Gay hazing proves costly for McGill

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Subject: Gay hazing proves costly for McGill

MONTREAL, QC., (CUP) - In the aftermath of a football hazing scandal, Quebec´s student sports federation announced the penalties it will impose on McGill University - penalties the university believes are too harsh.

The university withdrew its Redmen football team from league play in October after an 18-year-old student alleged he was sexually assaulted with a broomstick during a hazing ritual.

McGill will be fined $30,000 by the Quebec Student Sport Federation (QSSF) and will lose the right to host the Quebec conference playoff game in 2006, or have its home games televised during the next two seasons.

The team has been given a year´s probation, and if it makes the playoffs next season, it loses the right to take part in revenue sharing.

Jennifer Robinson, associate vice-principal of communications, believes the last punishment is unfair. She said the university is happy to make restitution, but thinks the penalties against revenue sharing go too far.
"If McGill had ignored the hazing and let the team play out the season, we wouldn´t have suffered any loss at all, but we didn´t. We came forward and took responsibility, and I feel like we´re being punished for that," she said.

According to the QSSF rules, if a football team makes the playoffs, the school is entitled to either $2,500 or 20 per cent of the gross ticket sales revenue if it plays a team in their city. If the team plays an out-of-town team, it can earn $4,500 or 20 per cent.

The Quebec University Football League (QUFL) commissioner, Tom Allen, said it was not the league´s intention to punish McGill for the hazing scandal, but rather the costs incurred for cutting its football season short.

"I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with hazing," said Allen. "We support McGill 100 per cent in coming forward and dealing with that. Every university in Canada fully supports McGill. But they did leave the league in the middle of the season, and that incurred costs. It´s only fair they pay other teams for their losses."

These costs include loss of revenue from the other universities in the league and production costs incurred by changing the location of a televised game.

Allen explained that the QSSF was careful about giving an appropriate response to an unusual situation. He said that in his 33 years with Canadian football, he has never seen a team withdraw from league play the way McGill did.

"No one ever leaves a season early. We didn´t have a precedent for the situation, so we had to decide on an appropriate punishment. We had to make McGill understand that there are consequences to disrupting the season."

Robinson said the McGill administration understood that the school needed to send a strong message that hazing is unacceptable, but she felt the fine and the other restrictions were enough, especially because the university will be paying the $30,000 rather than asking the athletes to compensate.

"We were hoping that the league would agree that we did our part in stopping the hazing, and they should share responsibility by not inadvertently sending a pro-hazing message," said Robinson.

[07-01-2006,01:13]
Anonymous
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serioulsy, does Mcgill actually think people care about their little 30K. Give me a break.


[07-01-2006,01:44]
Anonymous
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Poor McGill.


[07-01-2006,04:36]
Anonymous
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christ, this is a million years old, who gives a shit
[07-01-2006,10:27]
Anonymous
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bet the guy who had that broomstick shoved up his butt gives a shit...on second thought, maybe he´s unable to shit due to said intrusive physical object...ooh, mcgill, you have so much to answer for....I mean, your main claim to fame nowadays (given that your rep has long gone down the tubes) is this?
[11-01-2006,03:52]
Anonymous
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Mcgill students are such a bunch of pompous fools. If you go through first year at Mcgill, you will see what that school does to you. It makes you think you are almost god. I now realise that its all a big marketing scam aimed at increasing sales of Mcgill merchandise. :)

go redmen!

[12-01-2006,14:54]
Anonymous
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is mcgill such a bad school? where im from (south ontario) it doesnt have a amazing or a bad reputation, just known as a good school and the one law school you need to know both french and english to get in. u of toronto is called pompous in ontario because students who get in brag about it, is that the same with mcgill in quebec?
[14-01-2006,00:35]
Anonymous
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Yup, but there is massive brainwash in your first year at Mcgill. You really BECOME a pumpous idiot. Most of the students who enter Mcgill are good kids, but they become snobbish after the first year and look down upon the populace and they make fun of other Universities in Montreal and Queens. Its really fucked up. The funny thing is that when they graduate, most of them do not speak french and they get shafted in the job market.


[14-01-2006,14:29]
Anonymous



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