Every week is different. This one was no exception for me.

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I got to see the cover for a new book for which I wrote a chapter. Hazing is still a huge issue in American higher education, and it seems like a losing fight. But hopefully we present some new insights in this book.

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I had a great time at St. Augustine’s High School to talk with students. We had a wide ranging discussion particularly about the political process. It is important for young people to pay attention to the process.

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About 25 students and 25 faculty and administrators discussed some big issues during my monthly executive council meeting. We dealt with the idea of family, a word used a lot in higher education but not clearly defined. We also discussed what is a student’s role in their success, and what is the institution’s. It was a great conversation.

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But this was the real surprise. My colleague over at Xavier decided to offer a Twitter bet for the basketball games. I’ve been here almost 8 years and this has never happened, so I thought it was interesting.

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Within an hour, I accepted, even knowing that both of our teams are down this year, but I always bet on my squad, no matter the consequence.

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Both teams lost, and pretty soundly. Benjamin and I slipped out once the fate was sealed. Later I saw this tweet. But they had me confused…

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So I wanted to make sure I reminded everyone of the bet, which was to wear Xavier apparel. And I did…

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Socks. And note the not so subtle troll of front page headlines! But since they decided to start these challenges, I offered my own.

Five days later, no response! LOL So , there won’t be a free throw contest this year. But I’m not agreeing to any other bets until we do this one!

The Prez

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7th president of Dillard University

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