The annual Bookstore Basketball tournament is intended to encourage friendly competition for a common, positive cause. This environment came into question Thursday evening, as a referee was dismissed mid-game following what Holy Cross junior Kasey Schaffer called a “racial comment” directed at a player.During a quarterfinal Bookstore Basketball game, Holy Cross junior Ja’Mare Washington, a member of the “Big Bodies” team, argued a foul called against him by the referee officiating his game. Soon after, Schaffer, a fan in attendance, witnessed an “inappropriate” interaction between Washington and the referee in question, as the referee made a comment that seemed to call Washington’s intelligence into question.“The [referee] called a foul on [Washington], and he was frustrated by it and made a comment about how she should read the rule book or something, and then she responded to him — literally in the exact words, she said: ‘Do you even know what a book is,’” Schaffer said.After hearing the comment from the sidelines, Schaffer said she and other fans in attendance were taken aback by the racially-charged statement toward Washington, who is black.“ … All of our jaws just dropped, and the player was like, ‘Did you really just say that?’” she said. “The game just kept going.”The Bookstore Basketball Commission said the statement made by the referee was inexcusable and that the referee was dismissed mid-game.“The Bookstore Basketball and Student Activities staff take appropriateness during the tournament very seriously,” the Commission said in a statement via email. “When made aware of the incident, Bookstore volunteers immediately told Student Activities staff on duty. SAO staff spoke with the lead referee, and the referee involved was asked to leave in the middle of the game — as we would ask any player, spectator or individual present should they act or speak inappropriately.”Holy Cross senior and “Big Bodies” captain Thomas Rowe said he made the Bookstore Basketball staff members who were present aware of the incident, although he was unable to hear the comment first-hand.“I was the one who talked to the people that were running bookstore, just letting them know what was going on,” Rowe said. “ … Obviously [I was] defending my teammate … I went into the bookstore to get a drink, and when I came back a couple of my buddies said, ‘Yeah, [the referee is] gone now.’”The Commission said it plans to pursue further action to reiterate its stance on appropriate conduct with its referees. “Additionally, we plan to speak again with the lead referee regarding our expectations in an effort to ensure inappropriate behavior does not occur in the future,” it said.Tags: Bookstore Basketball 2017, Referees, Student Activities Office
Star Files Anika Larsen Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen and her husband Freddie Maxwell welcomed a baby boy earlier this month! Kie Larsen Maxwell was born on July 4.Larsen is currently on maternity leave from playing Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway (Jessica Keenan Wynn has temporarily assumed the role). Her additional credits include Xanadu, All Shook Up, Avenue Q and Rent. Maxwell, a trumpet player, can be heard on certain tracks of Larsen’s lullaby album Sing You to Sleep. The two met on a blind date in February 2014.Back in January, Larsen told Broadway.com that she had a fellow musical theater superstar guide her through the process of carrying a Broadway baby: The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. “Kelli has insisted on being my buddy throughout this, and she’s been incredibly helpful about what to expect” (e.g. secret bonding with dressers and wardrobe alterations).Congratulations to Anika and Freddie, and welcome, little Kie! Now, can “Happy Days Are Here Again” be rewritten into a lullaby for a newborn? View Comments
Hillside GardensWITH hillside views and recreational facilities soon to be built nearby, the Hillside Gardens estate is perfect for those wanting a new home near nature.Ray White Kirwan owner Nicky Faulks said the Hillside Gardens estate was connected to the popular Greenview estate, but offered more of an exclusive environment.“It’s an exclusive estate in Mount Louisa, tucked up against the foothills,” Ms Faulks said.“Most of the blocks have hillside views and you’re surrounded by nature.”Ms Faulks said Hillside Gardens lured buyers with the small size of the estate, with only 38 blocks available when the estate was released in the middle of last year.“Building has commenced with some homes already completed,” Ms Faulks said.“Fourteen blocks have already been sold and it’s proving very popular.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Blocks range from 416 -657sq m in size, and begin at $157,500.Ms Faulks said their target market was first homeowners and people wanting to downsize, and exclusivity aside, convenience was the area’s next biggest drawcard.“It’s a fabulous location with James Cook University, Townsville Hospital and Lavarack Barracks only a 13 minute drive away,” Ms Faulks said.She said there were also great schools and three shopping centres nearby.In late April Townsville City Council announced plans to transform Mount Louisa into a recreational area as part of their Townsville 2020 vision, after gathering local feedback mid last year.These plans include walking tracks, viewing platforms and barbecue areas, particularly along the ridge line as Mount Louisa is one of the highest peaks in the city.This comes as an alternative to the highly popular Castle Hill lookout and walking tracks.Community consultation will continue to occur during the development of the concept plan, which is expected to be complete in October.