Initially, this was a part of this morning’s Silver Bullet Points, but I’ve been encouraged to move it to a separate article to allow folks a chance to comment and so forth.
Time, like The Best Damn Band In The Land, marches on.
It’s not yet been a week since Jon Waters was fired, and the wounds are still fresh. You’ve read the stories from band members here at tBBC, and will continue to do so: we want to be sure that all voices are heard in this matter, as the Ohio State Marching Band is a deep part of our hearts.
Charles has done a great job of covering the perspective of those close to the program, even sharing a story with us last night of yet another student who felt that the OSUMB was a place of acceptance and safety in spite of what “official reports” and media coverage might have indicated.
With the season upcoming, they continue their preparation and performance schedule with the controversy still swirling. Even before the latest news, you heard the frustration from some of the band members- they represent the University so well, and yet the Athletic Department would rather pipe in “modern” music instead of letting the band do what they were designed to do.
And yet, the band plays on. How firm thy friendship, indeed.
For today’s reflection though, I want to take a different look at the circumstances at hand.
You see, I understand why the University felt the need to fire Jon Waters.
To be clear, I’m not saying that I agree with the decision nor am I saying that the termination was handled correctly. Those discussions are still be had way above my paygrade.
My point is that the nature of the allegations and the significance of the moment in which they happened factored into the decision, and made termination an option from day one. Read More
Well hello there! I take off for a week into the wilderness and come back to find that a) Dexter went Lizard King on me and b) Charles broke the site with his excellent coverage of the Waters situation (more later). It’s good to be needed, ya heard?
Seriously, thanks for your patience as we’ve been updating our server and so forth. I especially want to apologize to those band members who were kind enough to let us publish their stories… you deserved better than having us offline as much as we’ve been. At any rate, I think we’ve got a good handle on things now and ideas for a strong future as well… I think we’ve got the problems derezzed.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Here we are, the last weekend in July. As usual, we’ll be joined by our permanent musical accompaniment. We’re going to have something about The James, immature professional athletes (I know..) and something from Boston. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you prefer and let’s proceed.
By the time you read this, Lovely Bride and I will be on our way back home from a family wedding in Boston, MA. I’m sure there will be stories aplenty; none of which will be told here.. Congratulations Maureen and Bryan.
Here’s a nice, quick read on the food service program at the new James. It provides for patient-customized meals; what you want to eat, when you want to eat it. This is a great way to get the proper nutrition to individual patients when they need it.
Here is an informative interview with Joseph Flynn of The James explaining his research in CDK inhibitors in cancer treatment.
Joseph Flynn, DO, MPH, focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in his research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Here’s a notice of a live Google+ Hangout with advice to manage cancer treatment side effects while at work. After all, after cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment, live goes on. The Hangout is Wednesday July 30th at 6:00PM EST. And work, whatever form it may take, is part of life..
Hello and happy Thursday! We might be a day late and a dollar short with this week’s Silver Bullet Points, but we are here! There are a lot of questions heading into August about what the Buckeyes can do on the gridiron. 14 coffee cups in this Thursday afternoon and I’ve come up with the only answer that matters.
Oh man — it’s amazing how much better I feel… Let’s get things started with today’s soundtrack, because everybody needs a little G-L-O-R-I-A in their life.
Nestled along the western shore of Seneca Lake is the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It’s less than a two hour drive from Buffalo into the heart of the Finger Lakes, and is truly a bucolic setting.
Well, not quite.
As this rather extensive article in the NY Times, there are proper ways to investigate sexual assault complaints, but the administration at HWS took a different approach. You need to follow the link to read the article for full impact.
It is lengthy and not for the faint of heart.
For a shorter version, Ophelia of ‘Butterflies and Wheels’ has excerpts and commentary, here.
Whatever precisely happened that September night, the internal records, along with interviews with students, sexual-assault experts and college officials, depict a school ill prepared to evaluate an allegation so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence. As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused.
This was one flawed investigation. The investigative panel appointed by the college was evidently ill equipped for its task and insensitive in its investigation, the investigating detective was less than precise and accurate in filing his report and the colleges’ response was clueless, if not embarrassing.
It took the college just 12 days to investigate the rape report, hold a hearing and clear the football players. The football team went on to finish undefeated in its conference, while the woman was left, she said, to face the consequences — threats and harassment for accusing members of the most popular sports team on campus.
Let’s move along, folks, nothing to see here.
One of my first articles with tBBC pertained to sexual assault and social media interaction in Steubenville. I will welcome the day where ‘sexual assault’ will not be a topic. Ever.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Here we are, mid July, summer is flying by. Of course, that means we’re getting closer to Football Season, so, silver linings and all that. Grab whatever beverage(s) that you need and let’s forge ahead. Of course, we’ll forge ahead to our usual musical accompaniment. We have good stuff regarding The James, commentary of some sort, and some music to wrap it up. Thanks for stopping by.
Speaking of futball, congratulations to Germany for winning the World Cup. In the semi-finals, Deutschland blitzed Brazil like they did the Low Countries in Spring 1940. Sunday was a different story, however. Argentina took Germany to the limit (just ask the players on the pitch) before falling 1-0 on a great goal by Mario Götze.
Happy Birthday – I want to take the time to wish my step-father, Bob, a happy 90th birthday today. A long life and a well lived life. Here’s hoping for many more, Bob.
Every now and again, we get an interesting story at tBBC headquarters.
That was especially true this week, when the team representing Maurice Hall reached out to us to let us know about his new endeavor as well as ways that fans of his work on and off the field could get involved.
Buckeye fans will remember many aspects of Maurice’s Ohio State career, but no moment stands out more than this important fourth quarter opportunity in 2002.
Maurice is no stranger to us here- we’ve been blessed to have chatted with him on a very early edition of The Radio Hour podcast, and have interacted with him on numerous occasions about his experiences in the entertainment industry. West Coast Buckeyes have to stick together.
His latest project is pretty expansive, and takes advantage of the new business model that we’re seeing in Hollywood. Formerly, a solid idea or script might languish on the desks of studio heads, waiting for someone to take a chance on a young director or different story.
However recent independent films have found success being funded both by those directly involved and by crowdsourcing the expenses. But investors and partners are also finding that it’s not just an opportunity to help a new talent out- there are often great “perks” for donors. You might remember that our friend Mekka Don used this method to release his latest album as well.
After the jump, check out the press release about Maurice’s plan and project, as well as learn how you might be able to win some choice NFL tickets. Read More
On July 8th, 2010, LeBron James went on national television and announced that he was leaving Cleveland to “take his talents” to South Beach and play for the Miami Heat. Hearts all over Ohio, especially in North Eastern Ohio, and most especially mine, were ripped out and crushed.
A lot has happened in the four years since “The Decision”. LeBron James has gone on to four straight NBA Finals appearances, winning two. The Cavaliers fell to the lowest of lows obtaining four straight top four lottery picks including three number one overall.
But maybe most importantly in those four years, everybody grew up and got a little wiser. All the parties involved in the horrible day that was 7/8/10 that was to culminate at the Boys and Girls Club in Camden, New Jersey live on ESPN and sent shock waves through Cleveland realized just how much they needed the other. Read More