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Monday, April 27, 2009

Good as gold

A great idea. A great event. Lots of energy in the room. Kids, older people, diversity. A mix of UIS students and people from the community. What more could we want? The Good as Gold event celebrated the great volunteer efforts of our students and people in the community. My favorite name goes to the Lunch Bunch, short for the Graham Elementary School Lunch Bunch Mentoring Group, a group of adults who mentor grade school students. This was the first such event, a collaboration between the Junior League and UIS. It's what UIS does: enriches lives and makes a difference in the world.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Congressmen John Shimkus and Aaron Schock

Each of them represents a part of Springfield. Shimkus is from Collinsville, Schock from Peoria. Both were on campus yesterday for Shimkus's Small Business Advisory Committee meeting. Shimkus has been here many times. He commented that it's good for the party to have young people like Schock coming up. He strongly recommended that Republicans run candidates at all levels of government, because they are the ones who become "the bench" from which the party finds excellent candidates for higher office. Both congressmen served in local government before getting higher office. Sometimes we forget that when we vote for school board members or township trustees.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

When the news doesn't seem positive at first

The news media have been reporting on a controversy launched by a proposed Campus Senate resolution asking for the termination of the UIS athletic director. Discussion on campus has been robust. The chancellor strongly opposes the resolution. The Academic Professional Advisory Committee unanimously opposes it. Almost two dozen people showed up at Thursday's open APAC meeting. Many spoke up vitriolically against the resolution, while others praised the athletic director. No one favored the resolution. Meanwhile, the faculty are having a closed session Monday to talk about it. Many student-athletes wish the resolution would go away, saying the recommendation to get rid of the athletic director would not help them. If it's "all about students" in this debate, as it should be, the resolution either will be rejected as is or just go away. About 40 people weighed in as of this morning with comments on the State-Journal Register's web site. I suspect it will be a weeklong discussion.

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