Well, for many Mets fans Sunday night was not an evening to remember. New York lost in their Game 3 elimination match-up with the San Diego Padres. However, for one University at Albany alum, it was probably another cool experience on an incredibly impressive resume. What makes this Great Dane so special that she was throwing out a first pitch prior to the biggest Mets game of the year, in front of a national TV audience?
The U.S. News and World Report college rankings came out this week and it was not good news for one Capital Region institution. The University at Albany continued to fall behind the other New York "University Centers"; Stony Brook, Binghamton and Buffalo in gold standard of national university rankings. For more than a decade there have been rumblings of concern by faculty and alumni about the academic direction of the school. Once a proud research institution with a stout business school, UAlbany is now struggling to be recognized academically.
It was my third year working New York Giants training camp, as part of my responsibilities as the Associate Athletic Director at the University at Albany. Back then, from the beginning of July until mid-August, the Giants' front office personnel would occupy the athletic administration offices of the Great Danes and many of us had camp responsibilities. In those days, there were two-a-day practices and about three to five thousand fans would show up each day to see head coach Tom Coughlin and his team.
The University at Albany is getting a twelve million dollar renovation to SEFCU Arena and the physical education gym. There will be some major upgrades and new amenities for both the fans and the athletes.
Mayfest at SUNY Albany, SUNYA, Albany State or whatever else they had students call the school in those days, was one of the best college events on the campus. In the days, before uptight administrators and faculty took "learning how to have fun responsibly" out of the college curriculum, events like Mayfest and Fountain Day put that college campus, sandwiched between Washington and Western Avenues, on the map.
Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) commissioner Joey D'Antonio announced that Stony Brook University, Monmouth University and Hampton University will join the CAA as 'full members' next season. Stony Brook and Albany are currently 'associate members' of the CAA for football only. Starting next year, Stony Brook will become a full member and compete against the likes of Charleston, William & Mary, Delaware and Long Island rival Hofstra, instead of NJIT, Maine and the rest of America East.
UAlbany, who has won 3 out of their last 4 games, raced out to 24-7 lead over the Mountain Hawks and never looked back. Dre Perry led the Great Danes scoring attack with 18 points, while blocking 3 shots and snatching 2 steals on the defensive side. Freshman Justin Neely was a monster on the glass, grabbing 14 boards while adding 11 points of his own.
It's hard not to be skeptical of the NCAA or some of the larger conferences, aka the Power 5 schools, when it comes to things like, well, paying student-athletes above and beyond their tuition, room and board and more recently, a "cost of attendance" stipend. Yes, they are institutes of higher learning but over the years even some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, such as Notre Dame, Stanford, Duke and even Harvard have been marred by athletic scandals. Then add in the football and basketball powerhouses that occupy your tv screen every week and the list of improprieties would make your head spin.
Officials say that there were racially biased terms written on the doors in the Dutch Quad residential halls. School authorities have not said what the message read, but they are taking it very seriously.
The University of Albany has implanted some new rules around campus as of today the campus will be complete smoke free even including e-cig products. Since the new laws on vaping and cigarette products are being prohibited the school had since added smoking areas around the campus, however today those areas will be removed...
According to Times Union, a Guilderland man has been charged with raping a University at Albany student while she was sleeping in her campus residence, according to information University Police provided in emails to all faculty, staff and students...
According to Times Union a 21 Year Old student was found in a wooded area on campus 1-year-old Ravin Pahladsingh, an undergraduate student from Queens, N.Y. He was a resident of Freedom Apartments
Deputy Chief Aran Mull said the body was found in a wooded area on campus near the Freedom Quad...
The UAlbany bus incident drama continues the three former UAlbany students were in the University judical system the University Judicial Board has also issued decisions regarding the “student conduct” charges brought against Ariel, Asha, and Alexis...
Found this on my Facebook: activist and MC Masai Andrews, along with Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration, wrote an open letter to the three UAlbany students charged with assault in the infamous CDTA bus incident.
Here is part of the letter:
Dear Alexis, Ariel, & Asha:
While the circumstances compelling us to write this letter have no doubt been taxing to your well-being, we hope to find yo
After being tried and convicting in the court of Facebook Public opinion... There would probably be an execution if possible online. The three young women who claimed to be attacked on the CDTA drunk bus, were arraigned in court today. According to Times Union all three pleaded not guilty;
Ariel Agudio of Huntington, Suffolk County; Alexis Briggs of Elmira Heights, Chemung County; and Asha Burwell
UAlbany has made a lot of “top” lists for different reasons. But this one “takes the cake” (pun intended). Complex listed the university as being home to one of the grossest college cafeterias in the country.
Are you ready for some UAlbany Football??? The Great Danes’ home opener at their new stadium named after their coach (who’s in his final season), Bob Ford, is on Saturday at 7pm under the lights.