Rugby sanctions unfair for organization, innocent players
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 23:09
Response to RugbyMag’s commentary on I’m Shmacked coverage:
Last week, The Review reported that the I’m Shmacked party started at the “rugby house” on South College Avenue. According to RugbyMag, “The problem for the rugby team is the student report in the University’s The Review, written by Jack Cobourn. His report is the only one attributing the incident to a ‘rugby party’ or referring to Ladisernia and Touzzoli’s residence as ‘the rugby house.’” RugbyMag’s article also quoted Coach Haglid as saying Jack Cobourn was once a former member of the Rugby team. This comment is false.
Additionally, the university conducted its investigation independent of The Review and other news sources. Members of the rugby team welcomed I’m Shmacked to “rugby” on Twitter, and I’m Shmacked also stated “I missed rugby and caught the aftermath.” Several tweets that make a connection to rugby and the incident with I’m Shmacked are more likely to have influenced the general consensus than The Review’s reporting.
Rugby Punishment unfair to some current, future members
Though we recognize the university feels the need to punish those responsible, the rugby team should not be made a scapegoat for the thousands of students involved who took to the streets and damaged property. Many members of the rugby team were not involved in the incident. The length of the suspension also means that potential future rugby players—students who are not at the university yet and had no involvement in “I’m Shmacked”—will be unable to play rugby at the university because of the actions of some students five years earlier.