The Blue & Gray Press | August 23, 2019
Courtesy of David McMillan -- The UMW women’s rugby team defeated Longwood University in the Ed & Sandy Lee Cup Semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament.
November 12, 2009
I was wondering if there was a full article in the print copy of this edition of The Bullet?
I am on the Mary Wash Women’s Rugby team and this tournament qualified us for nationals next semester. We had a great shut-out against Longwood and a sad loss to William & Mary to come in second overall in this tournament.
We have worked very hard to get back from last year’s “building year” after we lost 16 starters from the previous two years.
Mary Wash Women’s Rugby team is back on the rise! Come out and supprt us next semester.
November 15, 2009
You have probably seen the print edition of the Bullet and thus you probably saw that there was not a complete article there.
One of your teammates, Jacklyn Faraci, emailed me pleading for coverage and implying that she felt it was unfair that the men’s team had stories and the women’s team did not. I responded to Jacklyn informing her that the men’s team was very proactive in contacting the Sports section of the Bullet and that they were constantly sending us pictures from their matches and telling us that they were available for interviews and that was how they started to get coverage.
I also told Jacklyn what your team could do to get coverage and even offered to have someone interview her and other members of the women’s rugby team regarding the Ed & Sandy Lee Cup matches for a full article in the Nov. 12 edition of the Bullet. I said if she sent me pictures that I could post them online and try and find space for them in the print edition as well.
However, Jacklyn did not respond to my email, so no story could be written. I had one of the News Editors who happened to be friends with someone on the women’s rugby team help me gain access to this photo so that I would at least have something for your team.
I apologize if you feel as though your team has been slighted or not been treated fairly in any way, but I must admit that I lose some of my sympathy when I offer one of your teammates a chance that she asked for and then she ignores it.
I wish your team luck in your future matches and with a better line of communication, hopefully we can find some coverage for your team as well.
Sports Editor, the Mary Washington Bullet
November 19, 2009
I must admit I do not like your tone in your reply to Kasey’s comment on your recent “blurb.” Kasey is our new publicity chair for the team this upcoming year. She was merely trying to say that after taking a bit of time to build up again, our team is back in the game. She will most definitely be contacting you in the near future about any women’s rugby related ideas.
I, on the other hand, was not emailing The Bullet to beg or complain by any means. I was only sending you notice for future reference (just like Kasey was doing here) to keep your reporters eyes open during our games as well. I actually never heard directly from you Zach, I received a reply from your paper’s Associate Editor who informed me the reason for your poor coverage was due to difficulties organizing your Sports section this year due to writers dropping out. Not because we have failed to be like the the men’s team who are “very proactive in contacting the Sports section of the Bullet.” This will be Kasey’s job from here on out. Before she was elected I was under the impression that it was the Sports section’s job to go out and cover things on their own without having to be informed to do so.
I understand we were given the opportunity to send in pictures or highlights of the tournament a weeks back, but I like many others have a busy schedule. And I did not know it was my responsibility to get an article ready for a paper I am not a staff member of. I did not ignore anything. I thank your associate editor for getting back to me in such a timely manner, and I apologize for not following up with her.
And I apologize if that came off in any way rude or harsh. I was a bit annoyed at the fact that I was called out personally, please accept my apology and I hope we can cooperate with one another in the future.
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