15 Things Nobody Tells You When You Become A Falcon

15 Things Nobody Tells You When You Become A Falcon

Things are cheap here. Take advantage.

They tell you where your dorm is. They tell you how your meal plan works, where the buildings are and that "this is going to be the best 4 years of your life". But there are some things they don't tell you when you become a BGSU falcon: The things you wish you knew all along and the things you are glad to have learned along the way.

1. The dining hall food is an acquired taste

You may have wasted months of not eating at a free, all-you-can-eat buffet because of one (or three) subpar meals. Eventually, you'll learn to tolerate it. (And maybe even like it.)

2. SICSIC are not nearly as terrifying as they seem

Sure, upon first glance a group of people walking around in overalls and Purge-like character masks seems creepy, but they just want to give you Laffy Taffy.

3. No bar is worth waiting in line for 30+ minutes

The great thing about BGSU is the overwhelming amount of bars. If the line extends the length of the street, you can find somewhere else to have fun.

4. And the "popular bars" are constantly changing

Tubby's may be the hot spot one year, and then its Uptown. Basically, forget everything you know about what bar is "cool" going into every semester.

5. Not all professors actually want to help you

To all the people who said, "go to office hours, your professor's main goal is to help you!" or "ask questions, they just want to help!" know that you aren't always right. There are some professors who just want to collect their paycheck.

6. If you don't check your weather before you leave, you'll be sorry

Don't let the fact that it was 70 and sunny yesterday fool you. It could be 19 and basically a tornado today.

7. Things in BG are cheap, so take advantage

A $6 filling breakfast at Kermits. A $2 movie at the Woodland Mall. A $7 medium pizza at Papa Johns. Learn the deals, and live by the deals. Things won't always be dirt cheap.

8. Speaking of Kermits, go there

Too many people discover this gem too late in their college career, after many a dollar has been wasted on more expensive, less delicious food.

9. The Falcon Health Center should be your last ditch effort

Suck it up, call your mom, or have a first-year nursing student check you out before heading to the Health Center.

10. Cherish your meal plan when you have it

Because that subpar food you used to complain about will be your biggest craving when you're on campus for 10+ hours and you have nothing to eat.

11. Don't look at/drive past Mazey's house

Because when you look at it, suddenly you'll see every dollar you've ever given to this university and it will make you sad.

12. Do basic BGSU things

Order the signature drink at every BGSU bar. Look at the stars on the football field. Kiss your significant other on the seal. This place won't be your physical home forever.

13. Always have a friend who lives within walking distance of downtown

The last thing you want is everyone you know to live off in Falcons Pointe or Copper Beech. Don't use them for their convenient house placement, but appreciate it when its there.

14. Don't wish your time here away

Sure, you may feel ready to graduate. You may be in love with your major and in love with the future you'll have outside of BGSU. But once your time is done here, you'll want to go back.

15. This place will become your home

They tell you what you need to know to get by, but they don't tell you that this place, this University and the town around it, will become your home.

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2. Forest Whittaker

Whittaker attended Cal Poly Pomona on a football scholarship (yes, we had a football team), but an injury left him unable to play. He changed his major to music where he was a part of the Cal Poly Chamber Singers. He ended up transferring to University of Southern California to finish up his degree, but got his start at CPP. He is now a famous actor who stared in Platoon, Bird, The Shield, The Color Money, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and many more productions. He was also the 4th African American male to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

3. Hilda Solis

Solis was accepted into the Equal Opportunity Program at Cal Poly Pomona and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While getting her Master of Public Administration at USC, she worked for the Carter and Reagan administration. Under the Obama administration, Solis became the first Latina to serve in the US Cabinet. Currently she serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

4. Kevin Lyman

Lyman became well known by creating Vans Warped Tour, but before this he graduated Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Recreation Administration in 1984. He discovered his love of music while in college and worked with on campus bands to find places to play. He took his love to the LA music scene which led to the creation of Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Down From the Mountain Tour.

5. Michael Steger

Steger graduated CPP with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Spanish. After graduating with honors, he went on to appear in NCIS, Criminal Minds, Covert Affairs, True Blood, and several Disney Channel productions. He is best known for his role as Navid Shirazi on 90210.

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The Supreme Court Legalized Sports Betting But This Doesn't Help Shoeless Joe Or Pete Rose

They still won't get in on integrity issues.

In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which made gambling on sports illegal outside of the state of Nevada. The major sports leagues (the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA, and Major League Baseball) all stood by this law for 20 years. However, New Jersey governor Chris Christie set out to allow sports gambling in state casinos.

The leagues would start legal proceedings against Christie and the state in 2012. They would win every step of the way until the United States Supreme Court took over in June 2017. The trial ended on Monday with a 6-3 decision in favor of the state. Now the precedent has been set for other states to establish legal sports betting, and New Jersey, along with a handful of other states, plan on doing so.

With PASPA being deemed unconstitutional, what does it mean for players who may or may not have been implicated, and then banned, from their sport for gambling?

There are, of course, two names that come to mind. The first is Shoeless Joe Jackson, an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox who was one of the eight players indicted by the Cook County Court system for throwing the 1919 World Series. The other is Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader who was accused of throwing games when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

It isn't a question of whether or not they are Hall of Fame worthy players. They both are: Jackson was kicked out with the third highest career batting average ever at .356, while Rose knocked over 4000 hits in his career. Now the question is whether or not the Court ruling will be enough to have the writers overlook this.

Let's start with Jackson. It is hard-pressed to believe that Jackson actually knew what was going on: he was an illiterate "rube" from South Carolina. On top of that, none of the players knew what was going on half the time. In the Series, he hit .375. He slugged the only homer of the whole series. He did not commit in error out in left field. Suffice to say, if he was actually trying to lose, he would have been trying a lot harder than that.

On the other hand, he did take the money. He wanted $20,000 but only got $5,000. He then told the Grand Jury everything that he knew, even if he was liquored up at the time. Even when he tried to do right, he threw the integrity of the game right out the window.

Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, the game's first commissioner, banned Jackson and the other players for life for being involved with gambling.

Let's look at Rose now, who was investigated for gambling activities in the 1980s. It came out that he did, in fact, bet on games during the 1987 season. If he were to cover bets for the whole season, he would have betted on 98 games during the season (with the other 64 that he didn't bet on them being when either Mario Soto or Bill Gullickson were starting on the mound).

The law may not have been in place at the time, but that doesn't matter. They were active participants in the games. They were also active participants in the gambling. They wrecked the integrity of the game, and should not be in the Hall of Fame. The voting committees for the Hall of Fame have it right: that players on the ineligible list should not be in.

In the words of Pete Grathoff for the Kansas City Star:

"While sports gambling will be legal in states other than Nevada, none of the professional leagues will allow players, managers, coaches or executives to wager on their games. That's what Rose did and why he won't have his ban overturned"

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