Summer is normally a slow time for Ohio State sports outside of recruiting. All of the spring sports are done and none of the fall sports have started practice yet, meaning that outside of recruiting there is little in the way of news. That isn’t true for all things connected to OSU athletics though as the past week has been anything but quiet for the Ohio State University Marching Band.
As I have previously detailed, the tryout process for the OSUMB is very demanding and highly competitive and prospective band members start preparing for tryouts well in advance. Prospective band members will spend the summer practicing their marching and playing, memorizing school songs, and hitting the gym to get in shape. In addition to their individual work, many prospective members will also attend Summer Sessions.
Summer sessions are optional practice sessions held at the band’s practice field where prospective band members practice and learn the OSUMB marching fundamentals that they will be evaluated on at tryouts. Summer Sessions are normally held every Tuesday and Thursday night during the summer, starting near the beginning of June, with occasional extra sessions occurring on other days; a full calendar of this year’s Summer Sessions can be found here. Summer Sessions start at 5:30 pm for percussionists and 6:30 pm for everyone else and goes until 9:00 pm. Squad leaders and experienced members of last year’s band lead the sessions, teaching new people the basic fundamentals and helping everyone to improve and polish their marching and playing. While primarily designed to teach the fundamentals to new people, lots of members of the previous year’s band will attend the sessions in order to polish their skills; during my time I would say that the majority of members from the previous year would come back.
Welp, there’s only so much Midwest my family can handle. Wait… that’s not right. There’s only so much of my family that the Midwest can handle. That’s more accurate. Since I’m flying back to LaLa land as we speak, here’s some traveling music for your morning interlude.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. We have tidbits regarding The James, a couple miscellaneous commentary topics and a musical finale. Fire up the speakers, cause it’s Sunday morning!
Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.
Here is some research from the folks at The James regarding the use of a deadly life form, a virus, along with a cancer targeting agent to kill cancer cells. This is a creation of a hunter-killer approach to cancer treatment and therapy.
Giving low doses of a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the effectiveness of the virus as a treatment for cancer, according to a study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
Viruses designed to kill cancer cells are being used in clinical trials to treat brain cancer and other malignancies.
This study suggests that combining a particular targeted agent with a cancer-killing virus might improve the virus’s ability to kill cancer cells.
The findings support the testing of this combination therapy in a clinical trial.
In other news, Dr. Carbone of The James discusses specific biomarkers to assist in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. It’s a long, long journey, but, small steps, folks..
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Writing survey questions for research studies is a very tricky task that must be done carefully in order to not bias the results. Not only must one be careful in the wording of the questions in order to not bias the survey taker or lead them toward a certain response, even the order of the questions must be taken into account. Researchers have long known about the existence of what is called the “order effect” where the order that questions in a survey are asked actually effects the response. For example, a 1997 Gallup poll asked whether respondents considered Bill Clinton and Al Gore honest and trustworthy. There were two versions of this survey, one with the question about Bill Clinton first and the other with the question about Al Gore first. Among those that took the version with the question about Clinton first, 49% said that both Clinton and Gore were trustworthy and 28% said that neither were trustworthy; the rest said only one of the two were trustworthy. The results were different with the other version of the survey as 56% of those who got asked about Gore first said that both men were trustworthy while 21% said neither were trustworthy.
Researchers normally use standard probability theory to explain human reasoning but this theory is unable to explain the order effect. Thus, researchers have mostly viewed the order effect as a source of noise in the data that they try to control for by varying the order that questions are asked to different survey takers.
We hope you enjoyed a very inspirational Jesse Owens Best Buckeye Ever” href=”http://www.thebuckeyebattlecry.com/2014/06/tbbc-legends-the-best-buckeye/” target=”_blank”>Best Buckeye Ever last weekend in Jesse Owens. And as unanimous as a choice as he was from our staff, and I was honestly surprised by the many choices for Worst Buckeye Ever.
In my lifetime, it has hands down been one person simply for the fact he became the biggest disappointment because he was someone I idolized and wanted to be. You will see at the end how many different choices the staff members chose and their reasons. For me, there can be only one that’s the absolute worst.
Art Schlichter made a name for himself on and off the field while in high school at Miami Trace in the mid seventies and rose to fame as Woody Hayes recruited him to come to Ohio State and start at quarterback right away, which he did all four years he was there.
Even though there were lots of suspicions among the athletic staff and local police that he was connected heavily with gambling in and around the Columbus area, they didn’t believe they had enough evidence to go to the NCAA, thus protecting Schlichter.
I believe to this day that Woody believed he was helping him with his problem and simply became an unknowing enabler of Shlichter’s gambling problems. In the end, Art may have contributed to the frustration that Woody felt the day he punched Charlie Bauman, ending Woody’s career and setting Schlichter on a path of destruction.
A little while back I let it out of the bag that one of my favorite writers is Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
Forget what you think of him as an analyst on Sunday Night Football, his columns are top notch and he has a style unique to himself. (One of these days I’ll spill who my favorite is and if you read his work you’ll instantly see the influence)
One of King’s mainstays is his Monday Morning Quarterback segment that goes live (you guessed it!) on Monday mornings. Inside the MMQB piece each week is a segment he calls “10 things I think I think”. His 10 things encompass everything from the NFL to his favorite order at Starbucks.
Last summer I did my own tribute to Peter King by going through some things I think I thought. With this being the dead period for college football, I figured “why not” and decided to do it again. So, without further ado, here are: Things I Think That I Think.
Greetings from the Windy City… the family vacation continues, and we’ve survived a trip to the Mitten State That Sucks. Today’s soundtrack is my wife’s favorite song about Carl Sandburg’s home.
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Last week brought sad news for everyone connected to TBDBITL as Dr. James Moore, known to most as Doc, passed away at age 80. For over 20 years, until his retirement at the end of the 2004 season, Dr. Moore had served as the percussion instructor for the Ohio State Marching Band, contributing to evolution of the band and becoming a beloved figure to all band members
Dr. Moore didn’t have the background that one would necessarily expect for someone who would become such a major part of the Ohio State community. Doc was born in 1934 in Jackson, Michigan (birthplace of the Republican party, the coney island hot dog, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, and NASA astronaut James McDivitt). Not surprisingly for someone from a town only 40 miles away, Doc attended the University of Michigan for his bachelors and masters degrees. Fortunately at this point Doc’s eyes turned south and he attended Ohio State for his PhD.
Ohio State obviously made an impression on Dr. Moore and after a career that included three years in the US Army teaching at the Armed Forces School of Music in Washington, DC, he returned to OSU in 1981 as the percussion instructor for the marching band. While many people think of drummers as people who just hit things really loudly to help keep a beat and make noise, Doc knew that percussionists where just as musical as any other musician and he helped bring about many innovations that improved the musicality of the OSUMB percussion section. Dr. Moore introduced multiple tenor drums, known as toms or quads, and tonal bass drums (bass drums of different sizes and thus pitches) to the section. By having toms and bass drums with different pitches, the percussion section could now play melodic lines, enhancing the sound and color of the band.