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Keith Harris Stadium hosting Fury FC’s spring season

The Ottawa Fury FC and Carleton University have reached an agreement for the school to host the team’s home games while it awaits the completion of renovations to the TD Place stadium.
The team plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), and the Fury FC’s season is divided into Spring and Fall sections, with a break in July.
The team will be playing five home games in the spring season at Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton.
Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s athletic director, said the university is a fitting place for the Fury to play for a number of reasons, as well as the many organizational considerations that go along with the agreement.
“We were selected because of our proximity to Lansdowne, our central location, our access to parking and the size of our stadium,” Brenning said. “We had a meeting with all of the various departments in terms of what they required from a hosting perspective and it’s quite a large event for Carleton.”
Fury FC president John Pugh also spoke about Carleton as an appropriate venue to host the team’s spring season.
“Looking around the city, taking into account location and everything else, Carleton was one of the obvious spots to look at,” Pugh said. “There are facilities at Carleton that basically aren’t at any other venue in terms of supporting our training needs.”
He added the stadium was secure and there wouldn’t be any security risks with playing there.
While this agreement came largely out of the team awaiting completion of its home field at TD Place, Pugh hinted at some possible future arrangements between the Fury FC and Carleton.
“The women’s World Cup is coming in 2015 to Ottawa,” he said. “There will be times when we cannot train and cannot play at TD Place. So again, Carleton would be an obvious choice to look at for that kind of thing.”
The first game at Carleton will be April 19.

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Carleton adds 53 members to the sunshine list

Nearly 700 Carleton employees made the 2013 sunshine list, released annually by the Ontario Ministry of Finance to disclose the names, positions, and salaries of those in the province who make over $100,000 a year.

In total, 698 employees made the list, an increase from 645 in the 2012 sunshine list.

Carleton’s highest paid employee was president Roseann Runte, earning $358,473.07 plus $45,704 in taxable benefits.

Following Runte were the university’s vice-presidents making upwards of $200,000 and Carleton’s highest-paid faculty member, Tullio Caputo, making $239,757.49.

Head coach of the men’s basketball team Dave Smart’s salary is reported as $168,660, up 10 per cent from $151,425.29 in 2012.

Director of athletics Jennifer Brenning said Smart was entitled to the increase.

“He was entitled to a bonus structure implemented for coaches and common practice at many other universities. As well, Dave was paid out vacation days that he did not take,” she said via email.

The increase of 53 Carleton employees on the sunshine list can be partly explained by people whose salaries were hovering just below the list and were bumped up in 2013, according to Angelo Mingarelli, president of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA).

“There is also the possibility that more administrators, staff, and faculty were hired that year with an initial salary offer over the minimum required to be on the list,” he said.

He said, compared to private corporations, Carleton’s number of employees making more than $100,000 is unsubstantial, and that working in public education isn’t about the money.

“One doesn’t become a professor because of the money but . . . for the betterment of humankind and its future generations,” he said.

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Carleton Hall of Fame adding new members

Carleton University Athletics has announced that it will be inducting three to five new members to its Hall of Fame in September.

As it stands, there are 32 current members in the Hall of Fame, including athletes, donors, coaches, and administrators.

The last time the hall opened its doors to new members was in 2003.

Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s athletics director, said it is a fitting time to open the Hall given the amount of growth and change that has occurred in the department since then.

“With the launch of football this past year . . . [and] starting a homecoming tradition called Throwback, we felt it was appropriate to resurrect the Hall of Fame,” Brenning said.

Brenning also gave some insight as to how selection works, following the open nomination process during which any member of the Carleton community could make a nomination.

“There is a committee of former Hall of Famers and alumni from different eras that will be reviewing the nominations and making recommendations,” she said.

Among the list of nominees is five-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Basketball Champion and 2006 CIS Male Athlete of the Year, Osvaldo Jeanty.

“It’s always been a great honour to be known as one of the best,” Jeanty said. “I think a lot of people are deserving of being entered. The support that we have in athletics is great and I think that it just keeps improving.”

Also nominated is Carleton’s longest-serving coach, Sandy Mackie, who is in charge of the men’s soccer program.

Mackie has been with the Ravens since 1992, and stressed the importance of student athletes and coaches working together.

“I think opening the Hall of Fame reflects how well Carleton Athletics is doing from a competitive perspective and at the club level too,” Mackie said.

“It’s a great opportunity to recognize just how far athletics has come at Carleton,” he said. “It reflects the commitment of the coaches, and more importantly, of the student athletes.”

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Special Olympics heading to Ottawa

Special Olympics Ontario is currently in the final stages of confirming Carleton University as the hosting location for next year’s Special Olympics floor hockey tournament.

“We are pretty excited about working with Carleton and making it work for May of 2015,” Kirk De Fazio, the Special Olympics Ontario director of development, said.

Carleton’s athletics director Jennifer Brenning declined to comment because Carleton has not finalized the decision to host the event.

“We are extremely optimistic that everything will occur, and that’s why the athletic director would say, ‘Well, it hasn’t been completed yet,’” De Fazio said. “But the offer is there and we are liking what we see very much.”

He commended the Carleton campus as a potential location for the tournament, citing the proximity of the residential buildings to the athletic facilities as an essential factor. He said this short distance would provide simple and safe access for participating athletes featuring any physical and cognitive limitations.

Approximately 400-500 athletes and 100 coaches are expected to attend, according to De Fazio.

“I’m from Ottawa, so I was very keen to use Carleton University because they have a match of the facilities we need, along with the residential component,” De Fazio said.

The Fieldhouse has been specifically expressed as an effective floor hockey venue. De Fazio said they are discussing delaying reapplication of turf to the floor after examinations and using the broad concrete flooring as the primary site of competition.

Special Olympics athletes are set to carry an Olympic flame through a city-spanning course to the opening ceremony, which may take place at the Ravens’ Nest.

De Fazio said the Ottawa Police Service is helping to organize the event and is also acting as a partner, with Special Olympics Ontario being the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s favourite charity.

“The Ottawa Police Service is proud to be a supporter of the Special Olympics Ontario,” said Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau, in a press release March 12.

“All of us at Ottawa Police share the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to dignity, acceptance and respect,” Bordeleau said. “Special Olympics prove that one can succeed when one has been given the opportunity.”

This tournament will act as the provincial championship qualifier for the national tournament in Vancouver in 2015, De Fazio said. Teams will be competing this summer across Ontario to attend next year’s Ottawa tournament.

The Special Olympics follows a four-year cycle, similarly to the Olympic and Paralympic games, culminating in an international event, with 170 countries represented.

“I think it’s just such a force for good. It’s something that our community, the Ottawa community, will embrace,” De Fazio said. “They will embrace it and if they come out to see these athletes, with the limitations that some of them have, giving it their all, it changes people.”

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Men’s basketball team wins several CIS awards

The Carleton Ravens dominated the season’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s basketball awards, which are set to be presented on the night of March 7 at the Canadian Tire Centre, and this season had special honour for one particular Raven.

Philip Scrubb became the first player in CIS history to win the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as player of the year in three consecutive seasons.

The award has been given out for 40 seasons dating back to the 1974-75 season. It had been won back-to-back four times before, the last time by Ravens legend Osvaldo Jeanty.

Scrubb led his team to a perfect 22-0 regular season record with team-high averages of 18.6 points per game and 4.9 assists per game, as well as shooting 47 per cent from three-point territory.

Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s director of recreation and athletics, said she is thrilled to see Scrubb make history.

She also hinted at the potential of Scrubb being scouted by NBA teams to play professionally, something she said is certainly possible.

“If he does go on to play in the NBA, he’d be the first in CIS history, so he can still set even more records in the future,” she said.

But Scrubb was not the lone Raven to bring home hardware.

He was joined by his older brother Thomas Scrubb who brought home his own player of the year award, but on the defensive side of the court.

The older Scrubb won his first national defensive player of the year award, after bringing home the same provincial honour for the past two seasons.

His defensive prowess was integral in helping the Ravens keep their opponents to just 62.2 points per game and keeping teams to shoot just 36 per cent from the field. Both of those defensive figures were second-fewest in the country.

In addition to Ravens players, Carleton coach Dave Smart picked up his fourth straight Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as coach of the year.

It is the seventh time in the past 12 seasons Smart has earned this award.

“The coach of the year award is a recognition by his peers, so obviously it means his peers across the country think he’s done an exceptional job,” Brenning said. “It’s something to be proud of, and I’m sure he’s very humbled.”

Several Ravens were also named to the CIS all-star teams. Philip was named a first team all-star and fifth-year forward Tyson Hinz was named a second team all-star in his final season as a Raven.

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University of Alberta fellowship explores homophobia in sports

The University of Alberta (U of A) in partnership with the You Can Play project has established a post-doctoral fellowship in order to explore LGBTQ diversity in sports.

You Can Play is an organization dedicated to ensure equality and safety for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation, according to  its mission statement.

Kristopher Wells, director of the U of A’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, said the fellowship is unique because it will be applying its research to an already existing organization.

The fellowship’s research will help to contribute to You Can Play’s work to remove homophobia from sports environments, and work with program, coaching, and policy development, Wells said.

“We’re inviting people . . . to help build change,” he said. “Sporting communities have been traditionally very masculine places that haven’t been inviting.”

Wells said LGBTQ issues have also improved in athletic communities.

“We certainly see an unprecedented interest in this area with the Sochi Games,” he said. “We’re just in a particular moment where sporting communities . . . have really opened dialogue and discussion that hasn’t existed before.”

Wells said U of A is working to support LGBTQ students and athletes, and has recently established an annual Pride Week.

The fellowship is also looking to make more partnerships, and serve as a “catalyst to the local hockey rink . . . to international Olympic committees,” Wells said.

At Carleton University student athletes and coaches sign a contract at the beginning of their training seasons outlining behavioural conduct, according to athletics director Jennifer Brenning.

“We have a code of conduct that all student athletes and coaches sign that speaks to equity and treatment of others,” Brenning said. “We also have an orientation around hazing and harassment.”

Brenning said while there is no specific clause regarding homophobia, the code strongly stipulates dignity and respect for those who sign it.

“From our leadership, those values are being instilled,” she said.

Ravens’ quaterback Jessie Mills said his team environment is an inmclusive onbe.

“I think we have a good . . . healthy environment.”

“Everyone treats each other the same and we’re pretty much like family,” he said.

Mills said he believes the entirety of the sports community is becoming more accepting towards homosexuality.

“In respect to people coming out within the sports community, I think it used to be a lot bigger of a deal but not as  big of a deal right now,” he said. “In the modern day now, it’s been more like used to, widely accepted.”

Ravens women’s hockey head coach Shelley Coolidge said while acceptance towards homophobia has advanced, there is still room for improvement.

“I do think that there still are some concerns and issues, and that more education needs to take place,” she said. “Student athletes are more educated and more open and accepting, but we still have steps to take.”

Coolidge said an inclusive environment requires both the participation of student athletes and their coaches because education is also about learning from each other.

Coolidge said the U of A’s initiative is a right step towards a more accepting sporting environment.

“It’d be nice to see Carleton be a leader in these areas,” she said.

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Saint Mary’s football players suspended for offensive tweets

Saint Mary’s University (SMU) has suspended 10 members of its varsity football team for posting offensive tweets, according to university spokesperson Margaret Murphy.

The university is currently investigating the tweets, which contained messages of “hate, racism, and sexism,” the university stated in a press release. Further disciplinary action may be taken following the investigation.

Murphy said the suspensions extend to all team events for the rest of the academic year. The players will be allowed to return in time for the 2014 football season.

She said the university was made aware of the tweets through a Jan. 27 report by UNews, an online publication produced by students at the University of King’s College School of Journalism.

Some of the tweets cited by UNews include messages such as “suck me fag boy,” “beating 2 kids up was fun at the time but not so much now,” and “girls are stupid is what I’m saying here.”

In September 2013, SMU faced criticism for its orientation week due to frosh week chants promoting non-consensual sex with underage girls.

The university released a 110-page report in December 2013, crafted by a president’s council, outlining 20 recommendations to change sexual culture both on campus and abroad.

“The comments posted by these individuals are completely inappropriate and unacceptable,” SMU vice-president (academic and research) David Gauthier said. “They are inconsistent with our university values and with what we have committed to address as recommendations from the President’s Council Report.”

Carleton University athletics director Jennifer Brenning said university staff oversees what Ravens athletes post to Twitter. Brenning said Carleton’s social media policy is outlined at student-athlete orientation at the beginning of the year.

The two-page policy requires student-athletes to abstain from posting offensive comments “including but not limited to comments of a racial, religious or sexual orientation nature, comments pertaining to relationships with general or specific members, comments pertaining to alcohol and/or drug abuse, profanity,” and “derogatory comments towards any identifiable group and/or individual.”

Brenning said any identifiable misconduct on social media by Carleton athletes would result in an investigation.

“I hope that [the SMU suspension] is shared across the country with all student-athletes and students to be aware of what you’re putting on social media,” Brenning said.

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