Scholarship recipient leaves Loyola

Gene Gulliot

Freshman scholarship athlete Rebekah Bankston has left the women’s basketball team and the university.

Bankston’s fiance Donald Greene, 23, needed surgery Dec. 27 to repair his back after a 75-foot fall from a bridge left him with multiple breaks.

Bankston could not be reached for comment, but a source told The Maroon that Bankston withdrew from Loyola to be at Greene’s side in Houma, La.

Greene was checking a flat tire on Christmas morning when a car skidding out of control from the iciness of the bridge knocked him over the side. Two people were killed in the accident.

“It’s a miracle he survived,” Bankston told The Times-Picayune. “God saved him.”

With Bankston not in uniform, the Wolfpack is short one scholarship player from its first class of scholarships since 1972. It is unsure what will be done concerning the extra scholarship.

Vice President of Academic Affairs James Eiseman and Athletic Director Michael Giorlando could not be reached for comment as of press time Wednesday night.

Women’s basketball coach DoBee Plaisance refused to comment on the situation.

Nancy Dupont Faculty Senate president said that she has not heard a word about replacing the scholarship. She said that it does not matter to the faculty how they distribute the scholarship because the scholarship still exists.

“We are far more interested with the policy than with the individual athlete,” Dupont said. “Our interest would be in any change in the policy.”

Bankston played in seven games for the ‘Pack and averaged three points a game. In the Huntingdon tournament in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 19 and 20, Bankston scored 10 points against Wesleyan College and Atlanta Christian.

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