further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Sunday night TV is back as of tonight.
At 7:30, HBO is airing it's 30-minute "Day in life of making GoT"
At 9pm we get the (mid)-season premier of The Walking Dead.
At 10pm we get the series premier of Better Call Saul.
And in 8 weeks, right after TWD wraps up, we get the start of the final episodes of Mad Men as well as the start of Game of Thrones season 5.
My sunday nights just got a lot better.
Anyone expecting much from Better Call Saul? I'm cautiously optimistic.
Yesterday, MGoUser Libertine posted the following link regarding a man who walks a total of 21 miles round trip EVERY SINGLE DAY to get to work in Rochester. It was a human interest story in the Sunday Freep.
Today, in a followup article, the Freep has an update with what happened in response to the original article. A teen put together a GoFundMe account, and as of this morning, more than $180k in donations have been received on behalf of the carless Detroiter. There also have been offers from local dealers (and presumably, from others) of a car for James Robertson.
It is great to see the generosity of many. The banker (Blake Pollack) who brought the story to the attention of the Freep is assembling a board of advisers to help Mr. Robertson in managing the money. He is not planning on changing the way he lives, but in setting aside most of the money for future needs (insurance, gas, later health care, retirement, etc.)
James Robertson is keeping things in perspective:
"I have to be careful how I act about this. The same God who brings you all these blessings can take them away," he said.
"Hopefully, I'm ready for what happens."
From my perspective, one of the great outcomes, beyond the help for Mr. Robertson, is to see dialogue opened on the need for mass transportation, and at least a little discussion on the need for a living wage.
NOTE: I looked for a link at the Detroit News, but I guess because this article was only at the Freep, it makes sense that the followup is only at the Freep. (For those of you who hate Freep links, and will never go there.) Personally, I think the Freep deserves credit for a good story, at least in this instance.
EDIT: Just below, LilPenny1316 has found non-Freep links for those who prefer them.
Just got this e-mail:
A message from UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
U M Emergency Alert 9:45pm - Emergency Reduction in operations for UM-Ann Arbor for Feb 2. Classes/events canceled thru 6pm. Hospitals remain open. Details at www.umich.edu.
University of Michigan
Division of Public Safety and Security
WE HAD SUBS AND IT WAS AWESOME!
Wanted to create my first thread, tonight. First I just want to say how great the board is and it's fun coming on here everyday and sharing the Michigan love.
Tonight is my 7th day--out of a total 11 days--for my current vacation. I'm up north in Bellaire. Just got back from Short's brewery, and I picked up a growler of some nice seasonal beer. It's the "Black Cherry Porter" a very nice stout. It has a tart flavor but a very smooth and roasted finish.
The other drinks on tonight's menu are:
- Irish car bombs. I have some guiness, bailey's and some crappy whiskey.
- Jager Bombs. More of a young man's bomb, thankfully I'm still a young man.
- Vodka + Redbull. Read #2
- A dirty 30 of Busch Light..... would've picked up PBR (same price) but the store was out.
- Smirnoff Lemon. Not sure what to do with this, but we have some... so who knows.
Hope everyone on the MGoBoard has a good night, and here's to Iman Marshall and a 2017 Heisman Trophy (If we get him)!
The other day, my buddy and I were reminiscing on some of the good times we had in the dorms. I think it would be interesting to hear some stories from some of the mgoblog crazies...
Best dorm memory during your time at the university, go!
I woke up this morning to an email that had come in to all alums of the UM Sigma Alpha Mu chapter (Sigma Iota in internal SAM nomenclature) in light of the recent scandal about the damages at the hotel in upper Michigan. The email came in at 1 AM, so apparently they took a page from the Dave Brandon playbook. As this has been a topic on the boards lately, and people have been asking me if I have heard anything from SAM yet, I thought I would share with you the email I received. The email is from Alan Greenberg, who is an alumni advisor to the chapter at UM. Sorry in advance for the long text box.
By now, you have probably heard or seen the bad publicity about Sigma Iota and their ski weekend event in Gaylord, Michigan. Most of it, but not all of it, is true. There were 115 Sammies and about 100 SDT’s on this weekend trip. On Saturday night, things got way out of hand. I am not at liberty to describe what was going on at that time, and also I was not there (obviously). So I do not know exactly what took place. The end result was a lot of damage. The local TV station picked up the story and ran with it, eventually distributing it to every news outlet known to man.
The National immediately took action by placing the chapter on probation and ordering that they cease all regular activities until further notice. That includes social events, fundraisers, taking in pledges, athletics, etc. They also issued an apology on behalf of the National HQ. They have also kept in close touch with our Prior and with me, offering their guidance as to how things should be done. The Prior issued a press release a week ago offering his apologies on behalf of the Chapter. It reads:
We are embarrassed and ashamed of the behavior of a few of our chapter members at Treetops Resort over the weekend of January 17-18. This behavior is inconsistent with the values, policies, and practices of this organization.
Our chapter accepts full responsibility for this incident and we will be working with the management of the resort to pay for all damages and cleaning costs.
We will work within our own organization and with university officials to hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.
More recently, the chapter has sent a $25,000 good faith deposit to the hotel. The Prior has placed calls to the hotel manager and the mayor of the City. By doing so, he has established a line of communication should either one of these men want to reach out to the chapter. He followed that up with emails of apology to both men, and offered that the brothers were more than willing to come back up there and perform community service for the city of Gaylord. The U of M is conducting an investigation and will turn the information over to a disciplinary panel made up of officers from fraternities and sororities. We don’t know anything further about how the University will handle this or what else they will do.
Needless to say, this is a very serious issue. I have been in charge of the chapter since 2005, and we have had zero problems like this until now. This is a big one. Obviously, we hope that it does not result in our chapter being banned. It is more than ironic that this thing happened among a group of guys who were responsible for winning 3 Founders Cups in a row. The chapter has won the Cup 5 out of the past 7 years and was a close 2nd the other 2 years, one of which we should have been first, but the judges made a scoring error! Going all the way back to 1913 when the 1st Cup was awarded, this 7 year string of success is totally unprecedented.
And then there is academics. Every year the chapter has the highest GPA on campus! The guys have put in a countless number of hours for philanthropic fund raisers, and they have raised 100’s of 1,000’s of dollars. It is really a shame that a small quantity of guys created such a mess for everyone; the National HQ, the other brothers, our House Corporation, and themselves. Things were going great, and then this turned everything around 180 in an instant.
We shall see where the investigation goes and how it will work. I will try to keep you posted.
Fraternally, Alan Greenberg
So, that is what they said. If you want me to not share any further updates I receive from either national or UM SAM in the future, let me know, and I will not post these emails. I only am posting this as I have been asked if I had received anything yet.