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Obama Administration Tells Small Catholic College to Create Hockey Team for Girls
Cardinal Newman Society ^ | October 3, 2012

Posted on 10/05/2012 1:17:35 PM PDT by NYer

The Obama administration has forced a small Catholic college to create a girl’s hockey team.

The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ruled that Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, is “not providing equal opportunity for women to participate in its intercollegiate athletics program” in compliance with Title IX regulations.

The beancounters at OCR determined that while women made up 47.4% of the student body in 2009-2010, they only had 34.8% of the athletic opportunities. “To achieve proportionality in opportunities without decreasing opportunities for male students, the College would have to create 87 new participation opportunities for female athletes,” the OCR concluded.

The OCR letter to Merrimack, dated September 28, is a study in federal intrusion in the affairs of higher education institutions. All to support its allegation of sex discrimination, the letter includes details analyses of Merrimack’s sport teams, percentages of men and women athletes over time, club and intramural sports as compared to varsity athletics, whether or not certain sports participate in the NCAA Division I, financial assistance to athletes, etc.

Moreover, the federal agency has involved itself significantly in Merrimack’s response to the finding of sex discrimination.

In January 2011, the College, reportedly in response to the federal investigation, announced that it would be adding women’s golf and crew teams. But the OCR determined that “its impact in terms of athletic opportunities was not significant enough to bring the College into Title IX compliance.”

OCR called Merrimack “aberrational” in that it didn’t have a hockey team for girls and that there were enough high school female hockey teams in the areas to indicate support.

The college, which only has about 1,900 students, has therefore agreed to start recruiting female hockey players next year. It has also agreed to create and fund a women’s water polo team and a swimming and diving team.

If the college fails to achieve 85 percent of the goals set out by the OCS by the 2013-14 season, “it will halt its recruitment for men’s tier II and III sports until such time as its recruitment for women’s intercollegiate sports reaches at least 85% of the level outlined.”


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1 posted on 10/05/2012 1:17:43 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 10/05/2012 1:18:40 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

The nation is being sacrificed at the altar of “fairness”.

Just pitiful.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 1:25:55 PM PDT by jagusafr
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To: NYer

Let them play the boys and see what happens.. Why not go all the way with this ‘equality’ crap.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 1:26:09 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: NYer
My copy of the Constitution seems to be missing the section that allows the feral gooberment to do that.

/johnny

5 posted on 10/05/2012 1:26:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jagusafr

It’s scary when the regime tells a small school what they must do. We’re under a Dictatorship, folks. Four more years?? America is on life support and will be declared officially dead if that happens.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 1:28:32 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: NYer

If I was the dean of this college my response would be to shut down the men’s program.And I advise everyone with complaints to contact Rat Party Headquarters to offer their thanks.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 1:29:13 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
My grandaughter thought she was cool playing basketball with the boys at age 14...cuz they were all scrawny nerds at the time. I laughed and told her to tell me how's that going in a couple of years.

The boys are now 6 ft, 160 lbs and she's 5/2 & 110 lbs....

She does cross country now.

Ahhhhhh....life's lessons means you never have to say "I told you so".

8 posted on 10/05/2012 1:31:30 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: NYer

So this is how our tax money is being spent. Sad.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 1:32:19 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: All
In January 2011, the College, reportedly in response to the federal investigation, announced that it would be adding women’s golf and crew teams. But the OCR determined that “its impact in terms of athletic opportunities was not significant enough to bring the College into Title IX compliance.”

This statement puts the lie to the article's title. No one has forced the Catholic College to do anything. The college chooses to place the burden of it's existence on the federal taxpayer, instead of placing the burden on the students, or at least on the Catholic church for running its own school. Title IX states, in part, that

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance...
"He who pays the piper, calls the tune." This college could have easily refused the government's demands, if only the college had the self-discipline to refuse government money.
10 posted on 10/05/2012 1:33:38 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: NYer

Title nine is title nine.

Has nothing to do with the president.

dumb headline.


11 posted on 10/05/2012 1:33:38 PM PDT by onona (Taglines R Us)
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To: NYer

To be fair, it was LBJ who began this farce, but Title Nine was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972.

Nixon was also the enabler of the EPA. And he began the move to hand our economy over to China.

Isn’t it nice that the liberal media gave him so much credit for his liberal accomplishments?

RINOs have not been helpful to our country for a long, long time. They never roll back any of the ground-changing Democrat initiatives, and they often come up with some pretty big ideas themselves—like Bush’s No Child Left Behind, which vastly increased federal involvement in public education.

Even Ronald Reagan was unable to cut federal spending and gave up on it—although he did pass a splendid tax cut. He was also suckered into signing the first illegal alien amnesty (with the promise that it would never happen again).


12 posted on 10/05/2012 1:34:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Gay State Conservative
If I was the dean of this college my response would be to shut down the men’s program.And I advise everyone with complaints to contact Rat Party Headquarters to offer their thanks.

Yes out of Athletics completely, And ask to become a sister school / annex of Hillsdale College and accept no Federal Funds and or Funds for Tuition supplement from Fedzilla and tell um to shove it....

13 posted on 10/05/2012 1:36:00 PM PDT by taildragger (( Fubarward Obama 2012, think about it :-) ))
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To: NYer
Women's hockey is a freak show on par with women's boxing. The other thing about it is that women's hockey is almost entirely Canadian. They're forcing this school to give scholarships to foreigners.

Title 9 is an Olympic sports disaster but Americans don't care.

14 posted on 10/05/2012 1:36:13 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Varda

actually womens hockey is a more finesse game
and yes they are plenty tuff enuff.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Varda

Ah, but Canadian women are great. I’m married to one.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 1:59:12 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: NYer

1. To Boeing - “We won’t permit you to open a manufacturing facility in North Carolina...”

2. To Fender -”If you use that wood to make guitars, you should do the manufacturing in Madagascar...”

3. To a Catholic School - “Make an ice-hockey team for your girls...”

THIS IS TOTALLY WEIRD —sounds Cuban or North Korean.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 2:16:53 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: NYer

If they let me advise on the recruiting and design the uniforms I can guarantee a money making program. :)


18 posted on 10/05/2012 2:18:29 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: gaijin
THIS IS TOTALLY WEIRD —sounds Cuban or North Korean.

Yeah but the irony is people of the USA actually voted in our dictator.....

19 posted on 10/05/2012 2:22:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: nascarnation; gaijin

The German’s voted in Hitler.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 2:24:13 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: RitchieAprile
That's like saying women's football is a finesse sport. Physicality is naturally part of the sport. Women pretending to be “tuff” is silly and that's why it's a freak show.
21 posted on 10/05/2012 2:24:41 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Hieronymus

I’d expect a freeper to marry a great woman no matter where they’re from! That said volunteering to give foreigners scholarships is OK but having the government force it on penalty of losing a cherished program, not so much.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 2:28:51 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Varda

“That’s like saying women’s football is a finesse sport”

No its not. It takes actual skill to play hockey.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 3:24:58 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: NYer

Hey, seeing women take off the gloves and slug it out on the ice COULD be fun for us guys to watch.

Dunno ‘bout you, but I love a good cat fight, hehehe.


24 posted on 10/05/2012 4:22:13 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: onona

Title Nine is a Dem rule, and made law by the biggest crook in American political history, the paranoid and delusional RINO grifter Richard Milhous Nixon.

Its a Democrat thing, and as current head of the Democrats, Zero IS ultimately to blame. He COULD have issued one of his hundreds of EO’s quietly getting rid of it.

He didn’t.

Hopefully Zero will join LBJ and Nixon in that particularly hot place in Hell....the sooner the better.


25 posted on 10/05/2012 4:23:12 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Varda

Because to Americans there’s only MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NASCAR.

Nobody cares about lacrosse or javelin-throwing.

I include the NHL because most teams are American now.

Even the unions, hehehe.....lock ‘em out forever, the overpaid foreign crybabies.


26 posted on 10/05/2012 4:23:19 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: 21twelve

No they didn’t. The Germans did not have the ability to vote for chancellor at that time. It was an appointed office.

Von Papen’s government collapsed, and the German president, Paul von Hindenburg appointed Schicklgruber chancellor with Papen and von Schleicher there in his cabinet because Hindenburg though those two could control and contain him.

That didn’t happen. Papen was bought off and Schleicher whacked by the Nazis.


27 posted on 10/05/2012 4:23:32 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: RitchieAprile

No doubt and football takes skill too. I’d say hockey requires more refined skills but that doesn’t negate what it has in common with football.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 5:23:25 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Well that's true. Nobody cares about Olympic sports but I consider hockey an Olympic sport. As far as the lockout goes, I hope the owners win. If Donald Fehr wins no small market NHL team will win the Stanley Cup again.
29 posted on 10/05/2012 5:28:05 PM PDT by Varda
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