The resident faculty left a World Series campus pool slip outside the mail room. As we have no World Series pool, it must be a clue. (More)

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Thus we return to the World Series campus pool ticket left outside the mail room by the resident faculty as they made their way 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 the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. While we usually have a campus Super Bowl pool, we have never had a World Series pool. The pool ticket had options for “Red Jays” or “Ithilien” to win – or lose – in four, five, six, or seven games.

We found their format curious. First, in a two-team contest, picking a winner necessarily implies the converse. Why did we have to pick both? Second, despite similarities in appearance, the avian family Cardinalidae are distinct from the family Corvidae, which includes Cyanocitta cristata, better known as the Blue Jay. So Cardinals are not Red Jays, and while the Texas Rangers are from the South, announcers do not proclaim their home runs with the phrase “It’s going … going … Gondor!”

The resident faculty were either woefully misinformed, too clever by half, or leaving a clue. The first two options are always possible, especially after their weekend activities. Still, the staff agreed that – as the resident faculty always leave a clue on Monday mornings, and as they had left nothing else – this was probably their clue. All that remained was to decipher its meaning.

We texted the Squirrel, on assignment as our class war correspondent, and asked for his help. He said he would be happy to assist, so long as he didn’t have to wear the Macadamia Man superhero suit – complete with Buffer Boots – that Ms. Scarlet and the Professor of Astrology Janitor concocted yesterday. The staff agreed to refer his concerns to the faculty senate, and after only a brief outburst the Squirrel accepted that answer. He then powered up the search function on his Blewberry and typed in “picking winners and losers.”

The Squirrel texted back with the results: a common Republican talking point about the role of government. As that talking point relates to the broader themes the resident faculty have discussed over the past few weeks, the staff concluded we had deciphered this week’s clue. We thanked him for his help, assured him the package with his Macadamia Man suit should arrive by tomorrow, and promised to let him know the faculty senate’s decision as soon as they finish their six-hour debate over whether to take a bathroom break. After another brief outburst, he agreed to await further developments.

We still don’t know what the Squirrel will wear this week, but we do know what the resident faculty will discuss. So that’s some progress at least.


Happy Monday!