After details of the hazing incident at McGill University started to leak out, it was any university’s nightmare and sent schools scrambling to see what their policy was. Concordia University was no exception.
“Anytime there is an issue or incident or anything happens it always causes discussion about the issues,” said Concordia recreation and athletics director Katie Sheahan. “In view of learning about this incident, we will see how we could make a good investment in team building. We will look at opportunities for our athlete orientation in the fall and to create a better environment for all our student-athletes,” Sheahan continued saying that the department will be holding a meeting in December to talk about the University’s policy on initiation and hazing.
Because McGill cancelled the final two games of their football season, Concordia will lose out on a home game this weekend. Concordia had already sold 350 season tickets and all people were recompensated. The Stingers had expected a big crowd weather permitting to be at the game. Concordia averaged 2,000 people per game last year and so far this year have had close to 7,000 people enter Concordia Field this season despite two games being played in rainy conditions. A game against McGill always draws more than usual. Concordia’s tickets for football average $7 each so a crowd of 2,000 people would equate to $14,000 of lost ticket revenue, not to mention lost revenue on concessions, advertising and souvenirs. Sheahan said that she is currently working on a report and will make a decision when that report is finalized concerning compensation.
Sheahan was tight-lipped when asked about the University’s stance on the punishment handed down by McGill saying that Concordia “will not comment on how another school polices itself.”
The Concordia Stingers football team won their last regular season game of the year 52-0 against the Mount Allison Mounties on Saturday. The win moves the Stingers to 6-2 on the year (their sixth win won’t be officially awarded until Oct. 29- the day the forfeited game against McGill was supposed to take place) but the Universite de Montreal Carabins win over Saint Mary’s means that Concordia is assured third place and a first round playoff meeting with the loser of this weekend’s Montreal-Laval battle. Robert Mackay made his first CIS start after coming in several games in mop-up duty and played very well. He threw four touchdown passes in the win over a 0-7 Mounties squad that has scored in two games all season long- seven points against Saint Mary’s and 13 points against Sherbrooke.
The Stingers will now enjoy a week off. Their semi-final game will take place on Saturday Nov. 5.
The season ended early for the Stingers women’s rugby team who lost a 45-7 game in the QSSF semifinal against the McGill Martlets on Saturday. The Stingers had two players named to the QSSF All-Star team, however. Joanne Auger, in her third year with the Stingers, plays the no. 8 position and has played on the Quebec provincial team. First-year player Sydney Theriault who plays the fly half position joins Auger on the team. In 2004, Theriault was named to the Alberta U19 team.
The men’s rugby team played two games this week, a 9-6 loss at the hands of the McGill Redmen and a 34-7 win against the Universite de Sherbrooke Vert et Or. They finished their regular season play and will travel to Bishop’s to play the Gaiter’s in the QSSF semi-final this weekend.
The men’s basketball team continued their preseason play with a tournament in Saskatchewan this weekend. They went 1-2, losing to Alberta and Victoria by scores of 94-86 and 82-67 respectively and beating the host Saskatchewan Huskies 100-88 in their third game. They now start their tour of US universities including Duke, Georgia and Connecticut.