12 Facts You Should Know About Worcester, MA

12 Facts You Should Know About Worcester, MA

More than the "Dirty Woo".
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For those of us who are about to begin our final year at Holy Cross, we may not have actually noticed during our last three years, all the history that lies behind the home of Mount St. James. Take a moment to indulge in the following 12 facts that make up the beautiful city of Worcester, Massachusetts.

1. After Boston, Massachusetts, Worcester is the next largest city in the state.

2. A heart is used as the symbol of this city because Worcester is referred to as being the heart of the commonwealth.

3. The heart symbol may also relate to the fact that Valentine's Day cards were invented in the city.

4. Worcester is the second-largest city in New England.

5. It became a city in 1848.

6. The Worcester Art Museum houses a varied collection of art, and opened 1898.

7.The museum was one of the first to exhibit and collect photographs as fine art, and it displays works from the Civil War to the present.

8. Worcester has 1,200 acres of publicly owned property.

9. Parks in Worcester include Elm Park and the City Common. Both parks are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

10. The town is named after Worcester, England.

11. Lake Quinsigamond is home to the Eastern Springs, a rowing event in the United States.

12. Competitive rowing teams first came to Lake Quinsigamond in 1857

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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It's Good That Southern Miss Decided Not To Hire Art Briles

Any school hiring Art Briles would be a step backward for college athletics.

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The Sun Herald broke the story last week that former Baylor head football coach, Art Briles, had interviewed and was being considered for the offensive coordinator position at Southern Miss. Briles was fired at Baylor after many allegations that sexual assault complaints reported against players in his program went uninvestigated.

The weird hushed culture that protects college athletic coaches is something that has to end, and keeping Briles from ever coaching college football again is a place to start. Too many college football coaches have been ousted in recent years for having knowledge of wrongdoing by members of their programs, whether sexual or not. Most recently Urban Meyer chose to retire after it was made public that he had knowledge of one of his assistant coaches committing spousal abuse.

Southern Miss received a large amount of backlash for considering Briles for a coaching position, which led to the president of the university eventually releasing a statement saying that he was no longer being considered. Some thought that he should be given a second chance to coach and used former Ole Miss head coach as an example of a coach that had been given a similar second chance.

I think it is important to note that Freeze was fired after a review of his phone records showed that he had contacted an escort service, while Briles had continuously ignored a pattern of alleged sexual misconduct of his players towards women. It is also important to note that the athletics director at Liberty University, where Freeze is currently head football coach, is the same athletic director that was at Baylor when Briles was coaching there. He was forced to resign as well when the allegations came against the football team.

The man that gave Hugh Freeze his "second chance" is the same man that employed Briles at Baylor, so it doesn't make sense to use Hugh's shot at redemption as a reason that Briles should be given one. Art Briles should be kept away from college athletics for as long as possible, and Southern Miss was right to end his consideration.

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