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Tuesday Tidbits

August 24, 2010

File this one under “ask and you shall receive“.

EMU has just announced a fairly large rewards program, “Eagle Rewards” to encourage students, faculty, and staff to attend athletic events.

All you have to do is register at the athletic events homepage and attend EMU athletic events. Some sports are worth more than others. Prizes for points include Adidas T-shirts, hoodies, practice shorts, watches and sunglasses. The top 10 high score will receive an iPad. The top score will receive a grand prize! For students, that is $500 a month for a year to Meijer and for faculty and staff, a trip for two anywhere of their choice in the U.S.

Altogether, that will probably be more than $20,000 in prizes! I’ll be curious to see the point values for different sports, but this certainly has the possibility of working!

EMU athletes and supporters were out in force over the weekend. We saw them at the Heritage Festival in Depot Town and at the Crossroads Music Festival downtown, and apparently they were also in the very rainy parade, in the Woodward Dream Cruise, and going door-to-door in Ypsilanti neighborhoods.

Speaking of promoting EMU athletics, look for “Tailgate Tuesdays” to bring music, give-aways, and games to the Student Center on Tuesdays before the home football games.

This is not EMU-related, but it’s a great idea that the Eagles should steal.

President Lee T. Todd Jr. and his wife, Patsy, greeted parents and first-year students, who arrived by car to move into rooms at the Blanding and Kirwan towers dormitories on UK’s south campus.

UK football coach Joker Phillips and members of the football team turned out to help with heavy lifting as students hauled mountains of luggage and supplies into their rooms. Members of UK’s marching band provided plenty of loud music and enthusiasm, and about 1,000 volunteers pitched in to direct traffic, answer questions and move furnishings.

Don’t you think it would build university spirit if: 1. President Martin greeted parents and first-year students as they move in; 2. Ron English and the football team helped students move in to dorms; and 3. pep bands around campus kept the atmosphere light and lively?

The EMU women’s soccer team played U-M to a 1-1 tie, despite being outshot 32-8. That’s the beauty of a solid defense in a low-scoring sport like soccer; if you can hold it close, you always have a chance. Or, as U-M coach Greg Ryan put it:

“Soccer is a funny game sometimes. Normally when you come away with 32 shots and hold the other team to eight, you win. But tip your hat to their team, their defense and especially their keeper, who had a fantastic match.”

Senior Maggie Christenson scored the tying goal in the 81st minute, and both defenses held throughout overtime, as EMU improved to 0-6-2 against the Wolverines. Next up, the Eagles head to the Prairie State, playing Friday afternoon at Illinois State and Sunday at Eastern Illinois. The Illinois State Redbirds (1-1-0) were the preseason pick to win the Missouri Valley Conference and placed three forwards on the pre-season all-MVC team, while the Eastern Illinois Panthers are off to a hot start (2-0-0), shutting out their first two opponents.

The 2010-11 Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball schedule has been released. More on the EMU basketball schedule soon.

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