Saturday, October 31, 2009

10/28 SGA meeting report, and the usual etc...

I had been doing good for a couple weeks with getting my "SGA Blog" out at a decent time. Not this week - it's late Friday/early Saturday and we're talking about what happened on Wednesday. Two-ish days isn't too bad, I guess.

Anyway...

Did anybody read The Concordian this week? If you haven't, here are some articles to check out -

CU Police Department Feature ... Editor-in-Chief Wendy Holdren takes a look at what our campus police do, and what that new "mobile police unit" (aka a trailer) is here for

Gunter retires as bookstore supervisor ... Wayne Gunter retires this Friday (10/30/09) after 36 years at Concord. [side note, I saw him today - his last day - walking around saying goodbye to some people. kinda sad]

New "CU" Shrubbery ... An article explaining the shrubs that spell out "CU" over by Wilson Hall. This is probably an example of why I should start attending the staff meetings - I actually know more about the shrub than is presented in the article. I have a lot of weird, random Concord-related trivia, and the "CU shrub" is an example of that.

Spanish Club back again ... It looks like "El Club" has been brought back. There's no word in the article if the club took advantage of that SGA "new club" money thing.

Weekly Dose of A&E ... The column that I created back in 2005 is back again. This time it's written by the A&E Editor, Jessica Fowler. There have now been five writers of this column - me, [a girl whose name I don't remember], Jessica Cook, Wendy Holdren, and Jessica Fowler. So far, Wendy had the best columns.

Where the Wild Things Are - movie review ... Wendy watched it & liked it. I also saw it ( http://www.zannel.com/viewupdate.htm?id=4U4BW ) and it was really good. Does anybody know if the Metallica song is based on the book? From the lyrics, it kind of sounds like it.

Letter to the Editor - diversity on campus ... Natasha Cline, a former staff writer for the paper, wrote this interesting letter. Again, an instance of me not knowing a lot about an issue until I read it in the newspaper. Use The Concordian as your forum. It works.

And, then, here are my three stories I had in the paper -

Mountain lions lose last home game ... The story I write from my weekly interview with the football coach. The full Q&A can be found by clicking here.

Post Office named for Chuck Marshall ... The mail room lady, "Ms. Debbie," as everybody knows her, got really emotional during the interview for the story. I think it's a good article. I've gotten some good feedback on it.


Communication Breakdown - "Ho-lloween" ... The latest edition of "The Breakdown." I talk about how girls degrade themselves by dressing like whores on Halloween. I've also gotten some interesting feedback on this one.

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There weren't a lot of tweets at the SGA meeting again this week, so I'll just put them all in here. Click here to see last week's "SGA blog," which is set up exactly the same way this one is.

I'll start with the list of people:

@chris_slater - Me
@Goodrichk18 - Kelly Goodrich
@lewisb01 - Bill Lewis
@garytuba08 - Gary Thompson
@Rc9000000 - Russell Christian
@Biff359 - Sean Noland
@buckskeen - Buck Skeen
@SigTauGod - Mike Mann

@Babich53 - Richard Babich

Sean was at the meeting and didn't tweet until after the meeting. Buck wasn't at the meeting, but tweeted once after the meeting. Richard was at the meeting, but didn't tweet.

Terms:

"RT" means Re-Tweet. If you see "RT" before a message, that means I'm re-posting what somebody else said. You can leave your own comments before the "RT" in the message.

If a message begins with "@_______" that means it is a reply to that person. If I write "@buckskeen," I am sending a reply to Buck. It's still public and people can see my reply.

I'll post my tweets, in addition to everyone elses. Their tweets will have their name in parentheses before the tweet.

The tweets are below. The first one is from Mike Mann, and was sent out about half an hour before the meeting started.


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(Mike Mann) Ughhhh. Sga.

RT @SigTauGod: Ughhhh. Sga.

Yeah! RT @Goodrichk18: Sitting in the State Room with @chris_slater... half an hour before SGA... again.

Checking Facebook b4 the SGA meeting. @Goodrichk18 was singing "Mr. Jones," by the Counting Crows just a second ago.

Sweet. @Biff359 just gave me a cookie. Seriously.

http://znl.me/WUGTU Spilled some Dr. Pepper in the State Room. I've got napkins on it. We're good.

(Mike Mann) Ready to Twitter mah way out of another sga meeting haha

(Russell Christian) Yeah another SGA meeting anorth yerar off my life

RT @SigTauGod: Ready to Twitter mah way out of another sga meeting haha

(Russell Christian) I have a short day though my report and bounce

(Mike Mann) Dr. Aloia's car is apparently pretty chilly

Haha RT @SigTauGod: Dr. Aloia's car is apparently pretty chilly

(Bill Lewis) election reform now Thursday at 3:30. My office hrs r Friday at 4.

RT @lewisb01: election reform now Thursday at 3:30. My office hrs r Friday at 4.

A lot of people are absent today from the @CU_SGA meeting.

(Mike Mann) I dunno what to "tweet" about haha

Same here... RT @SigTauGod: I dunno what to "tweet" about haha

(Bill Lewis) senator mann! booyah

@SigTauGod Tweet about being a Senator!

(Mike Mann) Bam!!! Senator Mann.

(Gary Thompson) YESSSS someone actually being environmentally friendly...down with massive amounts of flyers!!!

Akeya, the VP. RT @garytuba08: YESSSS someone actually being environmentally friendly...down with massive amounts of flyers!!!

(Mike Mann) /agree about the silly homecoming flyers. Doesn't change the outcome

@lewisb01 "Probably when you were in middle school" lmao!

Did anybody see The Concordian put in the pic of the @CU_SGA office having the "S" part of their sign off the door? The door says "GA."

Just realized that I didn't have my phone on vibrate. Sorry about that everybody.

Hmmm... @Biff359 is debating @lewisb01's amendment. Interesting stuff. Sadly, I bet 90% of the people here don't care.

From @Biff359 - "And on line 25, 'filing' is misspelled." From @lewisb01 - "hmmm... Yes it is." Pwned

I think I just saw a girl in here reading my "Ho-lloween" column. The link is somewhere on my twitter page.

(Bill Lewis) Anna is doing a really good job...marjie should chime in more often.

(Mike Mann) No controversy this week. Boring haha

Curtis isn't here lol RT @SigTauGod: No controversy this week. Boring haha

RT @lewisb01: Anna is doing a really good job...marjie should chime in more often.

(Mike Mann) Parlimentary sga. Let's do this.... Concord university House of commons!!!!

(Bill Lewis) that was way more complicated than it needed be...arguments about technicalities between bureaucrats r usually fruitless

RT @lewisb01: that was way more complicated than it needed be...arguments about technicalities between bureaucrats r usually fruitless

(Gary Thompson) business palace lol...most amusing thing I heard all meeting.

RT @shitmydadsays: "You worry too much. Eat some bacon... What? No, I got no idea if it'll make you feel better, I just made too much bacon"

Yearbook photos are in the Student Center for the rest of the week. If u don't get your pic taken, they will use your ID card pic.

Halloween Dance this Thursday. Homecoming Dance two weeks ago. Are we back in high school?

(Sean Noland) @chris_slater obviously 100% of them didn't care. Not even enough to correct the spelling error

(Buck Skeen) My autotweets from earlier must have effed up my Twitter reception. Here it is after 11pm and I am just now getting everyone's SGA tweets.


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There were the tweets. Now, let's get into the meeting. It was announced at the start of the meeting that there were no minutes. That was because Secretary Lesley Weeks had undergone surgery and will be out of commission for a while. Her duties are being divided up by the executive board members.

The meeting kicked off with the SGA Affairs report, by Kiwa Nadas ... she was going to bring forth an amendment this week, but noticed a few kinks with it ... will have two for next week

Russell Christian gave the safety committee report ... he discussed the "Night Walk," that he, President Aloia, Jeff Shumaker, and Mark Stella had around campus ... announced that every parking lot on campus will be getting new lights ... there are also new cameras in the parking lots - infrared, with a 60% rotation

I'm not sure what "infrared, with a 60% rotation" means, but Russell seemed excited about it. I'm guessing that it's good.

University Publications committee chair said something about "updating the website"

This is an example of a bad report. What website? When does the committee meet? Who is this person? I don't know the answer to any of these questions.

Jenn Smith gave the ADA committee report ... noted that Rick Dillon was no longer looking to form a new ADA-related committee on campus, and would instead use the Concord University Student Affairs (CUSAC, aka Q-Sack) committee to address those issues ... in a previous "Overall Compliance Report" that Concord received, there were 11 complaints ... in the last "OCR," all but two of those complaints had been corrected ... Smith didn't have any information on what the complaints were ... her committee meets every Wednesday, at 3 p.m., in Subway Sides

Technology committee chair gave her report ... meetings are Thursday at 1 p.m. in SGA Office ... noted there was a "project we're going to be starting on"

I guess the SGA President also realized that this was a report that said nothing, so he asked her to elaborate on the "project." The committee is looking into getting a card that will be multi-purpose; you can check out books in the library, get meals in the cafeteria, get in & out of dorms, etc... It's something that the SGA looks into every few years. So far, it's never worked out. I doubt it will this time.

Jeff Yeager gave the Ethics committee report ... there are still issues they are looking over ... have the three amendments up for discussion

Multicultural Affairs committee report was given by Akeya Carter-Bozman ... did not meet the last two weeks, will be meeting on Friday (10/30/09)

Judicial Reform committee chair noted that the revised amendment that was sent back several weeks ago was up for discussion in New Business

Election Reform committee chair (Bill Lewis, who is also Judicial Reform chair) noted that their meeting time changed ... Thursday @ 3:30, in the SGA Office

Green Sustainability committee report was given by Gary Thompson ... discussed the conference in Marshall that he and a couple other people attended ... noted that most universities have a "sustainability director," which is somebody who finds ways to recycle & things of that nature around campus

Check out the "CU Go Green" group on Facebook.

Business Manager Matt Belcher gave the Budgetary Reform committee report ... only 1 person showed up to his committee meeting

Vice President Akeya Carter-Bozman gave her report ... thanked "Tim" for his help during Homecoming Week ... thanked everybody else who helped ... they only used 50 flyers to advertise Homecoming, since the candidates were only allowed 50 - "We wanted to go more green," she said

If anybody has any idea who "Tim" is, feel free to let us know. Her mentioning "going green" prompted Gary Thompson's tweet about being environmentally friendly.

President Jeff Yeager started off his report by appointing Mike Mann to Senator and Megan McCoy to Freshman Senator ... appointed Mann & [didn't get name] to the library committee ... he & Matt Belcher will have lunch with Interim VP for Business & Administration Charles Becker and discuss some issues ... his meeting with President Aloia has been rescheduled to the following Monday ... noted that Lorien Anderson won the top prize in the nation at a Shakespeare Conference over the weekend - "It shows Concord is doing something right," he said

Funny moment during Mann's appointment - Kiwa Nadas questioned his experience, which prompted Mann to say something to the effect of, "I was active with the SGA years ago, probably when you were in middle school." Mike's like me, he's been here a while. Also, McCoy jokingly raised her hand to vote against her own appointment.

If anybody knows who else was appointed to the Library committee, let me know. Also, if anybody knows what the Library committee is, let me know.

The SGA will vote on Amendments 09022009A, 10212009A, B, & C next week.

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That looks to be everything from the SGA meeting. If I missed anything, or got something wrong, let me know.

As always, 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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hulk Hogan joins TNA Wrestling



Wrestling's biggest star, Hulk Hogan, signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It was announced earlier today at a press conference at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.

The press conference had been public information for a week or two, but everybody figured it was just a photo op for the Hulkster's new book, "My Life Outside the Ring," which will be released soon.

There's no word yet on what this means for TNA, or what Hulk Hogan's role will be with the company. What is known is that Eric Bischoff, former Vice President of WCW, will also be joining the company. He won't have any say over the day-to-day operations of the company, but rather, he will be using his production company, Bischoff-Hervey productions to help TNA get additional television exposure.

For more information on TNA, check out http://www.tnawrestling.com/.

Coach Kellar Q&A ... and a couple sports notes



For those who don't know, that is "Day 6" of John Meadow's video blog. He started doing this recently. I've checked a couple out; they're pretty cool.

John's a pretty cool guy. He interviewed me last semester for a class project he was doing about social media. He interviewed me because of the success of my blog and twitter and what not on Concord's campus.

Click here to see John on Twitter. Click here to see him on Facebook.

The reason this video is in my blog is because he talks about the sports section of The Concordian. John's on the Cross Country team, and if you look at around the 15-20 second point, you'll see him & his friends looking over the 10/21 issue of the paper.

He looks at all of the stories on the page and comments -

“We got football taking up the entire top half. We got something about somebody named Kennedy, I don’t even know who that is. Soccer. And, look, oh, here’s baseball. What’s this little article down in the corner? What is that?"


The "that" he is referring to is a very small press release about the Cross Country team. They sort of note the irony that the article states that the team "dominates," but it's such a small story at the bottom of the page. A couple of John's friends also point out that the Cross Country team has not lost to a conference opponent.

The football story that John was referring to was mine from last week. Click here to read it.

He didn't really say it, but he very heavily implied that he was not pleased with The Concordian's coverage of the Cross Country team; and the perceived "over coverage" of the football team.

To that, I will offer this: He has a point.

I've mentioned this in a past blog, but I'll re-state it here - I have no say in anything regarding The Concordian. I have no "real" power. The "Senior Staff Writer" title just means that I used to be Editor-in-Chief and now I'm a staff writer.

I'm assigned to write about the football team each week. I interview the coach and do my story. That's the extent of my power with the sports page.

I don't want to complain about the sports page. I know the Sports Editor is new to this. Most of the staff is new to this. The paper is still very much a "work in progress." The problem with that, though, is that The Concordian is a product. We can't be a "work in progress" for too long, because students see the paper every week. Despite being a one-hour workshop (a college class), we produce a product. And, that product is seen by a lot of people and they expect a certain quality out of a product they're paying money for (each Concord student pays roughly $4 towards printing the newspaper).

The staff as a whole discussed our issues with the Sports section at the most recent meeting. It was brought up at the meeting, and I've blogged about this several times in the past, that the Sports section has the potential to be one of the most popular sections in the entire newspaper. It's just not reaching its potential right now.

The positive thing is that people are at least talking about the paper. Hopefully we can create a better product for the students. There are only two football games left, so we'll have to cover something else, and I'll have to start writing about something else.

If anybody reading this wants to leave any comments on what they think is wrong with the paper, or ways you feel that we can improve, feel free to leave them. There is an anonymous comment option on here & I don't mind if you use it. I don't need to know who you are - just tell me what you like or don't like about the paper.

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The football team lost its final home game of the season. Coach Kellar wasn't excited about that, but from the interview I could tell that he is very proud of the team and the turnaround they've had this season. They've gone from zero wins last year to 5-4 this year, with two games left.

For those curious, I did bring up the "Letter to the Editor" that accused of Coach Kellar of disrespecting the band students. You can read his response below. It's interesting, to say the least.

For long-time readers of my "Kellar Q&A" series, the biggest news to come out of this interview is that Charleston and West Liberty finally played each other. So, there is now officially a #1 team in the conference. Charleston beat Concord earlier in the season, and Concord closes out the season against West Liberty.

Interview is below.

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Interview with Mike Kellar, Concord's football coach (10/26/09)

Chris Slater: The team lost to UNC-Pembroke, 27-9. What happened?

Mike Kellar: Pembroke came out, and they’re a very physical football team. They tried to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. They ran the ball real well, ran up the “time-of-possession.” We didn’t have quite enough fire power on offense to combat some of the things they were doing to us. You know, it’s one of those games where they got out to a 14-2 lead. Defense made some stops, but they were picking up the first downs. It took the defense a while to get back in and we finally did get back on track. Basically, time ran out on us.

CS: What did the team do right in the game?

MK: Special teams wise, we were very good in the kicking game, with the punt and the field goal teams. Defensively, we seemed to stiffen as they drove the ball on us. We made some big stops. Offensively, we weren’t dynamic enough in the passing game to combat the way they were playing us. They were trying to take away our run and one-on-one plays outside and for whatever reason, we didn’t make the plays.

CS: You guys have a 4-2 home record. How important is that to you?

MK: Well, it’s very important to protect our home field. It’s something we talked about openly during camp that we wanted to win all our home games. That way, when people came to our place, we wanted them to “feel” Concord football. So, to go 4-2 at home, when you’re coming off a season where we didn’t win any games previously, is something we can build upon here for the future.

CS: Overall, you have a 5-4 record. Coming in, did you expect to go that far?

MK: You know, we did. As coaches, you’re smart enough to understand that this team isn’t going to get turned around overnight. But, at the same time, if you don’t set an expectation level for your team, your staff, and for yourself, then how do you expect to reach goals? We went into the season thinking, “Let’s not put a number on the wins and losses. Let’s try to go out and get better each day and let the wins pile up as they may.”

CS: How has the community reacted to this?

MK: Oh, they’ve been very supportive. I couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve gotten from the community and how happy they seem to be with the turnaround. Everywhere I go, every time I go shopping, or go out to eat with my wife, someone stops by and says, “Hey, you and your staff is doing a good job, we appreciate it.” You know, I couldn’t be happier with it, the community support.

CS: How’s the conference looking? Did Charleston and West Liberty finally meet?

MK: They finally played. West Liberty beat Charleston in overtime. Double overtime.

CS: Nice.

MK: Yeah. So, West Liberty is the team to beat in the conference championship. They’ve got Seton Hill this week and they play us a week from now. If they win out, they’re conference champs. If they don’t, then they would share the conference with Charleston.

CS: Concord currently has a 3-3 conference record. How’s that looking for us?

MK: Well, we currently have two conference games left. We’ll try to win them both and have a winning record. Our main goal is to have a winning record, overall. Our second goal is to have a winning conference record, at this point.

CS: I don’t know if you’ve seen the last week’s issue of The Concordian. There’s a Letter to the Editor…

MK: Mmmhmmm

CS: …about the music department thing. He brought up the two instances where he felt that you disrespected the team - where you had the football team leave during the pep rally while they were still playing, and then he said you “called them out” somehow during the bonfire…

MK: Yeah, I really don’t want to comment on that. I didn’t do that. I mean, it wasn’t… Basically, I don’t remember doing either one of those things. Not that I remember. If he took it that way, I didn’t mean for it to be that way.

CS: I was at the pep rally. I remember they were still playing after you were done. I don’t know…

MK: Yeah, I stayed until the fire was out. I don’t even know what they were talking about [laughs]. But, I didn’t read it, I heard about it and I didn’t pay it any attention. I didn’t feel like, I mean, I know we didn’t. If we did, we sure didn’t mean it on purpose.

CS: This Saturday, you guys take on Fairmont State. What are your thoughts on that?

MK: It’s a big game, it’s a conference game on the road. We haven’t had a… Who was our road victory? Have we won on the road this year? We’re 4-2 at home. Oh, we haven’t had a conference victory on the road yet. We beat Virginia, Southern Virginia.

CS: Yeah.

MK: It’s a conference road game, with our chance to get our first victory in conference play on the road. We’re facing a solid Fairmont team. Their record isn’t as good as their talent level is. They’ve won their last two, and hopefully we stop that for them. We’re just going to go out and play well to give ourselves a chance to win a football game.

CS: Who were your players of the game?

MK: On defense, it was… hold on here… Offense was, uh, Bryan Roof; B-R-Y-A-N R-O-O-F. Defense was Kevin Elliot. And, special teams was Brian Kennedy.

CS: Okay. How about the scouts [red-shirt freshmen who participate in practices]?

MK: Scout player of the week, on offense, was CJ Tullio; T-U-L-L-I-O. Defense was… Who was Defense? Colby Alexander. Uh, special teams was… I don’t know special team’s. I’ll get it to you.

CS: We always have problems with the special teams [laughs].

MK: [laughs]. Yeah, we go through it so fast on Monday morning.

CS: That looks like everything I have. Is there anything you’d like to add?

MK: We’ve got a couple big games left. We’re on the road. We’re gonna have to go on the road and play both games. Hopefully we keep improving and end the season the right way.


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Nikko Johnson was the Special Teams scout player of the week.

Click here to see the Letter to the Editor I was referencing. The only thing I'll mention about that is that when I'm making reference to being at the pep rally, I'm actually referencing the one from earlier this semester. Kellar cut me off and thought I was talking about the bonfire from Homecoming Week.

Click here to see pictures from that pep rally (and a story from the first-ever interview I had with Kellar). I'll leave a comment on that, since I was there. Here's how it was set up - the band played, the cheerleaders did a presentation, the football team was introduced, the coach & a couple players talked about the upcoming game, the band started playing again, and the football team left.

To me, it looks like there was a communication breakdown. I can't speak for Kellar, but it looks like he thought the pep rally was over. They talked about the game, and they were "played off." I remember hearing some band members openly saying, "But, we're not done yet," as the team was leaving. I guess they had a couple tunes left and nobody told Kellar. The team left, the band played a couple more songs, the cheerleaders did a couple routines, and the event was over.

Regarding the incident during Homecoming Week, I can't comment on it. I wasn't there.

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So, there's that. Click here to read last week's Q&A with Kellar if you haven't yet. And if you're bored, click here to check out a cool music blog I did. It's part 2 of what I'm making a series.

There's only two games left this season. If you have any questions you'd like me to ask Kellar, feel free to do so. I've had fun doing this - interviewing him for the newspaper and asking a couple "blog-only" questions for here. To whore my blog out, the extra questions give people a reason to read it. If you'd like me to ask something, feel free to let me know. Pat Keys, my former roommate, has been begging me to ask a certain question for several weeks now. I think I'll break that one out for our last interview.

If you have any comments about anything else, the interview itself, or the comments about John's YouTube video, or complaints/suggestions about The Concordian, leave those as well. It's cool. To quote John Walsh - "You can remain anonymous."

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Who covered David Bowie better?

Tommy Lee or Scott Weiland? Here's the original. It was co-written in 1974 by Bowie and John Lennon. It was one of Bowie's first #1 hits and the first single that really made him a "star." 



Tommy Lee is best known as being the drummer of 80's hair-metal band Motley Crue, but he has released a couple solo albums as well. His first, from 2002, featured his cover of Bowie's "Fame."



Scott Weiland got his start with the popular grunge/hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots. STP broke up for a few years and Weiland became the frontman of Velvet Revolver. After recording two albums with VR, he left the band and went back to STP. Weiland has recorded two solo albums, one in 1998 and the second - which features the "Fame" cover - about a year ago.



Neither cover is really that true to the original. Tommy Lee's has a couple extra "free-style" verses thrown in the middle, and more of a "funk" vibe. Weiland's was re-mixed by famed "deejay" Paul Oakenfold, and has more of a "techno" sound to it. It just depends on your tastes. I like both, but prefer the original.

Friday, October 23, 2009

10/21/09 Student Government Association meeting notes (and a couple other things...)

We're coming off of an interesting Homecoming Week at Concord University. Actually, I don't really know, since I didn't participate in anything. I would have attended the parade/bonfire/pep rally on Thursday, but I had to work. That's the same reason why I missed the game on Saturday. None of the other stuff appealed to me. "Zomebieland" was a lot more interesting to me than the Lip Synch competition, so I saw that instead. I'll go on record as saying that Woody Harrelson is funnier than any fraternity or sorority member at Concord.

For those curious about the Homecoming events, here are some recaps from The Concordian:

Homecoming Winners ... Wendy Holdren gives a recap of who won King & Queen

Homecoming Game: Concord Wins Again ... My story about the football game

Tailgating at Homecoming ... Wendy talks to some graduates from the early '90s

Homecoming Dance ... Samantha Ricketts talks to Student Center Director Anna Hardy about last Thursday's dance

Lip Sync ... Liston Penntington talks to a bunch of people about the "skits" that Greek organizations put on

I didn't have an edition of my weekly column "Communication Breakdown" in the paper this week. I have the columns planned out for the next two weeks - I just need to actually write them. There was still some interesting stuff on the Opinions section even without me.

Rachel's Random Rants: Turn up the Heat! ... She wrote this random rant during the couple days last week when it was cold. Now, it's warm and feeling pretty good outside. It's still chilly at night, though. The weather right now is weird - it's been fluctuating a lot.

Letter to the Editor about disrespect for the music department ... A guy named Thomas Hilliker wrote this piece about what the subject line says. It's an interesting read. There are a couple comments on it already, one from me. He mentions feeling as though the football coach disrespected the band during the pep rally. I interview Coach Kellar each week, so I'm going to ask him about that the next time we talk.

I mentioned this in last week's "SGA Blog," it's important to get student input into the newspaper. If you have an issue, write about it and send it in. I didn't know about half of the issues in that letter until I read about it. I'm really surprised that none of the graphic design/pottery/etc people from the Fine Arts Building haven't written anything about the mold in the building. That would be the perfect forum. Somebody reading this, go talk to those people...

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There weren't a lot of "SGA Tweets," this week, so it won't get a separate blog entry, like previous weeks. There was a new "SGA Tweeter" - Gary Thompson. So, that was cool.

I'll start with the list of people:

@chris_slater - Me
@Goodrichk18 - Kelly Goodrich
@lewisb01 - Bill Lewis
@garytuba08 - Gary Thompson
@RC9000000 - Russell Christian
@Biff359 - Sean Noland
@buckskeen - Buck Skeen
@grathwohl - Justin Grathwohl
@SigTauGod - Mike Mann
@ericproffit - Eric Proffit

Sean was at the meeting and didn't tweet, but he was mentioned once. Kelly wasn't at the meeting and didn't tweet, but was mentioned once. Buck wasn't at the meeting, but tweeted a couple times. Grathwohl didn't tweet, but Buck mentioned him once. Mike wasn't at the meeting, but did tweet. Eric is an alum. He wasn't at the meeting, but keeps up with the SGA, somewhat.

Terms:

"RT" means Re-Tweet. If you see "RT" before a message, that means I'm re-posting what somebody else said. You can leave your own comments before the "RT" in the message.

If a message begins with "@_______" that means it is a reply to that person. If I write "@buckskeen," I am sending a reply to Buck. It's still public and people can see my reply.

I'll post my tweets, in addition to everyone elses. Their tweets will have their name in parentheses before the tweet.

The tweets are below. The first one is from Bill Lewis, and was sent out about an hour before the meeting started.


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(Bill Lewis) waiting around on the sga meeting...very tired with lots of hw today, so hopefully it'll be a quick one.

Sitting in the State Room waiting for the @CU_SGA meeting to begin. iPod is covering up annoying conversation I'm listening to.

I'm flying solo at the @CU_SGA meeting today. My buddy @Goodrichk18 isn't feeling well today.

Nirvana's accoustic cover of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" is very haunting.

Even with my iPod blaring, it's not enough to drown out a certain @CU_SGA Senator Smith...

Listening to one of the few Pink Floyd songs I like - "Wish You Were Here."

(Bill Lewis) just discussed with secretary buying iClickers for role call and vote taking...much more accurate data.

RT @lewisb01: just discussed with secretary buying iClickers for role call and vote taking...much more accurate data.

(Eric Proffit) Didn't know @CU_SGA was on twitter. They should really tweet more.

RT @ericproffit: Didn't know @CU_SGA was on twitter. They should really tweet more.

A couple ethics-related amendments today at @CU_SGA meeting. Should be exciting.

(Russell Christian) @chris_slater lol i know right

(Russell Christian) Finish my report nothing left to do in SAG and a another safty walk at 7:30 tonight #SGA

RT @Rc9000000: Finish my report nothing left to do in SAG and a another safty walk at 7:30 tonight #SGA

(Buck Skeen) @Rc9000000 head of safety committee? People, @Rc9000000 *IS* the safety committee. His safety walks = TechnoViking on patrol!

(Russell Christian) @buckskeen i wish it was just me being technoviking

(Bill Lewis) Bullet points! Yes!!!

:) RT @lewisb01: Bullet points! Yes!!!

(Mike Mann) @chris_slater Have fun in that shit today.. too much homework for SGA for me today.. cant be unprofessional :(

RT @SigTauGod: @chris_slater Have fun in that shit today.. too much homework for SGA for me today.. cant be unprofessional :(

(Russell Christian) @SigTauGod take it eassy and dont work to hard

(Bill Lewis) it's actually the resource conservation and energy efficiency committee...

Green Committee RT @lewisb01: it's actually the resource conservation and energy efficiency committee...

I see a girl sleeping in here. She used to be the Envy Fashion rep, unsure what she is right now...

(Gary Thompson) don't understand why the senate has such a problem with carrying plates / saving energy ?

(Russell Christian) Lol RT: @chris_slater I see a girl sleeping in here. She used to be the Envy Fashion rep, unsure what she is right now...

(Russell Christian) My anouncement safty is friday at 3 and th walk is at 7:30 #SGA

(Buck Skeen) Asleep, apparently... RT @chris_slater: I see a girl sleeping in here. She used to be the Envy Fashion rep, unsure what she is right now...

Parliamentarian pwned @Biff359 a couple weeks ago, pwned the @CU_SGA President this week.

(Buck Skeen) @chris_slater I remember the time @grathwohl and I pwned Dr. Brichford. It's good to hear @CU_SGA finally has a worthwhile parliamentarian.

RT @Rc9000000: My anouncement safty is friday at 3 and th walk is at 7:30 #SGA

(Buck Skeen) @Rc9000000 needs to name his Safety Committee the "Brute Squad"

Yearbook photos will take place soon. What's going on with last year's yearbook?

(Eric Proffit) @chris_slater CU has a yearbook!?

@ericproffit They started doing one last semester & said it would be ready this semester. I've heard nothing about it so far.


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Now, here's my report of the SGA meeting.

The meeting kicked off with Prime Justice Michelle Lusk giving a rundown of Homecoming complaints she received ... there were some complaints about Alpha Sigma Alpha putting stuff on peoples cars ... it was ruled that they had the group had to compensate for people who had to get their cars washed ... Phi Sigma Phi & Alpha Sigma Tau filed a complaint against all groups who had flyers in the wrong areas ... the groups had to take down the flyers ... Alpha Sigma Alpha won an appeal about points being deducted for not having their float in the right spot before the parade started

That's most of what she said. If I got some of the names incorrect, let me know.

Kiwa Nadas gave the SGA Affairs report ... their meetings are Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the SGA Office

Russell Christian gave the Safety committee report ... he finally went on the "Safety Walk" with Concord President Dr. Aloia, Physical Plant Manager Jeff Shumaker, and somebody else [didn't catch the name] ... The stairwell between Wilson Hall and North Tower will eventually be replace, Shumaker told Russell ... no word on when

Russell mentioned during his report that he would also be doing a night-time "Safety Walk" after the meeting. Basically, they just walk around and look for unsafe areas around campus. If Russell or anybody who went on the walk wants to leave a comment here about how the night walk went, feel free to do so.

Katlyn Amos gave the Dining committee report ... meetings are Monday at noon, in the cafeteria ... expressed concerns about the food quality on the weekends, noting moldy food and a lack of coffee cups ... Head of Dining at Concord, Randy Keaton, said he would have the matter fixed ... she is looking into the recent 5% increase in price at Starbucks, Grille Works, and South of Sicily on campus ... reminded students that they should not be paying sales tax if they are using their flex dollars ... if they are being charged sales tax, save the receipt and show it to her ... will be sending out a survey soon about cereal options

Shortly after being elected SGA President last semester, Jeff Yeager told me that one thing he wanted to do was make sure the SGA didn't go as easy on dining services as it had in the past. It looks like Jeff and Katlyn are doing their parts to make sure that is the case. Kudos to them.

Jenn Smith gave the ADA committee report ... the ADA-compliant pottery wheel she mentioned a few weeks ago, the cost will be split between the Housing Office ($1000) and the Fine Arts Division ($300) ... her meetings are Wednesday at 3 p.m., in Subway Sides

Publicity committee chair JR Davis gave his report next ... thanked VP Akeya Carter-Bozman for her help ... noted that they worked on Homecoming flyers for 3 hours ... the flyers will be recycled, he said

Housing committee report was given by Kathryn Alvarez ... the meeting went well ... will talk to Housing Director Rick Dillon on Tuesday

The way she gives reports makes me think two things - either she doesn't realize she's not saying anything when she talks, or her committee's not doing anything so she's intentionally vague each week. Either way, I can't tell you a thing the Housing committee is doing.

Brittany Keys gave the Concord University Student Affairs committee report ... she said that the group is no longer an SGA committee, and is now a faculty committee

I don't know what the difference means for the committee. The SGA Advisor, Charles Brichford, tried to shed a little light on the matter, but he didn't come across too clearly. Maybe next week, Brittany can explain what the difference means for the committee.

Jeff Yeager gave the Ethics committee report ... have 3 amendments to present at the meeting ... Jeff wanted to note that lines 18-24 in the first amendment should be deleted

Bill Lewis gave the Election Reform committee report ... they meet Monday at 2 p.m. ... laid down some goals for the committee ... looking into what to do if there are "dual winners" (somebody wins President & VP), "blanket filings" (somebody runs for every office), and issues with spending limits & funding for campaigns ... once those goals are addressed, they will be sent to the Ethics committee, which will then send them to the SGA Affairs committee, and they will then be sent to the Student Senate for approval

The Green Sustainability committee, chaired by Gary Thompson, was up next ... looking for volunteers next week to help recycle ... noted they already have some University 100 students helping out for credit in their class ... going to try and talk to President Aloia and find out where the potential money saved from going trayless in the cafeteria would go ... trying to organize a campus cleanup for Nov. 8 (a Sunday) ... will also speak with President Aloia about getting a reliable recycling program, potentially w/ work-study students ... is getting paper recycling bins in the dorms and computer labs ... mentioned a conference in Marshall

It looks like this committee is getting some stuff done. That's good. I didn't catch much about the conference at Marshall, if anybody wants to give more information about it.

Attorney General Bill Lewis began his report by noting another Senator had reached three absences and would lose all rights ... mentioned that the Residence Life Policy would be coming up for renewal soon ... made changes to Officer applications, adding a clause where they acknowledge that all information is correct ... stressed that the computers in the SGA Office are for SGA use only

I believe this is unprecedented in the SGA right now - two Senators got three absences and got their title taken away from them. The Officer application deal came about from Ashley Hicks and Kiwa Nadas putting incorrect grade point averages on their applications. Some believe that they lied about those GPAs.

Ombudsman Brittany Keys gave her report next ... received an inquiry about Zumba classes returning, and announced that they would be coming back in December ... noted that orange juice is only required to be available for breakfast, after getting a complaint that they didn't have any at dinner time ... received a suggestion for more fruit in the cafeteria ... Keys asked that if you see people taking away the complaint sheets to stop them

President Jeff Yeager gave his report ... he is still working on ethical issues with the SGA - "I pledged that I would do my best to clean this office up" ... investigated the extended hours with the library - some nights there would be nobody in there, and other nights there would be 20 people ... taking applications for Senator positions until Friday, Oct. 23 ... will have a meeting soon with Dr. Charles Becker about Concord University's Budgetary committee ... will have a meeting with President Aloia this Monday about a potential commuter lounge ... he will look more into the Religious Studies commission - "I will hopefully get this thing moving" ... he wants to speak with all committee chairs soon ... asked Marjie Flanagan for a swine flu update, and announced that there were a couple cases on campus, which were being handled ... he will not be here the remainder of the week, and neither will the VP, so Secretary Lesley Weeks will be in charge of the day-to-day duties

New Business:

Amendment 10212009 A, B, and C all passed. They were about ethical hazards relating to the President, VP, and Secretary. They will be discussed at the next meeting, with voting taking place at the one after that.

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That looks to be everything from the SGA meeting. If I missed anything, or got something wrong, let me know.

As always, 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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coach Kellar Q&A - 10/19/09

Concord won their Homecoming game this year, 52-34, which was cool. So, I figured Kellar would be in a good mood for our interview. I showed up to his office & he wasn't there. I was waiting around for him, walking around the ground floor of the athletic building, when I could hear some music in the distance. I got closer and realized it was a workout room for the athletes. Here's what they were listening to at they "pumped some iron." I was very amused:



So, that was fun to listen to for a while. Eventually, we ran into each other in the hall and went into a side room & did the interview. He was in pretty good spirits about the win and the Homecoming atmosphere ... except for one element, which you'll read below.

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Interview with Mike Kellar, Concord's football coach (10/19/09)

Chris Slater: You guys defeated Seton Hill this weekend in the Homecoming Game. What were your thoughts on that?
Mike Kellar: It was a good win for us. It was good to see all of the older alums here. It was good for them to get back here and see how far we’ve came and the efforts we’re trying to make. Seton Hill’s a playoff team from a year ago, they have a lot of returning starters. They’ve had a little bit of bad luck and their record doesn’t show that. I feel that we beat a quality football team.

CS: What were your thoughts on the Homecoming “atmosphere”?
MK: I thought it was great. The only thing was - the first half, the Homecoming atmosphere was phenomenal, but then halftime festivities came and a lot of students left after halftime. That was a little bit disheartening. I would have liked to see them stick around and see the conclusion of a good football game. A team that works very hard and tries to represent them well, we really need that home-field advantage to pull off those games late. One of the reasons we won the Lenoir-Rhyne game was our student body. If they would stick around for the whole game, we’d love it.

CS: I was reading that Brian Kennedy had a pretty good game. What are your thoughts?
MK: Brian’s had a good season for us. He’s had a couple really good games back-to-back. Our running game’s been key the last few weeks. Brian had - I think - 18 carries for 286 yards and Dennis Cole caught 15 carries for like 130 yards. Those guys have been a great 1-2 punch for us. I’d like to see them do it the rest of the way.

CS: How did the rest of the team do?
MK: Defensively, we did what we had to do. We gave them some plays when we could have got off the field on long yardage fourth-yard plays. Our defensive, they played the situation the right way. You know, when you’re up two or three scores late in the game, you make them use the clock and generally you win. You give up a lot of yards, but at the end of the day they made some big third-down stops and they’re able to… the score was really about 52-20, the last two touchdowns were really circumstance more than anything.

CS: How about your offense?
MK: We ran the ball really well, couldn’t be more proud of the offensive line - fullbacks, tight ends, wide receivers did a great job blocking. In the backs of course, we already talked about that with Brian and Dennis - they hit the holes and got in the open field and took it the rest of the way.

CS: You mentioned a couple weeks ago that a loss hurts until you win.
MK: Yeah.

CS: This is your first victory after two losses…
MK: Yeah, it’s good to get a win, it’s good to get back on the winning track. The same thing, though, on Sunday and Monday if you’re trying to forget about the loss; on Sunday and Monday, you need to forget about the win. Right now, our focus and preparation needs to be on the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. That’s where we’re at right now.

CS: How’s the rest of the conference? Any movers & shakers, or is it still Charleston and West Liberty?
MK: Yeah, pretty much the same. Charleston and West Lib play this week, I believe, so when we have this next week, one of them will lose [laughs].

CS: You guys host UNC-Pembroke in the final home game of the season. What are your thoughts on that?
MK: Pembroke’s a good football team; ranked seventeenth in the country, number four in the Southeast Region of the United States, regional rankings. They handled us pretty well a year ago, I don’t remember the exact score. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re going to have to prepare well, get a great week’s worth of practice, film study, doing things the right way, then go out on Saturday and play hard.

CS: Who were some of your players of the game [red-shirt freshmen who participate in practices]?
MK: Offensive was Brian Kennedy. Defensive player of the game was Dan Stone and Thomas Hearons. Special teams player of the game was Justin McKissick. Scout team offensive was Keith Huff. Defensive was Hector Tanner. And, special teams was… ah hell, who was it? It’ll hit me here in a second… I don’t remember. I’ll go look it up and give it to you before you leave. It was a good player, who was it? It wasn’t Lawson… It was… I don’t remember. I’ll have to look it up, I have it in my notebook.

CS: That looks like about everything I have. Is there anything you’d like to add?
MK: It’s the last home game of the season - I’d like to see the student body get out there and root us on. We had a good atmosphere for the first half of the Homecoming game and if we can get them to come and stay the length of the game and cheer us on, and get our team riled up and kind of be that “twelfth man” for us, that would be awesome.


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The Special Teams scout player was Derick Hickman. Click here for more information about Brian Kennedy's good game that I asked Kellar about.

Kellar mentioned that UNC Pembroke was number 17 in the country. He was talking about the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 rankings. They're actually up to 15 now. Click here to see an article about it. Concord is mentioned in a very favorable light at the very end of the article. I was pleasantly surprised to read that.

If you're interested in the Charleston/West Liberty game that Kellar mentions, click here to see last week's interview. At the very end, I give a little more information about the game.

Comments and questions are welcomed. If you have any questions that you'd like me to ask Kellar in a future interview, leave them here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

10/14/09 SGA Meeting notes, etc...

I've finally gotten around to putting some thoughts out about the 10/14 meeting of the Student Government Association. For those who haven't read it yet, I did post a blog that detailed the "tweets" of several people using their Twitter accounts during the meeting. Click here to check that out. Some interesting comments have been left.

As I mentioned in the "Tweet Blog," I'll be looking at Kiwa Nadas' article about the flyer controversy. I did some research on the differences between "flyer" and "flier." Both are acceptable spellings of the same word. I saw different articles that said both were the preferred spellings. So, some people are mixed on which is best. Since this is just a useless blog, I'm going to stick with my "Y" spelling. Just about every resource on the subject I checked out noted that neither form is used to describe somebody who flies a plane. They are neither a flyer nor a flier. They are a pilot.

I'll also look at this week's issue of The Concordian a little bit. I'll use the Concordian article about an SGA issue as a buffer between talking about The Concordian & the SGA.

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I haven't been to the last two Concordian staff meetings. I also missed the first one of the semester. That's three missed meetings in about a month. I think over the previous four years on the staff, I only missed four meetings. I'm not as important to the staff now, so I'm not too worried about not being there.

So, I'm not really sure what the staff's talking about. I don't know what's going to be in next week's issue of The Concordian. I figure there will be coverage of the new Homecoming King & Queen. Hopefully somebody will be in attendance at the game, as it makes it easier to get the necessary quotes.

I covered the Homecoming King & Queen my 2nd & 3rd years here. The 2nd year, I was at the game and stood right there on the sideline getting pictures of the "royalty" and got interviews right after halftime. The third year, I wasn't at the game & had to track them down on Monday and use pictures from the PR office. The article from my 2nd year was a lot better.

If you haven't checked out The Concordian online, you really should. It may one day replace an actual print edition of The Concordian. In fact, if I had any power at all on the staff, I would definitely push for not doing a weekly paper and mainly focusing on the website, with a bi-weekly print edition & weekly website updates.

One of the cool aspects of the website is the ability to leave comments on stories. It makes the newspaper a lot more interactive. You can also write a letter to the editor, which will be published in the paper, right on the website. So far, I think I'm the only person to do that, and that was last year.

I would personally like to see a lot more student participation on the Opinions section. If there's a problem on campus, write something about it and submit it. If you agree with something, write about it and submit it. If you have something random you'd like to get out there, write about it & submit it. You can e-mail letters to the editor to concordian @ concord.edu

Here's some stuff from this week's newspaper that you should check out if you haven't yet -

Bill Fraley acts as new housing operations manager ... Wendy Holdren covers Bill Fraley's new position with Housing. Bill's gone through a couple different positions within Concord over the last few years. He's been a Resident Director of a dorm in the past, and has worked under the previous Housing Director, so I'm sure he's going to do well in this new job.

GSA attends national equality march ... Samantha Ricketts wrote up a report of Concord's "Gay Straight Alliance" group attending a march in Washington DC.

Sports Corner ... The name may not be interesting, but the stuff Zack Graham writes sure is. Check out this week's edition.

Classes During the Homecoming Parade ... I'm leaving this story mainly for the comment that is left with it. I agree 100 percent.

My Opinions piece aka "Communication Breakdown" ... I think it's an important subject, so check it out if you can.

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Here's our halfway point. Click here to see Kiwa Nadas' article from this week's Concordian. In it, she gives justification for why she and several others walked out of a meeting a couple weeks ago. Basically, she did not appreciate people who had nothing to do with Homecoming (the SGA) telling her - somebody who has put in the long hours associated with Homecoming - what to do.

First of all, I'm going to look at what I agree with about this article.

She writes, "So the fact that people were so worried about the wasteful effects of fliers, yet the fact that we use an obscene amount of water in the cafeteria just to wash trays was ignored, confuses me."

That same meeting that she walked out of, Resolution 09302009 failed. It would have removed trays from the cafeteria, which would have saved X-amount of water and been more "green." One of the reasons people spoke against 100 flyers was because they felt it would be a waste of resources (i.e., paper & ink).

It is a very good point that Kiwa brings up about people not caring about one way to save resources but caring so much about another. Plus, the water issue would reportedly save a lot more money over the long-term. Very, very good point.

But, this leads into an issue that I think has hurt her argument severely - she didn't do a good job of putting thought and planning into her points. She has some good points, but she doesn't articulate them effectively in this piece.

That sentence that I quoted from her article is the only time she mentions the water/tray issue. If you did not attend the SGA meeting (or read my blog), you would have no idea what she's talking about. She didn't explain what the resolution was, or what it was about, or any background to really connect those two points. So, the average reader looks at that point and is confused.

I'm going to go through and point out a few more areas where her argument/facts don't make sense -

"Homecoming is supposed to be a time when people come to together to support our school one last time on our home football field."

This may seem like nitpicking, but the Homecoming Game isn't the last home game of the season. It's really not nitpicking - that's a basic fact that she got wrong, which damages her credibility, which in turn makes it more difficult to prove an argument.

"It gets heated and every year the competition gets worse, but every organization loves it and loves competing for it."

That can't be proven, which also damages credibility. An opinions piece is rooted in facts, and this is an illogical sentence. What is "heated"? Are you sure EVERY organization loves it?

"If you are an habitual reader of the Concordian, or attend SGA meetings regularly, you already know what happened a few weeks ago in a special Senate meeting to go over the rules of homecoming."

To the best of my knowledge, the "walkout" was never reported in The Concordian. The newspaper really doesn't report much on the SGA for some reason. There's no weekly coverage of the meetings in the paper, and I don't think that point was mentioned in any other articles. If it was reported in The Concordian, somebody point it out to me. Until I'm shown otherwise, this was another incorrect fact in this article.

"The real kicker, the reason others and I decided to leave, was because this 'suggestion', this change in something we have been doing for generations, came from members of the Senate and Executive Board who do not nor probably have ever officially participated in homecoming."

First of all, what is "generations"? Earlier in the article, she mentions that this is only her 2nd Homecoming. So, what is her definition of "generations"? There have been 100 flyers for "generations"? This is my 6th year, and I remember having only 50 in the past. Senator Jenn Smith even brought that up in the meeting they walked out of - that she remembered having only 50 as well. She's speaking about a past that she does not have an intimate knowledge about - another credibility killer.

Also, it's not a wise move to make a blanket statement like "who do not nor have probably ever officially participated in homecoming" about a room of probably 50+ people. Off of the top of my head, Bill Lewis was a proponent of the 50 flyers, and he's participated in a Homecoming before. I don't know enough about everybody else, so I'm not going to speculate about what they have or have not done.

"Fliers are not a big deal; they have no impact on the campus as a whole besides to get the candidates names and, more importantly, faces advertised."

There's another blanket statement. They have "no impact." Nothing. Zero impact. These flyers do nothing besides advertise people. So, none of them wind up on the floor as litter? Of all 300 flyers up, not a single one will wind up on the ground? I know at least one did, since I saw it on the ground on Wednesday. When I first saw all the flyers up in the Student Center stairwell, I seriously said to myself, "Wow. That's way too many flyers." I looked at a couple and then just walked past them. Is that an impact?

"If people are so worried about the fliers being recycled, why not make a committee to go around once homecoming is over and pick up all the fliers and put them in the recycling bins. This way the 'concerned' Senate members will know that the paper is properly disposed of."

Couldn't the Eco Club do that? The SGA has enough committees, and nobody goes to them. Sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across well in the newspaper. Trust me, I know from experience.

One last point, I think the sentence "Certain members of the Senate, including myself, walked out." would actually read more correctly as "Myself and my sororoty sisters walked out."


I'll stop there. Instead of saying anything else about this, I'll let some girl named Samantha have the final word. She left this comment on the story's comment section on cunewspaper.com -

"I disagree. Homecoming is not only for groups 'officially participating,' but also for the campus as a whole. All students are invited to attend events, vote, and have fun. Saying that certain members of the campus are not involved is inaccurate; most students are involved in a group of some kind that could participate in the running for homecoming king and queen if they choose. Just because they didn't this year does not mean they won't in coming years or have not previously. And, particularly, this does not mean that their input should be ignored. In addition, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the events of homecoming as well. I doubt the custodial staff is in favor of flyers, after having to clean them up when they fall or after a group has not taken them down after the week is over. Again, their opinions should not be ignored. Everyone on this campus is involved in homecoming in some way; no opinion should be overlooked.

"And not only does the issue of flyers affect everyone on campus, but it has a global effect as well. The waste of resources is a worldwide problem, and even a small campus like ours should at least attempt to do its part to produce less waste.

"Using paper flyers is generally pointless anyway; most students do not vote by how many flyers they've seen or how good they look. They vote by what organization it is, who the candidates are, who gave them the best candy, or who had the best billboards. In fact, billboards are a successful and original way of advertising. They use wood, which can be reused each year, and they require artistic talent and creativity, as opposed to printing off a few pictures and words from a computer. I'd recommend getting rid of flyers and actually adding more billboards, if more advertising is desired.

"Having a committee for the recycling of the flyers is a start, but until such a committee is assembled, reducing the number of flyers seems like a reasonable conclusion. Also, I agree that the cafeteria should get rid of trays, and the campus as a whole should be more eco-friendly in general. Stopping the use of flyers could be the example the campus needs to begin taking more steps in this direction."

So, there's that. Now, the SGA report...

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The meeting kicked off with Kiwa Nadas giving the SGA Affairs committee report ... she talked about amendments to bylaws she is looking into

Russell Christian gave the Safety committee report ... he was unable to meet this week, but is starting to look over the agenda items that have been given to him ... meetings are Friday at 3 p.m. in the SGA Office

Katlyn Amos gave the Dining committee report next ... she noted that one of her priorities is to get trayless dining in the cafeteria ... is looking into getting clear cups in Subway for water, so you don't have to buy a soda cup (over $1) if you only want water ... wanted to make it easier to get bacon on hamburgers ... looking into more "green" initiatives

I find it odd that she's going to continue to try and get rid of trays in the cafeteria, even after the Senate voted down an Amendment that would do that. It seems like she's got her own agenda & isn't following the will of the Senate. Maybe if she brings up some more statistics and gives some better reasons for why going trayless in the cafeteria would be a good idea, maybe more people would be open to doing it.

Publications committee report was next ... they're working with the Publicity committee ... trying to get some sort of handbook done

ADA committee report was given by Jenn Smith ... noted there were some people on crutches who asked about getting a wheelchair ... there are only two wheelchairs on campus - one in the Alumni Office, for alumni only & one in the athletic department, for injured athletes ... Smith said that if you will pay for a wheelchair rental, Concord will get you one from a place in Princeton ... Smith also noted that Concord's police are trying to crack down on students using fake handicap decals to get better parking spots ... She also said something about students with certain disabilities being able to register for classes a day early ... meetings are at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, in the SGA Office

If you followed the "Tweet Blog," you would remember that Mike Mann noted that using your grandmother's handicap decal wasn't cool. He was talking about Jenn's report. I don't remember much about what she said regarding being able to register for classes early. I'm assuming that if this applies to you, then you already know about it.

Technology committee had no report ... meetings are Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Sarvay Hall lounge

Higher Ed. committee report was given by Ashley Hicks ... she was having trouble finding a meeting time ... created a Facebook group ... noted that her committee will be heading to Charleston in the future to lobby for funding

We're going to need a new chair for the Higher Education committee, as Ashley had her Senator position taken away from her. I Facebook Instant-Messaged her the other day and found out that she's not going to appeal the ruling about her Senatorial position being taken away. So, for the time being, it looks like Ashley Hicks is done with the SGA.

SGA President Jeff Yeager gave the Ethics committee report ... the cmtee will be looking into issues with the "Maxwell Clause" and also issues with the Vice President taking over Justice duties ... committee meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the SGA Office

For those who don't know, the Maxwell Clause is something that allows the SGA President to do things during breaks without Senate approval. It can be used for good things, like when Jessica Cook talked with the gazebo architect over the summer before the school year started two years ago. But, it can also be used for bad things, like when Wes Prince appointed Matt Belcher Vice President over the winter break, because he didn't think the Senate would approve it.

Election Reform committee report was given by Bill Lewis ... he has been having attendance issues with his committee ... if nobody starts showing up, he may dissolve the committee ... meetings are Mondays at 2 p.m. in the SGA Office

Gary Thompson gave the Green Sustainability committee report ... he said he had good news regarding making the Admissions office more "green" ... looks likely that they will get rid of the Add/Drop slips, and you will be able to add classes straight from your Advisor's office

Curtis Kearns gave the Tuition & Fees committee report ... said committee was "moving along nicely" ... they are looking at peer institutions right now ... Kearns said he believes tuition will be raised this year ... meetings are Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the SGA Office ... he said that "when the time is right," he'll start asking certain people to attend the meetings

I went to a Tuition & Fees committee meeting two years ago. It was when Travis Prince was chairing the committee and Wes Prince took all the credit because he was running for President. It's a very important committee - they try to make sure tuition raises are kept to a minimum. If that's something that interests you, them make it a priority to attend.

Jeff Yeager gave the Religious Studies commission report ... said the first meeting has been postponed ... "Issues have come up that I would like to address before we meet," he said ... he noted that they will eventually meet, there are just some things he wants to fix

At this point, Jeff introduced a guest speaker - Dr. Stephen Rowe. I'm not sure what he does now, but he used to be in charge of the library ... Rowe was there to talk about the fact that people were upset about the library's hours of operation during the Fall Break 4-day weekend ... there were four people in the library on Thursday & six on Friday, so they decided to close on Saturday & Sunday ... he also noted that the extended hours for the library is not very popular, as there was nobody there last night ... he said if you want to keep that, you need to utilize it ... he closed by saying that there were pigeons in the top floor of the library & they were trying to get rid of them

Attorney General
Bill Lewis noted that four groups have two absences, meaning one more and they lose their voting rights (I didn't get the group names) ... then proceeded to take away the voting rights of 5 organizations and strip Ashley Hicks of her Senator position for getting three absences

Board of Governors rep Curtis Kearns gave his report ... there were issues over when the new members would be sworn in ... long story short, Curtis and the others were finally sworn in ... they are required by law to have 6 meetings, and it looks like they will have 1 this semester & 5 next semester ... the long-awaited "military policy" is coming along nicely, Kearns said

Somebody remind me to suggest the "military policy" to the Concordian Editor-in-Chief. That's something that has been in the works for a long time, was nearly 100% a student-led initiative & is something that the students of Concord should really know about.

President Jeff Yeager gave his report next ... noted that the Concord University Student Affairs committee visitation policy passed & will be on a trial basis next fall ... congratulated Bill Fraley on his new position with Housing ... noted that one person on Concord's campus does have the H1N1 virus, but has been quarantined

Reports are over, time for Old Business:

Amendment 09232009A passed. It called for better storage of SGA minutes

New Business:

Amendment 10142009A passed. It gave $568 to Jeff Yeager & some guy named Rory to attend a National Shakespeare essay competition.

Actually, I'm not sure how much money was passed. Dr. Brichford brought up the English dept. putting up some money, but some in the SGA wanted to pay the entire bill. So, I'm not sure who paid, but overall $568 was given.

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That looks to be everything from the SGA meeting. If I missed anything, or got something wrong, let me know.

As always, here's the disclaimer:

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Bored & Sleepless...

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

Panic. Racing. Panic.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

Panic. What do I do?

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

Wondering. Worrying.

I can't sleep.

Listless.

I can't sleep.

Wondering.

I can't sleep.

Questions.

I can't sleep.

More questions.

I can't sleep.

I can't sleep.

Tired.

I can't sleep.

Ugh.

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I don't know what that stuff above is. I typed "I can't sleep" and then that stuff just came pouring out. It was one of those "stream-of-consciousness" deals.

But yeah, I can't sleep. This is unusual for me... well, it's not unusual for me, but I had been doing a lot better with my sleep issues lately.

Somehow, I got on the worst-possible sleep schedule. I don't know how it really started, but it happened sometime during my freshman year of college. For years, I had always gone to bed around midnight and woken up at 6 a.m. But, college did something to that. I started going to bed at 5 or 6 a.m. and waking up at 2 or 3 p.m. I remember weekends where I'd go to bed at 9 a.m. and wake up at 8 p.m. It's such a weird feeling to fall asleep when it's daytime and wake up when it's nighttime.

My second year of college, I got a prescription of Ambien to see if it would help me. It was really effective, in that it would instantly put me to sleep. But, it made me sleep walk. I'd wake up and find out that I left people Facebook comments or wrote a MySpace blog, just weird stuff like that. One time I woke up and my glasses were bent in half. I have no memory of doing any of that stuff. It was really weird, so I quit taking Ambien.

I've talked to a couple different doctors over the years about my sleep problems. I don't remember exactly what one diagnosed me with, but she used the word "manic" to describe it. She basically said something to the effect that my mind doesn't know to shut itself off when my body does. I get physically tired, but I don't get mentally tired.

My mind never stops thinking. I'm always thinking of something. Something I need to do. Something I'd like to write about. Somebody. Stuff. Whatever.

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I never realized I was as into autobiographies as I am. I always enjoyed reading them, but I actually think they're my favorite genre of books. Murder mysteries are my second favorite.

I'm reading Anthony Kiedis' autobiography right now. He's the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He's had a very interesting life. He started doing heroin when he was 14. That's not good.

I have two more autobiographies that I'm going to read soon. Dennis Rodman was always one of my favorite basketball players when I was a kid, so I'm interested in starting his book from the late '90s. I also have Walter Cronkite's book. For those who don't know, Cronkite was a famous journalist.

I don't think we're ever going to have another journalist like Cronkite. He's such a cultural figure, basically the "father of news," in a sense. That's mostly due to the fact that there are so many news sources available. Back then, he was the only guy doing news on television. At the most, there were two or three. When talking about history, people often use Croknite reporting on JFK's death & landing on the moon as examples. Now, whose report are you going to use? The guy on CNN, the guy on Fox News, the guy on MSNBC, etc...

I don't have it, but I'd really like to read Ted Kennedy's autobiography. He had completed it before his death, and it came out a couple weeks after his death. I read a blurb about it and it mentioned that he writes about how he has accepted the "lone gunman" theory in John F. Kennedy's death.

I don't even know who it's about, but there's this book at the bookstore in the mall that I'm really interested in reading, just because of the cover. It's of some baseball player. He looks really interesting and I'd like to know more about him.

One of the shoestores in the mall is selling the autobiography of the guy who owns the shoe store. Apparently he's like the "shoe czar" of America - he started like 5 or 6 different shoe stores or something. It's a "rags to riches" story. Looks interesting.

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Homecoming Week is nearing its end at Concord University. I'm kind of confused about something. The theme is "Red Carpet Affair." The picture shows a red carpet, with silhouttes of photographers taking pictures. It looks like a fancy movie premiere.

If it looks like a fancy movie premiere, then why are all the organizations doing something related to music, instead of movies?

Did anybody see all of the Homecoming flyers advertising potential Kings & Queens? (Or is it fliers? I checked, and got differing answers. Both are acceptable forms of the word, but some said "Y" was preferred, and others said "I." So, I'm sticking with "Y.") As we all know, the big debate was whether to have 50 or 100 flyers. In the end, 50 won out. I can't imagine how cluttered the Student Center would look with 100 from each group. There's 6 "teams" running for King & Queen. With each team getting 50 flyers, that's 300 pieces of paper that I have to look at.

And there were people who wanted 600 pieces of paper! Madness!

But, as I mentioned in a previous blog, I'll have more thoughts on that issue soon.

I'm excited to see how the football team is going to do this Saturday. I won't be at the game, because I have to work, but Mike Stanton will probably send out a tweet of the final score, so I'll know what happens.

It's really exciting to have a football team to be proud of. This is the first time we've had one in all of my years at Concord. Every year, we knew the result of the Homecoming game - Concord would lose, we just weren't sure how badly. This year, we're not sure. They might win. I like that feeling.

If you haven't yet, check out the interviews I do with the football coach, Mike Kellar. I put those up in my blog here, and the stories written from the interviews are available each week in The Concordian. I think it's an interesting read.

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That looks like enough for now. Maybe I'll try to sleep.