Jackson on Proposition 65 Victory: "It's a Great Day for Hockey"
Rensselaer issued a statement from President Shirley Ann Jackson reflecting upon the NCAA Proposition 65 victory and the elevation of women's hockey to Division I status. Jackson said:
Today we saw perhaps the most important reaffirmation of the Rensselaer menís hockey team in its 100-year history.
The NCAA Division III membership has voted to accept an amendment to its reform package that will allow Rensselaer, and seven other affected institutions, to continue to offer grants-in-aid to Division I athletes, in our case, our hockey players. This is an affirmation of a main tenet of the NCAA philosophy: to protect and support the autonomy of each member institution.
Our menís hockey team can now continue to recruit the high-level student-athletes that Rensselaer attracts. The vote also allows us to launch our plan to move our womenís ice hockey team to Division I status. Our womenís program has shown that it can compete at the highest level in Division III, and it is time to move up. This move is also in the interest of gender equity in our athletics offerings....
Dr. Jackson concluded her statement by repeating a famous saying of Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Johnson, when she said:
As the saying goes, ďItís a great day for hockey.Ē It also is a great day for Rensselaer athletics.