President Obama, who will speak today on Georgia Tech's campus at McCamish Pavilion, is expected to touch on college accessibility and affordability for students across the nation. It's hardly shocking that this would be the topic of discussion during a stop on the campus of a public college, but I'm still glad that it will be addressed. As a student who hopes to one day finish college without six-figure debt, this is especially pertinent to me (and likely many people reading this) -- the problem isn't necessarily that there isn't help out there, it's that no one steps in to help you find it.
If you are one of those people who can't make it to see Obama's speech in person, at least know that you have the option to wallow in the wonderfulness of $2 Tuesdays at the Georgia Tech's baseball game against Georgia Southern tonight. What better way to get over missing the opportunity of a lifetime than to spend your time eating hotdog after hotdog at a college baseball game? Who knows, if you eat enough you may even become a part of a statistic that the President mentions in a future speech. First pitch is tonight at 6:00 as the Jackets look to improve to 2-0 on the season versus the 11-5 Eagles.
The upcoming ACC Tournament will provide Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson with a perfect spotlight and opportunity to showcase his unique skillset for one final time. Jackson, a freshman and former four-star recruit as well as the cousin of the currently suspended Chris Bolden, has struggled with his highly touted shot all season -- he is shooting just 26% from the floor and 17% from three for the season. That doesn't mean, however, that his athleticism and shot have disappeared completely -- the increased minutes that he has seen recently in the light of Bolden's suspension have really highlighted his potential as a player. When you couple that improvement with the early end to the respective seasons of both Bolden and Marcus Georges-Hunt, there will be plenty of shots available. Look for Jackson to shoot early and often, hopefully even doing to Boston College what Olivier Hanlan did to Tech two seasons ago.
David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma, has terminated the school's ties with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after a video surfaced showing members of the fraternity participating in a racist chant. I don't know what I was expecting when I watched the video last night, but I can tell you that I was completely shocked at how blunt and disgusting it was. Boren acted promptly on the matter, calling the students "disgraceful" and emphasizing the sense of family and community that he hopes will still remain at the university. I applaud the swiftness and conviction of his response -- you can see the full statement below. In an effort to show that there is no place for racism in the landscape of college athletics, the Sooner football team cancelled practice yesterday in a show of solidarity as every member of the team dressed in all black and marched around campus.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Updated statement attached - DBo <a href="http://t.co/xxfiJwCh0P">pic.twitter.com/xxfiJwCh0P</a></p>— David Boren (@President_Boren) <a href="https://twitter.com/President_Boren/status/574936841843052544">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Will Tadric Jackson be able to break out in the tournament?
Have a great Tuesday!