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It’s time for Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball! The season kicked off tonight with an exhilarating demolition session vs. the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s. (If you want to know what a Gee-Gee is you have to listen to the podcast). The Gee-Gee’s barely broke out of the single digits in the first half and finished down almost 60 points. What was most impressive is the spirit that the team showed, I haven’t seen a 49ers team that looked so into it, especially in a game that technically didn’t count. Wilderness had the moves of an NBA player and Phil Jones is the center that our team has always lacked. And these guys are freshmen!!! Leemire was amazing as always and now we are all pumped about the season opener vs. High Point next Friday. Get ready nation, the 49ers are going to surprise a lot of people this year.


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Last week was the Faculty/Staff football feasibility study forum. In attendance were about 20-25 faculty and staff that discussed the consequences of adding or not adding football to UNC Charlotte’s athletic program. The forum was run in a similar manner to the Alumni Football Forum which was held the previous week.

During the forum, faculty and staff needed to spend most of their time merely becoming educated on the topic along with all the nuances that are a part of the decision. 1A or 1AA? What is the difference? Gender equity and Title IX requirements?

My conclusion from the forum is that many faculty and staff are simply unaware of the consequences of football, adding or not adding it. But that is understandable, faculty are specialists in their fields and have many extensive responsibilities outside of the hustle that is  managing classes. Most of the outspoken faculty worked at schools with football or were graduates of schools with big football programs, such as Notre Dame, Louisville and Mizzou. They remembered the sense of community and the campus presence that football provided and cited the 70,000+ alumni of UNC Charlotte that live in the area which are not being engaged by their alma mater.

The overall sentiment from the forum was that football can provide many valuable assets to UNC Charlotte as we shed our regional persona and begin to create our national level identity. Some people think that we have to change our name right now to achieve this goal, but the faculty and staff realized that a big football program can do that. Many people don’t care that Maryland is actually University of Maryland – College Park. Most people just know the Terps as Maryland, because of the branding provided by the athletic programs.

For a university that is struggling to even establish itself locally, that would be an invaluable asset… although costly. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

How can a university become a national university if it can’t establish itself as the premiere institution in its own region?

The challenges surrounding the ability to establish football at a significantly under-funded state institution may seem insurmountable, but we can’t even begin the answer of how unless we decide to do it.

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Tonight was the UNC Charlotte (SGA, Non-Partisan Political Action, College Democrats, College Republicans) Transit-Tax Debate. We had some great debaters in Keith Larson and Jennifer Roberts and a great moderator in Jason Saine. The issue at hand was the transit tax in Mecklenburg County that has deep reaching consequences for either side of the decision. We’ll have video of the debate up soon, but for now we have some photos and a podcast recap. Enjoy.


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Last night was the first of three forums to discuss the topic of adding football at UNC Charlotte. Small groups of alumni broke down consequences of adding or not adding a team. Some of the consequences I saw as I walked around the room included a continued deterioration of a conference affiliation and the inability for UNC Charlotte to grow into a national university by deciding not to add football.


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One of the best times of the year for College of Engineering majors, this past Friday was the College of Engineering Picnic where thousands of students, faculty administrators and about 70 employers came out to do what college affiliated groups do best… eat and socialize. This was my fourth COE picnic and it has grown significantly every year that we’ve done it. I can’t wait to see how big it is next year!


Paul Haifley is a great roommate and Civil Engineer

Matt DeCourcelle built a trebuchet with IEEE

Tim Ernst enjoys the view from the picnic

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I was unable to attend the ASG meeting this weekend because I had
already made plans for my Fall Break which coincided with the meeting
this weekend at UNC Pembroke. So imagine my shock when I opened up my
email inbox on Monday morning to discover that Cole Jones had rescinded his resignation.
The only hope that I had for this organization was that after the mess
that was Cole’s administration, we could rebuild and restructure.

Now that Cole has decided to remain in office, that process had been
delayed indefinitely and now campuses will begin to stop participating
in ASG due to disinterest. Already UNC-CH and NCSU have effectively
withdrawn because they aren’t participating and I am sure that other
campuses will follow in that path.

If the UNC Administration has any interest in fixing this problem, they will need to get Cole out as soon as possible.

is about to fall apart

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Tim, Jason Feltis and John Avery went with me to the UNC Tomorrow Open Forum in Charlotte on Oct. 3rd. There was around 200+ people there, from local elected officials like Mayor Pat and County Commissioner Chair Jennifer Roberts, to university leaders like Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois and UNC System president Erskine Bowles.

I took the open-mic opportunity to voice the concerns of the students. In a small group setting of about 8 people I said that if we wanted to see Charlotte grow, we had to provide the amenities that top-notch students will be looking for, like a dedicated rec center, a football team and quality residence life facilities. I also suggested that because of the business leadership that is constantly being demanded in the Charlotte area, that a “leadership studies program” be housed at Charlotte. In the open floor session I… well, I could tell you but I’d rather you listen to it on the podcast.

I took some pictures too, but my water bottle spilled into my bag ruining my camera… we’ll see if I can recover those pictures.


My talking points at UNC Tomorrow Open Session


John Avery’s Talking Points at UNC Tomorrow Open Session


Wrap-up of UNC Tomorrow with Jason and Tim

Bonus: Intense/Crazy Economics Guy at UNC Tomorrow Open Forum


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