by Grand Forks Herald
September 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm in Grand Forks Herald
So far, at least, UND athletic director Brian Faison and men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol have responded effectively to the incident at UND. Continue Reading
Tags: discipline, Editorials, Hockey, Opinion, Sports, UND, updates 9 Comments »
Here’s what I don’t get:
Why isn’t there as much investigation into this as there was with NDSU?
It is rumored that hazing or distributing alcohol to minors was involved. If this is the case, why aren’t their pictures slammed on the front page and chastized for an entire week?
After all, plenty of people have died in incidents involving hazing. I am not aware of any who have died from voter fraud.
Distributing to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor… you know, the same as voter fraud.
Of course this is all speculation though because there has been little to none investigation into this.
The media in this area is just so one-sided it is ridiculous… partially the reason I read online and don’t pay for a subscription.
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Frst, it’s the hockey team. To many, the only reason for UND’s existence. Second, UND advertises in the Herald.
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Wow – talk about a post fueled by hidden agendas ! Please explain how you would investigate a party after the fact? You heard rumors well I heard rumors that it was a tea party and cookies were served. It ain’t no rumor that football players on another team are still playing who admitted to committing fraud and are charged with a Class A midemeanor.
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I don’t think it’s a hidden agenda to say that the situations are different because the media is treating them different…
You are right. The NDSU boys did admit to their crime. However, the people at UND have NOT admitted to what has happened, nor have they admitted to guilt or anything of the sort, just like the NDSU folks probably wouldn’t have done unless the media polked them daily for information.
I can tell you this: They certainly weren’t suspended for simply drinking. If, for some stupid reason, they were suspended for simply drinking, I would shun the coach as it would simply be a publicity stunt to get some attention.
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We have posters who think the NDSU students should be expelled from school for committing a class A misdemeanor. Others think they should do up to a year in prison. I’m going to go with my instincts and suggest that UND and NDSU provide the guidance on this according to written policy, some of which involves privacy. The legal side of this probably dictates some type of fine which might be deferred for first offenders. There’s lots of emotion here, but the system predetermines the outcome. Both programs are getting unwanted, but rare negative attention. All these players owe their team and school perfect behavior for the rest of the way.
I don’t care about NDSU football or UND hockey. I just wish both universities would admit what is already de facto: the athletes are not students, the are not subject to the Code of Student Conduct, and they are immune from any decisions made by administrators because administrators will not make them.
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I want to know why no one is talking about Dan Senkbeil and Michael Parks, both from the men’s hockey team, who were cited for underage drinking, apparently two weeks ago. Only one article in two sentences mentions this problem, http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/245236/ . “Senkbeil, who also was cited for failing to halt, received a two-week suspension from team activities. He has not yet been cleared to play. Parks’ discipline was handled internally.” I haven’t heard any mention of their indiscretions with all the “congratulations for punishing the captains quickly”. Especially when one “punishment” was again, handled internally.
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I wonder if Senkbeil was at the party? That was a team event.
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Both stories essentially put the lie to the myth of the student-athlete. If a group of English majors had been the culprits, would their fate rest on the decision of Bohl and Hakstol? No, the case would have gone to the Student Standards Committee for action. In neither instance did this happen. There was no attempt to treat any of these people as students. This shows the absolute lack of courage on the part of administrators, who obviously view these people’s athletic performance and their team’s success as paramount. But then, none of these people were recruited to be students in the first place. The are at NDSU and UND to entertain. Time to fess up and admit what everyone already knows: athletics operates under its own rules and procedures, and has nothing to do with the university.
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