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Baseball Through My Lens

I’ve been watching baseball for a long time and I came to a sad conclusion about a year ago that I revealed to my dad: all of the baseball players of my childhood are nearly gone.  Ken Griffey Jr. retiring is probably when this hit me the most, but  recently I looked back at the New York Yankees from 1998, probably my favorite team all time and looked to see who is left.  The results reminded me how things have changed.

Derek Jeter

Jorge Posada

Mariano Rivera

The only three left from the Yankees teams of my childhood.  Looking back at the 1998 roster, I see a lot of names that used to make me smile when I watched them take the field.  I think of Chuck Knoblauch playing second until the yips led to an end to his time as an infielder as he  found himself playing left field.  The most memorable thing about him to me though wasn’t the yips or steroids, but watching him bat.  Knoblauch had one of the strangest batting stances of any player I can remember.  Sadly I couldn’t find any video or photos of his batting moving in the air, but it is something I will always remember.  I guess it didn’t make much difference how weird his stance was, because he was doing what was important, hitting.

Bernie Williams probably was at the time and may always be my favorite New York Yankee of all time.  Bernie always looked so cool and collected holding the bat.  I remember reading about the Yankees considering trying to trade away Bernie for Albert Belle.  I don’t think anything in sports would have made me more upset.  Today I wish the Yankees had given him a better send off than they did.  They gave him a spring training invitation but didn’t guarantee him a roster spot.  Heck of a way to thank someone who helped you win three world series in a row huh, but mores discussion about that will have to be in another entry.

I remember reading about Orlando Hernandez (you probably know him as El Duque) in a book at a mall bookstore in Livingston, New Jersey.  What most people remember about El Duque is the leg kick (see 3:44).  Probably the most interesting thing about El Duque is his age, as different sources have him listed as having been born in 1969 and 1966 respectively.  My dad used to joke that El Duque was probably eligible for social security.

Although he was never a player I really liked, I would be remiss to not mention Shane Spencer.  1998 was the year that Shane broke out, I mean the guy hit 10 homers in 27 games. It’s a real shame he couldn’t hit a curveball.

As much as I am sad to see the generation of baseball players I watched and admired growing up ride off into the sunset, for a lot of them it is time.  The next generation of ball players will mean something special to another eight year old as he watches Robinson Cano help start a double play or Ryan Howard smack the ball out of the park.

What You Should Know Before You Vote in the Runoff

As stated in the SGA bylaws, there will be a runoff election for Student Body President.  I know all of you are tired of hearing that you should vote and being sent Facebook messages, emails, seeing sheet banners, and etc, but please make sure to vote again on Wednesday.  Your vote is your voice and will change the College and how students voices are heard over the next year.  On my campaign, I have worked to communicate my message by being very specific about what I stand for.  My specific platform goals can be easily found on my website at www.RossforCofC.com.  Beyond this, I have gone door to door in several residence halls trying to get out the vote and talking to students to find out if elected what sorts of things they need.

I guess what I mean to say by this is that I am running for Student Body President because I want to see people experience a College of Charleston better than the one that I have already enjoyed.  The College has given so much to me and the Presidency is the way that I seek to give back to the students, faculty, and staff who have made my time at the College such a pleasure.  I think together, we as a College community can do so much to make the College a better and safer place to learn, but I need your help.  Without being elected, I can’t serve you, so I am challenging you again to head to the polls on Wednesday between 8 AM and 5 PM and to cast your vote for the candidate who above all wants to make the College of Charleston the best it can possibly.  Let’s get started.  Below are instructions on how to vote:


  1. Go to https://my.cofc.edu/cp/home/displaylogin and log on to My Charleston.
  2. Next click on the Student Services Tab.
  3. In the center of the Student Services Tab click on SGA Election System.
  4. Then click on Spring 2011 Runoff election
  5. Select Your Candidates
  6. Remember to click submit once you have made your selections

Thank you for voting!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ross

 

How I Connect with Students

One of my opponents questioned my ability to connect with the students and talked about how my legislation had nothing to do with that ability and I have to say I couldn’t agree more.  What happens in the senate has little to do with our ability to connect with students at this point which is a real problem and needs to change.  There clearly needs to be more outreach to the student body on how they feel on legislation and to make sure the legislation that we talk about is meaningful to the students.

During my time at the College, I have made a huge effort to be involved in different activities around the College.  Throughout my time at the College, during one time or another I have been involved with the CofC Academic Team, Americans for Informed Democracy, College Republicans, College Democrats, Alliance for Planet Earth, the Gay Straight Alliance, the Jewish Student Union, and many other student organizations.  When the office of admissions calls on volunteers to be involved in events for accepted students, I always volunteer to make sure incoming students feel welcome at the College.  This year I volunteered at accepted students weekend for the third year.

I connect with students a lot of the time by wearing a hat that isn’t quite as familiar to the student body as my hat as Vice President of the Student Body or the other hats in Student Government I have worn before,  I wear my orientation intern hat.  As an orientation intern I talk and connect with new students to make sure their wants and needs are being met as they prepare to be students at the College and as much as I am wearing my hat as an orientation intern, I consider how our Student Government Association can help their dreams as College students come true.

When the Student Government Association holds events, I rarely if ever miss them.  I am always happy to talk to the students that I am lucky enough to serve.  When the Student Government Association served at Liberty during the fall semester, I walked around Liberty talking to students asking what the Student Government Association could do for them, taking diligent notes and relaying these to our Executive Council and Executive Board.  My phone number, several email addresses, Twitter, and my Facebook are accessible.  I am not a hard guy to get ahold of and I look for opportunities to make sure that things are going well.

I can proudly say that I connect with our student body and I love walking around and talking to the students here at the College.  The College is here for the students to get an education, both inside and outside the classroom and I strive everyday to make sure that is a possibility for all of us.

Remember, you have until 6 PM tonight to vote and here is how you do it:

  1. Go to https://my.cofc.edu/cp/home/displaylogin and log on to My Charleston.
  2. Next click on the Student Services Tab.
  3. In the center of the Student Services Tab click on SGA Election System.
  4. Then click on Spring Elections 2011.
  5. Select Your Candidates
  6. Remember to click submit once you have made your selections

Your Challenge Today

It isn’t every day that you get to do something that will change our College community.  Today you have the opportunity to move the College forward and elect a student representative who will truly stand by you day in and day out.  Every time I talk to an administrator at the College about a problem that they see or a problem that I see, I ask one simple question,”How will the students be involved.”  It isn’t just how will the students be involved with what is going on, but how can we the students be part of the solution.  We as students at the College of Charleston must engage ourselves in our College community.  We must be involved by working together to create the College of Charleston of tomorrow from the College we have today.  For this we need to elect leaders who have a vision for the future and that is exactly what I have.  Most campaign has been focused on some specific campaign goals that I think are achievable, but also on the fact that I want students to be heard.  I love my job and I want to be able to go further with it, but I need your help to do that.  Your job today and tomorrow is to vote.  Here’s how you do it:

  1. Go to https://my.cofc.edu/cp/home/displaylogin and log on to My Charleston.
  2. Next click on the Student Services Tab.
  3. In the center of the Student Services Tab click on SGA Election System.
  4. Then click on Spring Elections 2011.
  5. Select Your Candidates
  6. Remember to click submit once you have made your selections

I wanted to thank you for following my campaign and being engaged in campus politics.  It is you the voters and my constituents who will decide who will lead the College of Charleston and I hope to be that person.

What Makes Me Different?

About a year ago, I was running for Student Body Vice President and I had two themes to my campaign and they ring true with my campaign for President today:

  1. Let’s have a conversation-What did I mean by let’s have a conversation?  My goal was to be transparent and that is exactly what I was.  I worked to create a new Student Government Association website with more content than our previous one and re-developed the previous one into a blog.  Together, these added more information than ever before available online about what we do.  Our blog has been used to make sure that every week legislation is available as well as for press releases and the Student Organization budgets.  This year, for the first time ever, SGA had a town hall meeting in the semester opposite of our traditional state of the student body.  If elected President I would like to make a fall town hall a tradition of the Student Government Association so the student body knows what we as their representatives are doing.  Comment on here if you have more ideas on how we can become more transparent.
  2. Let’s get stuff done-I had to censor this one the first time, because originally I had a different word instead of stuff.  I work tirelessly for the students I represent.  If there is a meeting where the student body needs to be represented, either I will be there or I will make sure a student is there.  Students should be involved in all decisions made at the College, I mean the place is here for us to learn right?  I will not stop working for you, the students until the job is done.  It is fairly typical for me to get home from the office after 9 PM after a full schedule of classes.  If you’ve ever heard me complain about this, I have a secret (well, not so much a secret as a statement to tell you): I LOVE what I do.  I love waking up in the morning not knowing what I will get to do for the students I work for.  One day I could be answering emails to students, while another I could be working on the SGA website, presiding over senate, meeting with one of the various committees I serve on.  I nothing more than answering that text message from a student who wants to know how to start a student organization, apply for contingency, or even become a senator in SGA.

This might seem like some long drawn out blog, but in reality what I am trying to tell you is about my character.  I will tell you the truth about things, but I expect the same of those around me.  I expect details, plans, and strategy.  Thank you so much for reading my blog and following me on my campaign path.  Remember voting starts on Wednesday March 30th at 8 AM on MyCharleston and will go until Thursday March 31st at 5 PM with preliminary results coming out at 7 PM Thursday.

Internet at the College

We’ve all worked on a paper and felt like the internet was suddenly slowing to a standstill.  I don’t know about y’all, but I remember the days of a 56 k modem.  Things are better, but I know that we as the College can have a better wireless network.  What I would like to propose is that Information Technology and Campus Technology do a scan of internet around campus to see where the weakest places are and work to make our network stronger.  I hear too often from students things like,”I can’t watch that, because it is going to take forever to load.”  We net to restore confidence in our campus network.  Students should have a dependable campus wide wireless network and a dependable network is residence halls.  Students should look at Resnet and CWWPA and be happy with the services they are being provided.