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Crew 50th Reunion FAQs

Frequently Asked Crew Questions

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How do I pre-register for the reunion and what hotels are recommended?

What is included in my registration fee?

  • Registration includes the banquet dinner and programming on Saturday evening, in addition to the alumni regatta and lunch at University Lake on Saturday morning. There may be other optional events over the course of the weekend that have additional associated costs.
  • The registration fee is designed to cover all of our costs, but does not include any donation to the team or the boathouse project. If you’d like to make additional donations you can do that. We don’t want anyone to feel like they were invited back for their checkbook.  We want you to come for the celebration.

How do I buy UNC Crew branded items?

  • Alumni and friends can buy UNC Crew items through the team, alumni association websites or via the reunion website (alumni.unc.edu/crew).  Items purchased in advance of the reunion can be picked up at the alumni regatta or the reunion dinner.

Who makes up the UNC Crew 50th Anniversary Team?

  • The 50th Anniversary Reunion is about celebrating all rowing at UNC and its personal impact on the lives of so many
  • Reunion representatives come from 50 years of undergraduate and masters athletes, coaches, Sport Clubs, Rec Sports, Athletics, General Alumni Association, and Student Affairs
  • Our objective is to bring back as many alumni as possible to connect, celebrate, and support rowing in all its forms April 3-5, 2020

Why are we building a new boathouse vs. helping the existing team out, increasing the endowment, or paying a coach? Why now?

  • Building a more solid boathouse is part of a longer term plan to offer greater stability to the rowing program, develop some pride in all aspects of rowing at UNC, give ourselves a gift, and invest in the future of a program that we continue to engage
  • The longer term plan was originally addressed back in 2009 and initiated through the creation of an endowment in 2010 (at the 40th Anniversary)
  • The endowment currently sits at $137,162.25 
  • We (Alumni, Rec Sports, Student Affairs) are trying to address other areas as well (coaching, equipment, travel) through the endowment
  • Permanence = longevity both within the university and community
  • A more permanent facility will better protect the equipment and help maintain the equipment lifespan
    • Rodents and other creatures are currently making their home within the boats as they sit on the racks
    • Team expansions have necessitated the purchase of additional boats that reside on outside racks
  • The 50th Anniversary of UNC Crew marks a unique opportunity to ramp up funding for the men’s, women’s, and Masters crew programs
  • Supporters who would like to make a financial gift are welcome to where they think their gift will have its greatest impact (Men, Women, Masters)
  • The University is providing resources and professional personnel to support our efforts
  • It is only through the University’s support of this plan that we feel like we can successfully execute the plan
  • All funds to date for development of the boat house plans have been paid by the UNC Rec Sports Department.

Why is a UNC development officer involved?

  • UNC development has a tradition of helping The Crew.  Since our first reunion, back in the early 2000’s there has always been one or more development officers from the University advising, working with and funding our effort to raise funds for a more sustainable club. 
  • As much as we would like to claim total victory without any outside help, the University is our partner and offers some professional resources (human and otherwise) that we simply don’t have
  • Few would count on a lawyer to provide salient medical advice when injured  — we would be foolish to turn down free fundraising help from a professional development officer

How come the men’s team doesn’t get the same support from the University as the women’s varsity team? What does Title IX have to do with it?

  • Different primary objectives between the club sports program and UNC Athletics
  • Club sports objectives:
    • Developing students through initiatives and opportunities to increase and build self-awareness, personal responsibility, leadership, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal relationships.
    • Lowering the out-of-pocket expense burden on the student-athletes through student fees, fundraising opportunities, and administrative support.
    • Advise and support student officers to assist their efforts in leading and managing a student organization.
  • Adaptability and individual leadership development growth has always been a strength of the club program
  • Title IX is a 1972 federal regulation that mandates that any school receiving any federal money (from the elementary to university level) must provide fair and equal treatment of the sexes in all areas, including athletics. Before Title IX, few opportunities existed for female athletes. Although it did not require that women’s athletics receive the same amount of money as men’s athletics, Title IX was designed to enforce equal access and quality. Women’s and men’s programs were required to devote the same resources to locker rooms, medical treatment, training, coaching, practice times, travel and per diem allowances, equipment, practice facilities, tutoring, recruitment, and scholarship money budgeted on a commensurate basis. 
  • The University, and by extension, UNC Athletics, is required to adhere to Title IX requirements if it is to receive money from the federal government for research or other services connected via a complex educational institution web that serves the university, the community, the state, and our nation.
  • Since student-run club sports and activities are not part of Title IX formula, the crew club program must still continue to effectively support itself financially with only minimal assistance accessed through student fees. 
  • Although Title IX was not enacted with women’s athletics primarily in mind, under the act female athletes have flourished across the country and at UNC. Many try to equate the effort expended by men’s and women’s crew as being equal (thus both groups should be supported equally from a financial perspective by the university), the differences in organizational objectives, governing bodies, history and politics are not the same. The simple apples-to-apples comparison does not hold true. 
  • As UNC alumni we should support rowing in all its forms.  We should recognize the inherent value generated by each program and not pit one program against another.

How much money does the Men’s team get from Sports Clubs annually?

  • $11,000 – $11,500 (2017 – 2019)

What is the size of the Men’s Crew Club budget?

  • Approximately $125,000 annually

What is the expected individual contribution for each athlete?

  • Novice:  $1300
  • Varsity:  $1600; + $0-500 for gear/per diems/etc.

Why don’t the men compete at the IRAs any more? What are ACRAs?

  • The answer has to do with the intersection and history of men’s rowing in the United States, the governance of women’s rowing (NCAA), university presidents and athletic directors, and federal regulations (Title IX).
    • In short, university presidents have to comply with NCAA rules in order for their athletic teams to compete at all NCAA-sanctioned events.
    • The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA, founded in 1894), the governing body of men’s rowing, had historically rejected being folded into the NCAA (founded in 1906) and chose to run their own national championship using their own association’s rules.  These rules had allowed for both club and varsity athletes to compete in the same events.
    • In the early 2000s, IRA member school varsity program coaches came under increasing pressure from their own university presidents and athletic directors to push for a change in the association rules to fall under NCAA participation requirements.  The adoption of these rules brought varsity rowing programs into compliance with all other NCAA sports within their university at the cost of denying all club rowing programs an opportunity to compete at a single unified national championship.
    • The American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA, founded 2008) Championship was formed to allow all (both club and varsity) programs unable to compete at the IRA to hold their own national championship. 
    • UNC competes at the ACRA regatta annually and is often among the top teams.

The women currently train at Jordan Lake, a lake much larger than University Lake. Why doesn’t the university build a boathouse on Jordan?

  • The University currently does not own land on Jordan Lake (the women trailer their boats to the lake and launch from an existing private marina) 
  • Potential sites at Jordan come with a number of building and environmental restrictions
  • Current university policy does not allow first year students to park on campus and thus transportation to a training venue must be part of the equation
  • Biking, running, or taking public transportation to Jordan is not a feasible option and would thus limit opportunity to so many who seek to make rowing part of their Carolina experience
  • The alumni spearheading the current effort along with University officials feel like building a more permanent facility at University Lake is the most viable option available
  • A facility at Jordan has not been ruled out though it’s viability may be several years if not decades away from fruition