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My time with Majerus, a coach and friend

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November 29, 2012

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I always thought this day might come, but I had never hoped to type these words: Rick Majerus is now the former head coach of the Saint Louis University men’s basketball team. My relationship with Majerus began my sophomore year when I became the basketball beat writer for The University News. I heard the stories and read the profiles. I expected to encounter a sour man who had no intent on making my job as a student...

Roll Tide vs Fighting Catholics

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November 29, 2012

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After three months of defending home turf, grueling road wars and cycling through four different number one teams, college football has finally come down to this month of waiting. Notre Dame retains the title of Bowl Championship Series (BCS) No. 1 after a beat down of Wake Forest for their first shutout of the season in sacred South Bend. They took the momentum into Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles and beat down the battered...

Bloomberg’s moment of clarity sends a message

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November 16, 2012

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In an instant, nothing else mattered. Nothing else should have mattered at least. Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast, flooding subway tunnels, cancelling thousands of flights and affecting millions of lives. Just a few days later, though, the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, announced that the New York Marathon would go on as scheduled. However, after mass public backlash, Bloomberg reversed the decision,...

Billikens to be tested by USC Upstate in season opener

November 7, 2012

The Billiken men’s basketball team will tip off their season on Nov. 9 against South Carolina Upstate, an opponent who, despite its lack of name recognition, is still one to watch. Spartan coac...

College basketball, an early Christmas gift

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November 7, 2012

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My favorite time of year is here again; the day I have been praying for since the start of the college football season. College basketball is back, and it is an exciting time both at Saint Louis University and around the nation. This college basketball season will provide a lot of excitement for SLU. The Atlantic 10 is the strongest basketball conference in the nation. New opponents like Butler and VCU will make their first...

Dumb Jocks? Not at SLU

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November 1, 2012

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The derogatory utterances can be heard at least once on an average walk down West Pine Boulevard. “Well he’s an athlete,” “that’s just a blow-off major anyway,” or any flippant stereotypes used to diminish the college experience of another student. One of Saint Louis University’s goals is to “alleviate ignorance,” according to its mission statement. Isn’t it time to foster understanding between students...

Cheaters, cheaters, pumpkin-eaters

Cheaters, cheaters, pumpkin-eaters

October 26, 2012

You don’t care about Lance Armstrong. You didn’t care that he won seven Tour de France titles, raised millions of dollars for cancer, or that he divorced Sheryl Crow. And now, you definitely don’t...

Do yourself a favor and catch some SLU Soccer

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October 25, 2012

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Here’s a few numbers to consider: 432, 487 and 432. These are the attendance figures for the recent men’s home soccer games, and two of those games were against nationally-ranked teams. All I know is that this sickens me. It sickens me for two major reasons. First, our men’s soccer team is very talented, with players who could be in the professional leagues in the next few years. Secondly, our sports teams should provide...

New wild card only helps our wild Cards

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October 11, 2012

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Shortly before the beginning of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, fans were treated to another little Turkish delight from the often witch-like mind of commissioner Bud Selig: an additional Wild Card team from each league. The addition of the teams was collectively bargained last year, but Selig had been tossing around the sweet morsel of an idea for years. At first brush, it seemed genius. After all, professional...

The playoffs finally pack some parity

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October 4, 2012

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The Major League Baseball playoff table has been set, and after enduring a fall marred by replacement referees and a looming National Hockey League lockout, sports fans are ready to feast. Though the typical  (previous? Former?) postseason party invited only the elite eight teams from the regular season, it’s time to make room for two more. The hunt for October glory graciously welcomes an additional Wild Card qualifier...

Inconsistency in NCAA Academic Standards

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September 27, 2012

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Think back to when you were in high school. Think about how hard you worked to get that scholarship, athletic or academic, to the school of your choice. Now, imagine it’s the first week of August, and amid packing your clothes and shopping for your dorm room, you are informed that your scholarship is no longer be honored because the powers that be have decided that the classes you took your senior year are invalid. This...

Andy Murray finally proves critics wrong

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September 13, 2012

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Andy Murray, a British national, won a grand slam singles final in the US Open. A feat that took Great Britain 76 years to accomplish again. He has been playing tennis since he was a teenager, but only now is he receiving much deserved recognition for his skills. Critics have not always been nice when talking about Murray. He has in fact been making headlines since his teen years, albeit smaller ones but still notable...

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