Friday, March 04, 2005

A Reprieve for AU Tennis and Golf

As I was reading email before leaving my office, I received word that AU President Ladner had postponed discontinuing AU’s tennis and golf teams for one year. An excerpt from the press release follows.

“We recognize that the timing of the initial announcement caught our student- athletes, their families, and fans off guard,” President Ladner said. “This new timetable will provide sufficient time for our student-athletes to compete for another season while planning for their future.”

Vice President of University Relations Al Checcio, who oversees AU athletics, expressed appreciation for “the comments and suggestions from our student body, student-athletes, alumni, and parents on this issue,” and indicated that “the University will continue to seek opportunities in the days and weeks ahead to meet with those who have been affected by the decision.”

While this recently announced decision would have been the more humane and sensitive process, initially, it will be useful to view the initial decision and and how it was communicated as a “teachable moment” from which there are still lessons to be drawn. Drawing such lessons, from a variety of life experiences, is a special responsibility of faculty members. President Ladner has often spoken movingly on this faculty role.

Equally important, this is a time for the AU community to come together and move forward; with transparency, candid sharing of views, compassion and mutual respect. Dormgrandpop looks forward to participating constructively in that process.


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"Help me if you can I'm feeling down" - I also think I must be lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him on the golf course yesterday. Now this is strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time I saw him there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new lcd tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a lcd tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger.

Then I'm gonna go home, put ma dancin' suit on, munch me some uppers and freak out to that maaaaaaaaad surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on ma lcd tv .

How cool is that boy?

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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