Cross Country Prepares For Championship Season At Bradley Pink Classic

first_imgThe Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Pink Classic this Friday, Oct. 12.As the last race before the championship season, this is first of three meets the team will compete in at the Newman Golf Course asBradley University will also host the MVC Cross Country Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships.The Bulldogs are coming off another two-week training block going into the races this weekend and are preparing for what can be a sneak peak of the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in the following weeks. There will be eight total MVC teams competing at Bradley with Evansville and Indiana State being the only league teams the Bulldogs won’t face this weekend.Drake has athletes participating the in Men’s White Race (B Race) at 1:45 p.m., Women’s Red Race (A Race) at 3:15 p.m., and the Men’s Red Race (A Race) at 4 p.m.The 39-team field includes a diverse and talented group of regional teams including host, Bradley, Belmont, Bowling Green, Butler, Cincinnati, Creighton, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, IUPUI, Kansas State, Kent State, Loyola, Marquette, Minnesota, Missouri State, Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Oakland, Purdue Fort Wayne, Saint Louis, SE Missouri State, Southern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, Toledo, UMKC, Utah, Valparaiso, Western Illinois, Wright State, and Xavier.After this weekend’s races, the team will take another two weeks to train before returning to Peoria, Ill., to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Arctic no rival to Suez not this century says shipping expert

first_imgLawson Brigham (Photo: UAF)As the ice retreats, Arctic shipping is expected to increase. But if your idea of “Arctic shipping” is cargo carriers plying a shortcut between Europe and Asia, you may  want to choose a different image.As the ice retreats, Arctic shipping is expected to increase. But if your idea of “Arctic shipping” is cargo carriers plying a shortcut between Europe and Asia, you may  want to choose a different image.Download AudioIt’s not so much the thinning ice that will drive up ship traffic in the north. It’s the price of oil. Or so says UAF professor Lawson Brigham.“Profound changes in sea ice are not retooling global trade routes. Why? Because the place is ice covered, through the century, for seven and a half months. Partially or fully ice covered,” says Brigham, who chaired the Arctic Council’s Marine Shipping Assesment. He spoke today at a forum sponsored by Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C. think tank.Brigham, once the captain of a Coast Guard icebreaker, says, despite all the breathless accounts, whatever traffic the Arctic Ocean sees will be seasonal.“That’s not what I read in the global media wherever I go,” he said. “I read, of course, that Mr. Putin is going to replace the Suez Canal with the Northern Sea Route. Well, I would say, good luck.”It might be possible, depending on how many centuries Putin expects to remain president of Russia, Brigham quipped.Rather than picturing container ships crossing the Arctic, think of all the vessels Shell sent north for its drilling season this summer. Brigham says global demand for Arctic resources is what will drive up ship traffic.“Shell’s armada, I mean that’s marine shipping at the highest order: Twenty, 30 ships, all having very specialized operations to support one drilling site,” he said.That kind of shipping, in support of Arctic industries, are a big deal, too, Brigham says. He mentioned the zinc exported from the Red Dog Mine.“Some of the world’s largest, physically large bulk carriers, go from Kivalina to Southeast Asia or to smelters at B.C., so that’s a global connection, global commodity.”Of course, there’s no Arctic port deep enough for those giant ships,  so the zinc is lightered to them, on smaller vessels.Nome Mayor Denise Michels said at the forum the easier access to the Arctic has brought changes to her community.“We do see an increase in Arctic shipping,” said Michels, who lost her re-election bid yesterday. “We also see adventure tourism. We have kite-boarders. Jet skiers. We have people trying to cross the Bering Strait, which is 50 miles from the U.S. side to the Russian side, if they don’t get arrested by the border guards.”Nome will also host the Crystal Serenity next year, a 1000-passenger cruise ship expected to be the first of its class to travel the Northwest passage. Michels says making a deeper port at Nome isn’t just a local need. She called it a international priority.last_img read more