"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tigers win by sweep vs. ACGC at home

First, a matter re. the school
I'll shoehorn in a little item here about our school, a matter involving some debate or - heaven forbid - controversy. We learn of an "activity audit." In August the school board directed administration (brrr, scary) to conduct an audit of all district clubs and groups that are not sanctioned by the MSHSL. The objective: to see if such groups have direct educational ties to curriculum.
Background: the Gay/Straight Alliance wants to be a school-sponsored organization with a paid advisor. The group focuses on education and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.
The district's "legal counsel" (brrr, scary again) is involved. Supt. Rick Lahn, who is referred to by one online journalist as "Sick Rick," noted that an audit found at least four activities that would be considered non-curricular. He won't tell us which ones.
Why all this tension over an area of school that seems quite innocuous and enriching? If you're arguing that everything at the school has to be directly connected to "learning," that's specious. We all know kids are dragged through lots of stuff at school that won't ever benefit them in any material way. I never benefited from dissecting a crayfish under Mr. Carlson. So, why so much tension?
I'm reminded of when I wrote about the school board in St. Francis, all tied up in trivial plagiarism accusations, and saying that maybe an argument could be made for cigarette smoking again. Cigarettes are a sedative. Maybe they could help us all just lighten up a little. Of course, the health danger is too substantial.
Anyway, the corporate media's coverage of our local school board cries out that there's more going on behind the scenes.
What's the real story? Well, a knowledgeable friend has filled me in. Here's an email I got from him:
 
(My source) tells me that this GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) thing that the school board is struggling with, is indeed a sticky wicket. If the administration determines that it can be tied to curriculum in any way, then the board has to approve of it by law. Word on the street is that if that happens, the Apostolic Christian families now in the Morris system will all open-enroll to Hancock. If (the administration) can't find a school-based reason to allow it, then they also have to kick out the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and other things such as chess club, etc. or whatever there is now. Remember when there used to be a Future Nurses of America group at MHS? I wonder if they still have Key Club. FFA will probably still be OK as they have ag classes at the school.
 
My take: GSA sounds like a quite justifiable group to allow. My advice to the school board. Do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may. The superintendent ought to impress such logic on the board, unless he's toothless, or "sick."
It didn't help that the Pope agreed to meet with Kim Davis.
 
My usual plug for "Morris of Course"
On my companion website, "Morris of Course," you can read about the MACA volleyball team's matches vs. Benson and Melrose (a win and a loss), and the football team's defeat at the hands of BOLD. Here's the link, and thanks for reading. - B.W.
http://morrisofcourse.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-solvie-nails-eleven-kills-in-sweep.html
 
Tigers 3, ACGC 0
Fans at the home gym cheered as our volleyball Tigers took care of business vs. the Falcons of ACGC. The Tuesday action had a sweep outcome with scores of 25-8, 25-9 and 25-10.
Again, Ashley Solvie showed quite fine spiking form. She was at the fore in this department with her eight kills. She was complemented nicely by Brooke Gillespie and Jenna Howden who each had seven. Then we see Lindsey Dierks with six kills. Carly Maanum and Moira McNally each had three kills. Karly Fehr and Haley Erdahl each had one kill.
Howden
went up to execute four ace blocks. Riley Decker led in digs with ten. Gillespie dug up the ball six times followed by Fehr and Erdahl each with five. Fehr was the set assist producer with 27.
Dierks
was aggressive at the serving line, picking up four aces. Fehr picked up three serving aces. Gillespie, Decker and Koral Tolifson each had one ace.
Kylie Rosenquist had a serving ace for ACGC. Maree Lee had 13 set assists. Hannah Wilner accumulated six kills for the Falcons. Wilner, Kendra Miller and Lee each had one ace block.
 
A regret
I wish I had brought my camera to the MAHS Homecoming parade. The problem is that Thrifty White Drug in Morris no longer processes camera film on a timely basis. That film gets sent out, and the photos (and CD) aren't available until about 9-10 days later. I did this once, was told that the wait would be eight days, but it was longer.
Should I buy a digital camera? Well, in order to get a camera that would be capable for low-light sports, with zoom lens, a high cost would be presented. I could get a lot of rolls of film developed for that cost. It's too bad I can't still get film developed locally. I could have taken an outstanding close-up photo of that Class of '65 reunion float, on which was seated an exchange student from that year: Roger (last name I can't spell).
I see where the town newspaper had an item on Roger returning, but that photo was terrible. You can't make out anything. I could have posted a top-notch photo at the top of either of my websites. Roger lived in my neighborhood back in the day, a guest of the Holts. I was so pleasantly surprised to see him back here.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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