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New GPA requirement will take effect next fall

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Lacrosse players Payton Baronella-O’Toole and MacKenzie Schwartz practice for a game. Some athletes will have lower GPA requirements next fall.

Lacrosse players Payton Baronella-O’Toole and MacKenzie Schwartz practice for a game. Some athletes will have lower GPA requirements next fall.

Photo by Raquel Hamner

Photo by Raquel Hamner

Lacrosse players Payton Baronella-O’Toole and MacKenzie Schwartz practice for a game. Some athletes will have lower GPA requirements next fall.

Vincent Moreland, Sports Editor

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AACC is lowering the grade-point average it requires for some student athletes.

Athletes who have completed one semester of college must show a GPA of 1.75 to play on a sports team in their second semester. That’s down from the 2.0 GPA the college previously required.

Second-year athletes still have to maintain a 2.0 GPA to stay on their teams.

The change for freshmen is in line with the requirements of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Dr. Amy Allen-Chabot, chair of AACC’s Academic Forum/Council, announced the decision at the February meeting of AACC’s Board of Trustees.

“We want to be consistent with what other colleges are doing,” Allen-Chabot said at the meeting.

Some members of Men’s Lacrosse said the lower GPA will help recruit and keep players on their team.

“We would get a lot more players,” said second-year defenseman Justin Walsh.

A few students who hoped to play Men’s Lacrosse this season are ineligible because their GPAs are too low, or they haven’t taken the 12 credits of classes they need to qualify, Walsh said.

“It would definitely be a lot easier,” said second-year player Charles Ellis. “You wouldn’t have to focus more on your academics—even though you should.”

“‘Student first, athlete second,’” he added, quoting a favorite saying of AACC coaches.

Team captain Dylan Morton, a second-year student, said the team would be better if the GPA requirement were lower.

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