Fencing, wrestling, skiing live another year

Check your inboxes — President Simmons has delivered a significant announcement about the short-term future of Brown athletics.

Eight days after the Athletics Review Committee released its recommendations regarding the future of Brown athletics and two days after Governor Chafee ’75 P’14 and others met with committee members, a major change to the recommendations has been made.

Citing “the incongruity of having a discussion that is in part about how to align the athletic program more effectively with academic programs and priorities at the precise time that the press of academic work is the greatest,” committee Chair Richard Spies recommended today to postpone any final decisions about the four teams slated to be eliminated from the May Corporation meeting to the October Corporation meeting. That means that these teams will remain as varsity programs for the 2011-2012 academic year.

In her email, President Simmons thanked the “wrestling, skiing and fencing students and their many supporters for their efforts to collect information and to offer testimony to the committee.” She said they “conducted themselves with great poise and intelligence” — and this work has evidently led to some major results.

Check The Herald’s website throughout exams for breaking news on the athletics situation.

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