I opponents — anything over the minimum number of games has to be 50 percent Division I. Men’s and women’s basketball teams have to play all but two games against Division I teams; for men, they must play one-third of all their contests in the home arena. Schools that have football are classified as Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) or NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Football Bowl Subdivision schools are usually fairly elaborate programs. Football Bowl Subdivision teams have to meet minimum attendance requirements (average 15,000 people in actual or paid attendance per home game), which must be met once in a rolling two-year period. NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams do not need to meet minimum attendance requirements. Division I schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics program, and there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Division I school cannot exceed.

 

While Rowan University meets most of the requirements for going Division I ( i.e. sponsoring at least seven sport for men and women), it hasn’t played against another Division I teams or met the minimum attendance requirements (15,000 people in actual or paid attendance per home game), which must be met once in a rolling two-year period.

 

In order for Rowan University to seat 15,000 people it would have to building a new stadium and new facilities, which is costly.

 

Aside from that, a recent education board meeting held April 6 mentioned no plans or funding for Rowan University to go Division I.

 

Rowan University Men’s Intramural Soccer SAE defeats Phi Kappa psi

By Sierra Morrison

Glassboro, N.J. – Last night, Rowan University Men’s Intramural Soccer SAE defeated Phi Kappa psi, 1-0.

SAE remains undefeated and their record is 4-0. Phi Kappa psi loss to SAE brings their record to 2-2-0. Overall, SAE is averaging 2.75 points per game. Currently, SAE is tied with Tau Kappa Epsilon for 1st place.

“There isn’t one specific player that attests to SAE’s success,” said Luigi Buffolino, the team’s captain. “The whole team has had an impact on the 4 game win streak and the shutout.”

To date SAE hasn’t allowed any of their opponents to score. Prior to defeating Phi Kappa Psi, they shutout out the following opponents: DKE 5-0, Tau Delta Phi 4-0 and Sigma Pi, 1-0.

Buffolino attributes the team’s success by making starting line-ups, substituting and emphasizing teamwork.

“Our defense been playing well allowing no goals,” said Buffolino.

SAE next match is against Phi Kappa Alpha who is 2-2-0.

Buffolino expects SAE to defeat Phi Kappa Alpha and reach the playoffs and the eventually the Championship by keeping up the way they’ve been playing and not letting up any goals.

What it’s like to be an Intramural Referee

By: Glenn Brown

As sports fans we don’t agree with a lot of calls that we see on television and in real life concerning sports and sporting events. We like to think of ourselves as experts and referees when viewing a particular sport. This can come down to being fans of the sport or if you played the sport we like to compare experience with the future.

A lot of people believe that they can make the right calls during crucial times of the games. This is the general consensus among many sports fans. There’s jokes about referees as being “blind” when a particular call isn’t made in their teams favor or one that can effects the game greatly. As a former intramural and youth sports referee, I can tell you that it is the opposite when you step on the field or court wearing that zebra stripe shirt.

While sitting down with a few of my Rowan University Intramural referees, we noticed that we had a lot of things in common regarding referring, but the most common trait that each member possessed was patience. In order to become a good referee or even an average one, you need to have patience and confidence.

After talking to my friend Morgan Olsen who has been a referee for over three years at Rowan University, she had this to say about the job and experience.

“As referees we have to keep our composure and be patient with the participants at all times,” said Olsen. “They (the participants) will hurl insults at you all game and we have to deal with that my continuing to be stern and making the right judgment calls.”

Another one of my colleagues is Wayne Roberts, who referees in intramural basketball. Roberts has a great take on being a referee and sports fan.

“Sometimes it can be weird stepping on to the court and not playing, but without your calls and direction, the game cannot be played correctly,” said Roberts. “We pride ourselves on making the correct calls when it comes to each sport that we’ve played or the sport that were a fan of.”

It’s a respect factor that we have for the game and no matter how annoying or disrespectful the participants may be, we have a job to do at the end of the day. I can honestly say that when the games are close and tight, that is the most enjoyment I have refereeing as I feel like it’s the real thing.

Journey for the JimmyJohners to the Playoffs

By Bryan Vientos
Senior Tyler Yeh and captain of JimmyJohners had bright hope for the season,which only involved 5 games and then the playoffs. Unfortunately, they didn’t start off too hot, losing their first game by 27 points but this didn’t discourage the team.

“ It was our first game playing together and with only one sub it was difficult to match the other team stamina,” Yeh said.

The second game didn’t seem to be going right again, with two JimmyJohners players not able to make the game. This put a lot of pressure on Yeh to preform playing with a man down but luck would have it the other team faced the same issue with their team members. The game was played four versus four with the JimmyJonhers taking complete control over the game winning by 14 points with leading scorer Jerry C. with 18 points. His 6’4 height definitely played a big factor in this turn out. The overall competitiveness was electric throughout the division. Unfortunately in game 3 the JimmyJohners tied in OT, which wasn’t hurtful until the end of the regular season.

The JimmyJohners went on to win their 4th game, which only put more pressure on the 5th and final game of the regular season. The top 2 teams advance to the playoffs and since the JimmyJohners tied there 3rd game they were tied for 2nd. This meant they had to outscore the other teams previous scored more than 15 points against the 5th and final team. Unfortunately, the chances of the JimmyJoners making the playoffs was over before the 5th game even start. The referees warn each team before the game there isn’t any dunking in warmups and Jerry had dunked the ball, which lead to a technical. This technical pushed the Jimmyjohners out of playoff contention and only heartbreak for Senior Yeh not able to receive any silverware before graduation.