Sixth Man: Winter Sports Recap

All is right with the world again: people are finally back on campus, classes have resumed, Gail is once again greeting us in the Ratty, and Sixth Man is back. As you get settled into your routine, don’t forget to check out some of the winter season sports that Brown has to offer. Whether it’s track and field, basketball, hockey, or even fencing, we’re sure that whatever you’re into, you can find some entertainment. Even though we know everyone has been keeping up with what’s been happening in the Bruno sports world over winter break (I mean, who hasn’t been following squash?), we decided to give a recap of some of our favorite winter sports teams.



Yes, there are in fact gymnastics competitions outside of the Olympics. Are they as interesting? No comment. The Brown gymnastics team has been competing since the middle of January, finishing second out of four teams in their last two meets. If you’re expecting to see some of the same tricks that you saw in London last summer then you might be disappointed, but it’s not every day that you get to see someone hurl themselves off of a balance beam and not fail miserably.



You know what they say about Brown basketball, right? That we’re the Duke of the Northeast? Ok, maybe no one has ever said that, but it’s fun to pretend. Even though we may not be considered a basketball powerhouse in the traditional sense, the Bears have gotten off to a great start in the conference. A 3-game win streak has put Bruno just behind first-place Harvard for the Ivy League lead. A tough road game looms on Friday at Harvard, but a weaker Dartmouth and Princeton are soon after. Continue Reading

Sixth Man: Fencing

Are these astronauts?

One of these two people is a Brown student, hopefully.

Let it be known that yes, I know I could have begun this post with a shitty sexual innuendo playing off a term like “long-swords” (not an actual type of fencing equipment) but I’m above that. I think. Time will tell. Anyway, here’s something you probably didn’t know unless you’re on the Brown fencing team: Brown fencing had its first, last, and only home meet of the season over the weekend. It was greatly exciting, and not just because I spent most of the time on my phone following Brown basketball’s overtime barnburner with Yale (we lost–and just when I thought March Madness was calling to us!).

What you get at a fencing meet is roughly 90% chaos and 10% swordfights. I don’t know which part is more elemental to the fencing meet ecosystem, but probably both are necessary. Basically, the OMAC turns into what appears to be a large slumber party between a collection of medieval knights, some of whom are having horseless jousts around the perimeter of a circle of backpacks and other shit that six colleges worth of fencers have deposited in the middle of the gym. (That was probably the worst description ever given of anything, not just a fencing meet, but basically it’s really hard to figure out what’s going on, where Brown’s fencers are at any given time, who’s winning, and why fencing uniforms are so ugly.)

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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.

A Thousand Words: Rally to save the Fencing, Ski, and Wrestling teams

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Fencer Hawrot ’14 Honored on First-Team All Ivy Squad

Kathryn Hawrot ’14, a foilist on the Bruno fencing team, was honored for her performance at this weekend’s Ivy League Championships with a spot on the First-Team All Ivy squad. Hawrot went 11-4 overall, including a victory over Princeton fencer Lucile Jarry in Round Two seen here. Hawrot led the Brown’s women foil squad to a 2-4 record, good for fifth-place overall.

Full results from the weekend can be found here. Check Tuesday’s Herald for more coverage of Brown’s performance!