On September 3, the University of Alberta’s Augustana Vikings took on the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the hotly anticipated Battle of (the University of) Alberta. It was the 28th meeting between the two squads, with the Vikings pulling off the surprising 6-0 victory last year. The win marked only the second time Augustana has beaten the Golden Bears, with their last victory coming back in 1979. The Golden Bears won this year’s hard-fought match 4-1.
The Vikings were coming off a second straight ACAC bronze medal finish, their fifth consecutive medal overall, and are looking to regain their 2012 form in which the Augustana won the ACAC Conference title. The Golden Bears entered the season as the two time defending CIS national champions, after successfully defending their title in Halifax.
The Battle of uAlberta featured another battle, this one between the Augustana Faculty’s Dean Allen Berger and Dean Kerry Mummery of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. This battle included a puck-shooting competition (Dr. Berger’s first ever, which he tied with Dean Mummery) and a tricycle race. The losing Dean had to wear the winning Dean’s team colours. Dean Berger will be wearing Green and Gold at the next Faculty meeting.
Over 900 fans watched the game, including a busload of Golden Bears fan from North Campus in Edmonton, who were hosted by Augustana’s Women’s Basketball team. The Alumni Offices from both campuses hosted a reception before the game, and Green Gear sponsored activities that helped raise $670 for Kidsport Camrose.
Augustana welcomed the Battle of uAlberta as a chance to introduce this year’s Annual Theme. Each academic year, Augustana adopts a unique theme: a common ground and jumping-off point from which Augustana faculty, staff, students, and our wider community can engage in diverse learning experiences through multi-disciplinary lectures, events, courses, and other activities. The Annual Theme for 2015-16 is ‘Time to Play.’
Play is essential for physical, mental, and social development in humans and many other animals. It is key to health, fitness, and wellness. It can break down social barriers. However, not all play is fun: consider the application of game theory in politics, economics, science and sports and the resulting interplay between cities and nations. In our theme activities this year, we will explore ‘Time to Play’ as it relates to fields such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, politics, biology, chemistry, art, music, gender studies, and sport.
The Vikes will open the regular season at home against the SAIT Trojans on September 25 – Green & Gold (and Red & Black) Day – at EnCana Arena in Camrose.