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Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team - which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships - were shocked when the team's varsity status was removed last week. They don't believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn't have picked Gustavus.


On July 21, University of Vermont junior Scott Patterson became the youngest winner of the Crow Pass Crossing, a grueling 24-mile backcountry trail race in Girdwood, Alaska. With a winning time of 3:05:16.7, the 20-year-old survived thousands of feet of climbing, treacherous and overgrown terrain, a few river crossings, and the ever-present danger that “you could literally run right into a bear” — clearly, a win that signifies Patterson is in pretty good shape. But...