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Clean shaven

The deed has been done.

At 11:45 a.m. Sunday, fulfilling the bet that I made with assistant sports editor Tom Boggie over where Union would finish in the ECAC Hockey standings (he correctly picked fourth, I chose ninth), I began the process of shaving my goatee and sideburns. My son watched, and he was giddy. Less than 10 minutes later, it was gone.

I don’t miss the sideburns that much. But I feel naked without my goatee.

Since there was never a timetable established as to how long I had to stay clean shaven, I will begin growing a new goatee on Monday.

One last item. In Saturday’s Union-Brown postgame blog, I commented how I thought the Dutchmen clinching its first-ever ECACH tournament bye was an incredible accomplishment for a school that doesn’t give out athletic scholarships.

A comment by bigredfan on my blog said none of the Ivy League schools offer athletic scholarships to their players as well. This is true. What I should have also said is that it is easier for an Ivy League school to recruit players because of the institutions’ name recognition. That is something Union would love to have, but doesn’t.

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March 2, 2008
8:15 p.m.

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New photo coming?

March 2, 2008
9:54 p.m.

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Regarding scholarships, is it fair to say the Ivy League schools all have much larger endowments and much more $$ for financial aid then Union? Hence, they can offer more attractive aid packages (including grants) to prospective student athletes.

March 2, 2008
11:26 p.m.

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The admissions and financial aid folks here at Cornell make it clear that everyone's financial aid package is based upon need - regardless of athletic or academic merit. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. What is true is that there are no merit or athletic scholarships or grants here at Cornell. As a student here, I can tell you first hand that our large endowment does not go towards financial aid or a decreased tuition.

It has been of much debate over the past few weeks about Cornell's financial aid package compared to other Ivy League Schools like Princeton and Harvard - who are offering better packages to middle and upper class families who still can't afford $40-50k a year. Athletics is complaining that they are having a hard time competing with the other schools in the league.

This can be seen best through the hockey team. There is no reason why the best talent in the ECAC should not be heading for Cornell. We have the best fan base that travels with the club, a sold out rink of 4300 every night, a great student section and a grand tradition of hockey. Cornell is to ECAC hockey what Siena is to MAAC basketball. However, our recruiting has been poor over the past few years, a fact that our coach has attributed in part to financial aid packages.

Yes, a school like Cornell might be more prestigious than a Union College. However, Union might have more leeway in offering financial aid packages to their athletes. If not, Union, and their $50k/year tuition (as my cousin, a future Union student, will be paying next), probably could not compete against other schools in the league with lower tuition and/or better hockey programs.

Thank you Mr. Schott for responding to my post. I enjoy reading your work in the Gazette when I am home. Once again, congrats to Union and their hockey program and (hopefully) we will see you in Schenectady on the 14th.

March 3, 2008
12:48 a.m.

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Need a new photo Ken...

March 3, 2008
1:43 p.m.

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Maybe you could just shave Boggie too? :) :) :)

So what are the odds Union could win an ECAC title without ever winning a first round series? 4 wins away.

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