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Articles by Ashley McDonnell (43)

In the Verney-Woolley Dining Hall, varsity athletes often sit apart from others.


Athletes struggle against ‘dumb jock’ stereotype

April 24, 2012 9 comments

From a Verney-Woolley Dining Hall segregated between athletes and non-athletes to rumors of athletes gaining a leg up over their non-athlete peers in admissions – certain attitudes and stereotypes persist surrounding student-athletes on campus. Some athletes report that these claims have elements of truth, while others maintain that they are unfounded. While individual varsity athletes have different college experiences, all athletes face unique challenges that help define their time at Brown. 

Features, Sports

What happens when athletes quit

April 24, 2012 7 comments

Recruited athletes at Brown have a choice – since the University does not offer athletic scholarships, athletes can relinquish their commitment to their sport without affecting their financial aid, just like students participating in any other extracurricular activity. But this decision may lead to a difficult transition from student-athlete to student. 


Ski team secures national title

March 13, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Despite going undefeated in slalom all season, the women’s ski team was a “major” underdog at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships last week, said Head Coach Michael LeBlanc. But the squad defied the odds and kept its streak going to the very end, winning the slalom team title – Brown’s first ever national skiing championship.


Ice hockey captain signs with NHL

March 12, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Men’s ice hockey captain Jack Maclellan ’12 signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators, according to a Predators press release Saturday. Maclellan is currently in Nashville practicing with the team.

Goldberger made academics a top priority in his run as director of athletics.


Over 39 years, Goldberger fostered student-athletes

March 2, 2012 Comments are Disabled

When Michael Goldberger came to Brown as an assistant baseball and football coach in 1973, he had no idea that he would dedicate the next 39 years of his life to the University. After serving for the past seven years as the director of athletics, Goldberger announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year.


Bears fall to last-place Columbia

November 20, 2011 Comments are Disabled

The football team ended its season on a disappointing note Saturday, falling on the road to previously winless Columbia 35-28 in double overtime. Despite the disheartening loss, Bruno (7-3, 4-3 Ivy) still finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Ivy League, thanks to Harvard’s demolition of Yale 45-7 and Penn’s upset loss to Cornell.


Bears look to finish in second place

November 17, 2011 Comments are Disabled

After an upsetting loss to Dartmouth last weekend, the football team is looking to end its season on a high note tomorrow with a victory on the road against a winless Columbia squad. Last week’s loss eliminated Bruno (7-2, 4-2 Ivy) from contention for the Ivy title, but the team can secure a second-place finish with a victory over the Lions (0-9, 0-6).


Mandel ’12 leads soccer on eve of championship

November 10, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Forward Austin Mandel ’12 scored the lone goals in the men’s soccer team’s last two victories off penalty kicks. One win came against Penn on a snowy Saturday night at Stevenson Field, and the other came against Yale in overtime last weekend. These two key conference victories set up a […]


Bears look to continue win streak at Yale

November 3, 2011 Comments are Disabled

After blanking two-time defending Ivy League champion Penn at home in the freezing rain Saturday, the football team will look to keep riding its wave of momentum against Yale on the road.

Gender gap in coaches’ salaries scrutinized

November 3, 2011 Comments are Disabled

A few years ago, women’s volleyball Head Coach Diane Short was talking with a male friend who had recently taken a coaching position at another school. Expecting their salaries to be comparable, he asked her how much money she made. “I answered him, and his mouth dropped,” she said.