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March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: WrestlingPDF files may take a moment to load

A-

The Dinos wrestling team is like nudity. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's ugly, (sometimes it's Damon Booth), but it's always interesting.

On that note, the men's wrestling team gets an A and the women's team gets a strong B+. They both finished second in the nation, but much like nudity, second isn't always second.

The men had an outstanding season, won the Canada West Conference and lost the national title by one point. The women came in second as well, but it was not nearly as glorious.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: Women's BasketballPDF files may take a moment to load

A

Canada West insiders eliminated the Dinos from the playoffs before the season began, and with good reason. The Dinos boasted a lone fifth-year player. Their only fourth-year player was a college transfer. Beyond that, they had a couple on injury-prone third-year players and a bunch of rookies and sophomores.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: Field HockeyPDF files may take a moment to load

A-

This year's Dinos field hockey team turned it up a lot higher than we've heard from them in a long time. Aside from finishing third in Canada West with three players named to the Canada West All Star Team, the girls shut down our major University of Alberta rivals generating significant respect and self confidence in CIS field hockey. Aussie Head Coach Carl Dalton has a lot to be proud of and the girls are still hoping he returns for next season.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: Men's VolleyballPDF files may take a moment to load

B+

If the Dinos were a Japanese cartoon character, they would have mouths that were tiny when closed, and really ridiculously big when open. And, they would have blue hair; you gotta have blue hair!

Anyway, the Dinos men's volleyball squad bounced back from a miserable start to take fourth in both their conference and the nation. They burninated perennial powerhouse Laval at Nationals, and then lost out to both Alberta and Saskatchewan to fall short of the bronze medal.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: FootballPDF files may take a moment to load

B+

Heading into the 2002 season, the Dinos football squad was all smiles with high hopes for the very near future. With all-star offensive players like quarterback Lincoln Blumell, receivers Jamie Elliott and Blake Machan, and CFL-drafted fullback Jeff Almon, there was no reason to believe the Dinos were not capable of winning the Vanier Cup. And then the season happened.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: SwimmingPDF files may take a moment to load

B

"B," you think, nodding to yourself in a disinterested fashion. The most non-confrontational letter grade in the system, B evokes none other than the shrug, nod, and quiet passing of a solid performance. One B may not be the epitome of one's student career, but a year-long average of the same letter is a noteworthy accomplishment.

March 27, 2003
  Report Cards: Women's VolleyballPDF files may take a moment to load

A-

For me the women's volleyball team teeter tottered between a B+ and an A- before I finally settled on giving these ladies the A-. Here's why.

First, let's talk performance. For a team to go to Nationals three years in a row and walk away a third time empty handed, it would be hard to see why they deserved an A-. This was a team that was expected to roll over their competitors right from the start of the season, but were hit hard with a reality check and lost more often than years past.

March 27, 2003
  Report Card: Men's BasketballPDF files may take a moment to load

B+

How do you evaluate a team that fell short of victory yet surpassed even its own expectations?

This year was the most successful season the Dinos men's basketball team has seen in years. Star players like John Riad, Whit Hornsberger, Aman Heran and Chris Wright fulfilled roles Head Coach Dan Vanhooren hoped they would at the season's beginning, dominating the court with honed skills and strong desire for victory.

March 27, 2003
  Crap, it's report card day: Women's SoccerPDF files may take a moment to load

B- What I should say is, the soccer girls deserve an a+, journalistic integrity be damned. That way, maybe I could get a date for Night of the Dino.

But journalism is more important than the gorgeous smile of fifth-year midfielder Hema Chengkalath or the brilliant eyes of forward Megan Dourado. Even the wily charm of keeper Charlotte Sullivan has to pass me by, because like it or not, I have to tell the truth.

So on that note, on to soccer.

March 27, 2003
  Selling yourself one soul at a timePDF files may take a moment to load

I suppose it's happened to us all at one time or another. You're an adept German philosopher who finds himself followed home by a black dog that turns out to be the devil and suddenly you're signing your soul away for love, money and power. It happened to me just last week. Well, it happened to Dr. Faust at any rate; don't look at me like that.

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