A few weeks ago on our TV show “Conversations,” I interviewed President Loeschke about fund raising priorities for this year. It’s edited into two episodes on our YouTube channel. You view it here.
I also interviewed former slave Frances Bok during his two-day visit here, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute. Frances is a gentle person who maintained his faith and vision during 10 years of enslavement and torture. Today he’s working to end slavery around the world. You can listen here.
Remember the rather barren walk behind North Hall? Concrete wall, broken pavement? That’s all changed. Stone wall, iron safety fence, benches, lamp posts, shrubbery. We’ve always had the natural beauty, now the landscaping and physical improvements are enhancing it.
A street corner evangelist appeared on the student mall last Friday, spreading his message in a booming voice. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. A lot of freshmen took offense at being called sinners during the first week of school. Upperclassmen laid on the bank and accepted it as free entertainment. Other students brought out their guitars and tried to drown the preacher out by singing (didn’t work). One quiet freshman stepped up to the man and waited for a pause in the loud preaching: “You aren’t ever going to get people to follow you when you yell all the time.”
The Fabulous 1890s Weekend is fast approaching . This year the entertainment lineup is the best ever from rock music’s Havoc Jack to Bob Melnyck’s Polka Magic Band to Frogs of Pennsylvania. Entertainment director Steve Brown has done a super job. For a complete list of acts, click here. More about this historic event in the next blog.
MU alumnus Ali Soufan continues to make international news with this New York Times op-ed piece arguing against torture. Ali was an FBI special agent from 1997 to 2005.