Friday, April 30, 2010

Vice Chair Scott Krapf's Legislative Council Experience

With sound prep work under my belt and a cache of feedback from student-athletes, I made my way to Indianapolis April 12 and 13 where I had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Division I Legislative Council meetings. This is one of the last steps for this cycle of legislative proposals that the National SAAC has been looking at for almost a year. With a busy agenda on our plates and a number of proposals to revisit, the Legislative Council was hard at work over the course of the two day meetings. From here, the Board of Directors will have an opportunity to review the proposals for final consideration.

I was very impressed to see how thorough the committee looked at everything. It is clear that the Legislative Council makes a conscientious effort to examine all angles of the proposals that they look at before taking action. Not only does the committee have to look at the impact of their decisions, there are also a number of other issues that are examined and considered. Some considered are the legal ramifications and others being the opinions of other cabinets and committees.

I was invited to dinner by a few of the committee members. We went to Naked Chopstix, a sushi restaurant in the Broadripple neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis. The food was delicious and the company was even more enjoyable. It was nice to be able to put the agendas aside for awhile and just get to know some of the members of the Legislative Council on a more personal level.

Serving on the Legislative Council is such an amazing opportunity that comes with the position of Vice Chair. However, I give the entire credit to the National SAAC and all student-athletes across the country who have worked tirelessly to garner appropriate feedback relative to the proposals and issues that we looked at. Your work helped to make my role in serving SAAC much easier and gives me the confidence to attend these meetings with a wide perspective of the student-athlete voice. For that, I sincerely thank you!

-Scott Krapf

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting to know the National SAAC'ers

Hailing from Cal State Sacramento, Anne Morrison represents the Student-Athletes of the Big Sky Conference. Anne is a senior working on her degree in Journalism and photography. She is a member of the women’s rowing team.

How long have you been on National SAAC?
Second year

How did you become involved with SAAC?
I volunteered to help out on the campus level and became very involved. When the conference position on national SAAC opened, I applied and was selected for the position.

What's one cool thing your campus SAAC does that makes you unique?
Our campus SAAC has done a lot of work in the community and it has sparked community service projects within the individual teams, which is great. Also, SAAC gives out student planners and memory sticks every year to our student-athletes to emphasize the student aspect of our collegiate careers.

What is your favorite memory from National SAAC?
So far, it has been the in depth discussions we have over various issues and the work we put into each and every proposal.

What is the best thing about being a D1 Athlete?
The competition is, by far, the best aspect of being a D1 athlete. There is nothing more gratifying then beating the big dogs.

(Anne's in the hat and sunglasses)

Favorite food?
Ouch, that's a hard one. I'll eat pretty much anything.

Favorite TV show?
At the moment, Glee

Favorite Musical Artist?

Favorite Pro Sports Team?
SF Giants. Got to represent the hometown.

If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be?
Dead: Irving Penn, Alive: Johnny Depp

Place you’ve never been that you’d love to visit?
Madrid, Spain

The actor who plays you in the movie version of your life?
Ellen Page

Throwing pottery and hiking

One interesting fact about yourself?
Besides Canada, I've never been out of the country.

What are some of your career goals?
My goal is to be a foreign correspondent in the Middle East.

Check back next week as I interview myself. Read about Bob Nolte from Binghamton University and the easiest sport to do, Diving, as well as his/my interesting summer job dressing up as a frog.