Big Give, Boko the Bobcat, Daughters of Charity and more

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Big Give, Boko the Bobcat, Daughters of Charity and more

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 28, 2013

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 28, 2013

CHARITY: Break out the band for the Big Give. Friday night, the Big Give lived up to its ballyhoo. Backers lent the annual party for I Live Here I Give Here a circus or carnival theme with costumes, games, jugglers, dancers and, of course, the winning period music from the White Ghost Shivers. Nominated by the Young Men’s Business League, Leo Welder was named this year’s Big Giver, after pumping up the league’s support for the Sunshine Camps from $40,000 to $400,000. In turn, Susie Ellwood, publisher of the American-Statesman, announced a new partnership that would allow Welder and subsequent honorees to compete for the national Jefferson Awards for community service. The local honors, meanwhile, will be renamed the Patsy Woods Martin Big Giver Awards, in honor of the founding — and retiring — executive director. Tidy checks were also handed out to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation and the Amala Foundation. (Rain, traffic and parking issues kept me from the Texas Tribune Fest party and Austin Originals, both on the UT campus, the same night.)

SPORTS: The trouble with Boko. Reported by Ken Herman in the Statesman: “Today, the tail of the anatomically incorrect mascot. It makes sense, but I guess I had never thought about the fact that a bobcat is a bobcat because of its short, bobbed tail. But you’d think they’d know that at Texas State University, where the bobcat has been the mascot since 1920 and Boko has been the mascot’s name since 1964 when then-student Beth Greenless of Luling won $5 in a name-the-mascot contest. Anyway, Texas State this year bought a new costume for the student who runs around as Boko at football games. The debut came in the Bobcats’ Sept. 7 home win over Prairie View A&M. But there was a problem. Boko had a long tail. Such things don’t sit well in San Marcos, where Bobcats know that bobcats have short tails.” http://shar.es/KYSme (Herman can make anything funny, but this was like a sharp knife through a furry’s tail.)

FAITH: Daughters of Charity to leave Austin after 112 years. Reported by Mary Ann Roser in the Statesman: “After being a daily presence in Austin’s health care community for 112 years, the Daughters of Charity will leave town in a year, the Catholic religious community said Friday in a memo to employees of the Seton Healthcare Family. The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul founded the Seton Infirmary, which was dedicated in 1902. Today, the Seton system is the largest health care operator in the Austin area, with 14 affiliated hospitals, a nursing home and three clinics that serve the needy. The nuns’ departure, anticipated in fall 2014, is historic, officials said. “It’s the end of an era,” said Belinda Davis, a spokeswoman for the Daughters in St. Louis. “It’s the end of 112 years of the Daughters being visible — whether in the hospitals, clinics or parishes.”” http://shar.es/KYT3 (Gonna miss the sisters.)

POLITICS: Texas Tribune has fun with loquacious lawmakers. Reported by Reeve Hamilton in the Texas Tribune. “In honor of the book U.S. Sen. Ted Cruzread during his more than 21-hour speechin opposition to Obamacare, we begin our weekly news-inspired playlist with “Green Eggs and Ham” by the original Broadway cast of Seussical The Musical. The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are this week’s other selections: Between Cruz and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the state’s politicians aredeveloping a reputation for their loquaciousness, so we also have “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. That’s followed by Young the Giant’s “Guns Out,” a reference to Attorney General Greg Abbott’s warning that he’ll file his 30th lawsuit against the Obama administration if a United Nations arms treaty is ratified.” http://www.texastribune.org (I like it when the Tribune doesn’t take itself too serioulsy.)

SCHOOL: Enforcing the ‘Double Standard.’ Written by Tony Palaima for the Austin Chronicle: “The recent article by Amy Smith (“ Then There’s This: Double Standard ,” Sept. 20) lays out the clear gender-related double standard at work within the University of Texas at Austin NCAA Athletics program, a double standard that led to the forced resignation of women’s track coach Beverly Kearney. Smith also raises a larger issue. How are decisions like Kearney’s effective firing made and then put into action with so little push back or oversight? I have followed athletics policies, decisions, and actions at UT-Austin for almost fifteen years now, as a frequent member of the Faculty Council’s executive and budget advisory committees and as UT’s representative from 2008-11 on the national faculty watchdog organization, the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA). Here are my candid and informed opinions on how such decisions about NCAA Athletics are made at UT-Austin, who gets to make them and why. http://www.austinchronicle.com (Palaima takes his always interesting crusade over to the Chron.)

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