As soon as Feb. 1 hit, I was elated, thrilled and exhilarated! February, although the shortest month of the year, is one of my favorite months due to all the festivities associated with it.
When I think about it, I begin to wonder why people wait until February to celebrate black history, give up an item they are obsessed with or show the love they have for one another. As an African-American woman in college, I find myself guilty of partaking in the activities that could be celebrated in any other month as well.
Our two cents’ worth and final thoughts on the Bowl Championship Series title game experience:
• In his after-the-game press conference, Head Coach Les Miles said that LSU’s drubbing by Alabama will be a “bitter pill to swallow.”
Yep, it sure will and for a long time, at least until the 2012 season kicks off. And if next year doesn’t go smoothly, you know there will be observers around Tiger Nation saying that the 21-0 title game defeat to the Tide will be one of the reasons (psychological or otherwise).
I have been working for so long in the field of domestic violence that it is almost automatic for me to use the pronouns “she” and “her” when I am discussing victims and survivors of domestic violence. However, it is important to note that men are also sometimes the victims. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Look around at any group of men you know. Athletic leagues, businesses, clubs and organizations. Now take one quarter of that group and set them aside.
It should come as no great surprise that the authors of a bill calling for the merger of Louisiana Tech University and LSU-Shreveport ditched the proposal before it ever came up for a vote.
Consolidation, while potentially beneficial to both schools, was just too politically hot for the Legislature to handle. So, rather than force lawmakers to take a stand, Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, pulled the bill saying they couldn’t muster the two-thirds House vote required for passage.
If they’re honest, the bill’s supporters will admit that from the start, the merger proposal was a long shot at best. Even though enrollment at LSU-S has been stagnant at about 4,000 students for more than 30 years, and even though the school’s degree programs are limited, there was just no way that the LSU Board of Supervisors was going to let anybody else get even a perceived toehold in Tiger territory.