IFC fraternities aim for 300 bids

first_imgMore than 800 students are participating in the Spring Interfraternity Council Recruitment, a 20 percent increase compared to last spring’s numbers, according to Hayden Wheatley, vice president of recruitment for IFC.“This is a tremendous turn-out and a huge increase from last year,” Wheatley said. “Our message is about building better academics while getting a more complete college experience, and it looks like people are responding well to it.”The number of students participating in spring rush has increased each year since 2008, but according to Pedro Moura, IFC vice president of public relations, the increase is not because of ramped up recruiting by the IFC.“We let our fraternities sell themselves,” Moura said.Last spring, the fraternities gave out 293 bids, three more than the 2009 spring rush. In spring of 2008, 245 fraternity bids were given to students. IFC is hopeful the number of bids handed out during this rush will continue to increase.“I’m confident that with the new houses and changes in the Greek Row that we will be able to break that 300 threshold this spring,” Wheatley said.Though spring rush almost always has lower numbers than fall rush, Wheatley said choosing when to rush is an important decision that should be carefully considered by each potential new member.“There are definitely people who come in during the fall knowing that the Greek community is a place for them, but there are some people who aren’t as confident where they stand within the Greek community,” Wheatley said. “Having rush during the fall and spring gives those students that avenue.”Richard Tomlinson, Pi Kappa Alpha’s rush chair, said his fraternity utilizes the same methods to attract potential fraternity members whether they rush in the fall or in the spring.“We try to reach out to a lot of freshmen in the dorms and get the guys in our fraternity to talk to people they know who haven’t rushed yet,” Tomlinson said.Tyler Henry, a freshman spring admit majoring in economics/mathematics, said spring rush gives him an opportunity to better adjust to USC.“I think rushing is a better way to meet people, especially as someone new to USC and because I live off campus,” Henry said.Though the image of The Row might have been tainted when the Department of Public Safety shut it down after the fraternities’ Welcome Back Nights got out of hand last semester, IFC has worked hard to increase safety on The Row.“Fraternities have cooperated with DPS and IFC and we have and will do everything in our power to prevent events like what happened last semester and ensure students have a fun and safe time on The Row,” Moura said.IFC hopes to not only increase the number of students who rush fraternities, but to continue the growth within the community.“There are new fraternities starting up as we speak — think of Phi Sigma Kappa,” Moura said. “The USC fraternity system is growing without a doubt.”The recruitment period began Monday night with house tours and will continue with events throughout the week at different venues depending on the fraternity. Bids will be handed out Saturday night following an invite-only blue chip dinner Friday night.IFC is also hosting a secondary rush event Jan. 28 for people who might not have received a bid from their choice house and those who were not a part of original recruitment.last_img read more

Junior defenseman succeeding by going unnoticed

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoWhen taking in a Wisconsin men’s hockey game at the Kohl Center, Matt Olinger is probably not the first player you notice on the ice. In fact, he may be the last.But if you ask him and his coaches, the junior defenseman is actually playing his best hockey if you don’t even notice him at all.”A compliment you would like to give a defenseman like Matt is: ‘I didn’t notice you all game,'” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.There are not a lot of times that an athlete would consider a statement like that much of a compliment, but Olinger is the perfect example. And he doesn’t try to use any sort of smoke and mirrors in describing his role for UW.”I’m a third line D-man — just go out there and my job is not to get noticed,” the junior blue liner said. “If I don’t get noticed out there, that means I’ve done my job. If I am getting noticed, I’m making mistakes.”Being a stay-at-home defenseman also means taking a hit on the statistic sheets.Olinger has played in all but one of Wisconsin’s 24 games so far this season yet doesn’t have a single goal or assist to show for it. In his 78 career games as a Badger, he has four assists.For his teammates, those numbers are fine.”He’s doing a great job, we couldn’t ask for any more out of him,” assistant captain and fellow defenseman Tom Gilbert said. “He’s fundamentally sound, he’s tough, he wins one-on-one battles.”But while UW needs scorers like Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski, it’s not always about the goals and glamour.”[My role] is fine with me — I’ve grown into it the last three years,” Olinger said. “[Coach Mark Osiecki] and Coach [Troy] Ward have helped me fit that role and I think I’m doing a pretty good job right now.””I think you have to play to your strengths,” Eaves said. “He recognizes what his strengths are. His strength is getting the puck into the hands of the scorers and letting them do their thing.”But it hasn’t always necessarily been quite that way. While he has never been an offensive-minded defenseman, his numbers show that playing on the blue line didn’t always keep him from scoring.The Madison native had 40 points in 68 games while playing for the Madison Capitols in the 1999-00 season. But his shift towards more of a defensive presence occurred in his three years with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.There, he had just 31 points in 156 games.”Ever since I’ve played, I’ve tended to lean that way,” Olinger said of his defense-first mentality. “Ever since I came here, it is even more that way now.”Even though he didn’t post big numbers in the USHL, that didn’t keep him from winning awards as the Cedar Rapids’ best defenseman, most dedicated player and the Rough Rider Award after the 2002-03 season.But his shift towards being a stay-at-home defenseman was just part of his story, a journey which began with a young Olinger growing up watching the Badgers and has ended with him donning the cardinal and white himself.”Since I was a little kid, I’ve been coming to these games,” Olinger said. “I’ve seen the 1990 team win the national championship, I’ve seen all the goaltenders in net — it’s just a dream come true.”The road to his dream was one that he had never even thought about as he went through high school.He was happy just playing Midget hockey for the Capitols and knew barely anything about junior hockey. Things changed quickly.”A lot of the junior teams came and watched me play, but I didn’t know much about it,” Olinger said. “I started talking to coaches, and I started learning about this whole other world of junior hockey.”Soon after, he found himself trying out for Cedar Rapids and Des Moines and received yet another surprise when he was actually picked up by the Rough Riders.”I wasn’t expecting to go,” Olinger said.The move meant leaving Madison Edgewood High School a year early to move away from home, living with a whole new housing family and taking on the rigors of playing junior hockey while finishing high school.If you thought leaving for college after graduation was bad, imagine leaving a year earlier when you least expected it.”I wasn’t ready for that right away,” Olinger said. “I thought I was going to be here in Madison, going to Edgewood for my senior year, and then all of the sudden, I’m leaving. It was a big change in my life.”It’s an interesting change that most high-school kids — and most athletes for that matter — don’t even have an opportunity to have but one that Olinger embraced and used to mature both on and off the ice.He parlayed that experience into quick success at and away from the rink at UW.”I had a chance to go out and learn how to be responsible,” Olinger said. “I had already been away [from home]. It helped me transition into playing college hockey and living on my own.”Those few years helped Olinger achieve his childhood dream, and despite his lack of scoring, hasn’t disappointed in his three-year career.He won the award for Most Improved Player his freshman year and hasn’t looked back. He has taken on more of a leadership role and has become more of a voice in the locker room this season.”He’s come full circle already, both on and off the ice,” Wisconsin senior captain Adam Burish said. “His first two years here, he wouldn’t say a word. Now every game he’s in there saying stuff, which is good. And on the ice, his confidence level has risen.”This weekend Olinger, who grew up loving the Badgers and hating the Minnesota Gophers, will write another chapter into his fairy tale at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Knight named USTFCCCA National Performer of the Week

first_img Published on October 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Syracuse senior cross country runner Justyn Knight, who placed first on Friday at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Performer of the Week on Monday.Knight is currently coming off a season where he placed third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and placed ninth at the IAAF World Championships, both in the 5000-meters. Knight’s participation on Friday was in doubt after his track season was extended until Mid-August.“(When he runs), he will run to win,” Fox said, ” If he lines up at Wisconsin, it’s because he believes he will win.”Knight raced his first meet of the season behind other All-Americans Colin Bennie and Philo Germano. Nearing the end of the race, Knight zoomed past Stanford’s Grant Fisher to finish the race at a time of 23:28.5. The Syracuse men placed third at the meet.Going back to last season, Knight has won three-straight meets and six of the last seven. This is the second time he has won the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, becoming one of only two runners to win the event multiple times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is the fourth time Knight has been named national athlete of the week during his tenure at Syracuse, with his most recent title occurring last track season. He also earned the honor after winning the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational last year.Knight will next race at the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca on October 20th. That meet will mark the final race of the team’s season before ACC Championships. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mourinho Escapes Punishment over Fracas at Stamford Bridge

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho will not be punished by the Football Association for his part in the injury-time fracas at Chelsea on Saturday.But Blues coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct.The incident occurred when Ianni celebrated Chelsea’s 96th-minute equaliser in front of the United bench, sparking a retaliation from Mourinho. Jose Mourinho The FA said the Portuguese manager had been “formally reminded of his responsibilities” after the 2-2 draw.An FA spokesperson added: “Both clubs have received similar official reminders in terms of the behaviour expected of their staff and players at all times whilst in the technical area.”Ianni has until 18:00 BST on Thursday to respond to the charge.On Monday, Mourinho said Ianni had apologised to him and “deserves a second chance”.“I want to thank Chelsea and (Maurizio Sarri),” Mourinho said. “The young boy does not deserve more than what he got.“He apologised to me. He deserves a second chance – he doesn’t deserve to be sacked. He went through a situation where he recognises he was wrong.“I hope everybody does the same as I did and do not disturb the career of a great guy. Probably someone with great potential. I’m not happy at all with more than that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more