Skille’s status uncertain


first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team gained one player, Ross Carlson, back from an injury sustained a month ago against North Dakota. UW may be close to having its other injured forward back in the near future.According to UW head coach Mike Eaves, there’s a chance Jack Skille may be able to join the No. 7 Badgers (4-6-2, 3-4-1 WCHA) on the ice this weekend against Minnesota (8-1-2, 4-0-2). Skille would certainly be a shot in the arm for a struggling Wisconsin team ready to take on the No. 2 team in the country on the road.”I wouldn’t say [Skille’s] definitely out,” Eaves said Monday at his weekly press conference. “He’s going to start shooting this week, that’s where the doctors are at, so he can start putting torque on that joint, and then we’ll go from there. [We need to know] how does that make his joint feel … can we accelerate, or do we just need to go day-by-day.”The shooting is the next good step for him, and that will determine his next step.”After sustaining an elbow injury in UW’s home opener against the Fighting Sioux, Skille has made steady progress in returning to an offense that has floundered of late. But Eaves knows to take caution when dealing with such a sensitive injury.”You’re dealing with a joint,” Eaves said. “Not only for our sake, but for Jack’s future, we want to make sure that thing is solid.”Davies takes chargeEaves spoke of the difficulty for first-year players to adjust to the intensity of college hockey after excelling in the juniors or in other amateur leagues. The fifth-year coach used Skille as an example, who came to the Badgers a year ago after playing 30 games against collegiate opponents while in USA Hockey’s National Development Team program.”It still took [Skille] until after Christmastime [in 2005] to find his stride, to find his confidence,” Eaves said. “I think, as a goal scorer, you come in, you think, ‘I’ve scored, I should be able to score right away.’ It’s another gear; it’s another speed level; it’s another strength level; and they have to adapt to that.”Playing on the first line in place of Skille, right wing Michael Davies has answered the bell in his first year with the Badgers, with his latest accomplishment coming last weekend with a goal and assist in Saturday’s failed comeback against Denver.”I think we saw a little bit about Mike Davies recognizing some of that, and he stepped up, he went to another gear this past weekend against a pretty good team,” Eaves said.While Davies is tied for second on Wisconsin with six points, Eaves is confident his other talented freshmen are close to coming into their own, playing in the tough WCHA conference.”I think that we see that Mike, it’s starting to come for him,” Eaves said. “I think that will start to come for some of our other young men as well.”Mitchell makes his markOne of those impressive freshmen, John Mitchell, was a big part of getting some momentum back for the struggling Badgers, when on Saturday night he reeled off an end-to-end skate and knocked in a top-shelf shot over sprawling Denver goaltender Peter Mannino, tying the game at three.Eaves said Mitchell has to work on his strength and conditioning before emerging into the scoring threat he can become, after dealing with a “bumpy road” in junior hockey.”He had some scoring opportunities early with us, and he finally got his first goal, and I’m hoping that opens some floodgates for him because he has created and been a part of a lot of scoring chances,” Eaves said. “If he can continue to bloom, that would be a real nice thing for this club.”Eaves highlighted the long-term significance of Mitchell notching his first goal on such a fine scoring play.”Those are the kind of goals, when he tells his grandchildren about his first goal, he really did score upstairs on a goaltender,” Eaves said. “It wasn’t a shot that went five-hole and barely got across the goal line, so he’s one of the rare people that can [say] that.”Great effortAfter being visually disappointed with his team’s offensive output after Friday’s shutout loss, Eaves was much more pleased with Wisconsin’s 42-shot night on Saturday. He even used NHL great Wayne Gretzky’s quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take,” to illustrate his team’s improvement from the series opener to the finale.”Forty-two shots is a great step in the right direction,” Eaves said. “Now that we’re getting the puck to the net, we’re driving to the net better. We’re doing some things that are going to increase our percentage on scoring.”Saturday, Eaves commented that he thought UW played well enough to win the second match, and game film confirmed his belief.”I watched that game yesterday at home, and in some cases, I can’t believe we lost that game because we did so many good things,” Eaves said. “Sometimes, that’s the way of sport, but we will move forward knowing if we play that way and when we play that way again, we’re going to win some hockey games with this group of boys.”last_img read more

Assault prevention needs to begin earlier


first_imgCountless sexual assault cases have been in the news recently, especially those which lead to university investigations and Title IX violations. The problems that have been high-profile in the campus sexual assault arena are not only issues that exist within higher education, but are  also prevalent within our general society.Little has been done to combat it. The failure of primary and secondary schools to address sexual harassment and assault in grades K-12 mirrors the failure to address it in society as a whole. However, California’s new sexual health education law, designed for grades 7-12, requires schools to address troubling attitudes about gender and power, which experts say contribute to sexual harassment and even assaults on college campuses. Moreover, this important law will provide schools with the opportunity for students to have an open and meaningful conversation about healthy relationships and body image, and fosters a curriculum that positively affirms gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.This new law has the power to confront previously unaddressed sexual harassment and assault incidents in K-12 schools, which are the training grounds for college sexual assaults. While some people may think that harassment does not begin until students reach late teens or adulthood, in a 2011 national study conducted by the American Association of University Women, 48 percent of 2,000 seventh to twelfth graders surveyed experienced some form of harassment based on their gender during the school year. Examples of the harassment experienced included unwelcome sexual comments and gestures, being touched in an unwelcome way and being forced to do something sexual. Students who engage in such behavior are likely to have issues with gender and power, which may include a personal or cultural belief that men should hold a dominant position over women in society, or a conviction that gender roles must be strictly defined. Those beliefs, according to researcher Dorothy Espelage from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are “associated with higher rates of sexual harassment.”Ideas about power and gender come to the forefront in middle school when students take note of their relative status as social and sexual beings. According to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Espelage surveyed 1,000 fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students, and found that the combination of high bullying rates and high rates of homophobic name-calling was a predictive indicator of which middle school boys were more likely to sexually harass other students. These findings may not imply that bullying directly leads to rape, but certainly suggest the need for schools to explicitly address and forbid sexual and gender-based harassment.Sexual harassment and assault is against the law in federally funded schools under Title IX, yet most people associate this piece of legislation with sports, and do not know that it also applies to sexual assault and harassment. As noted by Brett Sokolow, executive director of the Association of Title IX Administrators, enforcement of Title IX in K-12 schools is poor. Sokolow estimates that about 85 percent of school district nationwide are out of compliance with the law. Yet, schools are obligated to act if they are aware of an act of sexual violence, and must take immediate action to address the harassment or assault, prevent its recurrence and acknowledge its effects. Currently, about 90 Title IX sexual violence investigations are underway nationwide in elementary and secondary school districts, including seven in California. Examples of these Title IX complaints filed between 2012 and 2015 at various California schools include a high school girl describing a male putting his hand down the front of her shirt, a middle school parent’s statement that when her daughter alerted the principal to unwanted sexual touching, the principal asked her what she was wearing, and perhaps most shockingly, the account of a fifth grade boy following two female students around the playground while shouting comments about their bodies and what sexual acts he would perform on them.This new California sexual health education law would allow schools to be a place where teachers, administrators, and staff could discuss with students in age-appropriate ways about gender equality, sexual harassment and how to give consent. This new piece of legislation, in conjunction with another new law requiring curriculum affirmative consent to be taught to high school students as part of a health class for a graduation requirement, addresses the growing need for conversations about gender and power in K-12 classrooms. These pertinent discussions are key ways to confront troubling attitudes about gender inequality and sexual harassment and assault that are part of the underlying causes of sexual violence in K-12 schools and college campuses.Julia Lawler is a senior majoring  in history and social science education. Her column, “Get Schooled,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Florida man’s mugshot goes viral after arrest


first_imgA Florida man who was arrested on several drug charges has become the latest viral sensation after police shared his mugshot on their Facebook page.34-year-old Ricky Deeley was arrested in Ocala, Florida Tuesday, along with two others after authorities found drugs, weapons, and drug paraphernalia in their vehicle during a traffic stop.Officials say they recovered 23 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, 20 Methylin pills, a digital scale and a handgun inside the vehicle. It was also reported that Deeley had been driving with a suspended license.Once the Marion County Sheriff’s Office posted about the arrest, their post was shared more than 7,000 times due to Deeley’s photo. Despite his new found fame, Deeley and his accomplices,20-year-old Katlyn Spruill, and 20- year-old Logan Tindale were still taken into custody.last_img read more

New Video in George Floyd’s Death During Arrest Fuels Protests


first_imgRioters cut a path of destruction through the streets of Minneapolis and Los Angeles following the release of more viral video of a black man killed while being taken into police custody. Violent protests in Minneapolis last night and one person is dead. Police say the shooting happened outside a pawn shot late Wednesday night. Police haven’t said if the shooting victim was looting, as people continued to protest the death of an unarmed black man in police custody earlier this week.In Los Angeles, protestors temporarily blocked Highway 101 and clung to a California Highway Patrol cruiser during a downtown demonstration Wednesday over the death of George Floyd.Floyd, 46, died Monday night in Minneapolis, with video later showing him on the ground with a police officer’s knee pressed against his neck.“I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me,” Floyd shouts in the video, which has sparked outrage across the U.S. and led to the firings of four Mineapolis police officers. Protests continuing in Minnesota on Wednesday erupted into violence and looting.So far the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck leading to his death has not been charged with a crime, but has been fired.President Trump on Wednesday ordered the FBI and Justice Department to investigate the case.last_img read more