I did not make this headline up
For a change of pace from Michigan fight songs, here's a piece of news that is hot in Chicago.
The local Jackie Robinson West Little League team has been stripped of it's title from last year for cheating. Apparently, they greatly fudged on residency stuff, and had players from a much wider geographic area than allowed.
From what I can tell, the evidence was irrefutable and undeniable, and finally, they had to do this. Everyone feels bad for the kids, but I have to agree that this was the right thing to do, hard as it is.
What a disaster at South Carolina State.
To outline some of the problems, here's a quote from another article-
The Orangeburg school has a $10 million deficit owed to food and maintenance vendors. Its enrollment also has dropped by more than a third since 2007 years and just 14 percent of its students graduate within four years.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/10/3980563/house-panel-votes-to-close-sc.html#storylink=cpy
The Higher Education Subcommittee's plan would shut down the university on July 1, 2015 for fiscal year 2015-2016 and reopen in 2017. That plan would suspend all athletics programs, fire President Thomas Elzey, dismiss faculty and state employees, terminate the Board of Trustees.
South Carolina State is a member of the MEAC, a Division I conference comprised of HBCUs.
Michigan played the SC State Bulldogs last season in a November basketball game.
Their football program has been somewhat decent, winning the MEAC championship recently and making the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
According to the article, South Carolina State will close for two years. That will essentially level their entire athletic department and all athletes that can transfer out will.
Finally making it back to Ann Arbor during the time Hopslam is out and was just wondering if anyone knew of any bars that more then likely will have it on tap this week? I have always wanted to try Hopslam on tap (gone in like 20 minutes in NC) as it is like gold down here.
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!