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          The next step

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: Sports
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          Looking back at the top ten sports moments of the past year here at CWRU it continues to astonish me the amount of blood, sweat and tears that Spartan student athletes put into their sports. Working the past two years as a sports reporter and competing as a member of the swim team I've witnessed the work put in from a first hand perspective not just by the athletes but the coaches as well.

          The question that lies in the road ahead for the Spartans is: what will it take to get to the next level?

          Some may point to coaching. An Observer article earlier this year showed that CWRU ranked last in coaching salaries averaged over all sports. Raising coaching salaries is not magically going to improve records, however.

          The key is through recruitment. Most student athletes, especially those from outside of the Ohio area, looked at other Division III schools like CWRU, most of which are the Spartans archrivals in the UAA.

          Others may point to our athletic facilities, yet these are some of the finest in all of Division III. Mather Park just opened, the Veale Natatorium's pool floor was just refinished, a new scoreboard is about to be installed, and the Village Stadium is one the more unique and intimate fields in the country.

          What CWRU needs to take its athletics to the next level is a change in the student attitude towards athletics. Having attended events in every sport I've always found it astounding how little enthusiasm the spectators have.

          One immediate game that comes to mind was women's basketball game against the eventual national champion Washington University. The athletics higher-ups rolled out a pretty entertaining show, bringing the Stow High School Marching Band to play in the crowd. Needless to say when the Spartans headed to the locker room down 31-30 to the best team in the country, those kids were rocking. Meanwhile the rest of the student body moseyed to the concession stands after cheering a bit here and there.
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          • A Conversation with Caroline Goulding
          • Don't blow it all at once: financial tips for recent graduates
          • International student session to debut during 2010 orientation
          • Name That Place - 4/23/2010
          • Relay For Life raises $76,000, short of goal but not short of spirit
          • Student Leadership Award Winners
          • Tanning dangers abound as summer approaches
          • What Now?
          • Mass funding successful for some, headache for other organizations

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          • Spartan Spotlight: Obinna Nwanna
          • Spartans are optimistic heading into UAA's
          • Spartans extend win streak to six
          • Spartans snap long losing streak
          • The next step
          • Top 10 Spartan stories of 2009-2010

          Opinion

          • 2009-2010 Year in Review
          • Letter to the Editor: Straight Answers to Questions about Greek Life Funding
          • Living - and dying - on your own terms
          • The last hurrah: experiencing senior week
          • What are you doing this summer?

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          • MaDaCol performance distinguishes dance as alternative communication medium
          • Parting word of advice: Express yourself
          • Springfest blowout to feature activities, student bands and national headlines
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          • Tri-C Jazz Festival features stunning jazz organ performance, among others
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