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Notes: Mule gets facelift

The AstroTurf of Muhlenberg's Frank Marino Field is being replaced this summer, including the Mule logo. Photo courtesy Muhenberg.
Jul 7, 2008 2:00:00 AM

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The Mule logo gracing Muhlenberg’s Frank Marino Field is getting a facelift this summer.

The school is replacing its 10-year old AstroTurf 12 surface with AstroTurf GameDay 3D, a hybrid polyethylene and nylon surface that is expected to be installed by August 1.

The surface is used by Muhlenberg’s football, field hockey and lacrosse teams.

New name, new logo

The recently renamed Colonial States Athletic Conference unveiled its new logo, featuring as elements the Liberty Bell, American flag and 13 stars representing the original colonies that inspired the league’s moniker.

“It’s important to have a recognizable, dynamic mark that represents the conference,” said Commissioner Amy Friedman. “Our new name conveys excellence, strength and power, and I think this new logo represents us well.”

The new logo is another step in the conference’s rebranding initiative, which began earlier this year with the name change for what previously was known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.

The CSAC also plans to launch a new Web site in August, at a new URL:

Corsair makeover

More than 40 years after adopting as its symbol the Corsair -- in homage to the pirates who operated along the Barbary Coast -- Massachusetts-Dartmouth has unveiled an updated look for the image.

The new Corsair -- whose designers at Out of the Box Creative say is meant to represent “a worthy adversary and a wall of strength that cannot be scaled” -- features a pirate with a beard draped over the school’s UMD initials and incorporates the university’s colors of blue and gold.

“I am thrilled with the outcome and the fact that we had so much support from several campus departments at the design and approval stage,” said Ian Day, director of athletics at the school. “We have some exciting plans for this fall to merchandise, market and brand the new logo with our campus and the local community.”

Although several varieties of the Corsair design have been used at the school, this is the first officially sanctioned logo.

Among groups whose members were asked to participate in the approval process was the school’s student-athlete advisory committee.

“I like the logo because it integrates the Corsair image with the UMD campus initials,” said equestrian team and SAAC member Morgan Bozarth. “Also, the expression of the Corsair is fierce, which is a nice change from the current one. Overall, the logo looks competitive and confrontational, which is good for any sports team.”

The new logo also will be prominently featured on the school’s basketball court.

Day said there will be a student contest to name the new Corsair.

‘Winning combination’

Bridgewater State men’s basketball coach Joe Farroba received the Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award in eastern New England from the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association. The award is presented annually to the school whose players, coaches and fans exemplify the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics.

It’s the second time that Farroba and his program have won the honor.

“I am extremely proud of coach Farroba, his staff and his players for earning this distinction,” said John Harper, director of athletics at the school. “This proves that not only can a team play and compete hard, but they can do so with dignity and sportsmanship. This is truly a winning combination.”

More than 200 university and college programs in New England were eligible for the honor.

New domain name

For the latest news from the Northern Athletics Conference, followers of the league’s 13 members now are pointing to a new Web address:

It’s another significant change for a league that also relocated its office from near Madison, Wisconsin, to the Milwaukee area earlier this year.

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