Tuesday, September 16, 2008

'Obscure' Football Still Gets Notice at Lake Erie College

Even those colleges that are relatively recent arrivals at football have a chance for some national notice, as here during this week’s “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” on the espn.com web page:

Obscure College Score of the Week: California of Pennsylvania 54, Lake Erie 0. Occasionally I fret that someday the supply of obscure colleges will be exhausted. Thus my spirits rose when I came across this score, because I had never heard of Lake Erie College. Located in Painesville, Ohio, Lake Erie College is "one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the Western Reserve," the 18th century Connecticut land claim whose name lives on in Case Western Reserve University. Here are pics from the school's founding as Lake Erie Female Seminary. Lake Erie College says, "Over 10,000 individuals have graduated from this fine institution and all have left their mark on the campus in some way." That's a lot of initials carved into trees!

The entire column, by the author and Brookings Institute fellow Gregg Easterbrook, is at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=easterbrook/080916

-- Bob Burke

Friday, September 5, 2008

U.S. Senator to Speak at Franciscan University

Franciscan University College Republicans and Students for Life will host an event featuring United States Senator Sam Brownback. He will give a lecture on “Faith in Politics.” Senator Brownback has taken the lead in Washington on pressing issues such as abortion, marriage, bioethics, human rights, and religious freedom.

He will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2008, in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, located in the J.C. Williams Center.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Coalition for Healthy Families Pulls Issue from Ballot

In a shocking turn of events, early this morning the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and Governor Ted Strickland scheduled a press conference for 9:15 a.m.

Shortly after that announcement, Gongwer, a statehouse news service, reported at 9:20 that the SEIU has officially requested that their Healthy Families Act be pulled from the ballot. Their reasoning being "it became clear that a shrill and vitrolic ballot campaign marred by misinformation and disinformation would be impossible to avoid." This action comes after every poll on the issue showed that over half of Ohioans approved of the initiative.

Mr. Strickland had been a lead player in compromise talks on the issue, trying to get the business community (opponents) and the SEIU to find a common ground. No compromise was reached, but as a result of AICUO's advisory role, students and faculty were to be included within the proposed exemptions. Because a compromise couldnt be reached, Gov. Strickland and Lt. Gov. Fisher said they would oppose the issue in November.

In a time when Ohio needs all the new business it can get, pulling this issue from the ballot is a smart move.

Dustin A. Holfinger