As reported elsewhere earlier in the week, James Madison, citing a desire to comply with Title IX regulations, plans to drop men's indoor and outdoor track and x-country (as well as 4 other men's and 3 women's sports) at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. (www.jmu.edu/jmuweb/general/news/general7490.shtml)
According to today's NY Times, many students at James Madison, both male and female, are not happy with the decision. Jennifer Chapman, a senior on Madison's women's x-country team, led 400 students in a protest rally on campus. Chapman said, "Title IX was created in 1972 to prevent sex discrimination, and it was needed. But look what's happening now. We rode a bus home from Pennsylvania (the team got the bad news after competing at the Paul Short Inv.) for four hours, 14 guys and 19 girls all crying together. How is that supposed to have been Title IX's intent?"
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In Virgina at our fellow MileSplit Network site, webmaster Brandon Miles has set up a front page ad to enable you to email the Athletic Director of JMU to share your feelings. But there is no need to visit MileStat, when you can simply CLICK HERE