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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | February 10, 1993
NCAA executive director Dick Schultz yesterday pledged the organization's commitment to the concept of gender equity in athletics, even if a clear definition hasn't yet been formed.Speaking at a news conference in New York focusing on women's basketball, Schultz said the NCAA is attempting to develop strategies to open up more opportunities for women in athletics.But Schultz admitted that he and other athletic officials are hamstrung by the "inability to put a firm definition" on what gender equity will mean, including, as some predict, a reduction in the scope of men's athletic programs to bring them closer in size to women's.
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March 24, 2006
Marguerite "Murgo" VerKruzen, a retired professor and former assistant director of women's athletics at what is now Towson University, died from complications of a stroke March 17 at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 89. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Miss VerKruzen earned her bachelor's degree in 1939 from Barnard College and a master's degree in physical education from Wellesley College in 1941. She taught at Larson Junior College in New Haven, Conn., Lindenwold College in St. Louis, and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa., before joining the old Towson State faculty in 1962.
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NEWS
March 24, 2006
Marguerite "Murgo" VerKruzen, a retired professor and former assistant director of women's athletics at what is now Towson University, died from complications of a stroke March 17 at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 89. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Miss VerKruzen earned her bachelor's degree in 1939 from Barnard College and a master's degree in physical education from Wellesley College in 1941. She taught at Larson Junior College in New Haven, Conn., Lindenwold College in St. Louis, and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa., before joining the old Towson State faculty in 1962.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - It is 7:30 on a cold, rainy morning, and in an auxiliary gym at Comcast Center, the University of Maryland's competitive cheerleading squad is already sweating. Dressed in white "Soffies" (short shorts) and black, cap-sleeved tops each with the word "Terps" glittering in red across the front, the team is counting out the timing on a new routine, moving around the padded floor mat with energy and purpose. In the middle of this mosaic, Lauren Spates, 19 and a sophomore communications major from New York, is climbing foot-over-hand, up and up, 15 feet into the air. She springs above the two women at the base, then moves above a third supporter, who holds her there in midair.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | December 22, 1992
The hero and villain in the dynamic change in women's athletics is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, signed into law 20 years ago by President Nixon.Title IX prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funds. Most private colleges are subject to Title IX guidelines just as public colleges are because they also receive federal funding through financial aid programs such as Pell grants.High schools and colleges were given six years to comply with Title IX's athletic regulations, and most of them moved quickly to pump money into women's athletics.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | January 21, 1993
COLLEGE PARK -- No one turned away at the door this time. No fire marshals running around in a panic. No refunds for ticket holders forced to exit the building.Less than a year after drawing an overflow crowd of 14,500 to Cole Field House, the Maryland-Virginia women's basketball game last night returned to more civilized surroundings.Good.There's nothing wrong with the women pushing toward the big time, but for all their hand-wringing over growth, growth, growth, the sport is doing just fine.
SPORTS
March 17, 1992
Korean officials say united team unlikelySouth and North Korea are unlikely to form a united team for the Barcelona Summer Olympics, officials said yesterday.The International Olympic Committee has given the two Koreas until March 25 to submit a proposal for a single team for the Games in Spain in July, but no action has been taken.An official at South Korea's Sports and Youth Ministry said agreement on a joint team was unlikely with the deadline only nine days away.Pro basketballThe Philadelphia 76ers' Charles Barkley has a broken nose.
NEWS
August 20, 1991
Thomas' FailureEditor: Garland Thompson's column in The Sun for Aug. 3, concerning the debate on the Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, quotes figures that reveal an unsurprising fact: Judge Thomas, while heading the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was another fox in a chicken coop. The Reagan administration specialized in placing foxes who would fail to enforce regulations they didn't like, or who would actively damage the agencies they had sworn to serve.There are several reasons for not confirming the appointment of Judge Thomas, but the decline in EEOC help to gain minority access to employment during his tenure disqualifies him for greater responsibilities.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - It is 7:30 on a cold, rainy morning, and in an auxiliary gym at Comcast Center, the University of Maryland's competitive cheerleading squad is already sweating. Dressed in white "Soffies" (short shorts) and black, cap-sleeved tops each with the word "Terps" glittering in red across the front, the team is counting out the timing on a new routine, moving around the padded floor mat with energy and purpose. In the middle of this mosaic, Lauren Spates, 19 and a sophomore communications major from New York, is climbing foot-over-hand, up and up, 15 feet into the air. She springs above the two women at the base, then moves above a third supporter, who holds her there in midair.
NEWS
November 2, 1997
THE HIRING of two qualified women as National Basketball Association referees can't be shrugged off as something bound to happen. Other pro sports could have worked toward this goal, but haven't. Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer have officiated at women's college and women's professional games as well as NBA summer league games. Last year, they became the first women to referee NBA pre-season games. They are prepared.Physical differences between men and women may prevent them from fully competing against each other in the most popular professional sports -- football, baseball and basketball.
NEWS
November 2, 1997
THE HIRING of two qualified women as National Basketball Association referees can't be shrugged off as something bound to happen. Other pro sports could have worked toward this goal, but haven't. Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer have officiated at women's college and women's professional games as well as NBA summer league games. Last year, they became the first women to referee NBA pre-season games. They are prepared.Physical differences between men and women may prevent them from fully competing against each other in the most popular professional sports -- football, baseball and basketball.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1997
There was a time when Gail Purcell called Betty Lane "coach."Last night Purcell, a former standout athlete at Howard High and a coach at Centennial for 20 years, referred to Lane as "the pioneer of women's athletics in Howard County."No one would disagree.Lane was among the first class of six inductees announced last night into the county's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame at Oakland Mills High School."Betty had the foresight to see that girls could play competitive sports," said Wilde Lake athletic director Carol Satterwhite, also named to the Hall of Fame.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | February 10, 1993
NCAA executive director Dick Schultz yesterday pledged the organization's commitment to the concept of gender equity in athletics, even if a clear definition hasn't yet been formed.Speaking at a news conference in New York focusing on women's basketball, Schultz said the NCAA is attempting to develop strategies to open up more opportunities for women in athletics.But Schultz admitted that he and other athletic officials are hamstrung by the "inability to put a firm definition" on what gender equity will mean, including, as some predict, a reduction in the scope of men's athletic programs to bring them closer in size to women's.
SPORTS
By KEN ROSENTHAL | January 21, 1993
COLLEGE PARK -- No one turned away at the door this time. No fire marshals running around in a panic. No refunds for ticket holders forced to exit the building.Less than a year after drawing an overflow crowd of 14,500 to Cole Field House, the Maryland-Virginia women's basketball game last night returned to more civilized surroundings.Good.There's nothing wrong with the women pushing toward the big time, but for all their hand-wringing over growth, growth, growth, the sport is doing just fine.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | December 22, 1992
The hero and villain in the dynamic change in women's athletics is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, signed into law 20 years ago by President Nixon.Title IX prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funds. Most private colleges are subject to Title IX guidelines just as public colleges are because they also receive federal funding through financial aid programs such as Pell grants.High schools and colleges were given six years to comply with Title IX's athletic regulations, and most of them moved quickly to pump money into women's athletics.
SPORTS
March 17, 1992
Korean officials say united team unlikelySouth and North Korea are unlikely to form a united team for the Barcelona Summer Olympics, officials said yesterday.The International Olympic Committee has given the two Koreas until March 25 to submit a proposal for a single team for the Games in Spain in July, but no action has been taken.An official at South Korea's Sports and Youth Ministry said agreement on a joint team was unlikely with the deadline only nine days away.Pro basketballThe Philadelphia 76ers' Charles Barkley has a broken nose.
NEWS
By Pat O'Malley | January 11, 1991
Recent legislation passed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at its annual convention should open more doors to Division I athletics than ever before for the county's high school student-athletes.But the question is, will Anne Arundel County change to see that county student-athletes are prepared to seek those additional opportunities?Will county administrators finally see the need to raise its required grade-point average for playing high school sports from its current D-plus status of 1.67 to the NCAA Division I requirement of 2.00,an average of C?
SPORTS
By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1997
There was a time when Gail Purcell called Betty Lane "coach."Last night Purcell, a former standout athlete at Howard High and a coach at Centennial for 20 years, referred to Lane as "the pioneer of women's athletics in Howard County."No one would disagree.Lane was among the first class of six inductees announced last night into the county's Women's Athletics Hall of Fame at Oakland Mills High School."Betty had the foresight to see that girls could play competitive sports," said Wilde Lake athletic director Carol Satterwhite, also named to the Hall of Fame.
NEWS
August 20, 1991
Thomas' FailureEditor: Garland Thompson's column in The Sun for Aug. 3, concerning the debate on the Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court, quotes figures that reveal an unsurprising fact: Judge Thomas, while heading the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was another fox in a chicken coop. The Reagan administration specialized in placing foxes who would fail to enforce regulations they didn't like, or who would actively damage the agencies they had sworn to serve.There are several reasons for not confirming the appointment of Judge Thomas, but the decline in EEOC help to gain minority access to employment during his tenure disqualifies him for greater responsibilities.
NEWS
By Pat O'Malley | January 11, 1991
Recent legislation passed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at its annual convention should open more doors to Division I athletics than ever before for the county's high school student-athletes.But the question is, will Anne Arundel County change to see that county student-athletes are prepared to seek those additional opportunities?Will county administrators finally see the need to raise its required grade-point average for playing high school sports from its current D-plus status of 1.67 to the NCAA Division I requirement of 2.00,an average of C?
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