Thursday, February 8, 2007

Reggie Oliver reminisces about youth in Tuscaloosa, Marshall University

Reggie Oliver
The movie "We Are Marshall" may be touted as a movie that "isn't really about football," but those who came to hear Reggie Oliver talk   Feb. 7 about his experiences as the freshman quarterback of the Thundering Herd comeback team in 1971 were not disappointed.  

Oliver talked football.  

With a memory for minute details and the names of every player, coach, teacher and friend he's met in his 55 years, Oliver led the audience on a behind-the-scenes journey from his birth in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to his high-school days as a quarterback, to the flaming crash of a DC-9 that took the lives of all of his Marshall University coaches and teammates in November 1970.

The following year, as the 18-year-old leader of a team nicknamed The Young Thundering Herd, Oliver led a rag-tag team of freshman football players, assorted basketball and baseball players, and a few volunteer students from the campus through an inspiring season of healing, including the first win of the '71 season against Xavier - which Oliver claims is unfairly portrayed in the movie as ending with a "lucky pass."   "There was no luck involved," laughed Oliver.

"Less than one year from the plane crash, the hoopla was all on," said Oliver. "There was no more 'young' herd, the Thunder was back!

"It was ashes to glory."


Undercover employee
One Columbus State employee came to work Wednesday well prepared for the weather. Can you guess who this is?

* answer below

  After two day of sub-zero starts to the day and a hair-raising commute home on Tuesday, Physical Plant employees worked through the night to clear drifts and spread salt to make campus navigable Wednesday morning.


Black History Month activities invite all to participateThe Black History Month committee has been busy putting together several special events and presentations that are all free and open to the public.

First there will be two town hall meetings titled "The Pulse of Diversity on Campus."  These town hall meetings will be facilitated jointly by Dr. David Tom and Dr. Carolyn Kaufman of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.  The topics of discussion will be the student perspective on diversity on campus and what types of diverse programming students would like to see on campus.

The meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 14, from noon. - 1:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 21, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Student Lounge.

The Gospel Ensemble will also perform from noon - 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 21. 

Poets in Black
Next will be the annual event "Poets in Black: Readings of African-American Writers" on Thursday, February 22 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the ERC Television Studio (lower level, Columbus Hall).

An exhibition in the ERC gallery featuring African-American artist Melissa Dannette will run until the end of February.

More information is coming for the African American Health and Wellness Day that will be on Tuesday, February 27, so save the date!



The Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series presents

"Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? What Happened in Ohio?"For anyone suspicious of the 2004 Ohio vote, here's some of the evidence you've been waiting for. Bob Fitrakis, professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, will present evidence in support of the key claims found in his latest book, "Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election?" on Tuesday, February 20, at noon in 104 Franklin Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Some of the discrepancies Fitrakis will discuss include:

•  Total number of votes by which George W. Bush won Ohio: 18,775

•  Total number of ballots, mostly from Democratic precincts, that were rejected and remain uncounted: 92,672

•  Estimated number of provisional ballots, many from Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and other Democratic centers, that were ruled invalid and not counted: 35,000

•  Total number of votes received by Bush in Gahanna, Ohio, Ward 1B: 4,258

•  Total number of ballots cast in Gahanna, Ohio, Ward 1B: 638

Business Services offers seminar Feb. 20The Business Services department will offer a seminar for employees entitled: Working with Business Services: An Introduction to Business Services-Cost Center Manager Training, on February 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. See the seminar flyer here.

Winter Wellness Fest to be held Feb. 14-15Come join the fun Feb. 14 and 15 for the Winter Wellness Fest, featuring games, activities, prizes and massages from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. will be healthy cooking demonstration by Deane Cobler in the Eibling Hall kitchen area, lower level.   Then at 1-2 p.m. a presentation on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) will be given by Suzanne Robinson in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.  

On Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. stop over to the vendor exhibits in Nestor Hall East Student Lounge to collect interesting health and wellness information from exhibitors including the YMCA, the Nursing Department, Rails to Trails, United Health Care, Race for the Cure, the Student Activities Department, MH/CD/MR Department, the Human Performance Center and Matrix.


* The undercover employee is Betty Richardson, IT Support Center