Monday, September 10, 2007

UNC SUSPENDS RUGBY TEAM

The University of North Carolina has indefinitely suspended the men’s rugby team from participating in team-related events because members have been accused of unlawful acts of hazing, club actions that violate the university's alcohol policy and misrepresentation of the university and club locally and abroad, the school confirmed Thursday. The team is a club team, not a varsity sport.

Team President Rufaro Sikipa told The Daily Tar Heel: "There's absolutely no hazing with initiation into or continued membership of UNC rugby.” (He lied). He told the DTH the team does not condone underage drinking. (He lied again) The team is suspended from practicing, playing games and using university facilities under the team name.

Winston Crisp, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, and Jason Halsey, director of sports clubs, met Tuesday with the team of about 50 players to discuss the allegations and the suspension. Senior Jose Estrada told the DTH, " As a team, we were just incredibly upset with what we'd been told, especially the indefinite suspension," Estrada said. "We just want to play rugby (and haze new members, and drink).”

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