Clique segregation affects sports

Katie Mest

Hands holding rugby ball

This is a satirical news column.

With the new semester came significant changes in leadership amongst campus clubs, notably the men’s rugby team.

Christopher Schilling (senior, biology) accepted the role as team captain after his peers elected him.

Usually very open to new members, the team decided to crack down on who it allowed to join.

Andrew Manning (freshman, theater) attempted to join the team.

Manning went to every practice. He considered himself a part of the team until Schilling told him that rugby “wasn’t for him.”

Manning had played rugby for four years, starting his freshman year of high school. He was a part of a team that ranked first in its division.

“His reasoning? I’m a theater major,” Manning said. “I think he just doesn’t believe that jocks and theater kids can peacefully coexist in one another’s world. And that’s messed up.”

Schilling said  Manning was only cut from the team was to preserve the team’s ranking.

“In order to be the best, we need to have the best,” Schilling said. “As captain, I want to fine-tune this team, and, inevitably, that means people will be cut.”

Manning wasn’t the only person who believes he was cut due to a biased opinion.

“I’m an art major,” Aaron Teel (sophomore) said. “Schilling really seemed to like me until he found out that I create art in my free time. He seemed shocked that someone could be interested in both art and sports.”

The team seems divided on the issue. Some believe that the cuts were decided unfairly, while others think Schilling did what had to be done.

A teammate, who wishes to remain anonymous, overhead a remark by Schilling after the practice when Schilling announced the cuts.

“He was talking to his friends and said, ‘I don’t understand why they don’t just stick to their own hobbies. Leave rugby to the real men.’”

Schilling denied saying this, but he said that he does believe in sticking to the “status quo.”

“Sports aren’t for everyone,” Schilling said. “It takes the right kind of person. You either have what it takes or you don’t. That’s not my fault.”

Manning said he’ll continue to play rugby. He’ll just take his abilities elsewhere.

“The only thing he can take away from me is a spot on that specific team,” Manning said. “He can’t change who I am or what I want to be. I’m going to be a theater performer and a rugby player. And I’m going to be darn good at both.”

The university said that while it is against rules to discriminate in clubs, there was not enough evidence to prove that this incidence was such.

As of Wednesday, the cuts remain in effect, along with Schilling’s role of authority.