Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Best mashup ever!

I don't know who took the time to figure out that these two songs worked together. But, I'm glad somebody did take that time. Click play and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coach Gellar, err uh, Kellar interview - 9/28/09

Yes, I spelled Coach Kellar's name correctly in The Concordian this week. We joked about it a little bit before the interview. He put my cell phone number into his phone and was typing my name in. He said, "S - L - A - T - E - R" as he was typing and I said, "You spelled my name right, I'll make sure to spell yours right."

Click here to see last week's interview with Coach Kellar. In that interview, he talks about the upcoming game with West Virginia State. Below, you'll get some of Kellar's thoughts about the victory over West Virginia State. And, some other stuff.

I mentioned in the last interview blog that I was still getting lost on my way to Kellar's office. Well, this time I found his office on the first try. But, as I was leaving, I thought I knew where I was going, but I wound up on the other side of the building as I exited. So, I'm still working all that out. Give me a couple more weeks and I'll know my way around that building.

Interview is below. Any comments or questions that arise during the interview, feel free to leave them. If you have any questions that you'd like me to ask Coach Kellar next week, let me know.

The next game is this Saturday, at Concord, against Shepherd. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.

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Interview with Mike Kellar, Concord University's football coach (9/28/09)

Chris Slater: You guys defeated West Virginia State for the first time since 2005. How do you rate that victory.

Mike Kellar: Well, it was a good victory for us. We beat a team that beat us a season ago 41-7, and came off a 7-3 season. They had most of their starting offensive and defensive backs from a year ago. It shows that we’ve made an improvement in our program. It was a good win and it’s nice to go 4-1. It’s nice to protect our home-field advantage. We’re 3-0 at home right now, which is an important thing for us. You know, we’re trying to win them all at home. So, it was a good win.

CS: How do you feel about the weather? How do you feel about playing in the rain?

MK: I’d rather not play in the rain. Both teams have to play in it. I told my team, you just deal with it. There’s nothing you can do; you can’t make it stop raining. They won’t cancel the game, so you’d better find a way. It changes play calling a little bit. You have to be smart and realize what you can and can’t do in the rain. The kicking game was strong all night in the rain. Our defense obviously played quite well in the rain. Offensively, we were able to run the ball and do enough in the rain. We were still able to throw a few touchdown passes.

CS: What’s your ideal football weather?

MK: I don’t know if I really have an ideal. I know the players, most football players like it a little cool. Without rain, that’s the ideal situation. Players hate heat, but coaches - I like heat. You know, my bones are old. [laughs]

CS: Was the team extra motivated to bounce back from last week’s loss?

MK: I think so. I think they were embarrassed by last week’s loss. I think they were embarrassed by the way they played against Charleston. They wanted to come out and prove to themselves that Charleston was an aberration - it wasn’t normal for us. They came out a little bit fired up, with something to prove and played well.

CS: Shepherd defeated Concord 55-7 last year. What are your thoughts heading into this week’s game?

MK: Well, I hope it’s not that. I think Shepherd’s a good football team. They go out there and they’ve consistently, for the last five years, been the most consistent program in our league. They’ve won the league [championship] four straight years before last season. They’ve been a playoff team. They’re the perennial powerhouse of the league. They’re what we’re looking to be. We want people to look at us four years down the road and say that Concord is what Shepherd was. It’s a true test. A very well-coached football team, a very well-disciplined football team. They play smart, they play together. They’re exactly what we want to be, what we’re striving to be.

CS: You and Shepherd are both tied for third in the WVIAC. Did you think Concord would be this high this soon into the season?

MK: You know, I guess if you had told me in January that we would be 4-1, I would have been pretty happy with you. As the season has unfolded, looking back, I do think we should be about 4-1. Really, we’ve outplayed three teams so far, won a toss-up game against Lenoir-Rhyne, and got beat by Charleston. I mean, we’re exactly where we should be right now. We’re not as good as Charleston quite yet, plus Lenoir-Rhyne played well in that toss-up game, and we beat the three teams. We’re on schedule. We’re right where we need to be - not looking at the standings, we don’t worry about any of that. We just want to go out and play well against Shepherd. We want to do the things that matter for our team.

CS: What are some areas you guys are doing well in and what are some areas you could improve?

MK: Our kicking game was strong the last couple weeks. Our punts have been very good. Our returns are solid. We’re making our field goals and extra points, for the most part. Right now, I’m very proud of our kicking game. I would like to be more consistent on defense. One week we’re awful and the next week we’re great. I would just like for us to be a consistent defense, something that the team can rely on. I think we need to improve offensively. Right now, the last two games we turned the ball over and made penalties and that’s something that we don’t do. The teams that I’ve coached generally don’t do that, not even the bad teams do that. There’s no excuse for that. I promised the team that I’d coach them better and I promise you they’re gonna play better.

CS: How are the other teams in the conference looking this week? Is Charleston still the team to beat?

MK: Yeah, I think Charleston and West Liberty are the two teams to beat right now, it looks like. I don’t suppose you can ever count Glenville out. I would say those are the upper class of the league. And then Shepherd’s right there. Hell, they played Charleston straight up. It was a 30-17 ballgame. West Liberty cruises each week. Charleston cruises each week. And, then there’s a bunch of us in the middle, fighting it out. Fairmont, Wesleyan, Shepherd - to an extent - you know, we’re all right there, just beating each other up.

CS: What are your thoughts on the community involvement with Concord? I know the Deli Mart gas station puts stuff up on their sign…

MK: I love it. I would love to see the people of Athens take pride in the university. I want them - you know, I hope that when they go on vacation in the summers to different places and when people say “where are you from?”, they tell them “I’m from Athens” and those people say, “Oh, that’s where Concord plays. They’ve got a good football team.” I think civic pride is a big responsibility as an institution and as a football team. It’s what we talk about, but we probably don’t do enough of. I’m glad that they’re excited and I’m glad that they’re coming to the games and that people around town have a sense of pride.

CS: Who were your offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the game?

MK: Offensive player of the game was Brian Kennedy. Defensive player of the game was Duke Adieu. He was also Conference Player of the Week. Special teams player of the game was Brad Cox, the punter. Scout team offensive player of the week was Dylan Simmons. Defensive scout of the week - and our special teams scout of the week - was Nick Spradling.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Student Government Association meeting notes - September 23, 2009

Click here to see last week's SGA blog. Oh wait, it accidentally got deleted. Click here to see what I wrote a couple minutes after the blog got deleted. I eventually got around to writing about a couple main points from that blog while I was bored and sitting at the laundromat. Click here to see the "Laundromat Blogging" entry.

To touch on the "Laundromat blog" a little bit - as I mentioned in the comments section, Lesley Weeks was selected as the new Secretary. She was sworn in at the 9/23 SGA meeting, which we'll discuss soon enough. Also, the newspaper was printed this week. Look for that around campus, or if you're not on campus (or just too lazy to look around) click the following link - http://cunewspaper.com/.

What I'd really like to talk about are a few of the comments that were left in that post. I received the following anonymous comment -

So when did the mighty Chris Slater "Sell Out" for liars?

That comment came about due to me speaking highly of both Ashley Hicks and Kiwa Nadas. It has since come out that both put a false Grade Point Average on their Secretary applications. The minimum GPA is 2.5, which is what both put down. When their "background check" was completed, it was shown that both had below a 2.5.

I'll go into this a little bit more during the "SGA report," because Attorney General Bill Lewis brings it up during his report. But, what I'll say right now is that we don't really know if Ashley and Kiwa are "liars" as this person wrote.

In fact, Ashley left a comment on my blog saying that her turning in a Secretary application was a joke and that she wasn't serious. I've had a couple high-ranking SGA officials tell me differently, that they believe her recent comments are meant to be a "face-saving" measure due to the incorrect GPA leaking. I've heard nothing regarding Kiwa's application.

Regarding the anonymous comments feature that I allow, I want to set something straight. I allow this mainly for the ability to allow people to speak up about issues without fear of retribution or damaging their name. If you have a legitimate point that you feel needs to be out there, but you don't want your name attached to it, I don't really care if you decide to make it anonymous.

I'll give an example of an anonymous comment that is a good example & one that's a bad example -

I don't believe Chris is a sell out, but I do believe he has been fooled like the rest of us by people like Ashley Hicks. The student body has realized that it participating in the SGA doesn't necessarily mean you are more "Qualified." Qualification extend far beyond experience. Most of the time we receive people who have no moral backbone, but hopefully this will not continue to be the case.

Jeff yeager won the last election clearly because people are tired of immoral people. They may still be upset that the people we dislike are still involved, but nobody has stepped up to remove them from those positions. The student body's voice goes far beyond the E board, yet that is who is running the show once again. In the future it would be nice to remove all of those people from leading SGA, but for now we will have to deal with what we have.

That's a very good point. I don't agree with all of it, but it's somebody's opinion, so it's okay. This person has issues with how the SGA is run. It offers criticism, but it doesn't trash anybody and it is fairly civil. Nothing wrong with this one. The next comment though...

When did Ashley become competent? She flakes out every time something happens. Does anyone remember the SGA picnic last year? Problems arose and she fled, and now she is hobbling around acting like she is injured for attention. When will the wool come off from peoples' eyes in the SGA?

This is not cool. First off, there's nothing wrong with asking if somebody in the SGA is competent, only if the examples are taken from their SGA-related actions. Implying that she faked her recent ankle injury or her hospital stay last semester is horrible. Hopefully this is a one-time only instance that we can learn from. Don't trash people for no reason. If this keeps up, I'll have to turn off the anonymous comment feature. Don't ruin it for everybody else.

Now, some recap & thoughts of the 9/23 SGA meeting

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[note, if I don't leave a name of the committee chair, it's because I either don't remember it or I don't know who the person is ... people need to be introduced better]

The meeting kicked off with President Jeff Yeager saying he wanted the committee chairs to make sure announce a day, time, and meeting place for their committee, with them all being read back at the end of the meeting. Unless I missed it, I think they forgot to read back the meeting times

The SGA Affairs committee report was up first ... they have not had a meeting yet, but will possibly have one Friday (9/25)

They forgot to leave a time & place

Russell Christian was not in attendance, so his Safety committee report was read by Senator Jenn Smith ... the "safety walk" he discussed last week was a flop, as nobody showed up ... he has issues with lighting around the modular units behind Wooddell Hall

Jenn wasn't sure of the meeting time Russell has set up. I think he has a Safety committee Facebook group. The "safety walk" was supposed to be Russell and company walking around campus looking at potentially dangerous areas.

Dining committee report was up next (I believe the chair is Katlyn Amos...) ... the new ice cream machine will be installed in the cafeteria after the wiring they would hook up to it can be fixed ... she looked through the ARAMARK contract looking for things they are not doing ... the cafeteria should soon be getting yogurt, raisin bread, toppings for toast, and two more cereal options ... she is looking into malt vinegar as a salad topping, brown sugar, and more fruit for the cafeteria ... they have received good and bad feedback about the "stir fry area," so they are looking into options with that ... the cafeteria wants more recipes brought to them; they will make your recipe

It seems like the Dining committee is off to a good start. I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I've always enjoyed eating in the cafeteria. It's not all great, but most of the food isn't that bad. That's just my take on it.

Publications committee report was next ... meeting times are Thursday at 3 p.m. in the SGA office

ADA committee report was given by Jenn Smith ... she spoke with Rick Dillon (Concord's ADA committee chair) and Nancy Ellison (not sure of her exact title regarding this, but she works with students with disabilities) about ADA issues ... concord will be purchasing a ADA-accessible pottery wheel ... she noted that all the tables in the library are ADA compliant ... the ADA committee has no budget, Rick Dillon told her that he brings a compliance issue to the division chair of wherever the issue is & they take care of it ... Smith noted that two-thirds of the division money comes from students ... she brought up issues of the hill area beside the gazebo being too steep for wheelchairs & was told that that area was not designed for wheelchair use ... Smith noted that she has received "literally millions" of complaints about learning disability issues and said if you have a learning disability to speak with Nancy Ellison ... Rick told her the campus as a whole is legally 100% ADA compliant, but is forming a committee to find ways to make it even more compliant ... "I'm not gonna lie, I was surprised they were on top of everything," Smith said

First thing's first - somebody teach Jenn Smith the definition of "literally." I'm doubting her claim that over 1 million students came to her with complaints. Secondly, I'm glad that Concord is ADA compliant. The only real "problem area" left on campus is the Fine Arts building, but Jenn said last week that she wasn't making that a priority of hers, since money is on the way fix that & other issues in that building. I'm glad somebody finally pointed out that the sidewalk beside the gazebo isn't intended for wheelchairs. That always looked too steep and kind of dangerous.

Publicity committee, led by JR Davis, noted that they had no agenda yet and were looking into things to publicize

I guess they'll start publicizing Homecoming Week soon. Other good ideas to publicize are things like the free tutoring Concord offers, the Career Services Office, The Concordian website, and the football team's record & game times.

Technology committee has not yet met ... meeting in Sarvay Hall

Housing committee will be meeting Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in the SGA office, tentatively

Jeff Yeager gave the Ethics committee report ... meeting times are Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the SGA Office ... said it is an open committee, everybody is encouraged to attend

Akeya Carter-Bozman gave the Multicultural Affairs committee report ... one person attended their last meeting ... will have two meeting times - Wed. at 1 and Fri. at 1, both in the SGA office

Judicial Reform committee, led by Bill Lewis, gave Thursdays at 4:15 as his meeting time ... he wants to set a definite schedule and lay out any goals the committee has at their next meeting

Matt Belcher noted in his Budgetary Reform committee report that his committee would begin work after the Budgetary process is over

Gary Thompson's Green Sustainability committee report was next ... he noted that he is looking into ways to make the Registrar's office use less paper ... he is looking into the campus police gas consumption & suggested getting them bikes or segway scooters ... he also suggested that Concord find an actual recycling service, instead of it being something student-based

Curtis Kearns gave his Tuition & Fees committee report next, saying that if anybody was interested in attending, to come see him ... he also said he would be asking some students to attend

The Prime Justice gave her report, noting that due to the meeting losing quorum last week, the Homecoming committee election rules were not able to be introduced ... according to the bylaws, they needed to be approved three weeks before the Homecoming elections (which would be this week) ... she asked for a motion to suspend the bylaws, so that everything can be moved up a week ... the motion passed

This is the second time the the bylaws have had to be suspended in order to get around a deadline. The first time was a week or two ago for the Budgetary committee.

Attorney General Bill Lewis gave his report next ... he noted that he wouldn't be counting absences from last week, because the Executive Board should have suggested a much longer time for the recess ... he is going to be enforcing absences next week, and it is likely he will have to take away some organizations voting rights ... he received a request to investigate Ashley Hicks & Kiwa Nadas for putting inaccurate Grade Point Averages on their Secretary applications ... he noted that there is no official SGA policy, but did note that the University has a policy regarding putting fraudulent information on university papers ... Curtis Kearns spoke against the investigation ... Jenn Smith said that maybe they didn't realize what their GPA was ... discussion was ended after "call to question" was invoked ... the senate voted not to allow the investigation

The SGA has done the first big thing of the semester that I completely disagree with. First of all, they used "call to question" incorrectly. That is used when discussion is going in circles or nothing new is being offered - that ends discussion and starts the vote. It was invoked this time to stop discussion - so one side could get its word in and start the vote. That's not right.

I don't see anything wrong with allowing the Attorney General to look into this. While there is nothing specifically in the rules against doing this, it definitely appears to be unethical - if Ashley and Kiwa intentionally did this. Ashley has pretty much admitted to intentionally putting a false GPA on her application. This is something that the Ethics committee should look into. Perhaps a "Code of Ethics" - which is what that committee is trying to create - would stop something like this from ever happening again, or provide a suitable punishment if it did happen.

Of course, that's all conjecture at the moment - there is still no official word on whether or not Ashley and Kiwa lied on their applications. And, we're never going to know - because the Student Senate allowed itself to be bullied into not doing something that it should have done.

Next, the Judicial Branch read its opinion regarding the case involving Matt Belcher being accused of not paying Wes Prince, Curtis Kearns, and Ashley Hicks correctly ... the court sides with the plaintiffs, believing Belcher had no authority to change the pay scale and that he should pay them what they are owed

I mentioned in the blog that got deleted (so nobody actually saw it) that I was covering this for The Concordian. I was assigned the story a few weeks ago, but decided to hold off after they ran into some issues with the case and the ruling was delayed for a couple weeks. Now that everything looks to be back-on-track, it looks like I'm back to covering that.

Curtis Kearns gave his Board of Governors report, noting that Thursday, 9/24 was the first Board of Governors meeting of the academic year ... the long-discussed "military policy" will finally be brought up ... Kearns noted two new Board members - Robert Fogelsong and Steve [didn't get last name] ... they replaced Wayne Meisel and Jay Long ... the Board will need to have a new chair as a result of the two resignations ... Kearns noted that he did not become chair of the Higher Education Policy Commission's State Advisory Council of Students ... He thanked Glenville College's representative for supporting him throughout the entire voting process for the position of Chair

Curtis mentioned briefly during his report that the BOG would be discussing the H1N1 virus. He said that there were no cases on campus, despite rumors to the contrary. For some reason, this then prompted Senator Jenn Smith to proclaim that there were actually three cases of Swine Flu on Concord's campus. She cited Sarah Whitacre and Bill Fraley as her sources. No matter if it's true or not, it was idiotic the way it was brought up. It was mentioned in a careless "I heard from so-and-so that there were 3 cases..." If this is true, it should have been brought up better, and if it's not true, this is a perfect example of how stupid rumors get started. Maybe she heard the rumor from "literally millions" of people...

Akeya Carter-Bozman gave her Vice President's report next ... the Homecoming budget is $14,479 ... students were asked to vote for 5 options out of 10 for ideas for "Spirit Week" events ... the options were:

- pajama day
- maroon & gray day
- generation day
- rep your organization day
- color day
- celebrity day
- messy hair day
- mismatch day
- favorite sports team day
- toga day

I guess the results will be announced next week. I'm not really excited about any of those options, but some people are. I can see a lot of ditzy sorority girls getting excited about that. And, ladies, don't get mad at that comment - you know at least a couple girls in each sorority fit the definition of "ditzy." I don't know what all of the $14,000 will be spent on. I guess that will also be revealed soon. Ditto with the t-shirt design. And the Homecoming theme. Has that already been mentioned?

Business Manager Matt Belcher gave his report ... started off by noting that the Senate has to decide if they want him to pay Wes, Curtis, and Ashley ... he then announced the members of the Budgetary committee

I didn't get all of the members of the Budgetary committee - of the 6-member committee, I managed to write down Karina Rahall, Kiwa Nadas, and Charles. I don't know who Charles is.

President Jeff Yeager gave his report ... appointed Lesley Weeks to Secretary ... appointed Travis Reynolds & Steven Habee [sp?] to Senator ... appointed Thomas Bland to Freshman Senator ... appointed Jen Smith, "Justice" Lester [jeff didn't say his first name], and Brittany Keys to the Homecoming committee ... Bill Lewis was appointed to chair an AD HOC Election Reform committee ... He is serving on a committee to find a new Resident Director for South Tower ... Jeff talked about two inexperienced professors that Concord has hired, noting his disappointment in it - one only has a Bachelors Degree and the other one graduated from Concord in May ... "It is an outrage that these people are teaching here. We should have the best quality professors we can get" ... he brought up the tailgating policy for Homecoming this year - "As President, I'm satisfied with this policy," he said, and added "Tailgating is a privelige and we should work hard to keep this respectful."

It came out during discussion of the Senators that Steven Habee [sp?] is a Civil War re-enactor. That then brought up the revelation that Curtis Kearns has also done some Civil War re-enacting in the past. That's interesting. I think that would be kind of fun to do, maybe...

It's a good thing the Senate approved Lesley as Secretary, because she was already sitting at the front table recording the minutes. Unless I missed some dissenters sitting behind me, I believe Curtis Kearns was the only one to vote against Bill Lewis charing the Election Reform committee. I guess Curtis doesn't think Bill can "Fix It."

During discussion of the inexperienced professors, SGA Advisor (and Faculty Senate President) Dr. Charles Brichford chimed in, noting that it has historically not been Concord's policy to hire such inexperienced professors. Without saying so, he gave the strong impression that he did not agree with this.

In New Business, Amendment 09232009A was voted on. It resolves to get a more accurate means of storing SGA Minutes. It will be discussed next week, with voting taking place the week after that.

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That looks like about everything from the meeting. If I missed anything & you want to fill everybody in (Budgetary committee, hint hint...), feel free to do so. If I got any facts wrong, let me know.

Here's the disclaimer -

I import these blogs into Facebook. That gives me the option to "tag" people, sending them an e-mail notification. I tag people for two reasons - 1) if I mention you by name & 2) if I think you will find this interesting. If you are tagged and don't want to be, let me know. If I don't tag you & you'd like to be tagged in the future, let me know.

There is a comment feature on this blog & I don't mind if you use it. It's cool to disagree, as long as it's kept civil. Anonymous comments are allowed, as long as it's relevant & mildly profanity free.

As a final closing note, check out the YouTube video embedded below. I'm not even going to lie - I like it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Op/Ed piece from this week's Concordian

I'm not sure why, but the piece I wrote for the opinions piece in this week's issue of The Concordian has not been put on the website yet. It's in the actual print edition of the paper, but not online.

Since it's been this long, I doubt that it will go up anytime soon, so I'm going to go ahead and post it here.

I feel that it's something important that people need to hear about. Instead of a random rant about lawncare, I'm writing something important. I'm writing something personal that I feel all Concord students (especially the older ones) can relate to.

Regarding some other blogs I'll be writing - I should have the "SGA Blog" up later tonight or tomorrow. I'm also gathering some thoughts and will write something about the A&E Editor of The Concordian being dropped from the newspaper staff due to plagariasm allegations. May have that up over the weekend at the earliest, early next week at the latest. If you don't know what's up with that, click here.

My article is below. If you have any questions about it or would like to leave any comments, feel free to do so.

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Be cool, stay in school

By Chris Slater
Senior Staff Writer

With age comes wisdom. Some call it maturity. Whatever it is, it gives you a new insight on things. If you’ll recall, a few weeks ago I wrote about my many mistakes I’ve made in college. That got me thinking about why it is important to stay in school.

When I was 18, I got a summer job. It was awesome – I worked at Pizza Hut! How cool was that? I made some extra cash and had some fun.

I did that for a few more summers, until recently.

Now, Pizza Hut isn’t my “spare-time, summer job.” Pizza Hut is now my job. It’s no longer something I do for fun. If I want to be able to drive a car, own a phone, or attend Concord, I have to work at Pizza Hut.

I hate it. Don’t get me wrong – I love the people I work with, but I hate the actual act of what I do to earn a paycheck.

This has put things into perspective for me. If I quit school or didn’t graduate for some reason, that’s what I would be doing for the rest of my life.

That’s depressing. I don’t even want to think about that.

What’s even more depressing is seeing some of my friends who have that depressing future. They weren’t given the opportunity to attend college like I was, so their punishment is a lifetime of minimum-wage Hell.

One thing to remember is that being in college is a privelege, not a right. I know so many bright, smart people who don’t have a future ahead of them just because they couldn’t afford college.

Realizing what my future would be without college has inspired me to try harder. Wasting several years of school and almost throwing everything away is one of my biggest regrets right now.

Why did I do it? Because I didn’t want to wake up for a 9 a.m. class? Because I didn’t like my professor and didn’t want to see him? I was stupid.

Don’t be like me. Don’t waste your time in school.

As much as I like my friends who can’t attend school, I don’t want to wind up like them. That may be a selfish attitude to have, but I think it’s the right one.

Don’t waste this great opportunity you have right in front of you. You may never get another chance. You may not have the maturity or wisdom to realize the opportunity you blew.

If you do blow this opportunity, maybe you’ll finally realize it when you’re 40-years-old, working in the fast-food industry, with no career or future ahead of you. Scary, isn’t it?

Nostalgia is really big now. Let’s bring back that old line from back in the day – “Be Cool. Stay in school.”

That’s my new motto. Is it yours?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coach Kellar Q&A - 9/21/09

I've been interviewing Concord's football coach Mike Kellar for the last few weeks. He's very insightful and always has a lot of good things to say about his team. Below is the latest Q&A that I conducted with Kellar, after the team's first loss of the season.

The sports page has kind of gotten a bad reputation over the last several years. Honestly, part of that was because the football team didn't have a great record. It was never fun to open up the sports page and see a negative headline. The staff also did not do a great job of covering the sports who were doing a good job.

Then there was the "Mike Stanton factor." If you didn't agree with Mike's opinion in his column "Mike's World of Sports," then odds were you weren't a huge fan of the sports section last year. He was the Sports Editor and, because there was such a small staff, he wound up writing probably 90% of the content on the sports page last year.

Personally, I liked "Mike's World of Sports." He's an entertaining guy. He's been talking about re-creating that column in his blog, but I don't think he's ever gotten around to doing that. Whenever he does, I'll give everybody a link.

Useless Trivia: I created the name "Mike's World of Sports." Several years ago, Mike sent in his first column with a really long, generic name & I turned it into that.

Hopefully this year's sports page will help turn around public opinion. Coach Kellar has told me he reads the sports page, so hopefully other coaches and players do as well. Hopefully students do as well. Sports has the potential to be one of the most popular sections - there just needs to be enjoyable content to read and look at.

The first few weeks have been a sort of "experimental" phase with the sports page - they've been trying to figure out what goes in there each week. The first week, there was no football coverage and the next week there was nothing but football coverage.

I'm not in charge of anything, so all I can offer is conjecture. I think the sports page has found the following formula -

- Football update
- other sport update (to alternate each week)
- schedule of events
- "Sports Corner" column

If you haven't read it yet, the "Sports Corner" is the column by Zack Graham, the Sports Editor. He's still trying to find his voice, but I think the column is coming along nicely.

I think there's a lot of potential for this year's sports page. If you gave up on the sports section years ago, I think you should take another look at the page. Try it out for a couple weeks - if you don't like it, it didn't hurt you to at least give it a shot.

My Q&A with Coach Kellar is below. I created a story out of the interview and that is what you'll see in this Wednesday's issue of The Concordian. I'll post a link to the story on the website whenever it comes out.

I'd like to give a shout-out to the two people who help me out with questions. Before the interview, I usually solicit potential questions for Kellar through Facebook and Twitter. I've gotten a couple questions from other people, but the majority come from Mike Stanton and Pat Keys, my former roommate.

If anybody else would like to offer questions for me to ask Kellar, feel free to leave some here in the comment section, or message me on Facebook, or get them to me somehow.

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Interview with Mike Kellar, Concord University's football coach (9/21/09)

Chris Slater: You suffered your first defeat of the season, 52-14 against Charleston. What happened in that game?

Mike Kellar: Well, I mean, you know, we went into a game against a team that was picked number 2 team in our conference, an undefeated team, a team that had a lot of success this year. They beat Tusculum in the opening game of the year. They were a good opponent. Our kids, it was the first time we’d been in a big game like that, being 3-0 and playing for first place in the conference and we just didn’t go out and perform as well as we’d like to. A lot of the credit goes to Charleston. A lot of times when you don’t perform as well as you think you could have, a lot of times it’s because your opponent did some things to you. You know, I’d like to have that week back, but it is what it is at this point. We’re moving on to State.

CS: In the game, what did Concord do right?

MK: A week ago, against West Virginia Wesleyan, our kickoff coverage was awful. We did a great job with our kickoff team. They were number one in the country in punt returns at 22-yards a return, going into the game. We had three punts, and I think they only had one return of seven or eight yards. The other two, they didn’t get any yards out of. And, that’s a testament to our Special Teams coach in Jason Woodman [sp?] and all the guys helping him out, and all the kids who bought in and had a good week of preparation. I thought that was a good sign. The other sign was, even though we were getting beat badly, we played hard from start to finish. The kids never gave up and they very well could have. I mean, you knew for a while that we were out of the game, but we played hard. We ended the game on the 10-yard line, driving it. We didn’t quit.

CS: Has the loss done anything to affect team morale?

MK: Not really. I have a little saying, that half the teams in America lose every Saturday. I told the team after the game, and I do believe in this, that whether you win or lose, you’ve gotta come in and make corrections and fix mistakes that you’ve made in the previous game and prepare to win the next game. And, that’s where we’re at right now. We went in this morning and had two good weightlifting sessions already and we’re going to have a walk-through tonight and practice hard Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and try our best to come and regroup and have a better game this Saturday coming up.

CS: How do you think the school is handling this? Do you think the school spirit is still there, among students?

MK: Oh yeah. I think the people at the university, students and administrators as well are smart enough to understand that this is a process. Chances are, we were never gonna go undefeated. The fact that we’re 3-1 with a team coming to our place should be a good thing. I think the school morale should be as high as ever for the football team.

CS: Do you have an update on the Quarterback situation?

MK: Last week, Steve Harris and Evan Dusold went in and played very well for us. Zack Grossi, our starter for the first three games is out for the season. It’s a definite now. We are going to “medical red shirt” him and get him three more years of eligibility. I’m really proud of the way the quarterbacks played. I thought Evan and Steven did a good job under tough circumstances. We weren’t able to do the things we normally do offensively and we just hung in there and made some good throws. We didn’t turn it over any and we didn’t get sacked any. We played pretty heavy. There are some things we’ve got to get better at, but I think that’s to be expected.

CS: Okay. Do you have a starter yet?

MK: Steven’s our starter. I don’t believe in co-starters. I believe that it’s going to take both kids. Both kids have such different skill sets that I think it makes us a more dynamic offense. It has nothing to do with “I like one kid better than the other,” it’s trying our best to utilize the talent we have on the field.

CS: Who are some other players who are putting up some good numbers?

MK: I think Brian Kennedy’s having a pretty good year, as our running back. Obviously, Thomas Mayo. He was leading the nation in yards per game. This last game, he only had four catches for 44 yards, so that’s going to hurt him, that’s going to damage those numbers a little bit. Right now, Thomas is having a pretty good season. On Saturday, Jared Brown had a very good game. He was our Offensive Player of the Game. Nate Tanner had a pretty good game. Andre Coleman had a pretty good game, he did okay for us catching the football. You know, they’re all playing all right. They all need to get better, but they’re all playing fine.

CS: You play West Virginia State this weekend. Last year, Concord lost 41-7 to them. What do you think will happen this weekend?

MK: Well, hopefully, we’re a better Concord team this year. West Virginia State has something like 18 or 19 starters returning from last year’s team. You know, they’re a pretty good football team. They’re coming off a bye week, where they’ve had two weeks to prepare for us. I’m sure that they’re going to have some tricks up their sleeve. But, I can’t really get caught up into worrying about State. We just have to go out and do the best that we can in getting ourselves ready. We’ve got to get better this week. Win or lose, we need to improve as a football program this week.

CS: You mentioned that they had the bye week, while Concord played that tough game. Do you think that will be a factor?

MK: It can be a factor either way. Sometimes on a bye week, you’re a little sluggish because you didn’t play. Other factors are that they’re probably a week healthier than we are, they’ve had two weeks of preparation for us when we’re only going to have one week of preparation for them, they got to see us play live - they were at the game. Those things can all factor in, but at the end of the day they’re just excuses on both sides. At the end of the day, they’ve got to come here and they’ve got to play well to beat us. We’ve got to go out and play well to beat them.

CS: What do you think your chances are for the rest of the season, in conference and out?

MK: Well, I like my team. We’ve got seven conference games left. There’s not a team on our schedule who [pauses] they have a chance of beating us, just like we have a chance of beating them. There’s not a team on our schedule who we can’t beat; but conversely, if we don’t show up and play each one of those weeks, there’s not a team who can beat us. We just have to show up. I wouldn’t trade teams with anyone. I love my guys, I love my coaches. This is a process. There’s going to be some bumps in the road along the way, some growing pains so to speak. It’s just the nature of the game, we all knew that when we came here. As a staff, we all knew that it wouldn’t be easy. But, it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy.

CS: How do you think the other teams in the conference look? Who do you think are the teams to beat?

MK: Right now, I think Charleston is the team to beat. It would be hard pressed not to say them. I think they’re 4-0 right now and they’ve got a lot of skill. Their team’s speed seems to be a little better than everybody else’s in the league. I think West Liberty - from what I’ve heard , I haven’t got the chance to see them on tape yet - are a good team. They’re as good as anyone in the league. Even though Glenville is coming off a loss to Fairmont, anytime you’re the defending league champs, you’ve got to pay your respect to them. We’ve got Shepherd in two weeks - they won the league four of the last five years. They’re a very good football team. It’s a very even league. I could see any team in the league winning it, to be honest with you.

CS: Concord’s record hasn’t been good the last couple years. Now you’ve gone on this roll lately, how do you think Concord’s reputation is among the league now?

MK: Well, I think that the league has noticed that the school has made a commitment to this football program. We’re going to have a great football program here, there’s no doubt about that. Starting at the highest levels at this university, down to the smallest people on campus - everyone on campus wants to see us do well in football. You know, it’s my job to see that that happens. We’ve got good coaches, we’ve got good players, we’ve recruited good players, we’ve got good players that we’re trying to recruit. We keep developing them and keep coaching them, that’s how you get respect in the league. It’s not by talking about it, or who has the best facility or - whatever - the best website. One thing about sports is you earn your respect on the field.

CS: Who was the Offensive Player…

MK: Offensive Player of the game was Jared Brown. Defensive Player of the game was Ethan Perry. And, the Special Teams player was… Oh hell, who was it… Oh hell, I can’t remember. I can look it up for you. [Leaves the room and comes back to tell me that Shariefe Williams was Special Teams Player of the game.]

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The interview ended kind of abruptly. He was pretty busy that day and he had to reschedule our usual meeting time. I talked to him during a small break he had between meetings that day. Still, despite being pressed for time, he was very accomodating to me.

On a final note, I still get lost when I go downstairs in the athletic building to look for his office. I wound up in a locker room at one point. I think I have a route figured out now. I'll let you know next week if I get there without getting lost.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Laundromat Blogging

I'm sitting here at the laundromat, with some time to kill. I have a couple points I'd like to pound into my BlackBerry. For the record, this is the 1st blog I've ever written from my "Berry."

If you'll recall, I attempted to write a blog the other day, but it got deleted. While I can't re-create the entire post, there are a couple main points from that never-seen post that I'd like to bring up.

The first is Concord's student newspaper, The Concordian:

I received an update on the computer situation. The hard drive was recovered from the "dead" computer. So, the programs were saved. We now need to see if they will work on the other computer.

I don't know when The Concordian will be printed again - if this week's paper will be hardcopy or only online. Keep an eye on my Twitter page Monday - I'll let everybody know what happens as soon as I find out. The link to my page is - http://twitter.com/chris_slater

Last night, I couldn't sleep. I got out of bed and had an urge to write. I hand-wrote an editorial (a rarity for me) that I think is an important read. I will submit it to the paper to be published in this week's edition.

One of my roles on the newspaper staff, in addition to writing stories, is to work individually with younger writers to offer tips. I did this for the first time this week. I sent a staff writer an e-mail critiquing her work & offering some tips to improve. She seemed receptive to what I had to say.

That was enjoyable for me to do. I hope I get more opportunities to "spread the wealth" when it comes to what I know regarding journalism. I like this role.

I also wanted to touch upon a few points on Concord's Student Government Association:

Eric Lopez resigned from his position as Secretary. He is currently serving in an interim duty until a replacement is named, which I believe will be at the next meeting.

I've had three people tell me the names thrown into consideration. I know that Ashley Hicks and Kiwa Nadas have both applied for the position. I've heard the rumors that Lesley Weeks has also applied.

Of the 3, of course, Ashley is the most qualified. But, the question begs to be answered - Is the most qualified the best answer?

The thing Jeff and whoever else may be helping him make this decision needs to consider is who will work the best in the current Executive Board. Can Jeff co-exist with Ashley, given that they were opponents last Spring for the Presidency?

If the answer is yes, then Ashley is definitely the person for the job. If not, then Jeff should look elsewhere - Kiwa & (if she's officially in the race) Lesley are relatively untested in the SGA, but I think both could competently perform the duties required of them.

At the last SGA meeting, quorum was lost and they had to adjourn. Since that happened, is everything that happened b4 the adjournement official, or does nothing from that meeting count?

If nothing is official, then they'd have to re-vote for some committee members and appoint some senators over again.

That looks like all I can smash out off the top of my head. Remember my disclaimer -

I import these blogs into Facebook. That gives me the option to "tag" people, sending them an e-mail notification. I tag people for two reasons - 1) if I mention you by name & 2) if I think you will find this interesting. If you are tagged and don't want to be, let me know. If I don't tag you & you'd like to be tagged in the future, let me know.

There is a comment feature on this blog & I don't mind if you use it. It's cool to disagree, as long as it's kept civil. Anonymous comments are allowed, as long as it's relevant & mildly profanity free.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" trailer

I remember reading this book as a kid, and loving it. I'm really excited about the movie. The release date is Nov. 25, 2009.

Hmmm...

I completed an SGA blog, where I spoke about the last week's meeting. I also gave some thoughts on Concord's student newspaper, The Concordian.

In that small window of time between having the blog finished and posting it on the Internet, it somehow got deleted.

So, if I get the urge to re-write the very-long & time-consuming blog I worked on earlier, you'll get that in a day or so. If I don't get the urge to re-do it, there won't be an SGA blog for this week.

Shit happens.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Concord Football - First Conference Victory of the Season

As I mentioned in a previous blog, The Concordian is only available online this week. Below is my story about the football team going 3-0 for the first time since 1989. Had there been a paper, I was told this story would have been on the front page.
Click here to see the story on the website. Also, here is the link to the main site - http://www.cunewspaper.com/ & here is the athletic website - http://www.cumountainlions.com/.

At this point in time, I've heard nothing on the status of the newspaper being printed. Either a new computer needs to be ordered, or the other computer in the office needs some new programs added to it. Something will be done, and as soon as I find out what, I'll let everybody know.


Concord Football - First Conference Victory of the Season

Chris Slater
Senior Staff Writer

Concord University’s Mountain Lion football team is 3-0 for the first time since 1989. The Mountain Lions defeated West Virginia Wesleyan 35-26 in Princeton, at the annual "Rotary Bowl." The win was also Concord’s first conference victory of the season.

"You know, it was at [Princeton High School’s] Hunnicut Field, which was a bit different," Coach Mike Kellar said. "I thought the kids did a great job of going down there and handling the different environment and treating it like a home game."

Kellar noted the skill level of his opponents.

"I think West Virginia Weslyan is a much-improved football team than what I saw on tape of them a year ago," Kellar said. "Very-well coached team, very physical. We dealt with some adversity during the game and played hard from start to finish and came away with the win. We’re happy with the win."

The Head Coach of West Virginia Wesleyan is Dennis Creehan, who was a finalist - along with Kellar - for Concord’s head coaching position earlier this year. Kellar said that Creehan is a great coach who has been around the league and knows what to do.

"Concord would have been okay if he got the job," Kellar said. "I think they’re better off with me, but Concord would have had a good season with him."

Kellar said he enjoyed the atmosphere of the different stadium.

"I thought it was a good crowd," Kellar said. "One thing about playing there, it feels like the crowd is right on top of you and it was a good atmosphere. I couldn’t be happier, a lot of alums came up to the game."

Not every moment of the game was a celebration, as Kellar noted that starting quarterback Zack Grossi went down in the third quarter with a knee injury.

Grossi had an MRI, but the results were not available at press time. Kellar said that chances are, Grossi is out for the remainder of the season.

"I don’t know all the details yet until the report comes back, but we’re obviously not going to have him this week and I don’t foresee him being here anytime in the near future," Kellar said.

Kellar said that what he would likely do is apply for a "medical red shirt" status for Grossi, which would allow him to be eligible to play for another year.

Kellar said that the starting quarterback position will likely go to either Steven Harris or Evan Dusoll.

Kellar gave credit to his team for managing to pull out the victory despite the circumstances.

"It’s a credit to the team to win the way they did, after their starting quarterback goes down," Kellar said.

Kellar said the key is playing from start to finish.

"They know it’s their job to play from the first whistle to the last whistle and they’ve been doing that," Kellar said. "That’s why they’ve persevered. If they’d have quit, we’d have lost that game by two touchdowns. But, instead we battled back and ended up winning by nine points, I believe."

Concord’s last winning conference record was in 2004. On having another winning conference record, Kellar believes that it is possible.

"I mean, I think we’ve got just as good a chance as anyone," Kellar said. "All the games ahead of us, the score is 0-0 right now. There’s nothing in my mind that makes me think we can’t win. We’ve just got to go do it."

Concord’s next opponent is the University of Charleston, who they play on the road. Last year, Charleston defeated Concord 42-17. Kellar said he believes both teams are better than they were last year.

"We understand the challenge,” Kellar said. “We don’t need to play perfect football - we just need to play well."

Concord plays Charleston this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Charleston.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bowling for Soup covers Fergie

I thought this was kind of funny and wanted to share it. I think I like their version better.

No hardcopy newspapers, The Concordian is only online this week

There won't be an actual paper edition of Concord's newspaper this week. It will only be available online this week at http://www.cunewspaper.com

The following message is from Wendy Holdren, Concordian Editor-in-Chief:

I would like to apologize to all Concordian readers - due to technical difficulties, we will not have a print edition this week. A power surge destroyed our master computer's power supply. Hopefully everything will be up-and-running by next week.

For this week, our online edition has been updated. Please visit our website at www.cunewspaper.com. Feel free to comment.

Once again, I apologize for this week's edition.

- Wendy Holdren, Editor-in-Chief

The following quote comes from Concordian advisor Lindsey Mullins' Facebook page -

Okay confirmed... the Concordian computer is fried thanks to a power-surge yesterday.

I also sent out the following Tweet, along with a picture of the desk where the computer used to sit -

http://znl.me/H1DVX Computer in Concordian office is gone. I don't think it's ever coming back. Only an online paper this week.

The computer in question was delivered to The Concordian in the spring of 2005 and first saw use in the fall of 2005. It had a good 4-year run.

Check out the paper online at http://www.cunewspaper.com. All of this week's stories should be uploaded onto the site by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

I don't really have many details at the moment. Hopefully everything will be straightened out in the next week or two. Until then, bear with us and check out the newspaper online.

Friday, September 11, 2009

09-09-09 SGA Meeting (and etc...)

In case I've picked up some new readers in the last couple weeks, click here and check out my entry about the semester's first meeting of the Student Government Association. I give a little background about what it is that I do here.

Also, click here to check out last week's blog. There were some interesting comments on it.

Again, it seems as though we're having a hard time understanding what "historically" means. I'm using it to describe incidents from the last several years. Not individual examples, but a wide-reaching "general" example of how the last several years were between members of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma in the SGA. Historically, they voted alike. Yes, there were specific instances in those couple years that they didn't. You can find those if you want to nitpick. And, yes, lately (this semester and some of last semester) there have been a lot of examples of the "Tekes" and "Sigmas" not voting together.

Here's an anonymous comment that was left last week:

Chris,

I hate to continue the harping on this issue...but:

Just because Ashley makes a point, and people subsequently vote according to her point, does not mean that they are just following her lead.

Unless you can see into everybody's psyche, you cannot make this point. How do you know how Kiwa (or Nicole Coleman, Karina Rahall, or the quiet freshman in the back) was feeling when Ashley made her point? Maybe they already agreed with her, and just didn't stand up to say so.

I'm not saying your point isn't valid: I'll be the first to refer to the senate as sheep. But over the past few years, I have definately seen a greater awareness about what is going on and you cannot call specific people out, because you don't know what they are thinking. Additionally, Kiwa brought up current issues but she was only giving examples. You want past examples? 1) Keith Pruitt disagreed with Jared Tice. 2) Jessica Cook disagreed with Danielle Richmond (remember Ben v. Rocky?) And speaking of that election, Danielle DEFINATELY disagreed with Tice.


Here was my response to that:

To respond to "Anonymous" - you wrote:

"You want past examples? 1) Keith Pruitt disagreed with Jared Tice. 2) Jessica Cook disagreed with Danielle Richmond (remember Ben v. Rocky?) And speaking of that election, Danielle DEFINATELY disagreed with Tice."

Those are two examples over the last 4-5 years. Again, we're having a misunderstanding of what historically means - those are two exceptions to what has historically been the case in the SGA. Of course, we're going to have instances of two members of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma disagreeing (which is what you presented in your points). But, there are something like 12 SGA meetings a semester, and you gave two instances. Two examples out of nearly 50 meetings or so (if my horrible math skills hold up...).

I'll even give you another example to help you - when Danielle Richmond ran for Business Manager against Bryan Henderson. That split the members of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

But, it's not enough to change the fact that historically, those two groups vote and think alike in the SGA.

Could it be changing this year? Maybe. We'll see what happens in the coming weeks and semesters. Has it been that way in the past, though. No.

I don't know. Let's give that debate a rest for a couple weeks and see what happens with it. It looks like the two organizations may be changing what has historically been the case in the SGA. Let's see what develops...

I had another interesting comment in my blog. Take a look at it:

"I Can't Believe It's A Journalist!"

"Hi, I'm Chris Slater. You may remember me from such self-help films as 'Watch, Bitch, and Blog: How to Make Yourself Feel Important', and 'SGA Antagonism: The Road to Infinite Attention'"

One of my favorite things to do with anonymous comments is try and imagine who wrote them. With this one, I'm 95% sure that I know who wrote it. I can just hear something like this coming out of this person's mouth. But, this person chose to remain anonymous, so I will respect his or her decision. If you don't get where the quote is coming from, click here.

And, again, I want to point out that I don't mind anonymous comments. If want to share something you feel is important, but don't necessarily want your name attached to it, go ahead and make it anonymous. As long as it's semi-relevant to the subject and not completely trashing somebody, it's okay.

I don't really know how to respond to a comment like that. As I've stated several times in this blog (and my old blog), I think some people don't understand the power and importance of social media mediums, like Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.

I don't do this to "bitch" or "antagonize" but I will admit that I do this for attention. I do this to bring attention to things I find interesting. If I'm blogging about a George Harrison song I like, I want people to listen to it. If I'm blogging about my first haircut in 3 1/2 years, I want people to see me with short hair. If I'm blogging about the SGA, I want people to know about the SGA.

I think Concord's Student Government is important. I had always blogged about the SGA a little bit in the past, but I really got heavily into it whenever I realized that last year's Concordian staff didn't consider the SGA to be a high priority for them. I knew a lot of people read my blog and decided to do what the newspaper wasn't doing - give people a weekly summary of what went down. Some people like my opinions, so I added my thoughts.

So, there's that. I guess. Hopefully that helped explain my reasoning somewhat for doing this.

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Speaking of The Concordian...

The 09-09-09 issue of the newspaper is online at
http://www.cunewspaper.com/ and looks pretty good. Design-wise, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done with the paper. The writing also needs a little help. I kind of compare it to the Obama Administration - there's a lot of good stuff they want to get done, but they've been saddled with a lot of crap from the previous administration.

The Concordian is still trying to fix its damaged reputation. Don't get me wrong, the paper had some good stories and some good writing last year, but I don't think the majority of public opinion was ever good again after the infamous "Voted yes on No Confidence" mistake that was made.


I feel confident in this semester's staff. That's why I re-joined. If I'm not satisfied with what I'm seeing with the paper, then I won't be back next semester. Wendy Holdren isn't the savior of the paper. She's a smart girl with some good ideas. Can she lead a good newspaper staff? Yeah, I think she can. Will she? That's what we're going to find out this semester.

I have three stories in this week's paper, in addition to some pictures I took for the Sports section. Click here to see my op/ed piece I wrote. Click here to see my feature on Concord's new football coach. Click here to see my story about the football team winning 2 games. My pictures are included with one of the football stories.

I really like the piece I wrote for the Opinions page. I'm kind of admitting to some past mistakes I made as a college student. Maybe some younger students reading that won't make the same mistakes. I also bring up a couple interesting "University 100" questions. I think it's an entertaining read.
I'd like to clear up what my role on the staff is. My official title is "Senior Staff Writer." That's not something I created - that's what The Concordian has always called a former Editor-in-Chief who comes back as a staff writer. Technically, there's no real difference between a Staff Writer and a Senior Staff Writer ... except that one is a former Editor-in-Chief and one isn't. I don't contribute anything besides offering story ideas and what I write. I have no say in what appears in the paper and how it looks.

With that said, though, I believe it would be a waste of my talent and knowledge to simply write stories and contribute nothing. We haven't exactly worked out how I'm going to do this, but I'd like to work individually with some of the writers and editors and help them if I can.

I don't know. We'll figure something out. If I enjoy my role and like being on the staff, I'll come back in the spring. If not, then I don't.

Now, what you've all come to read:

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The Sept. 09 SGA meeting opened with a speech from Dr. Stephen Rowe, who is (was?) in charge of the library. He noted that as part of an agreement between the library and the SGA, he would make an appearance at the beginning of each academic year and explain what he's done with money that is allocated to the library. For the 08-09 academic year, he noted that they spent "a tad under $64,000."

Rowe gave the following rundown on various database services the library uses and some other stuff and how much they cost -

Infotrac - $14,000
Epsco - $0
America's Newspapers - $2100
[Didn't get the name, something for music majors] - $1800
Sci Finders - $5000
"J-Store" Databases - $4000
[Something "J-Store" music related] - $3500
[Something "J-Store" science related] -$4800
Classicalmusic.com - [didn't get how much it costs]
6-8 workstudy students $15,000 [I think...]

Rowe also talked about the extended hours for the periodical room of the library [extended from 10 p.m. to midnight] ... it was open 09-08-09 on an experimental basis ... he says 10 people showed up ... he is talking to the fire marshall, as he believes there is seating for 20-25 people in there ... he is looking into getting a phone for the room ... there were only 2 internet jacks in there, so he set up a wireless hub in there ... he has hired 2 workstudy students to be in charge of the room ... regarding ADA issues, he said that he has e-mailed Nancy Ellison [who works with students with disabilities] and Jeff Shumaker [who builds & fixes stuff on campus] and has not heard a response from either one

Rowe also gave an update on the "Campaign for a University Library" fund that has been around for the last several years ... it was initially going to add a 3rd floor to the library, but Rowe does not think that is feasible now ... instead, it will go towards an extensive renovation project, with Rowe giving fixing the leaky roof as an example

I'd been wondering about the status of the "Campaign for a University Library" for a while now. When I did a story about it for a early-2007 issue of The Concordian, Rowe gave me 2010-2011 as a possible date for the third floor to be on the library. As we're in late 2009 and nothing has happened regarding that, I wondered what was up. Apparently the materials are too expensive and that's throwing a monkey wrench in their plans. So, they're going to fix some problems with what they've got. I like that.

A little background on the "Campaign for a University Library," the SGA of several years back (when Jared Tice was President) gave the Library somewhere in the neighborhood of $80,000. To the best of my knowledge, the only thing they've done with any of that money was throw away $30,000 of it. Around the time of throwing away that $30,000 we got those two shitty-looking statues outside the library.

I like Dr. Rowe. He's always got a good soundbite for an interview and he's usually eager to talk to the press. Hopefully we'll see some more stuff about the "Campaign for a University Library" in a future edition of The Concordian.

The Attorney General's report was next ... Bill Lewis noted that he was not going to count absences from the first meeting of the semester ... he gave a warning about accumulating excessive absences ... he also said to talk to him if you wanted to serve on the Judicial Reform committee

Interim Vice President [don't know the exact position...] Marshall Campbell brought up a question of whether or not Bill was still chair of the Concord University Student Affairs committee ... Bill responded by saying that he wasn't sure if he or Ombudsman Brittany Keys were going to chair it

Secretary Eric Lopez gave his report ... don't misuse office supplies, he said, or he will throw them away

Ombudsman Brittany Key's report was next ... Regarding the complaint about Science professor Dr. Crick making students take a test when books still had not arrived in the bookstore, Keys noted that Crick provided an online version of the book ... She sent Housing Director Rick Dillon an e-mail regarding complaints that the shower heads in South Tower were not powerful enough ... regarding complaints about ARAMARK, she deferred those complaints to the Dining committee

Business Manager Matt Belcher announced that the Budgetary committee was going to be voted on at the next meeting

I've been hearing some interesting things about the Business Manager and the issues surrounding that. I mentioned last week that Matt was being taken to the Student Supreme Hearing Board over some issues. I'm covering that for the 9/16 issue of The Concordian, so look for that next week. The verdict has been reached and will be announced at the 9/16 meeting. I know what the verdict is, but I don't know if I'm supposed to.

The Vice President's report was next ... Akeya Carter-Bozman said that the first Homecoming committee meeting was last week - "It was a blast," she said ... she appointed Adam Pauley to chair the Publications committee and JR Davis to chair the Publicity committee

I really don't have a clue as to what the Publications committee does. Hopefully it does something.

President Jeff Yeager's report was next ... He began his report by announcing John Dunn's resignation from his Senator position, saying "He wasn't happy about certain things" ... Jeff announced Kiwa Nadas as Dunn's replacement ... He appointed Katrina Stewart to the "Athletic Liaison" position ...He introduced the new interim-Student Center Director (and SGA Advisor) Anna Mills Hardy ... Hardy was previously (and still is, for now) the Resident Director of Wilson Hall and Sarvay Hall ... Yeager noted a faculty complaint with "Distance Learning" classes and he spoke with Dean John David Smith about it ... He gave an update on his push to get religious studies classes at Concord - he said that some history faculty have expressed an interest & it would also help utilize the University Point building for students ... He noted that he couldn't give many updated about being on the University's Budgetary committee ... he is also serving on the "Emergency Alert Team"

I've heard some pros & cons about Hardy having this new position. Most of the pros center on her being eager & nice. The cons seem to note her lack of experience. As of right now, this isn't a permanent job, so hopefully she can learn on-the-go and figure out what she needs to do. From what I've heard, the opening of this position to a nation-wide search hinges on how Marshall Campbell works out in his new position. If he sticks with it, they'll open up the search. If not, they'll give him back the Student Center Director. That's how it was explained to me.

Old Business:

Amendment 08262009A passed. It increases the number of Senators from 10 to 13.

Amendment 09022009A was tabled for two weeks. It would require that opinions relating to cases of constitutional interpretation be heard and published in a timely manner [no later than 2 weeks].

New Business:

Resolution 09092009A passed. It shows that the Student Senate endorses a program of Religious Studies at Concord University and formally requests that the University adopt said program to better utilize University Point.

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That was everything from the meeting. I thought I'd leave with some "lighter" content, to kind of add a little bit of fun to the drudgery that is the SGA Blog.
The blurry picture below is from the notes that I take during the meeting. That hunk of notes is from when Dr. Rowe was speaking. I had a "dyslexic moment" when I was writing. Rowe mentioned that in the library, the roof leaks. If you squint your eyes and stare at the center of that picture where the parentheses are, you'll see that I wrote "loof reaks."

In addition to my blog, I'm also a big fan of Twitter. On my blog, there's a version of my Twitter feed on the right side of the screen. My actual Twitter page is located at - http://twitter.com/chris_slater . I've talked about Twitter before a few times in the past. I really enjoy it - the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless. Check that out if you're a fan of random thoughts, interesting articles, occasional professional wrestling talk, and much more.

Another fun Twitter account to check out is this one - http://twitter.com/shitmydadsays . It's run by some guy named Justin and every Tweet is something that his 73-year-old father said. It's hilarious.

I tag people in the SGA blogs, but I usually don't in the other blogs I write. Just to show that I blog about other topics besides the SGA, I'll leave a list of some recent blogs. If the title intrigues you, click it.

My Hair

Look Good in Leather

Who covered The Beatles better?

Beatles cartoon - "I'm Down"

Beavis & Butthead review "Extract"

George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord"

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I'll leave my disclaimer here:

I import these blogs into Facebook. Facebook gives you the option to "tag" people in your note, sending the person an e-mail notification. I generally tag people for two reasons - 1) if you are mentioned by name, I try to tag you & 2) if I think you will find this interesting, I will try to tag you.

If you're tagged & don't want to be, let me know & I won't tag you in the future. If you're not tagged & would like to be in the future, also let me know. Questions/thoughts/complaints/suggestions/etc... are encouraged.

There is a comment feature on this blog, and I don't mind if you use it. Anonymous comments are allowed, but only if you keep the comment relevant to the subject & mildly-profanity free.

George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord"

Did you know that George Harrison has the highest-selling solo album of any members of The Beatles? It was his 1970 album "All Things Must Pass." It was the first "triple-album" ever released by an artist, in that it had 3 disks. That's actually why it's the highest-selling album from a Beatles alum - each sale is counted as 3. That's also why The Beatles' "White Album" is their highest-selling album, it's a "double album." Click here for more information on "All Things Must Pass" and click here for some "White Album" info. Look below for Harrison's biggest single from "All Things Must Pass," "My Sweet Lord."