Volume 92, Issue 90

Thursday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Notions which have some flaws

It's time to hear the truth

Painfully interesting

Don't gear article towards idiots

Apology to the university community

Atrium flags aren't really flags

Apology to the university community



Re: Sanctions scar soccer seasons, Jan. 6



To the Editor:

As a member of the varsity men's soccer program, I would like to extend my deepest apologies to the intercollegiate athletics office, the faculty and the entire student body, for you have been wronged.

It was with great ignorance and neglect that we as a team chose to have flagrant disregard for clearly stated policy which prohibits the consumption of alcohol during transport to and from athletic competition.

It is irrelevant that this action was precluded a few hours earlier by a successful bid for the Davidson Trophy and Western's first ever national championship. One should expect the highest level of rational decision making under these circumstances.

It should come as some consolation to you, as members of this university, that we have been punished severely for our disrespect of the rules. Suspension for the ring leader, a coach who has led the squad to three Ontario championships in as many years in the position, two years of probation to suppress future deviance of such riff raff and the ineligibility of players to receive athletic awards – a significant device in the deterrence of such undesirable behaviour.

At this time, some of you may wish to point fingers, perhaps to question the nature by which intercollegiate athletics exists in an advisory capacity to varsity teams; an office which has seen three of its major fall programs violate policy. This would be wrong, as it is solely the team's responsibility to be conscious of all parametres of self-government, at all times, regardless of circumstance.

In closing, I would like to again extend apologies to the members of this university. One only hopes that in our ignorance we have not jeopardized the bountiful support that the men's soccer program has grown to depend upon.

Adam Challis
Varsity Men's Soccer



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