We have an update to a story on Brown athletic teams that we first reported on back in April when Brown University announced the discontinuation of women’s skiing, wrestling, and fencing for the 2011-2012 academic year. The university later reversed course and put the decision on hold. But now, they’ve decided not to eliminate the teams this year. Outgoing Brown University president said that as long as these four teams (fencing includes men’s and women’s fencing) can raise their own funds, they can stick around. The same thing happened back in 2003 when Dartmouth College dropped its men’s and women’s swim teams. Both teams were later reinstated and independently funded through the John C. Glover Fund for the Support of Swimming & Diving.
Simmons did announce, though, that Brown needs to scale back its athletic recruits. She recommended scaling back the number from 225 to 205, according to the “Brown Daily Herald.” And she made this recommendation because Brown University ranks last in the Ivy League in Academic Indexes of recruited athletes. The Academic Index, used by Ivy League colleges, is a measure of a student’s academic standing and includes GPA and test scores. And in the same breath in which Simmons recommended cutting the number of recruits, she said she would recommend to the Brown Corporation not to make any budget cuts to the athletic department for five years.
Perhaps this president wants to go out with her popularity intact? We happen to think so. Who wants to be remembered for cutting the fencers? Either that, or the fencers were rather intimidating with their swords and all!