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Posted by student CHAD WILLIAMSON – What’s better than watching NFL football on Sunday? Watching the SOBs (Students of Bill) playing kickball of course. The Class 4 students left everything on the field today, defeating the Acme Roadrunners, 19-4. Every player had at least one hit, including three homeruns. Although they were without center fielder, Nique Hall (injured in week 2 but will return next week), the defense held its own and everyone pitched in for another victory at Interstate Park. The team will play again next week at 12:00 on Field 1 against BeerUtopia. As members of the league, the SOBs are also responsible for bringing backpacks stuffed with school items for needy Little Rock children to next week’s game. This will be one of the many charitable opportunities throughout the season. If you would like to donate, please call Chad Williamson @ (813) 293-8969. Come out next week and support the SOBs.
The SOBs were cheered on by Clinton School volunteer Bob Gee.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Here’s last night’s video from Channel 11:
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Clinton School Speaker Series took on a controversial issue yesterday when Jim Gilchrist, president of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project spoke. Calling the practice of hiring illegal immigrants a “21st Century slave trade,” Gilchrist called into question the benefit of illegal immigration to the U.S. economy. He also touched on providing government services to illegals and securing the U.S./Mexican border. Click here for coverage from the Arkansas News Bureau. We’ll post a video when it’s ready at www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Clinton School student Beatrice Biira will be featured on Channel 11 news tonight in Little Rock. Biira’s life offers a compelling story of overcoming extreme poverty to receive an education. At the age of 9, Beatrice remained uneducated, living in poverty in a small Ugandan village. But she was able to achieve her lifelong dream of attending school because of hard work and a goat named Mugisa or “Luck.” Through Heifer International’s renowned program, Beatrice’s family sold enough milk to pay for school, eventually receiving a college scholarship. After graduating from Connecticut College in May, she decided to continue her education at the Clinton School. Tune in to Channel 11 at 6pm tonight for more of Beatrice’s story. CLICK HERE for a preview.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long spoke at a reception Thursday hosted by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Clinton School. Several hundred Little Rock business leaders and Razorback fans attended the event. As seen below, Long crossed his fingers that the Razorbacks would improve for their second game tomorrow against Louisiana-Monroe at War Memorial Stadium.
Posted by ERIC WILSON – If you have ever visited the Clinton School or attended one of our many public lectures, you most likely met one of our volunteers. This past year, over 100 volunteers donated their time and services to our School. From helping us seat hundreds of guests for each lecture to making our international students feel more at home, our volunteers play a huge role. Earlier this week, the faculty, staff and students hosted a reception in honor of their hard work and presented each volunteer with the Clinton School’s first official lapel pen. Associate Dean Mike Hemphill clarified in his remarks that “volunteering is the bedrock of public service.” He is absolutely right.
Dean Skip Rutherford was on the campus of the University of Mississippi this week where he met with students, faculty and staff of the university.
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD -
*While “The Grove” is nationaly known for its football tailgating, the buzz on the campus is the upcoming September 26th Presidential Debate. Preparations are underway in the impressive Ford Center for the Performing Arts where it will take place. An impressive large tent has been installed adjacent to the Ford Center and will serve both as the post debate “spin alley” and the media center. Ole Miss is raising $5 million in sponsorships to help offset costs. Most everyone on the campus is proud and excited about hosting this historic event, and I would be too.
* NBC’s Tom Brokaw will lecture on the campus the night before the debate. He will be just one of many media and political personalities on the campus.
*The new eight-story Inn at Ole Miss will host the campaign staffs and the national media. It’s a beautiful faciity in the heart of the campus. I stayed there along with many people who had evacuated from Louisiana because of Hurricane Gustav.
*It was good to see Clinton School alumnus (class one) Katie Snodgrass who is on the Ole Miss staff. Katie will once again be on the staff of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York later this month. She’s been involved in CGI since entering the Clinton School in 2005.
*Eighty-four Ole Miss freshmen are part of Chancellor Robert Khayat’s leadership group. In my discussions with them, they had great questions about the 2008 presidential campaign and the upcoming debate. About 25 said they were voting for John McCain; about eight for Barack Obama with the majority either undecided or didn’t want to reveal their preference. When asked who they thought would win in November, all but three said Obama.
*All but one of these 84 students have a Facebook profile and less than 10 percent of them read a daily newspaper. They keep up with the news via the internet. Some cited CNN.com as their favorite news source.
*I didn’t see a Dixie flag the entire time I was in Oxford.
*I didn’t see Ole Miss (and former Arkansas) football Coach Houston Nutt either but I heard many good comments abut him.
*The residence hall where former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott lived as an undergraduate has been converted into the Lott Center where publicy policy courses and discussions are held. I had an enjoyable lunch with a talented group of Lott Scholars and spoke to a public policy class.
*Oxford is one of America’s best college towns. If you haven’t been there, go.
Posted by student NICHOLAS HALL – The evacuation of the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Gustav was a well coordinated effort by local, state, and national governments. Shelters have been opened all over Arkansas to house evacuees who have come North, and two of those shelters are currently operating within Little Rock city limits. One is an official Red Cross station at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ on Rodney Parham. The other is a smaller and more independent operation being led by Rev. Ezekiel Stewart at Moody Chapel A.M.E. Church off of Mabelvale Pike. Moody Chapel has opened its doors, like it has done many times in the past, depending on the support of its congregation and surrounding community. Little Rock is that surrounding community, and I am calling upon everyone who can to give to the small church that has opened its arms to those in need.
- Individual volunteers are needed to cook, clean, play with kids, and most importantly to listen with empathy.
- Food donations are needed to help serve three meals daily to the evacuees. They have a large cooking facility and can accept large donations from such warehouse stores as Sam’s Club. Nutritional items that are non-perishable are preferred.
-Other day-to-day items need are tooth brushes, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, etc. Laundry detergent and quarters for using at area laundry mats are also needed.
-Of course, cash donations are very much needed as well. Checks can be made payable to “Watershed for Gustav.”
To send money or contact the church about volunteering, the address and phone number are:
Moody Chapel AME Church
5630 Mabelvale Pike
Little Rock, AR 72209
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – As reported below, the Class of 2010 enjoyed a day at the University of Arkansas on Saturday where they lunched with UA faculty and administrators, toured the campus and enjoyed the Razorback football game. After arriving via bus from Little Rock, the students heard from UA chancellor G. David Gearhart and had the opportunity to visit with several UA Board of Trustees members. They also met faculty from the Walton College of Business and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
After a tour of the beautiful campus set in the Ozark Mountains, the students enjoyed a second meal at the university Alumni House where they spent two hours tailgating before the game. The ballgame itself was a new experience for many of the class members, especially several of the international students. The Razorbacks struggled with what was supposed to be an easy opponent, but pulled out a victory in the closing minutes, beating Western Illinois 28-24.
The students watched the game from the president’s skybox.
The students enjoyed a tailgate party at the UA Alumni House.
UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart speaks to the class.