November 19, 2006
First is an email sent to the University community from U-M President, Mary Sue Coleman. After that, I've added a personal Bo memmory.
A part of the University of Michigan died today with the untimely passing of Bo Schembechler.
Few people exceed their reputations. Bo was the exception. He was forever dedicated to Michigan, to our students, our alumni and our fans.
His contributions on the athletic field are legendary. Yet Bo's impact at Michigan goes well beyond the hash marks of Michigan Stadium, and we should always remember the depth of his contributions to a university he loved.
Bo was a teacher and a mentor. He was a benefactor who believed in the promise of cancer research at Michigan. And as he showed us just this semester, he was a student eager to learn. He loved the life and vitality of a university, and he contributed mightily to the culture and traditions of the University of Michigan.
Bo believed learning and excellence went hand-in-hand. He helped to shape the lives of generations of U-M students, and that is a timeless tribute to the dedication he showed our university.
"Leadership" is part of the Michigan lexicon. Bo helped to make this so, both on and off the field.
Never again will we know the likes of Bo Schembechler. And while we are saddened and stunned by his death, we are also filled with the gratitude that comes with warm memories. As individuals and as a university community, we enjoyed the privilege of knowing Bo and benefiting from his irrepressible personality and loyalty. He made Michigan a better university.
Mary Sue Coleman
Of course Bo was a great coach, of course Bo was a great Athletic Director, of course Bo helped make Michigan what it is today, but I had a brief chance to get to see what kind of guy Bo was outside of the known.
I used to work at the U of M golf course. One slow day, Bo came in, to my surprise, because he wanted spikes on his and his wife's golf shoe replaced/fixed. So, I jumped at the chance. I took his shoes, replaced and fixed the spikes, and returned the shoes to him, never expecting him to pay... why would I make Bo pay for something to small? So, I hand the shoes to Bo and he says, "How much do I owe ya?" I responded with, "Nothing, you're all set." Bo's response, "Really?" (Wait, he really wanted and expected to pay!?) "Of course," I said. So, then he wanted to give me a tip for doing it, and I saw him take a $5 bill out of his pocket. I said, "No that's OK, but thanks." Then, to my surprise he reached back into his pocket and said, "OK, since you won't take five, here's $15." He put the five and a ten on the counter, said "Thanks" and walked off.
I felt weirdly respected by the man that didn't have to respect the lowly proshop cashier.
Ok, that's my Bo story. I've encountered him personally at other times, but that's the story I'll always remember, so I thought I'd share.
We'll miss ya, Bo.
November 09, 2006
Holy hell this week has been a blur!
Monday was the blurriest. I put on a student event for the Alumni Association at Buffalo Wild Wings. Basically I spent all day on Monday getting ready for the event, setting up for the event, and having the event. Luckily, all the hard work paid off and the event and everything that went into it was a success.
Tuesday was spent with follow up for the event. Contacting people, answering questions, getting people their prizes, etc. Of course, before work I made sure to go vote. I voted Yes on Proposal 2, hoping that it would pass, but not really expecting it to. I was shocked that it not only passed, but passed by a wide margin. Part of me is glad it passed, but another part of me wishes it would've passed by a smaller margin.
Wednesday was weird. I was in a really crappy mood all day. People were bugging me, the debate over what happened in the election was bugging me, seemingly everything was bothering me and I'm not sure why. Nevertheless, I had to put up with my own bad mood and so did everyone around me. At work in the afternoon, I had a one-on-one meeting with the President of the AAUM. I wasn't really sure what to expect, I didn't have any expectations, but it still went better than expected (makes sense?). We spent 30 mins on what the passing of Prop. 2 would mean to the University, then spent another 30 on my thoughts of the AAUM, my future, and talking about my event from Monday. Overall was the meeting productive or beneficial, well, I'm not sure. I'll say that it was good though, and I'd do it again anytime.
Today, I had meetings all morning, I DJed for the Alumni Association and Dance Marathon on the Diag, then had an afternoon meeting.
Tomorrow, pack up the staff van and it's off to Indiana for the tailgate and football game.
Like I said, the week flew by. Can I have just one day to rest yet?