Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Break update

As I write this, it is technically Thanksgiving Day. It is around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. The week-long "Thanksgiving Break" from Concord University is nearly over, and so is most of my "celebrating." I'm not actually going to do anything on Thanksgiving Day itself - I did all that earlier. I spent the last couple days at my grandpa's house in Ripley, WV. It was fun.

As I mentioned on my Twitter account - - my grandpa bought me a lot of stuff for my new apartment. One of the reasons we (me & Kelly) went down was to pick up all that stuff. The other reason was because my old hometown is a nice, quiet place and I enjoy going back for a visit every now & then. It's fun to show off my old hometown to Kelly.

Click here to see all the stuff my grandpa bought me and Kelly for the apartment. That's a room in his house, and all the stuff is on the bed. The pig-looking thing is a really old "piggy bank" that my grandpa had laying around the house. He told me to put my change in it. He's always worried that I'm not saving any money.

If I can ever get around to it, I'm going to write a Letter to the Editor of my hometown paper. I talked to Kelly about it and then tweeted some details about it. After reading my tweets, I talked about it with my friend Bob. I want to write about what I've noticed every time I go back home to Jackson County (Ripley & Ravenswood).

The county is in such a state of change. It's so weird to see such "old" and "new" right beside each other. When driving down the street with Kelly, pointing things out to her, I will generally say something along the lines of, "That sign has been there since I was a kid. See that, that's older than me. Hmmm... That's only been there about 2 years. That's recent, I don't known when they put that up. Etc..." It will all be on the same street, too. Things are either much older than me, or less than 5 years old. It's like things happened, then nothing happened for about 20 years, and now things are happening again.

It was a good visit with my grandpa. Kelly and I left Sunday night, and came back Wednesday afternoon. As my luck would have it, scheduling a trip messed up things at work for me.

Pizza Hut has a General Manager, Janice. She's leaving soon to run another Pizza Hut. She commutes each day from Beckley and was getting tired of it. Taking over for her will be my friend Bob. Since he's going to be in charge soon, he was learning how to make the schedules. He was making the schedule and I was talking to him about my hours.

Pizza Hut is closed on Thanksgiving. I usually work on Thursday, so we were looking at what to do so I could make up some hours. It was decided that I would work on Friday, a day I usually don't work because of school. So, on Saturday, Nov. 21, Bob and I decided that I would work on Friday, Nov. 27, to make up for losing that Thursday. My last day to work was that Sunday, Nov. 22, so I left Sunday night and decided to come back Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25), with two days to spare until I worked again.

The General Manager, Janice, took it upon herself to figure that since it was Thanksgiving Break, I would be available to work on Wednesday at 3 p.m. As fate would have it, I had decided to leave Ripley for Princeton around 2:30, so I was already on the interstate when Bob phoned me at 3:15 to let me know I was late for work.

So, that sucked. I was 2 1/2 hours late for work. But, I'm used to those kind of things with her.

She also decided that I could work Friday as well. And, I'm working Thanksgiving Day as well. Sort of. Somebody has to go in and prepare all the pizza dough for Friday. I've been given the unenviable task of doing that. So, counting that Thursday, I'll work 5 days in a row, Wed-Sunday.

I started my break off by doing nothing but laying around at my grandpa's house, and I'll end it by working nonstop at Pizza Hut. It is what it is.

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While I was in Ripley, I thought of some interesting ideas for my newspaper column, "Communication Breakdown." As usual, it's all about me getting the urge to actually write them. Hopefully, I will.

Speaking of The Concordian, I didn't get to link any articles last week, since I didn't write an "SGA Blog." While I have the floor, take a look at the following -

PAD mock trial team takes third place in national competition ... Phi Alpha Delta won third place in the nation for their "mock trial," which is essentially them acting out a play. They won first in the nation three years ago. I don't know how many schools attended this year, but I heard the year they won first, that only about 10 or 15 schools actually participated. Still, it makes for a good headline, and that's what newspapers are all about getting.

Newest officer, Donald Ingram ... Piece about the new police officer on Concord's campus. He works the night shift, midnight-8 a.m.

Jeff Yeager speaks about SGA Presidency ... If you regularly read my blog, then you've likely already read this story and the Q&A session that the story was written for. I just felt like putting it up here again.

Cross Country Q&A: Coach Mike Cox ... A question-and-answer format, kind of like what I would put in my blog with the football coach, with the Cross Country coach, Mike Cox. Doesn't dig that deep and really get "interesting," but for what it is - just the facts, it does well.

Communication Breakdown ... My weekly column, looking at gossip and talking behind peoples backs. Not one of my most interesting pieces, but it's better than some of the shit that's been on the Opinions page this semester.

Rachel's Random Rants ... To put this in the nicest way possible, Rachel has had this problem all semester with oftentimes getting the facts she bases her opinions on incorrect. That happens again here. Read the article and then read the comments on the article.

Parking ticket fury, more spaces demanded ... Jessica Fowler has jumped into the most useless debate on Concord's campus - parking. She also broke a very important rule - it looks like she wrote this piece while she was upset about getting a ticket. Writing while enraged blocks rational thinking, something I have been guilty of a time or two in the past. Some interesting comments are featured below the article.

Both Rachel's and Jessica's article has similar comments on them and I'd like to address that. Rachel is criticized for not doing proper research for her article. Jessica is criticized for poor writing skills. The next comment in both articles is pretty much worded the same; Rachel suggests the guy criticizing her could write a follow-up and (I'm guessing) Samantha Ricketts urges people criticizing the poor writing in the paper to quit complaining and join the staff.

I don't agree with that. In all my years on the paper, I have never encouraged anybody without journalistic aptitude to join the newspaper. That doesn't mean you have to be a journalism major or anything, I have only encouraged people interested in joining the newspaper staff to join.

The "quit complaining and write for us" attitude is something I've loathed for so long. It's along the same lines of the criticism I've received from a lot of people - "How about instead of complaining about the SGA, you join them and try to fix it." That's a faulty line of thinking. That's not my area of expertise. Writing/commentary is what I'm good at. I can notice what I think is wrong with the SGA, but I'm not experienced enough to roll up my sleeves and fix it myself. All I can do is point it out and hope the elected officials can do their job.

Same with the newspaper. Instead of asking this girl to join the staff and quit complaining, why don't we just have the current writers do a better job? I bet if the current writers show a little interest in improving their work, the complaints will decrease. That's just my theory.

Speaking of journalism, check out the last entry I posted - "This is the kind of journalism I want to do..." 

Also, click here to see a Part 1 of a blog I started back in June but never finished. It was from the last time Kelly and I went to Ripley to visit my grandpa. We basically kept a video & photo diary from the two or three days we were there. We had several photos and probably 8 or 9 videos or "vlogs." The reason I never updated it was because I had really slow Internet back in June and it took over an hour to upload that 28-second video. Some of the videos were 5 minutes or longer, and I didn't have the patience for it. Some of the videos are pretty funny, so I may try to upload them in the future. Kelly put most of the pictures up in a MySpace album, so click here to see those.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Personal Jesus

"Personal Jesus," Johnny Cash. From American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Q&A with SGA President Jeff Yeager

I conducted an interview with Jeff Yeager on Monday, Nov. 16, for a feature that appeared in the Nov. 18, issue of The Concordian. I focused the story on Jeff's efforts to legitimize the SGA. Click here to read the story.

We talked about a lot more than just that. I wanted to get his thoughts on a few different matters, so I asked him about several different things. This Q&A is similar to something that I did with Curtis Kearns, the SGA's Board of Governors representative. Click here to see that.

While I interviewed Jeff, there were a couple other people present in the room, which I don't mind. I believe Grace Hurney was present for the entire interview. Josh Lawson - who Jeff points out at one point during the interview - was there for the beginning, but left halfway through. Ashley Green showed up at the halfway point of the interview. There was also some loud girl who showed up and distracted me a little bit. I didn't look over to see who it was. She left after a couple minutes. She was either talking about last weekend, or the upcoming weekend.

At one point, the phone rings in the SGA Office and Jeff answers it. I point out where that is in the interview.

Q&A is below.

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Interview with Jeff Yeager, SGA President - 11/16/09

Chris Slater: Let’s get some basic information out of the way. This is your fourth year, right?

Jeff Yeager: Yeah.

CS: What’s your major?

JY: History, philosophy, English. I’m all three.

CS: What’s your hometown?

JY: Oceana, West Virginia.

CS: How old are you?

JY: 22

CS: Social Security number?

JY: [laughs]

CS: What SGA positions have you held in the past?

JY: Okay, I’ve been organizational representative to the Honors program. Then, after that I moved to Senator. Then, Attorney General. Finally, President.

CS: You’ve been active in the SGA all your semesters here?

JY: No, actually, I started my sophomore year. Just three years. He’s been in it a lot longer than me [points to Josh Lawson]

[Josh Lawson says - “I’m sorry. I did not think it would be that bad when I got you involved in it.”]

Thanks Josh.

CS: What attracted you to the SGA?

JY: Well, I’ve always been interested in government. And, after being here for a year, I saw that Concord had considerable problems and considerable strengths too. That’s what drew me to it. Of course, when I first began, I kind of sat back and watched, saw how the process worked. Finally, I started to get more active the second semester in SGA. I became a Senator when the tuition rally and all that went on. That’s when I started to become heavily involved. I’ve always been drawn more - well, earlier, I was drawn more to the internal matters of the SGA: the constitution, bylaws. I’m still interested in that heavily. Early, throughout my SGA career, even up through the Attorney General, that’s mainly what I’ve done - reform.

CS: People first sort of took notice of you when you ran for - and were elected to - Attorney General. What led you to do that?

JY: Well, throughout that year, Ashley Gillespie did a really good job. She always seemed to be that objective voice. Considering I’m entering into a career in law, I figured the Attorney General would be a very good step. That job has a lot of stability. It’s the legal voice of the government. It’s essential, not only for the internal courts enforcing the Student Life Policy, which that’s the unpopular part of it; but, also, being that voice against unethical matters that go on. I was very satisfied with that job. A very nice job to have. I could say a whole lot about that job, as you know [laughs].

CS: There was some controversy in that race, as Rob Elsaid - who many considered to be a frontrunner - was pulled out of the race on a technicality. What were your thoughts shortly after your election when people questioned your victory?

JY: Well, a lot of people doubted me at first. A lot of people didn’t know me. A lot of people saw me as a “bumbling buffoon,” in a way. I have the “country accent” and all that. But, all I can do to that was prove them wrong. Of course, you know the first semester of my Attorney General race, I had to lead the impeachment process against Wes Prince. All I could do was simply do a good job and prove the doubters wrong. What happened to Rob wasn’t right. But, it wasn’t my fault either. So, I had to simply go on and do the job that I had won and was assigned to.

CS: You were the Attorney General during the Wes Prince administration. How did it feel to - as part of your job duties - investigate your own President for impeachment, twice?

JY: You know, it was incredibly hard and difficult. Many people in the administration pressured me to not proceed. I proceeded as I saw fit with my interpretation of the constitution and bylaws; the interpretation of the Investigation Committee, that I led. I feel that the ruling would have been different if we had had more rigid ethical standards. The court, then, had a very strict interpretation and approach to our bylaws. But, it was very hard. Probably one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever had to do. But, I think, it in a way helped get a lot of maturity on my part. That even helps me with the Presidency to make difficult decisions.

CS: For all the negatives that have been mentioned about Wes, could you give some highpoints of the SGA last year, things that he or others did:

JY: Well, we took care of a whole lot of reform last year. We had a lot of judicial reform to make our system much better. We started our Ethical Reform. Wes, himself, I think, had great intentions. But, it just didn’t play out a lot of the time. Our internal reform, I think, was the key point. Because of Wes, we saw the need to have this kind of reform. That still continues.

CS: At what point last year did you decide to run for President? And why?

JY: I actually decided to run for President, probably the day before the elections started. I had said that I had no intentions of running. I wanted to stick to the Attorney General, I guess I felt comfortable with it. But, a lot of people wanted me to run. They thought I could run an effective and efficient administration. I guess I let them talk to me and I decided to run. I think I ran, too, because I thought about it and I didn’t think that the Attorney General allowed me to “clean up” the SGA as much as I wanted to. I think being the President, you’re the face of the organization. And, when you’re that, it allows you to clean it up. So, it was a very “on the whim” decision.

CS: It was initially a three-way race between you, Ashley Hicks, and Bill Lewis. What were your initial thoughts when Bill dropped out of the race?

JY: Well, he dropped out of the race to support me. So, that was definitely great. I appreciate it. It made it a lot harder for students to decide. I think when you have it down to two people, instead of three, it makes for interesting debates.

CS: We had Ashley Hicks versus Jeff Yeager for SGA President. 1) Did you expect to win and 2) Why did you win?

JY: I did not expect to win at all. When we first started campaigning, I was bogged down with classes and many things. It seemed like, when we first started, she had this incredible campaign on Facebook, with all these members. It seemed like she started to get a whole lot of organizations behind her - you know, the BSU [Black Student Union] for instance. You know, I got really discouraged. I thought about dropping out of the race. But, I decided to stick with it and give people the principles that I was trying to fight for. I asked, you know, “Who do you trust?” That was my motto last year. And, I think a lot of it was people bought into that. I’m glad they did. I think a lot, too, was - I’m not saying that people were right in thinking this - but I think a lot of people saw Ashley as being a part of the same “cult” sentiment; the “country club” that had run SGA the past two or three years. I think they were looking for a fresh face. I think I was seen as kind of an “outsider,” in part because I was constantly challenging that group.

CS: Your first controversy as President occurred when Ashley accused you of not giving her an interview for the Secretary position. How did you handle that, in your very first meeting?

JY: Well, the very first meeting definitely was difficult. I just defended my hiring practice. We set up an interview time, she couldn’t make it. I didn’t find out until after I had made my decision [that she had been in the hospital]. And, you know, it was definitely difficult. I wish we could have interviewed her. But, I couldn’t rescind the decision I had already made. We saw last year when you do rescind a decision you’ve already made in the case when Wes appointed Brad Garner and then changed his mind.

CS: Your SGA Executive Branch opted not to have an “executive retreat” over the summer. Why not, and what did you do instead?

JY: We decided not to have a retreat because of a debacle we had a couple years ago. I think that if you run for this position and are fully capable of doing the job, you know, I had no training as Attorney General. I didn’t go on the trip. But, I still think I did an okay job. Instead, we came back a week early to prepare agendas and what we were doing with committees; organize our government before we even started. That’s probably due in part to the long meetings we had at the beginning of the year because we took care of a lot of action items early; we planned for them early. So, that’s why we didn’t have a retreat. There’s no training involved with those; it was a way to party, pretty much. That’s not what we’re here for.

CS: After the summer and nearly one semester as President, what are some things you’ve accomplished and some things you tried to do but didn’t succeed at?

JY: Well, we’ve accomplished getting the library open to 12, even if it’s not the full library. I’m hoping we can eventually get to that stage. We’ve got our dining hours extended to 7. Still working on the Religious Studies proposal, to get religious classes taught at University Point. I think, in large part, we’ve cleaned up the government. The faculty, staff, the President, I think respect us more. We’re not a farce. I haven’t had any definitive failures yet, I don’t think. A lot of these things take a lot of time. I’ve been really discouraged with the Religious Studies project because of opposition of faculty. I’m hoping to work beyond that. I’m also discouraged at the University’s willingness to put the cost of running this place on the students. As I mentioned in the Senate last week - well, you weren’t there at the Senate last week - I mentioned that they’re talking about capping our hours and charging us another certain sum for going over that cap. Problems like this is why students are hurting. It’s continually a struggle in this position. Hopefully we’re doing something right.

CS: Can you tell me about the commuter lounge and your involvement in it?

JY: The Commuter Committee came up to me and suggested we get a commuter lounge. I said that that was a wonderful idea and why didn’t I think of that before. We’re in the process of developing that now. One thing that has been brought up in my meetings has been that we convert the TV area upstairs next to the caf and build walls around it and make it into a lounge. We’ve also mentioned the idea of getting a lounge for each building; have one in the administration building, science building, fine arts, and so on. That way, we’d give people a place to go, a place to rest while they’re waiting on their next classes. It’s still in development and hopefully we’ll get something done. Those are the two main options. We are going to try to get, very soon, microwaves in the current vending areas we do have. That way people can heat up their food if they want to pack a lunch.

CS: What are your thoughts on Marshall Campbell’s exit from the SGA and Marjie Flanagan and Anna Hardy coming in?

JY: It’s definitely a step back that Marshall had to leave. He was a guiding voice for years. But, I think Marjie and Anna have stepped up to the plate. Anna’s new, but I think she’s taken a willingness, she’s willing to help students. Marjie’s just the same. I think both people definitely have our best interest in mind. But, we’re definitely missing the legal aspects of Marshall and his advice he would give. But, we certainly haven’t lost the quality.

CS: How do you respond to criticism that some people might have about committees not getting much done?

JY: Well, it’s my responsibility to make sure the committees are functioning, as well as the Vice President’s. I’m the one that is delegating tasks for them to do. It’s very discouraging that people don’t show up to committees a lot of the time. When I ask for committee reports every week, people say “no report,” or things of that nature. You know, it is discouraging. I think it’s up to the Vice President to decide what to do with chairmen like that. It seems like most of our committees are taking a very proactive approach. Our technology committee, I think, is doing a good job. Cassidy Hall. I think that the Dining committee, under Katlyn [Amos], is doing a good job as well. Many committees are stepping up to the plate; whereas others, I’m not going to name names, are not. So, we’ve definitely got to grab them by the nose, give them a kick in the pants and start making them work. It’s always been a problem we have; I think it’s been less this year. I remember last year you could go through a whole list of committees and hear “no report.” Committees are the life of this organization, it’s how we function. It’s the legislators attempt to help students. I think the Executives can only do so much. So, I’d like to see a very proactive legislator. I’ve always said that the key to an effective SGA is an Executive Branch that works hard, a Legislative Branch that works hard, and a Judicial Branch that does not work hard. [laughs]

CS: Got a couple more criticisms here. The Budgetary [committee] met very late, in addition to some other issues involving Matt Belcher. Do you think he’s done a good job so far?

JY: Yeah, I think he’s done a good job. It’s been hard for him to adjust. He had never held and executive position before, except for Vice President, temporarily. But, I think he’s doing a good job. This Budget Season, even though it ran late, it was very effective; there were not many criticisms of it. He’s spending money to help students; he’s running a very tight internal budget, which is what we want. I think I coined it “Yeager-nomics” earlier in the year. We’re trying to cut back internally, so we can give more back to the students. One of the criticisms we did meet with that was officer pay cuts. I think it’s necessary to save a little bit in that regard and I didn’t have a problem taking a cut from $450 to $400. It’s a realistic situation we’re in, with these tough economic times. I think he’s definitely doing a good job spending less so we can give more back.

CS: What were your thoughts on the sorority walkout over the flyer issue, during Homecoming?

JY: Huhhh… I cast the tie-breaking vote

[phone rings, Jeff talks for a couple minutes]

JY: The question was over the walkout?

CS: Yes. Your thoughts.

JY: I cast the tie-breaking vote to save resources. I think the flyers were a nightmare. People walked out because they believed what was best for their individual organizations, I don’t think they were looking out for the best interest of the student body. But, they’re organizational representatives. If people would have had a better understanding of Robert’s Rules, they would have understood what had already passed had passed and losing quorum would not have helped. But, it was just one of those instances where I kind of rolled my eyes and went on. I was glad it came from the legislative this time, instead of the executive, let’s put it that way.

CS: That looks like everything I have. Is there anything you’d like mentioned that I didn’t bring up?

JY: The main focus I’ve tried to bring this year is cleaning up the mess that has gone on the last few years. It’s what I ran my campaign on, is cleaning up. When you’re rebuilding an organization like this, it’s like rebuilding a losing sports team or something. It takes time. You can’t get all the progress you want in one year. What we’re continually striving for is to make this organization more respectable. When it’s more respectable, it’s a better force, a better voice for the students. That’s what we’re here for. Just let the readers know, I suppose, that that’s what I’m still trying to do - rebuild the broken ties.

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There's that. Any questions or comments, feel free to leave them.

Check out Jeff Yeager's blog at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Some updates

I haven't had as much time for blogging and things of that nature lately. As most people know by now, I have moved into a new apartment. I'm still in the process of that move - there's a lot of stuff in boxes and I don't know where half of my stuff is right now lol.

If you haven't seen it yet, click here to see last week's edition of "Communication Breakdown." It's inspired by the new apartment. Click here to see a picture of the bare living room that Kelly Goodrich and I share. Presently, there are some boxes in it. Soon, there will be a couch and maybe a table. Maybe some other stuff. Not sure yet.

I wasn't at last week's meeting of the Student Government Association, as I had a couple issues arise. First, there were some issues where I work. I'm a manager at Pizza Hut and there was an issue with the General Manager not being able to work for a couple days, so myself and the other managers had to cover for her. I had to cover Wednesday morning.

My plan was to work Wednesday morning and try to make it to the SGA meeting, then go back and continue moving in to the apartment. Work ran a little late, and I decided to skip the meeting and move stuff instead.

I blogged the next day about how I missed the meeting and asked for somebody to fill in what I missed. Click here to see that blog. SGA President Jeff Yeager told me what I missed.

Speaking of Jeff Yeager, I interviewed him this Monday for a feature that will be included in this Wednesday's issue of The Concordian.

I did something similar a couple weeks back with Board of Governors representative Curtis Kearns. I decided that what he was talking about was interesting, so I interviewed him and wrote about it. Click here to see that story. Click here to see the Q&A from our interview.

The story about Curtis is basically an answer to the question "What is the Board of Governors and what are you doing?" With the story about Jeff, I decided to focus it more on his efforts to rebuild the SGA. When you read the story, you'll get a brief overview of his early SGA history, and then it looks at things that they have accomplished, along with comments from Jeff about restoring credibility to the SGA.

I interviewed Jeff about a lot more than just that. I asked him several questions that weren't factored into the story. All the questions I asked him will appear in a Q&A here in my blog. I should probably have that up sometime tomorrow.

Until then, here are a couple preview questions and answers:

Chris Slater: You were the Attorney General during the Wes Prince administration. How did it feel to - as part of your job duties - investigate your own President for impeachment, twice?
Jeff Yeager: You know, it was incredibly hard and difficult. Many people in the administration pressured me to not proceed. I proceeded as I saw fit with my interpretation of the constitution and bylaws; the interpretation of the Investigation Committee, that I led. I feel that the ruling would have been different if we had had more rigid ethical standards. The court, then, had a very strict interpretation and approach to our bylaws. But, it was very hard. Probably one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever had to do. But, I think, it in a way helped get a lot of maturity on my part. That even helps me with the Presidency to make difficult decisions.
CS: For all the negatives that have been mentioned about Wes, could you give some highpoints of the SGA last year, things that he or others did?
JY: Well, we took care of a whole lot of reform last year. We had a lot of judicial reform to make our system much better. We started our Ethical Reform. Wes, himself, I think, had great intentions. But, it just didn’t play out a lot of the time. Our internal reform, I think, was the key point. Because of Wes, we saw the need to have this kind of reform. That still continues.

So, there's that. We touch upon a lot more subjects, as you'll find out soon. I'd really like to do some more things like this, related to the SGA. I may set up some more interviews with some SGA people. If you'd like to be featured in something like this, let me know.

One of the things I've had an issue with about The Concordian has been the lack of SGA coverage since I left the newspaper. When I had a say in what was printed in the newspaper, I considered the Student Government Association the most important student organization on campus. There was weekly coverage of their meetings, in addition to at least one story every week or couple weeks about other things the SGA was doing.

I left as Editor-in-Chief of The Concordian and Steven Davis came in, and he brought in a much different philosophy. There's nothing wrong with having a different editorial stance on things, it happens. Steven didn't think the SGA was as important as I did.

He did start attending the meetings once he became the Editor-in-Chief, but I think that was mainly out of a feeling that he had to. Like he was thinking, "I hear that the SGA is important, I guess I should attend."

There was some SGA coverage, but for anybody who attended Concord last year knows, it wasn't that great. I discussed that in a couple blogs and Steven wasn't very pleased. That led to mine and Steven's infamous argument outside the Student Center. To the best of my knowledge, only Kelly was there for that. I don't remember many specifics, other people may have walked past. It was pretty loud and got kind of heated.

The SGA coverage hasn't been that great this semester in The Concordian either. I rejoined the staff this semester after not being there last year. Mostly, the coverage is bad because the staff is young and inexperienced, and most don't understand much about the SGA.

Will that change? I doubt it. But, I'm trying to put some SGA-related content in the newspaper. I understand how important of a group this is. Like Jeff said in our interview, he wants to make sure the SGA is not a farce. His actions and the actions of those around him are the first step towards legitimazing the SGA. The second step is careful and accurate coverage of what they do. That's something that The Concordian didn't do last year. It's something that I'm trying to do now.

That looks like it for now. I'll have that Q&A up tomorrow, in addition to some links to my stories in The Concordian. I was unable to get together with the football coach for the last two weeks, so it looks like there won't be a "season-in-review" story in The Concordian this semester. Maybe I can interview him next semester... if I'm on the staff then. I'm still not sure what I'm doing in that regard.

Questions, comments, leave them. I posted the link to last week's SGA blog earlier. Read the disclaimer at the bottom of that blog about tagging people on Facebook.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair

56-year-old Hulk Hogan and 60-year-old Ric Flair are renewing their epic rivalry in the ring this month. Hogan has organized the "Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin" tour, which is a series of wrestling events in Australia. And, it is highlighted by Hogan taking on Ric Flair.

For Hogan, it will be his first match since defeating Paul Wight (aka WWE's The Big Show) in a mid-2007 independent match. His last World Wrestling Entertainment match was against Randy Orton at SummerSlam 2006.

Ric Flair is stepping out of retirement for this match. His last match was at WrestleMania 24, in 2008, against Shawn Michaels. Initially after retiring, Flair moved into a sort of "goodwill ambassador" position for WWE. He went to events and engagements and whatnot and represented WWE. But, he was receiving a lot of offers to appear for independent wrestling promotions and cut promos and things of that nature. So, he cut ties with WWE in the summer of 2008 and made several appearances in non-wrestling roles with various smaller promotions. It was reported that he was commanding up to $15,000 for appearances.

There's been a lot of criticism for this. Of course, the biggest criticism centers on their age. Flair is 60. Hogan is 56. Flair hasn't wrestled since March, 2008. Hogan hasn't wrestled since August, 2007.

Their physical well-being has also been brought up. Flair hasn't suffered any major injuries over his career, but at 60, he has to have a lot of wear-and-tear on his body. Hogan had back surgery earlier this year. He's also had numerous surgeries on his knees. He also had hip replacement surgery a few years ago.

Hogan's last great match was against Shawn Michaels in 2005. Flair's last great match was against Shawn Michaels in 2008. Michaels won't be in the ring to carry either of these two. Hogan has never been what one would regard as a "ring general," a person who could carry lesser opponents to great matches. Flair was considered one of the greatest ring generals of all time, but he's at least 20 years past his physical prime and about 5 years past the last time he was regularly having good matches.

There are also a lot of people who feel as though Ric Flair is destroying a great moment, in what was the final few days of his career. His last three days as a wrestler involved being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame, having his final match with Michaels, then having a final moment to say goodbye on Monday Night Raw. (Click here for part 1 & click here for part 2)

We're not sure what the future holds for Flair and Hogan right now. Hogan recently signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action wrestling, which I blogged about recently. He has yet to debut for the company and nobody really seems to know what his role with the promotion will be. In an interview with Larry King, Hogan said that the upcoming tour with Flair would be his opportunity to see if he can handle competing in the ring anymore.

It's presumed that Hogan will have some sort of on-air role with TNA Wrestling. There seems to be no word on if he will be wrestling. There is also no word on whether or not he will have a backstage role. There are a lot of rumors, of course, but nothing concrete.

The signing has no effect on the Australia tour. But, an interesting thing to think about is where this leaves Ric Flair. He signed a 3-year deal with Hogan's wrestling tour, since it was believed that this would be the start of something bigger (or at least something that happens again).

It has been believed that the only thing stopping Flair from signing with TNA before was his relationship with WWE. But, he wanted to return to WWE in a non-wrestling role earlier this year and WWE was not receptive to it and stopped using Flair after a couple weeks. No new contract was signed between the two.

So, could Flair possibly head to TNA Wrestling as well? I don't know. I guess we'll figure out a lot more after the "Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin" tour wraps up.

There are several more wrestling stars on the Hulkamania tour, including Ken Anderson (the former "Mr. Kennedy" in WWE), Rikishi, Brutus Beefcake, The Nasty Boys, Shannon Moore, and others.

So, nobody's really sure what's going to happen. Below is the last match Hogan and Flair ever had, on an episode of Monday Night Raw from 2002. It's nothing special, but if they can at least recreate something similar, then they should be okay.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 11, 2009 SGA meeting

What happened? I wasn't there.

I missed my first meeting of the Student Government Association in probably two or three years. I was moving into my new apartment. Click here to read the latest edition of "Communication Breakdown," which was inspired by my decision to get the apartment.

I kept up with the meeting over Twitter. What did I learn? That Ashley Green wants the CUSAC meeting time changed. Other than that, nothing. Nobody tweeted. It's still going to take a while for "twitter-ing" during the SGA meetings to become commonplace.

For some "SGA reading" from me, click here to see my feature in this week's issue of The Concordian about Curtis Kearns. Click here to see the Q&A session I wrote the story from.

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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.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tweets from 11/4/09 SGA meeting

I'm running pretty late with the "SGA Blog," so I doubt I'll do one. I'll see what I'm doing Monday or Tuesday; I may write it then. Until then, check out some of the tweets from the 11/4/09 meeting of the Student Government Association.

If you'd like some additional "SGA reading" from me, click here to check out the current edition of "Communication Breakdown," featuring some thoughts on the SGA's attempts to "go green." Also, click here to see an interview I conducted with Curtis Kearns, the SGA's representative to the Board of Governors.

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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
@BagNadas - Kiwa Nadas
@QueenofAwk - Katlyn Amos
@Brittacious - Brittany Keys
@Weeksl08 - Lesley Weeks
@relsaid - Robert Elsaid
@boleyn21 - Ashley Green

There are a lot of people here who have Twitter accounts, but don't update that much. Most of these people didn't tweet during the meeting, but they were mentioned at one point by me. If their name is in parentheses before a tweet, that means they sent it.


"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 me, and was sent out about half an hour before the meeting started.

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Waiting around for the @CU_SGA meeting to begin. My friend @Goodrichk18 couldn't make it today.

People are talking about APO & brought up @buckskeen. They were positive comments.

(Buck Skeen) Positive about me or APO? RT @chris_slater: People are talking about APO & brought up @buckskeen. They were positive comments.

@buckskeen You. Jenn Smith was talking to a new APO guy about some speech you made & stuff you've with the group, nationally.

(Buck Skeen) @chris_slater - Fair enough. It's just weird to hear "APO" and "positive comments" about me in the same sentence.

@buckskeen That's what I thought too. I guess the saying is true - time heals all wounds.

(Buck Skeen) @chris_slater - Either that or they're getting ready to start hitting up alumni for money. ;) I kid! I kid!

Sitting in the State Room talking to @Rc9000000 & @Babich53. 9000000 is a Senator & 53 is the "Sportsman Club" representative.

From @Babich53 - "Can u get on Facebook on that thing [my phone]?" Me - "Yeah." Him - "Can u adopt that turtle I found?" #farmville

(Russell Christian) Another day in hell ... I mean SGA #SGA

(Mike Mann) Lol. Senator Mann. Rules

(Bill Lewis) Thin crowd at the @cusga meeting

RT @lewisb01: Thin crowd at the @cusga meeting

(Russell Christian) Short and sweet reports today #SGA

Present today at @CU_SGA - @lewisb01, @SigTauGod, @Rc9000000, @Babich53, @Brittacious, @Boleyn21, & @relsaid.

Not at @CU_SGA - @Biff359, @BagNadas, @QueenofAwk, @weeksl08. Weeks is out from surgery.

Oops, @garytuba08 is here at @CU_SGA. Forgot him.

(Ashley Green) apparently tweeting during sga is the thing to do...dont see the point

I should have my Q&A w/ @CU_SGA BOG rep Curtis Kearns in my blog later today. Story will be in next week's newspaper.

(Russell Christian) Why does everyone think they have the pig flu when its just a damn cold

RT @Rc9000000: Why does everyone think they have the pig flu when its just a damn cold

(Ashley Green) I will say that I agree with what brittany said about committe times. though some people still wouldn't go...

(Russell Christian) Woot more drunk freshmen in the dorms but its fair to those who are over 21 #SGA

Motion for @Boleyn21 & @relsaid to chair Higher Education cmtee. Very important cmtee - remind me to suggest this as a Concordian story.

(Gary Thompson) yea that condemned room in the Carter Center is crazy, a whole room we could use to exercise using wrestling and jiu jitsu. MAT ROOM NOW! :)

From @CU_SGA Prez - commuter lounge not likely next semester, but probably next year. Sweet.

(Mike Mann) Maxwell clause. Maxwell was totally a sig tau..... So freaking rad

Guy to my right is playing Solitare on his BlackBerry. Ugh.

(Ashley Green) they need more copies of resolutions in old business. gavin rambles and I lose track of what the hell we are voting on.

Marjie Flanagan explained why @CU_SGA advisor Dr. Charles Brichford & @Biff359 can't be here. Dr. in another meeting, Biff in Charleston.

Amendment 09022009A finally passed. Requires opinion related to const. importance to be heard & published in a timely manner.

Looks like nobody fixed that typo that @Biff359 brought up last week about Amendment 09022009A. Still says "filling," instead "filing."

Campus cleanup this Sunday at 1 pm. See @garytuba08 for details.

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There's some of the more relevant tweets. I may or may not get around to posting some more thoughts from last week's SGA meeting. I'll definitely have something written up about the next meeting.

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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Curtis Kearns Q&A

I was sitting in a Student Government Association meeting a few weeks ago, taking notes as usual. Board of Governors representative Curtis Kearns began giving his report, and while he was talking, I thought to myself, "That's interesting. This would make a good story." So, I talked to Curtis and set up an interview for a story. The interview was conducted on Friday, October 30. The story will appear in the November 11, issue of The Concordian.

It was a good interview, and I feel as though the information presented will benefit Concord students. The editorial staff of The Concordian over the last two years hasn't placed a great emphasis on the SGA, something that I had considered one of the paper's main priorities when I was News Editor and Editor-in-Chief (way back in the day...). I think it's important that students know this stuff, so I've taken the initiative to get the information out there.

I would like to do more features like this in the future with different people in the SGA. The SGA President, Jeff Yeager, has agreed to be interviewed next; we just haven't worked out a time yet. So, look for that sometime in the next few weeks. I'd like to learn more about the Judicial Branch of the SGA, so I may be tracking down some of those people for future interviews.

Click here to see this week's edition of my weekly newspaper column, "Communication Breakdown," where I give a preview of this interview, in addition to speaking about the SGA's attempt to "go green."

The interview with Curtis is below.

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Interview with Curtis Kearns, BOG representative - 10/30/09

Chris Slater: Let’s get some technical stuff out of the way. This is your fourth year, right?

Curtis Kearns: Yeah.

CS: Okay. What other SGA positions have you held?

CK: Oh, geez. Twice Business Manager. Vice President. A Senator. An organizational representative. And, I’ve chaired just about every committee.

CS: First off, back in 2006 or so - what attracted you to the SGA?

CK: Well, I came to Concord not knowing anybody. I really want to be involved in politics when I get older; political science is my major. And, the Student Government Association was the way to become involved with campus politics. I met a lot of people shortly thereafter that who encouraged me to join SGA, so I did.

CS: For people who might not know, what is the Board of Governors and what is your role on it?

CK: Okay. Board of Governors is the governing board of the university. Essentially, the highest officer at the University is the President. The President enforces the policies that the Board sets. The Board of Governors is part of a “lay board” concept, which is that members appointed by the Governor, who are just average citizens, help guide and direct state institutions towards their goals. Now, West Virginia, like many states, has a student and faculty representative; but like almost no other state, has a staff representative as well. So, the element there - and the fundamental principle there - is you want every constituency group, the faculty, staff, and students to have a say in the direction of their institution. And, I serve as the student representative.

CS: Why hasn’t the Board of Governors met yet?

CK: The Board of Governors hasn’t met yet because there are 12 members of the Board and four of them have been serving past their terms. The law allows them to serve until the Governor replaces them. Instead of replacing them on a staggered basis, the Governor used his prerogative and replaced them all at once. Now, these individuals included the Chairman of the Board, as well as the Secretary of the Board. Counting those four members, plus myself; five members of the Board were brand new. And, one member of the Board has only been appointed in the last year. So, half of the Board was basically brand new. So, the idea was to push back the meeting for a month to allow people to clarify the situation. The didn’t know who would be able to vote, because certain people hadn’t been sworn in yet. Then, they decided they were going to push it back a couple more weeks when the new Board members had been sworn in, and they expanded the agenda of the Board.

CS: Who are the new members of the Board?

CK: I can read you the names right now. [looks through binder] The new members of the Board are: Steve Collins, General [Robert] Fogelsong, Stephanie Stafford, and Elliot Hicks.

CS: When will the Board meet?

CK: The Board will meet November 16. It will be a full Board meeting; including committees, as well as - I imagine - executive sessions, as well as briefings from the Deans and the Deans’ staff.

CS: What will be discussed at the meeting?

CK: There are several action items of the Board. They include the approval of the budget throughout the university for next fiscal year. They include approving the military accommodation policy; the call-up policy for faculty, staff, and students. As well as approval of the faculty handbook. Also, the institutional compact, with the State of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. I think those are the major ones. There’s some minor things, like renaming the locker room for a donor.

CS: What’s your role in the "military policy"?

CK: The military policy is several years in the making. When the Iraq War sort of got into its main swing - 2006, 2007 - we saw the need for a policy that would allow students more options. Not only students, but faculty and staff. The Faculty Handbook now states, that should a student be activated - called up - that they have to withdraw from the university, get their tuition back, and basically we send them on their way and hope they do well. This policy changes that. It allows them the opportunity to withdraw or get an “Incomplete” in their courses and make those up in the future. It also protects faculty and staff, in terms of positions when they return. If they’re off for a couple years fighting and want to return, their jobs would be here for them, basically waiting for them.

Also, an issue we had before was “being called up” was an issue. With fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, you will have units of the National Guard for example who are federalized and be activated and go off for six or eight months and train and not go anywhere. Previously, there was some discussion of whether that would be covered or not. This new policy covers that, across the board. So, if you have to go off for training, you’ll be covered by the policy. A lot of institutions have these types of policies, state law and federal law covers some of this. But, the institution had no policy aside from the student and faculty handbook.

The Student Government Association at the time wrote this, sat down and wrote this, and gave it to the Academic Dean and he got it rolling. It’s been several years in the making. The Board has had this since, when Akeya was on the Board, when they decided not to vote on it at the time and they delayed it. And, it was supposed to be voted on in September and it was not. I raised my objections to the Chairman of the Board and the President of the University graciously agreed to extend everything that’s within this policy in the interim. So, the President will follow this policy until it’s passed by the Board. So, he’ll be protecting students, and faculty, and staff.

CS: Who were some of the people who worked on this?

CK: Jessica Cook, she was a major player. Wes Prince, followed up with that. Sean Noland. More of the “older generation” of the Student Government Association. Unfortunately, this policy has been “lost,” quote, unquote, for about a year. It was in that “limbo stage” of not being approved by the Board, sitting on the Dean’s desk, and we’re still waiting to hear back from him. So, for about a year, nothing really happened with it because the Dean had to rewrite it, and then he had to send it for comments, then he had to get those comments back, work on it again. And, the Board decided not to take it up, to wait. Then, the new Board members got on and it sort of fell through the cracks for while, but now it’s back on track.

CS: Do you expect it to pass?

CK: I expect it to pass overwhelmingly. If the new Board members are uncomfortable voting on it, I’ll ask them to abstain from the vote. I think we need this policy. I think they have more than enough time to read over it. I hope that General Fogelsong will be on board with it; he’s a Four-Star Air Force General, retired. I think he’ll understand the need for such a policy.

CS: Aside from that, what do you hope to accomplish this year as Board of Governors rep?

CK: Well, uh, I ran on a multi-faceted platform of - one, doing a comprehensive review of the Board policies, making the more student-friendly; secondly, getting the Board more in-touch with the students on campus. And, most importantly, being frank and honest with the Board. There has been a combative nature the last several years - we don’t think the Board’s doing this, we don’t think the Board’s doing that. But, when you with them and you talk with them, you realize that they don’t have the time or the opportunity to sit down and see where students are coming from, because they’re running banks or they’re doing this, that, or the other thing. So, when you explain the situation the them, they’re really sympathetic. They’re really pro-student, most of them are. They want to help us, we just need to give them the resources to do that. So, hopefully by the end of the year, my major accomplishment is that I want to have a low tuition increase. I think that’s every student Board members goal. But, if I don’t accomplish that, I still want to have a record of changing the Board policies, making them more student friendly and tackling the issues that need to be tackled.

CS: What is the HEPC Advisory Council of Students, and what’s your role on that?

CK: The Higher Education Policy Commission State Advisory Council of Students is an advisory body established by West Virginia law, that advises the Higher Education Policy Commission on its policies, procedures, and actions related to students at their individual institutions. I represent Concord and the Concord student body on that. There is a similar council for faculty and staff. Amy Pitzer not only sits on the staff one, she’s the chair of it for the state. So, my goal is to be a liaison between the student body and the Higher Education Policy Commission.

CS: What’s your role with the Tuition and Fees committee here?

CK: I’m chairman of the Tuition and Fees committee, as student Board members have been for the last several years. Basically, I pulled together what I considered to be the “cream of the crop,” in terms of data analysis, in terms of experience, and in terms people I think will be growing and maturing in the university and the SGA. There are several freshmen who I really want to sort of get “in the mix,” so they know what’s going on. And, this semester, we’re doing a lot of theoretical discussions about… a zero-percent tuition increase is something we thought we could get two years ago. With the state of the economy, that’s not the case. So, we want the most “bang for our buck.” We don’t want to have, for example, a 2 percent increase if it’s going to mean a 10 percent increase for the next couple of years. Now, we’re discussing if we’re going to have tuition increases, what can we really get for those - what are the tangible benefits?

CS: Who are some of the people on that committee?

CK: Jeff Yeager, of course, the President. Two freshmen - Travis McReynolds is a freshman member. The Faculty Senate representative, Ashley Green is on there. Most of the Executive Branch is also on the committee. I’ve asked them to come in at different times to present different parts. Bill Lewis, for example, has done about a 90-page statistical analysis comparing full-time enrollment and different elements of state institutions and how they receive funding. So, Bill has done a lot of the statistical work that we hope to present to the Board, when the time comes. So, it’s a broad committee. It’s got a lot of experience, it’s got a lot of insight, I think.

CS: That looks like just about everything I have. Is there anything I haven’t brought up that you think needs mentioned?

CK: Well, I’ll just say that I’ve worked with Dr. Beasley and I’ve worked with Dr. Aloia. And, I have been, publicly, one of Dr. Aloia’s largest critics. I think he has, so far, been a fantastic President. He’s been honest, he’s been frank. We haven’t always agreed, and I’ve never asked him to do that. He has a vision for the institution, which I think the former President lacked. I think our early criticisms of him were premature. But, I think that he’s a President that can really take us someplace, if he continues down the course of honest discourse and transparency in his operations.

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There's that. If you have any questions or comments about the interview, leave them in the comments section. If you'd like to suggest future "SGA-related" things for The Concordian to cover, let me know.

Click here to check out Curtis Kearn's blog, "Discord University."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Coach Kellar Q&A - 10/02/09

I went to interview Coach Kellar at our usual time. I walked into his office and saw that he wasn't there. I was told he was in the next room, so I went down there & saw that the door was closed. I figured he was busy, so I decided to wait in the hallway for a moment. As I looked around, I saw through two glass doors - it was the entrance to the athletic trainers room and there was the football coach waving me into the room. I go in there and see him propped up on one of the doctor tables. His right knee is hooked up to some sort of machine and there's a bag of ice on it.

My first thought - somebody accidentally tackled him at the game. That almost happened to me in high school, when I was taking pictures for Princeton High's newspaper. I had to jump over two players as they were sliding towards me.

But, no, it wasn't anything like that. He hurt his knee playing basketball over the weekend. As he put it - "That's what happens when you're 38 and think you're 18."

He told me we could do the interview as he was getting checked up, so I hopped up on the table next to him - and with 10 other people doing things in the room - interviewed Coach Kellar about the football team.

Some interesting notes: This victory clinched Concord's first winning record since 1998. Also, had they beaten two opponents they lost close games to, this coming game would have been for the conference championship.

Q&A is below.

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Interview with Mike Kellar, Concord's football coach (10/02/09)

Chris Slater: You guys defeated Fairmont State last weekend. What happened in that game?

Mike Kellar: Well, you know, it was a rainy day. Very, very bad weather in the first half. We came out and, in the second series of the game, had an 86-yard drive for a touchdown. We got the extra point blocked, but we kicked a field goal right before halftime to make it 9-0. Defense played really good in the second half, especially. They caused some turnovers. We got three turnovers in the third quarter and we were able to hold onto a 15-9 victory.

CS: What were the keys to victory?

MK: I think defensively, playing as well as we did in the red zone. We got bad field position in the third quarter, they ran a kickoff to midfield and the defense stopped them three times in the red zone. We got two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

CS: This was your first road conference victory. How important was that to you?

MK: I think it’s important that the team believes in themselves enough that they’re able to win a conference game on the road. You know, going up to Fairmont, a team that had 20, 22 starters returning, you know, their record’s not great right now but anytime you can win a conference game on the road, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.

CS: This is the team’s first winning record since 1998. How does that feel?

MK: I mean, it feels good in our first season to get a winning season. It really feels good for the seniors, the kids who struggled for three years through some trials and tribulations. For them to go out their senior year with a winning record was important. I’ve never doubted for a minute that this program would be turned around. But, for the seniors to have a winning season our first year was very fortunate.

CS: Have you heard anything yet from community members about the winning record?

MK: You know, I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from alums. I talk to some people in the community when I go out to a place to get a cup of coffee, or something to eat. You know, people are always very nice. Most of them say that they saw us play and that they like the way we play, they like the effort our kids give and they’re happy that we’re getting rewarded with some victories.

CS: We’re 4-3 in the conference right now, right?

MK: Yeah. We’re 4-3 in the conference.

CS: How’s our record overall, in terms of the conference?

MK: You know, if we could have beaten Glenville and Shepherd, two games that we lost very closely, we’d be competing for a conference championship with West Lib. As it is, I believe West Lib. is ahead of us in the conference and so is Charleston, and then there’s a bunch of other teams fighting for that number three spot.

CS: We play West Liberty this weekend. What are your thoughts on that game?

MK: Well, West Liberty, they’re the conference champs this year. Obviously, they’re a very good football team, very good offensively. Their quarterback will probably be the Offensive Player of the Year; I’d be willing to bet. Very good running backs, some very skilled people. Solid on defense. We’re playing at their place. It’s going to be a tough game for us to win. If we go up there and execute and give it the effort we need to give, then we’ve got a chance to beat anybody.

CS: Who were your players of the game?

MK: Offensively was Steven Hearons. Defensively was Thomas Hearons and Aaron Flythe. Special teams wise was Dan Stone. Scouts of the week [red-shirt freshmen who participate in practices] – special teams wise was… Defensively was Chris Lawson. Special teams was... who was it... it's in my notebook, I don't remember it. I'd have to look it up for you. Uh, who was it? Offensive scout player was, uh, David Kellam.

CS: He was offensive?

MK: Uh huh. David Kellam - K-E-L-L-A-M. Our defensive scout was Chris Lawson. Special teams scout was... Hector Tanner.

CS: Okay. Looks like everything I've got. Is there anything you think needs mentioned that I didn't bring up?

MK: We've got a chance against West Liberty and the coaches and players are definitely looking forward to it.

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So, there's that. The final football game of the season is this Saturday. I guess next week's interview will be some sort of "looking back at the season" kind of deal. Should be fun.

The story written from this interview will be in this Wednesday's edition of The Concordian, which can be found online at

If you have any questions or comments about this interview, feel free to leave them.