Green Phones 3.25.05

• The Green Phone was created so the fans could voice their
opinions. Give us a call and let us know what’s on your mind.
CALLER 1: Hi, this goes to Mr. Poeter. I’d like to thank you for
the wonderful article you did on my daughters, Monique and
Adrianna.
• The Green Phone was created so the fans could voice their opinions. Give us a call and let us know what’s on your mind.

CALLER 1: Hi, this goes to Mr. Poeter. I’d like to thank you for the wonderful article you did on my daughters, Monique and Adrianna.

GREEN PHONE: Caller 1, Damon says it was a pleasure, and that Monique and Adrianna deserve the attention for all their hard work and skill on the archery range.

CALLER 2: Hi, I’m calling about the Title IX issue at Gavilan about the softball coach (Tim Kenworthy). I’d just like to say to say first of all that he’s doing a great coaching job, no doubt about it. But I would just like to clear a lot of things up. I was a former baseball player at Gav and I know first hand about what he’s saying about the baseball field. Gavilan College never donated a dime to that field. And if you go by Gavilan games before the games, who’s cutting the grass? (Head baseball coach) Neal Andrade and (assistant coach) Benji Dequin. They take care of the field. The field didn’t look anywhere near like that a couple years ago … They do a million amounts of dollars of fundraising. They have an alumni baseball game, a golf tournament, a hit-a-thon. They have no money donated at all from Gavilan College. And (the softball team) is getting $50,000 to renovate the field? First of all, if they have an outfield fence on the softball field, the soccer coach is going to cry about not having a soccer field. Second of all, about the Title IX issue between the discrepancy amongst male and female athletes? That’s because you’re counting the football team. The football team alone has 40 to 60 players. You need four teams of women’s sports alone to equal football. So just using that argument to equalize the amount of athletes is a terrible argument.

GREEN PHONE: You make many points, Caller 2 – few of which go to the heart of the matter, which is Gavilan’s compliance with Title IX. Basically, what you’re talking about seems to be a personal dislike of the Title IX rules. What we are reporting on, however, is the actual compliance with those rules. For instance, Title IX does not care if a school has an equal amount of men’s and women’s sports teams – it’s an equal number of sports participants from both genders that counts. So if the football team has so many more players, it’s up to the institution to even that discrepancy out somehow. Also, it’s not a particular program’s responsibility to improve or maintain its facilities to the standards of Title IX. It’s the school’s. That’s just the law, Caller 2. Regarding the proposed softball fence that would interfere with soccer – that seems to us to be a detail in the softball coach’s favor. After all, baseball players at Gavilan don’t have to worry about soccer teams playing in their outfield. By the way, this is not in any way meant to disparage the efforts of coaches Andrade and Dequin to help their team.

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