Hope It’s Hereditary!

21 07 2008

From the Boston Red Sox Mailbag

If I recall, the Red Sox drafted at least one Papelbon, if not two of them. How are they doing and do either of them have a chance of playing with the Red Sox?
— Paul J., Brewer, Maine

Yes, the Red Sox drafted Josh Papelbon in the 2006 Draft. A submarine pitcher, Josh is pitching at Class A Lancaster this season and posted a 4.26 ERA over his first 27 outings.

The third Papelbon brother — left-hander Jeremy — was taken by the Cubs in that same draft. Jeremy is in Class A Daytona of the Florida State League, and has solid numbers this season. It’s hard to say at this early juncture if either of those Papelbons will join their big brother in the Majors.

“Respect the Jeez-Its” Is Sorry Sign of Our Educational Times

21 07 2008

UCF has an official student newspaper too, not just a student senate and a student union handy for religious services.

So you may well wonder (I do) if its student editors and reporters will receive threatening letters and risk removal from their campus responsibilities should their coverage or commentary upset powerful Catholics and/or the university administration — and I wonder if it’s occurred to THEM yet, that once even one student is thrown to the dogs by the system, anyone can be.

What do kids get taught by public universities these days, particularly political science, history, journalism (and religion?) majors, about how human power of story plays out in real life? Do they still study the view — whether attributed to Mencken, Dunne or Twain (would they know to care?) — that journalism’s responsibility is “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” or that “the most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos?”

Do they study this cautionary tale? Do they think about meaning and human power of story at all, or just career competition and how to use rules against each other to get ahead? The history of their student newspaper since 1968, and its proud name, “Central Florida Future” suggests reason to hope, but the latter seems sharper and clearer and more real with every morning’s news.

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