The resident faculty’s response to Ms. Scarlet, Chef, and your lowly mail room clerk splitting yesterday’s NFL pool: “What about 2012?” (More)

First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturers. Last Monday through Wednesday, first-time lecturer RevGerry inaugurated Evening Focus with her three-day series: My Tucson, Arizona Bans Tucson’s Ethnic Studies, and Together We Thrive. Last Tuesday, Professor of Ecoinsaninsuroscamology winterbanyan Dug Deeper in Morning Feature with Slavery at the Super Bowl? All were excellent discussions and worth reading if you missed them.

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That leaves us with the resident faculty emerging from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to dismiss the predictive prowess of Ms. Scarlet, Chef, and your lowly mail room clerk. All three picked the Packers and Steelers to win yesterday, so they shared the campus playoff pool. But that pool wasn’t as crowded as the hot tub faculty lounge where the resident faculty went for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

Perhaps the resident faculty’s dismissive response was sour grapes. Perhaps the resident faculty were offended by the reasons: Ms. Scarlet chose the winning teams because both wear yellow, Chef because she likes Pittsburgh chipped ham and Wisconsin cheese, and your lowly mail room clerk because of the week’s mail. But their wording – “What about 2012?” – suggests it was a clue to their plans for the week.

That left the staff to puzzle out what the resident faculty meant. There are plenty of predictions about 2012, after all. But we doubt the resident faculty have gone Full Mel Gibson Apocalypto – the wine racks library shelves didn’t look that empty – so they’re probably speculating about Republican presidential candidates. Who will run? What issues will the likely contenders focus on? How will they straddle the Insurgent-Establishment schism in the GOP? How deep and wide is that schism?

Or maybe the staff will discover the resident faculty are digging a shelter and stocking up post-apocalyptic survival supplies. They still deny The Tijuana Incident, after all….

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Happy Monday!