Apparently, the team found out about it by reading an article in tomorrow's Misc. "The athletics department should have been transparent in their decision making process, and in deciding not to share their thoughts with us, they should have at least had the decency and courtesy to share their decision with those affected by it before sharing with the campus," captain Christina Peltier '10 wrote to us in an email.
"The most upsetting fact of the matter is that there was no consultation of the student-athletes on the team," says Christina. "The administration has based their decision on participation and has neglected a very important resource in student opinion, which is becoming an alarming trend on campus."
Both men's and women's teams have won Liberty League honors, yet Christina says "the athletic department often forgets to acknowledge our accolades while praising those of more visible sports."
Administrators have proposed that Vassar rowers join the HRRA (Hudson River Rowing Association," which consists of students from various schools. To some, however, this means giving up the pride that comes from competing for Vassar.
"For many of us," Christina says, "we are losing the activity that has defined our college careers."
Update: According to the Misc's article, Dean Kitzinger believes that Vassar will save $35,000 if the rowing team participates in the HRRA, which the team's current head coach has agreed to work with. The new program will cost students $500 per semester.
The team's assistant coach will not be part of the new program.
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