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ISSUE 117 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/5/2003


Basketball takes home opener

The men’s basketball season already resembles a roller coaster after only three games . After a Nov. 25 season-opening 65-57 victory over host Luther, in which head coach Dan Kosmoski, now in his ninth season, notched his 100th career victory, the Oles lost their conference opener on the road to Concordia 80-68 on Nov. 29.

Fulton named All-American

All the hard work that Kelly Fulton ‘05 has put into cross country and track throughout his running career paid off in a big way when he ran to a 34th-place finish at the National Championship Meet on Nov. 22, earning him All-American status. Fulton traveled to Hanover, Ind. joined only by Coach Thornton as the team was not able to qualify for the meet. Fulton did his teammates proud by running a spectacular race and becoming the first St. Olaf male to be named All-American in cross country since 1997.

NCAA’s reforms miss the point

You would think, that the NCAA’s new policy to begin punishing programs that don’t graduate 50 percent of its athletes by taking away scholarships and threatening to ban them from postseason play would be enough to make a bald coach go even balder or a high school senior with a decent jump shot go pro. However, you won’t see overweight coaches clutching their chests and hyperventilating into brown paper bags just yet. Nor will you find athletic director scrambling to find loopholes in the new NCAA codes or see this year’s crop of McDonald’s All-Americans quaking in their $150 Nikes. While it may seem that the NCAA’s reform policy will only bring good to this era of scandal-ridden sports, it will, in all actuality, simply fuel the underbelly of college sports, which have been wrought with academic fraud for quite some time.

Women still searching for win

Four games into their young season, the Ole women’s basketball team is still looking for that elusive first victory. This rocky start, however, has done little to dampen the team’s morale. Saturday afternoon, when the Oles head onto the court at St. Mary’s, they’ll be focused on the future instead of dwelling on the past.

Hockey beats Northland

After a stretch of four consecutive losses, the men's hockey team rebounded with a 5-2 win over Northland College last Saturday night.

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