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Tuesday Tidbits thinks the mascot should be the Water Tower

September 11, 2012

The EMU women’s soccer team performed much as one would expect against two opponents of vastly differing ability. Friday afternoon they defeated the visiting IUPUI Jaguars 2-0, on goals by Cara Cutaia in the 82nd minute and by Angela Vultaggio in the 88th minute. Redshirt freshman goalie Jenna O’Dell made five saves, to register her second shutout, and with the loss the Jaguars dropped to 1-6-0.

Things didn’t go as well Sunday afternoon in East Lansing. The Eagles were badly outshot, particularly early on, and the Spartans put in goals in the 67th and the 70th minutes, while Michigan State goalie Courtney Clem made six saves for a shutout, 2-0. The Spartans now have a 5-1-1 record, while EMU sits at 3-3-1, having already matched their 2011 win total (3-13-2).

EMU will wrap up non-conference play this Thursday, with a home game at Scicluna Field against Detroit. The Titans are 2-4-1 for the season, and have one common opponent with the Eagles, having lost to Oakland 2-3 in overtime (EMU tied the Grizzlies 3-3). Also of interest, Detroit has tied at Toledo in exhibition (0-0), tied Ball State (1-1), and lost to Central Michigan (1-0). This looks like a fairly even match, though I think EMU may be a slightly better team, plus the Eagles are playing at home, plus the Titans have a short turn-around time given that they were playing in Hawaii over the weekend.

While we’re on the subject of soccer, the Eastern Echo has a profile of senior defender Jessica Thomas.

I didn’t get a chance to link to these the other day, so if you want to see more of Ken’s sideline photos from Saturday, here are the links:

The women’s cross country team tied with Hope College for first place in the George Dales Inviational; sucks to be host-team Western Michigan, since it was only a three-team event. EMU sophomore Victoria Voronko was the individual champion for the second year a row, while Kayla Pfund, Rachel Quaintance, and Morgan Churchwell took 4th, 5th, and 6th, respectively, for the Eagles. The women will take this weekend off before heading to the Toledo Bubble Buster on Friday, September 21.

In other women’s cross country news, former EMU men’s cross country team captain Austin Hendrix has joined the team as a volunteer assistant coach. Women’s track and field head coach Sue Parks had the following to say about Hendrix:

Austin has been a team captain and a part of MAC Championship teams here at EMU. What impressed me about Austin during his years here was his racing toughness and his ability to run well for the team when it really counted. I feel that he will bring a positive attitude and a strong work ethic to the women’s team as we strive to continue to move up in the MAC.

Speak of men’s cross country team captains, the 2012 captains have just been named and they are seniors James Hughes and, of course, Terefe Ejigu. The team will begin their competitive season this Friday at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing.

Three EMU teams will begin their fall seasons this weekend. The women’s tennis team will compete at the Gopher Invitational in Minneapolis, the women’s golf team will compete at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, and the men’s golf team will compete at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, hosted by Indiana University in Zionsville, Indiana.

The Eastern Echo has an interesting article about an EMU student who competed on a team from the Ann Arbor YMCA in the World University Netball Championships, this summer in South Africa.

When Jordan Keen was twelve, she sprained her knee while she was skiing. It caused severe pain that enveloped her body. Doctor after doctor could not figure out what was wrong.

“The pain felt like shards of glass tearing my body apart and my doctors and I couldn’t stop it,” Keen said. “As an athletic twelve-year-old, it devastated me to be sidelined from basketball and other sports. By high school, I struggled to get around without a wheelchair or [to] hold a pencil.”

…“On the way up to the gym to coach one day, I saw a poster for this sport called netball. It advertised that it was like basketball, but was a ‘non-contact’ sport. I was sold before I even touched the court,” Keen said.

The EMU volleyball team powered their way through the Mean Green Classic, hosted by the University of North Texas. In two double-headers, they defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-0, North Texas 3-2, Hofstra 3-0, and Oral Roberts 3-2, running their record to 10-2 for the season. Kristen Baker was named tournament MVP, and Erin Short was named to the All-Tournament Team, but the real story of the weekend for EMU was Rachel Iaquaniello. Also named to the All-Tournament Team, Iaquaniello broke EMU’s 9-year-old record for career attacks (previously held by Jennifer Nighswander, with 4,456) and EMU’s 23-year-old career kill record (previously held byRoxanne Munch, with 1,537).

The Eagles return to southeastern Michigan for a match at 7 pm tonight at Oakland University. The Grizzlies are currently 6-4 for the season, but have only defeated EMU three times in 26 meetings. The volleyball team will wrap up their non-conference play close to home with the Coke/Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor this weekend, where they’ll face Michigan, Duke, and Western Kentucky.

The EMU volleyball team picked up a commitment from Midland (Michigan) High School junior Mallory Rajewski, a setter who also had interest from West Virginia and Coastal Carolina. Rajewski wanted to stay in Michigan, and decided that EMU’s teacher education program would be a good fit academically. She’s also a fan of EMU volleyball coach Kim Berrington:

It was a perfect fit for me, and I love the coach. I’ve played High Performance [Volleyball] for her team, and I know how she coaches…I love how intense she is and how I know she’ll push me to my limits and take me as far as I can go in my volleyball career…I love the campus and everything about Eastern.

Tory Verdi has picked up a verbal committment for the women’s basketball team from Milford (Nebraska) High School senior Haley Moore. As a junior, Moore was a second-team All-Stater, averaging 14.5 points per game, and shooting 36% from three-point range.

A couple of notes on future football schedules came out this week. First, EMU will play a home-and-home series with Wyoming, traveling to Laramie on September 15, 2015, and hosting the Cowboys September 3, 2016 (I’m guessing that will be the season opener). Wyoming also scheduled a home-and-home series with Northern Illinois opposite this one. Personally, I’m a fan of this, and I’d like to see EMU play both fewer payday games against (especially) B1G teams and fewer games against FCS teams (we saw the downside of that three days ago), with more home-and-home series against Sun Belt, WAC, and Mountain West teams. Conference USA can come along for the ride too, I guess.

Also, I saw a couple of articles this week that gave more information about financial aspects of Michigan State’s “Celebrate the State” series, which took them to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, and will bring them to Ypsilanti in either 2018 or 2020. Instead of paying guarantees for nine home games (three each for EMU, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan), Michigan State made each a 3-for-1 series. Because EMU has to wait so long for the return trip, Michigan State will pay for one of the Eagles three visits. I’ve thought for a while that Mark Hollis has been doing an outstanding job as Michigan State’s athletic director, and this information only solidified that opinion.

Silliness continues over the Huron logo inside — not on — the marching band uniforms.

Here’s what I posted on Facebook and Twitter last week, when the whole affair started to get some press coverage:

I’m stunned by all the PC complaints about the Huron logo on the new band uniforms. Entirely aside from the fiasco that was the name change process, it’s not like the logo is really visible, since it’s inside the uniforms. From the way some people are responding, you’d think they’re putting the drum major in a headdress and war paint. INSIDE THE UNIFORMS, PEOPLE!!

Later, with a link to a Detroit News article with photos:

See? There are two buttons and a zipper between the Huron logo and the public’s delicate eyes.

I’m not going to link to any specific sites, because IT’S SILLY, but here a few headlines and quotes:

  • EMU brings back Indian logo, despite criticism (Associated Press): This was one of the better articles on the subject, and it quoted President Martin (“We still have Normalites who went to Michigan State Normal and are alive and wear their Normalite logo with pride. We have many, many Hurons who are still Hurons in their heart to this day. And, of course, we have been the Eagles for 20 years. It’s showing respect to the past but embracing the fact that we are all together under the block E and love Eastern.”), Wyandotte Nation chief Billy Friend (“Our stance has always been we didn’t see it as anything but an honor to the Hurons and Wyandottes”.), and American Indian Services Director Fay Givens (“I don’t like native people being used as mascots in any situation”.)
  • Eastern Michigan Brings Back Use of Huron Mascot (Inside Higher Ed):

    Campaigns by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Native American groups have led most universities that had Native American team names to eliminate them. But Eastern Michigan University, one of those universities, is bringing back (in part) use of the Hurons logo that was replaced with Eagles in 1991…Officials say that they are not violating the NCAA ban (because of an exemption for historical uses of old names) and that the use of all three mascots on the uniform will unite alumni from different eras.

  • Former EMU logo featuring Native American mascot will briefly reappear on band uniforms (Detroit Free Press):

    “It’s important to note, our mascot is not changing. We’ve been the Eagles for the last 20 years and we will remain the Eagles,” said Walter Kraft, EMU’s vice president for communications. “We really looked at this as a way to embrace our history and embrace our past and alumni from different eras.”

    Jacki Miller, spokeswoman of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, said “it’s very possible” the EMU logos will be discussed at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission meeting Oct. 1 in Grand Rapids.

    She said no complaints about the use of the Hurons logo had been forwarded to her Friday 9/7. But she said she doubts the commissioners’ position would change much from 1988 or 2002.

    “We don’t want to have people’s race used as mascots because it’s often perceived as negative and discriminatory,” Miller said. “There’s sort of a note of irreverence when people use a mascot like that.”

  • Shame on Eastern Michigan “Eagles” (Turtle Talk, “the blog for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law”):

    Eastern Michigan University has become the first university, as far as we know, to regress on the question of the use of American Indian names and mascots for sports purposes.

    What value is upheld in bringing back an Indian mascot that the University long, long ago walked away from? The desire of some alumni to recall a past that never really existed?

    It must be remembered that the Hurons, or Wyandotte nation, were forcibly removed by the United States to lands in the west at great personal and cultural cost to that community. Now their suffering will be embraced for fun and games by the EMU marching band, all at the request of alums who apparently have no knowledge of this history.

    The Oklahoma Wyandotte Nation’s chief (Billy Friend) also embraces the restoration of the logo. This highlights the complication. The emotional and political pain arising from EMU’s change more than 20 years ago is forgotten, just as the tribe’s history is neglected.

  • Eastern Michigan University Brings Back Divisive Indian Logo to “Honor its History, Pride” (Indian Country):

    The ruffled feathers of alumni, and the witholding of financial support, apparently trumps the 1991 decision by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the feelings of Michigan’s many tribal members.

Just so we’re all clear:

  • The university has not changed the mascot back, and they’ve explicitly stated that they have no intention of doing so.
  • The Huron logo is not visible when the uniforms are being worn.
  • This is not temporary; the previous band uniforms were used for 16 years, and I’d expect these to go for at least 10-12 years.

And before we get into it, yes, from everything I’ve heard (I was two states away at the time) the decision-making process was messed up, and yes, “Eagles” is a terribly generic mascot.

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