Category Archives: College Fun

“EMU showing ‘American Sniper’ again after protesters interrupt first screening”

From mLive comes “EMU showing ‘American Sniper’ again after protesters interrupt first screening.” I saw this the other day in an announcement sent around by Geoff Larcom, but here’s the mLive story and discussion about it. The second showing is going to be this Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Two quick thoughts for now:

  • I saw this article in my newsfeed shortly after I got up this morning and it had like three comments on it. I’m posting this at about 8:30 AM and now it has over 130 comments and the comments seem to be coming about one or two a minute. And of course most of the comments are pretty stupid.
  • I probably won’t attend this screening because it’s on a Friday night and I am guessing I’ll have other plans, but I have to say I’m tempted. I didn’t see it in the theater when it came out and if I had to pick a side in this, I’d probably be on the side of the people protesting this movie. But the added discussion about the movie might make for an interesting night, and besides, it’s free.

It’s a stressful time of year, so….

…go ahead and hug an emu. But be careful– they bite!

The friend of the animals

“Sweets & Selfies with Su-Mar at the Student Center”

From Geoff “Geoff” Larcom comes the following:

EMU President Susan Martin wants to thank students, faculty and staff with sweets and the opportunity for fun selfies as we end the academic year.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to come, say hello and rock your best smile if you want a selfie with President Martin from 1-2 p.m. on either Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23 in the Student Center. President Martin will be providing sweets on the first floor of the Student Center in the Fireplace Lounge, located across from the EMU Bookstore.

President Martin wants to sincerely thank so many across the campus for the love, support and hard work during her tenure as president the past seven years. As she says, “You helped lift Eastern up and made it shine as a beacon of opportunity for so many people to lead extraordinary lives. Thank you!”

And don’t forget to tag your photos #SueMar or share them with the President on Facebook Susan Martin (be her friend!).

First off, I think this is something more designed for “the kids,” as they say, so while I’m glad they’ve included faculty and staff, I have a feeling most selfie-seekers are going to be students. Second, be on the lookout for some amusing “SueMar” photos and tags on social media.

“Emu House” to be named in honor of outgoing President Susan Martin

From the Ypsilanti Courier comes “EMU to name renovated home for housing special University guests in honor of outgoing President Susan Martin.”

I had actually heard about this before because the EMU PR folks had invited me to an open house event for “emu house” last week– I couldn’t attend because of some other stuff on my schedule, unfortunately. Anyway, “emu house” is at 526 St. John’s Street, which is across the street from the dorms Best Hall and Wise Hall, and (for those of us who have been here a while) it used to be the EMU Credit Union way back in the day.

The place has been refinished into a guest house which (the article says) could be used for “visitors performing at Pease Auditorium for extended periods, new leaders who are unable to locate a residence quickly and others visiting the University for a major event.” Oh, also important to note here: emu house was made possible by the generous support of Ken Fine and his wife, Rebecca Canary, and also to William and Delores Brehm, who donated a lot of the furniture.

I think this is a great idea because we don’t really have a place on campus to house people who are here for an extended stay. For example (and this is also a plug), my friend and former colleague Annette Saddik has been at EMU this semester off and on as the McAndless Distinguished Scholar– she’s giving a talk tomorrow in the student center called “‘Act Naturally': Embracing the Monstrous Woman in Tennessee Williams’ Late Plays”– and I know that it would have been a heck of a lot easier to put her up for a week or so at a time in this space had it been available. My hope is we can house future McAndless Scholars (and other visiting scholars) here.

But what of the name? Here’s a quote from the article:

The house is named “emu house,” which connects it to both the University and the large, flightless bird native to Australia, a few of which Rebecca adopted over 15 years ago and which still live (and infrequently reproduce) on their property.

The house will be renamed the “Susan W. Martin emu house” within 30 days of her final day as president and will retain that name for at least the next 100 years or until it has reached the end of its useful life. The plaque designating the new name of the house and honoring President Martin will be installed by early fall.

Of course, the real tribute would be a change of mascot, but one step at a time.

 

Four students arrested for protesting “American Sniper” movie

This made the news in The Eastern Echo here– “Four students arrested protesting American Sniper Friday night movie” and also at mLive here– “Protesters detained after disrupting ‘American Sniper’ showing at EMU.”  And it’s also a story that got picked up by Inside Higher Ed, too. It’s a bit of a confusing story to me, but here’s a quote from the mLive story that also paraphrases the Echo story:

About 40 students protested the film, according to a report by the university newspaper, The Eastern Echo.

The Echo reported that student protesters filed onto the stage and held up signs under the screen, before one student began speaking to the crowd.

“Do you want me to play a movie painting your people this way?” the student asked the audience, according to The Eastern Echo.

Audience members reportedly shouted back, “Tell us after.”

Larcom said the protesters received several warnings from police before the four were detained.

They were released shortly after with no charges, he said.

First off, I haven’t seen the movie. It’s not the kind of thing that appeals to me much for all kinds of different reasons and I probably would have agreed with the basic point of the protesters, and besides, I heard a lot of kind of mixed reviews when it came out. But second, I kind of agree with the audience members here: it seems to me it would have made a lot more sense to have some kind of discussion about the movie– maybe both before and after it was shown– rather than to simply try to stop it from being shown in the first place.

This all comes on the heels of events over at the University of Michigan, of course. There the movie was scheduled, then canceled, and then was going to show it along with a panel discussion, then savior football coach Jim Harbaugh tweeted his support for the movie, and then the U of M folks announced they had made a mistake originally in canceling the showing. And, to quote the mLive piece:

Ultimately, the movie was shown as previously scheduled on Friday, with the added option of a showing of the movie “Paddington,” to no major protest.

I wonder how many people saw Paddington?

“EMU pulls the plug on controversial Life in Color concert with a history of drug use, EMS runs”

From the Detroit ABC affiliate wxyz comes “EMU pulls the plug on controversial Life in Color concert with a history of drug use, EMS runs.” I had never heard of the whole “Life in Color,” which is described as the world’s largest paint party.” Basically, it’s what I believe the kids used to call a “Rave.” There’s a video of an investigative report that the WXYZ people did last year that talks about the unusual levels of drug use, EMS calls, and even some deaths. Here’s a quote from the WXYZ site:

The concert, scheduled since January, was set to take place on Saturday at EMU’s Convocation Center. On Tuesday, a WXYZ reporter asked EMU’s vice-president of communications whether the school was aware of the event’s dubious history.

Less than a day later, spokesman Walter Kraft released a statement saying the event was canceled because of “issues with the facility.” He would not comment further.

 

The last EMUTalk.org NCAA Basketball Tourney all comes down to this…

The pool for this last ever EMUTalk.org NCAA Basketball tourney “you pick ’em” contest (which has no actual prizes, by the way) is pretty small, but that’s okay. It’s the idea that counts. And this year, it looks like to comes down to two possible winners. If Duke wins, then the winner is Gran Mago with his or her picks the Mayor of Bracketville. If Wisconsin wins (and I frankly didn’t think Kentucky could lose to anyone this year), then Derek M and his (I presume this is a Derek I know, who is a man) picks Carom L wins.

Interestingly, Gran would would win not because he or she picked the winner (they had Arizona winning it all) but rather Gran had more overall correct picks. But while Derek M. had fewer right picks along the way, he picked both Wisconsin and Duke to be in the final game and for Wisconsin to win. Seems like Derek M. should win no matter what, but I’ll trust the Yahoo math on that one.

Too bad about Michigan State getting crushed so badly by Duke, too. Maybe next year. Speaking of basketball and next year: one of our friends over at Eagle Totem, Jeremy Rosenberg, has a good “final analysis” report about basketball this year. I agree with him that the men’s team was a mild disappointment, but compared to where the Emus were a few years ago, there’s definite improvement. And even with the adversity of the death of a player in a traffic accident, the women’s team had a solid year, losing in the sweet 16 of the Women’s NIT.

Anyway, I’d like to see Wisconsin win tomorrow night. Go Badgers!

On the lighter side of all of this, here’s Buzzfeed’s “25 Hilarious Little Gems From Yik Yak”

A loyal EMUTalk reader (who also happens to be a departmental colleague, good friend, and someone who has sent me other Yik Yak links lately) sent me this from Buzzfeed, “25 Hilarious Little Gems From Yik Yak.”  I’m posting this here for two reasons. First, it’s funny. I realize that there are those who might say something like “THERE IS NOTHING AT ALL FUNNY ABOUT YIK YAK,” and I apologize in advance to those readers. And not all of these are equally funny, family-friendly, and/or politically correct.

Second, in my reading of Yik Yak (which really isn’t all that frequent), these kinds of posts are pretty typical. Sure, you do see ugly things like the language that characterized the infamous Yik Yak incident that has put EMU on the map for all the wrong reasons. But I think a much larger percentage of Yaks are more along these lines– or maybe a better way of putting it is most of the Yaks I have seen are attempts to be as funny as these.

And by the way, if you are doubting me about this and you haven’t yet checked out Yik Yak, what are you waiting for? As I said as part of a rather “spirited” Facebook conversation I had over the weekend, if you are in the “we need to ban Yik Yak” camp, it seems to me you ought to at least see what it is you’re trying to ban.

But in the meantime, read these. They’re pretty funny.

 

One last time at the NCAA Tourney: the annual (and final) you pick-em contest

As far as I can tell, this year’s NCAA “March Madness” men’s basketball tournament is basically a contest for second place: I can’t imagine anybody is going to beat Kentucky. Then again, part of the excitement of tourney-time (and of college basketball generally) is anything can happen.

Here’s a link to the EMUTalk pool— I think I have this right. As was the case in the past, it’s for bragging rights only. Sign up early and often!

EMU’s Lost Landscapes and Old Buildings

 

This is kind of cool: via a colleague and friend on the Book of Face, I came across “EMU’s Lost Landscapes & Old Buildings” which is on the visitypsinow tourism site. For example, this illustration is a “birds-eye map” of campus from 1868, and there are lots of other cool photos too. It’s the work of Matt Siegfried, who graduated from EMU’s historic preservation program, and it includes all kinds of interesting “fun facts” about the history of EMU and the area.