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Seton Hall basketball programs help continue conversation around racial justice in athletics

On May 25, the murder of George Floyd sparked hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests across the United States and around the world, spanning six continents. Floyd’s death at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin forced a global conversation on the issues of social injustice and systemic racism that continue to plague society. As protests continued in major cities like Portland, Chicago and Louisville, the conversations stretched beyond the world of politics and daily life and into the realm of sports.

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BIG EAST postpones all Fall 2020 sports contests

Per Big East Conference press release, the conference has decided to postpone all sports contests for the upcoming Fall 2020 season. The decision to postpone the remaining in-conference games was made by the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force on Wednesday, August 12.


Tyler Powell commits to Seton Hall

2021 Ribet Academy wing Tyler Powell announced his commitment to play college basketball at Seton Hall University via Instagram Live on Saturday, Aug. 8. Powell is the second 2021 commit for Seton Hall, joining Ryan Conway who announced his commitment earlier this year.


Seton Hall, Rutgers still holding out for fall sports in New Jersey

As of Friday, July 31, Drew University has postponed all in-conference sports contests for the fall semester. The decision came following a unanimous vote by the Landmark Conference Executive Board to postpone all contests within the conference for all schools. In terms of New Jersey colleges, only Seton Hall and Rutgers still plan to go forward with their fall sports programs and will play in-conference games only.


Cristina Fernandez receives 2020 Student Servant Leader Award

Three summers ago, Cristina Fernandez was preparing for her first year as a biology major and cross-country runner at Seton Hall. Her passion for medicine and helping others was the driving force behind her studies, and she wasted no time getting involved with clubs that shared similar passions. Fernandez joined the Seton Hall chapter of MEDLIFE her freshman year despite it only having about five members, but the chapter’s annual summer trip to South America would prove to be an eye-opener for what Fernandez planned to do after college.


Bryan Felt looks back on his first year as Seton Hall’s Director of Athletics

In his first year as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Seton Hall, Bryan Felt went through a rollercoaster of experiences and unprecedented issues to deal with. An alumnus of Seton Hall, Felt joined the athletics department as director after serving in the same role for the past two years at St. Peter’s University. He had previously worked within the Pirates’ athletics department as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and later as Senior Associate Athletics Director. We caught up with Felt to see how he was adjusting to life in quarantine and to recap the events of his first year back at Seton Hall.


Seton Hall students adjust to loss of sports

Three months ago, legions of Seton Hall fans could be together, cheer together and even cope together after devastating losses. But in the blink of an eye, the Big East tournament and perhaps the best chance Seton Hall may have had at making a deep run in the NCAA tournament were gone. 


Ali Simmons continues to improve coaching skill set outside of Seton Hall

Before arriving at Seton Hall, Ali Simmons already had a gleaming resume with two NCAA Division II national championships with Barry University and the University of Charleston on it. As is the case for most up-and-coming college soccer coaches, Simmons is well-traveled and has made connections with various coaches and players from all over the country. However, his work outside of the college soccer realm also speaks volumes for the talent and potential he has when it comes to coaching at the highest levels of the sport. 


Senior Sendoff Series: Michal Matson

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Michal “Mikey” Matson made a name for herself as both a singles and doubles tennis player for Seton Hall. Along with her partner Melody Taal, Matson reached the Sweet Sixteen of the ITA Regionals as a junior. The Setonian caught up with Matson to discuss her memories as a Pirate and the abrupt cancellation of her senior year due to coronavirus.


Senior Sendoff Series: Alex Chalk

All throughout the months of June and July, The Setonian will be talking to senior student-athletes from the softball, baseball, golf and tennis teams who were unable to play out their final season at Seton Hall. We want to commemorate their time as Pirates and shed light on their accomplishments as well as their plans after graduation. In our first feature of the series, Matt Collins talks to Alex Chalk of men's golf.


Jeff Ngandu commits to Seton Hall

Orangeville Prep’s (Canada) Jeff Ngandu became the third member of Seton Hall’s 2020 recruiting class Friday night after announcing his commitment to the Pirates via his social media platforms.


Men's soccer alumnus launches GoFundMe to assist grieving teammate who lost grandfather, brother and family home in span of two months

Amid what is already a trying and troubling time during this pandemic, a series of unfortunate events have struck close to home for the Seton Hall men’s soccer team. Earlier Friday morning, the team's Instagram page posted a link to a GoFundMe page created by Seton Hall men’s soccer alumnus David Arvidsson in support of rising senior defender Oscar Nävarp.

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