My, how time flies! Thanksgiving is upon us already tomorrow! Having spent time last week in Madison and consequent to President Reilly’s cabinet meeting yesterday morning, I can say confidently that there is no recent news to report on the budget lapse. Attending student government Monday night, it was interesting to hear from our students who went down to Madison to lobby. It seems like they came away with an appreciation of the process.
There was a hearing last week on the rehiring of annuitants; there are two bills up before the assembly. During the testimony, the reaction was primarily negative. Many attendees spoke out against the bills, including voices from other state agencies in addition to the UW-System. For now, it looks like little-to- no quick movement is in evidence.
It was a great week for the ‘Jackets. The men’s basketball team hosted the 2011 Merrill Thompson Tip-Off Classic last weekend at Mertz Mortorelli Gym, finishing in second place. They defeated Finlandia in the semi-finals before falling to Edgewood College in the championship. The women’s basketball team also had a second place finish last weekend. They soundly defeated Dominican University in the first round before dropping the championship game to St. Norbert College, host of the Baylake Bank Tip-Off Tournament. From now until the end of December there is a “Fill the Net” promotion at Wessman Arena. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and donate non-perishable food items into the net in the lobby. The donations will be given to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. Six men’s soccer players – Thomas Shuldheisz, Logan George, Dan Warnke, Bryan McBride, Eric Nilsen, and Alberto Rivero received post-season honors from the WIAC. Congratulations to all of them. Oh yeah, and have you seen the new web site?
As I mentioned last week, we sometimes get so caught up in the moment and in details that we forget to stop and think about how much we do or the resulting impact on our surroundings. On behalf of our students, thanks to you for all that you contribute to make UW-Superior the special place that it is!
Enjoy the time with family and friends this week! Safe travels if you must leave home! May you experience no turkey-related malfunctions if you choose to cook! And, for all of you football fans:
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
— Erma Bombeck