Author Archives: Rebecca Egler
There once was a meal we all tend to skip,
But alas, tomorrow, sweet syrup you’ll sip
So make your way all downtown
And wear a Dingellized crown
For the College Dems Pancake Breakfast will sure be a trip.
Good day everyone – it’s Wednesday, April 1st, so I suppose it would be appropriate to say that the following set of witticisms and journalistic commentary ARE in fact not only the opinion of the University of Michigan College Democrats, the Michigan Federation of College Democrats, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Democratic National Convention, the White House, the Kremlin, but me as well. And here we go…
1. John C. Bacon, gold rush prospector/Golden Apple winning professor, spoke to a group of his former hockey players, students and fellow faculty members in order to discuss his experience working at Michigan, most specifically former football coach Bo Schembechler. Shhhhhhh we swear the school cares more about the glory days of football… it also cares about telling hockey players about them.
2. There is a “task force” making suggestions as to how the University could improve its three recreational/exercise facilities. What entices me most is the idea of adding a Cafe to the CCRB, because if there is something that will inspire me to exercise it is the promise of food.
3. Borders is reportedly running into a good deal of fiscal trouble. (more…)
And it’s understandably a mitten’s great fear
That the automotive industry will dissolve, disappear.
So then tell me your take
On this new driving stake
Just whisper sweet wheels to my out of state ear.
The following opinions are the product of me, Rebecca G. Egler, and nobody else, including the University of Michigan College Democrats, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Michigan Federation of College Democrats, the state of Michigan, the state of grace, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Granholm, Josh LeVasseur and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1. The Art Museum opened last night and welcomed in a large number of students who will probably never return again – free cookies were only there the first night, and I’m not sure if anything else was really going on in the building.
2. The University of Michigan health care system, after deciding that providing people with faulty UTI tests and the occasional free condom, has decided to increase funding to cover a larger portion of its uncompensated fares. In order to benefit from this, one must sit in a bleak room for 2 hours waiting for his or her name to be called into a cubicle before being shipped with papers via ziplock bag to an actual doctor.
3. The Ross School of Business is not yet officially changing any sort of ethical training for their students, but instead there is going to be a “shift in attitude” – this is all very encouraging because nothing says better business practice like “shifting attitudes” and “understanding” when it comes to ensuring the ethics of modern American business. (more…)
I refuse (cannot try) to rhyme this because the word “blog” has many limitations. Live blogging a blogging convention seems very meta to me – Philip Seymour Hoffman, where are you?!
8:11 PM – Tom Duvall just shouted into a microphone, said tonight was the greatest night in Michigan sports history and introduced Mark Brewer… who then proceeded to still talk about sports. Is game a synonym for blog? Now we’re discussing Derek Dobbies. I like his tie.
8:12 – Conservatives don’t like Obama. Obama likes blogs. Therefore, conservatives don’t like blogs. Also, we like the stimulus package, so the stimulus package likes blogs and blogs are stimulating (but not for conservatives) and Obama is a great package. SO blog for money and Obama but not conservatives (because they don’t want to be stimulated.)
8:13 – UPDATE, ALERT, there will be a Governor’s race in 2010. A whole lotta bloggers for John Cherry.
8:15 – people smoke marijuana… people who are politicians.
8:16 – Bloggers are the best! They are better than the mainstream media! They are sticking it to Republicans in Grand Rapids! PS – here is Marcy Wheeler!
8:17 – Wheeler got her PhD at Michigan and therefore is da bomb. She straight chilled in the Libby trial and clacks mad keys for automotive issues and, more recently, the AIG scandal.
8:18 – Q: Where did the need for blogs come from? A: the internet. (but plus smarter stuff, too.)
8:19 – in the good old days, Pubbies could harnass the media (like the talkey talk box!) but now, with the evolution of the interwebs, we’ve usurped their power. Apparently bloggers are allegedly feisty than Rush Limbaugh… this is probably not the case. IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, PARTISAN SKEWS WAS GOOD AND KIND. (Or, at least wildly accepted.) Partisan journalism cranks out da vote.
So perhaps I’ll defend my tooth-licking gaps of time
With a claim that I’m losing the inspiration to rhyme -
But come to our blogging convention
Thrusting the sphere in a new dimension
And discussing the levels of political, signifier, signified, sign.
This could be yours!
The following opinions are to be interpreted as belonging to me, Rebecca G. Egler, and me alone. They do not reflect the official feelings (is that legally recognizable?) of the University of Michigan College Democrats, the blog, Tom Duvall or the Peace Corps.
1. The third of a four part series talking about the Endowment leads us off this… oh wait, I’m already bored.
2. There is a profile of Abhishek Mahanti, the Michigan Vision Party’s Presidential candidate which includes a HUGE visual representation of his hands. (HAHA?) The only truly blatant flaw in the article’s voter persuasion attempt is the fact that it mentions his involvement with Dance Marathon, which on a Michigan scope boils down to a friendship with Bill Ayers.
3. Next is an article showcasing reMichigan’s Presidential candidate, Gibran Baydoun. Surprisingly… this article seems STRIKINGLY similar which is disconcerting as I was under the impression that aside from sporadic capitalization policies, the two parties were vastly different… VOTE JOSH LEVASSEUR (more…)
According to Daily Intel, as well as our very own Emily Ernst, beloved Senator/technological maverick John McCain has started his very own Twitter account. Apparently, the Senator himself is behind this effort, perhaps in an attempt to get a little bit more life blood pumping within is Blackberry fingers. This should be disheartening to Democrats everywhere – why is the supposed party of youth and… competency still lacking so far behind in the war for complete Twitter domination… tweetination? Tweet Congress notes that seven of the top ten most active Congressional twitterers (read 70% people!) are Republicans, and statistics show that John McCain is raking up followers at the same rate Palin rakes up moose meet for chili. (What?) Maybe the surplus of Republican twitter accounts can be explained by the fact that they are damn entertaining. Some of my favorite soundbytes (tweetbytes) from McCain include “YEs!! I am twittering on my blackberry but not without a little help!”, “I appreciate Senator Byrd speaking in favor of my Constitutional point of order” (so precious) as well as the fact that a) he seems to feel a that the governing rules of capitalization and punctuation only apply from time to time, and b) he has created himself a David Letterman (Tweeterman) type persona by listing what he calls the top ten “porkiest” projects everyday. At least now I know that if I ever feel un-text loved and uninformed about what’s happening to the hep-cats of the G.O.P. darling John is only a tweet away.
*The following is the opinion of the author and her alter ego. It in no way reflects policies, public statements, practices or projections by the U of M College Dems, the University of Michigan, the MFCD or Josh LeVasseur. We tend to disagree a lot.*
1. The Daily leads off today with a thrilling story about the Bell Tower – don’t worry people, it still exists! According to the “full story” which is a three sentence blurb under the picture, one of the bells is the third largest in North America. Great, once again we’re just ALMOST the best at something. Maybe this explains the US News and Report rankings.
2. According to the Daily (the beacon of on-the-spot national coverage) Obama is committed to increasing aid towards higher tuition. Great!!! Everyone, stop worrying! This article includes quotes that allude to interesting points such as “money helps me pay for school” and “more money means more school.” Leaders and the best in bell towers and newspaper interviews.
3. MSA supported a resolution to get the ball rolling on “Stop the Hike” which is a campaign addressing the need for a tuition freeze. For the first time in my Daily Daily career I’m abstaining from a joke as I am shocked that something is finally happening within chambers, and know anything snarky I have to say would be wildly influential. Here’s to you, MSA. (more…)
This picture has nothing to do with the Daily Daily, it’s just what I should be doing instead of writing one. I sacrificed this for you people, damnit.
Welcome to Wednesday, March 4th in the year 2009 – 10 years after Prince’s prediction of the end of the world, and we’re still here.
*The following is the opinion of the author, Rebecca Egler, and the author alone, not the University of Michigan College Democrats, the University of Tennessee College Democrats, Mary Sue Coleman or even if you agree, yourself.*
1. “Red Berenson” has signed some sort of contract with the Hockey Department (is that a thing?) or something. Instead of getting a new coach, he’s staying. He is said to join a long list of famous people bearing the name “Red” such as the Red Barron, the Dad on that 70′s show and most notably Red Foxx, all of whom are noted for their successful hockey teams.
2. Mary Sue Coleman has stated that she is unsure as to how much funding the University should receive from the money train that should be flowing into Michigan courtesy of the stimulus package. Coleman states that she “doesn’t anticipate much of this will become clear” which I am sure to the ears of a student body is incredibly reassuring. I mean, money, it’s not a science or anything!!! I guess we’ll just have to guesstimate! Somebody budget for a dinosaur and a time machine.
3. MSA is in the works of passing a resolution that will create a survey in order to compile research which would be directed towards the tuition freeze campaign. This resolution is expected to be largely uncontroversial, that is of course except from the third party that is emerging, the anti-survey party. Also, apparently this survey will hopefully encourage more students to protest the cost of rising tuition, which is probably true since I know anytime I’ve ever felt passionately about something it was birthed from an internet survey. NO I WILL NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY HOURS OF SLEEP I GET A NIGHT. Death to anti-insomnia!