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Mar 25, 2010

Technology

There was a time, not so long ago, when you had to wait for the next day to find out the scores of your favorite teams. Today, wait has been eviscerated because of technology, we now have instant results.... Websites, ESPN,  & smart phones have closed the geographic landscape to a narrow stretch of ingenuity that has allowed us to be connected at an almost instantaneous rate of connection.  While this has been a marvelous development for mankind it has also come with a plethora of challenges and new problems that we must address.  Technology has allowed us to stay connected and reconnect with family and friends all around the world.  I was reluctant to join the Facebook movement because I was still holding on to my eight track tapes and vinyl records.  When I could not get the eight track player to work any longer, and the the vinyl section in the record department was removed,  it was a sign of the times and it told me to get going with the movement son or you will be left behind.  So I joined and BAM....it wasn't that bad.  I even enjoyed it.  However, with all the good that these social networking sites have done there is a clear and present danger.  There exists a dark side that is uncontrollable and dangerous.  I read with sadness of the beautiful young lady from West Islip HS who committed suicide.  The story, as told in Newsday, detailed the cowardly cyberspace abuse leashed at this individual.  A good student and exceptional soccer player she was on her way to attend Dowling College to pursue a college degree and play a little soccer.  Somewhere on her quest to upward mobility she felt the pressure to not exist in what we considered the living.  I can not image what she was thinking of on that day of no return, but she has stayed on my mind ever since I read the story.  The comments posted on the social networks, pre and post death, have been cruel and stealth.  When I was coming along, the bullies were always around but I know who they were. I had a chance to either face the music or run like the road runner.  With technology, the bullies hide and eat away at your soul, gouging it with a barrage of endless insults that you internalize to the point that you begin to believe that you are just as worthless as they are.  Why would we believe such trash........because we are programmed to believe that the printed word is the gospel.   We, however; tend to forget that people print those words and people are far from perfect. Come to think of it, people are pretty fallible.  Perhaps it is the reason we create all these devices, to prove that we are not that smart and getting dumber every day.  Technology has created a world of functional, self absorbed, self centered individuals who would rather text than talk, GPS than walk, and play with key boards before they venture out into the world and feel what a true breeze truly means.  My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young lady.  I will pary for her soul and hope that we can somehow get our arms around the world wide web and control it to the point it does not negatively impact the lives of those it is intended to assist.  One day the machines are going to take over and we will have to find our very own John Connor to save us.  This is Cool Mac and I'll be back! Remember peace is always in never out.  Make today a good one so tomorrow is a better one.

 

Author: clyde_doughty

Mar 23, 2010

Spirit

We got a taste of spring this weekend.  It was nice to bask in the glow of a spring afternoon while watching the Bears compete.  Softball rebounded taking three out of four, baseball took it on the chin coming out on the short side a a three game slugfest, and lacrosse went on a eight hour bus ride to win in OT.  With all the outdoor action going on I managed to have the time to witness a new conference initiative on Saturday.  The East Coast Conference sponsored a Spirit Showcase at Molloy College.  Cheerleaders and dance groups from colleges on LI came together to strut their stuff and cheer for a worthy cause.  All proceeds went to the Make a Wish Foundation.  The event was well attended and I have been told raised a little over $2,500.00!  Our ladies from NYIT, and our mascot Smillie the Bear were there to support the program and give everyone a taste of Bear pride.  I am so very proud of the ladies and their coaching staff.  They have come so very far since we re-established the program two years ago.  They have have worked very hard to become a cohesive group that activity supports the entire athletic program.  Kudos to coaches Alex and Carolyn.  Their interaction and support has enabled our young ladies to believe in themselves and blossom into a picturesque garden of success.  They should be very proud of themselves.  This is Cool Mac and I am out.  Remember, peace is always in never out.  Make today a good one so tomorrow is a better one. 

Author: clyde_doughty

Mar 18, 2010

Intramurals

There is nothing more exciting in my line of work than intramurals.  Yes, we complete against some of the best DII schools in our region on the intercollegiate level, however: here's the deal.  With an intercollegiate contest you either go there or they come to you; you play the game and then you go home or they go home.  Yes there is excitement and build up because you want to do well and represent your institution but at the end of day you might not ever see your opponent again. However, when you play in intramural action it stays with you all semester or year because you have to see your peers on a regular basis.  Trash talking and bragging rights are in full affect when it comes to the intramural landscape.  Today, the intramural basketball championship was a real overtime thriller, complete with last minute heroics, bad shots, a great crowd and a lot of hustling and enthusiasm. 

 

Shhhhhh, but I hear there might be a Tiger sighting soon.....somewhere in Georgia.  Stay tuned for our National Geographic update.  This is Cool Mac.  Peace is always in never out.  Make today a good one so tomorrow is a better one. 

Author: clyde_doughty

Mar 17, 2010

Haste Makes Waste

Got home to review my first ever blog and low and behold....it was full of mistakes.  There lies the lesson, be efficient with time but mind your time so it is productive.  I rushed to get it out and I made a lousy first impression.  I will try my best to make it up to you.  By the way, who came up with the term "blog".  It sounds like a vegetable you hated that your mom made you eat at dinner time, UGH!

Today the Bear family mourns the loss of the mother of our Assistant Athletic Director and volleyball coach Gail Wasmus.  Folks talk about family but do they really mean it or do they really know what it is.  For athletic personnel I truly believe we understand it, embrace it values and live the family life every day.  We train together, travel together, win some, loss some, but in the end we are a cohesive unit that works together in synergy to be 'all that we can be".  I have been with Coach Wasmus since 1976, the first year I walked onto the NYIT campus.  Fresh out of college she was the women's volleyball and basketball coach and the Assistant AD.  As a student-athlete I marveled at her presence.  That's what great coaches have, presence and confidence.  Coach has so much she could sell a lot of hers and never miss it.  Although she left the reservation for a few years to explore some opportunities she returned to be part of the Bear pride.  Family always comes home. On behalf of the members of the NYIT athletic community our prayers are with Gail and her family during their time of grief and sorrow. 

Big weekend coming up; all spring teams will be out of the cave and on the prowl.  Softball and baseball have home double rips on Saturday.  The forecast looks good, thus in the words of the great one, Monty Hall...."come on down".  This is Cool Mac.  Peace is always in never out.  Make today a good one so tomorrow is a better one.

Author: clyde_doughty

Mar 17, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

Father Time moves on but Mother Nature still rules.  We finally moved out of our indoor practice facilities and on to the field of play. Lacrosse, baseball and softball got a taste of the breeze as they began their season after weather related delays.  Is it March Madness or Spring Sadness.  The DI NCAA men's basketball tournament begins this weekend with excitement for all, regardless if your school is in it or not, everyone has a final four predication.  The Mets, Jets, Knicks, Yankees, Nets, Rangers and Islanders rule the back pages but everyone know the Bears rule!  On a political note, why can't our elected officials do the Rodney King and "just get along".  the leadership across the country is lacking in integrity on all levels, not just politically agenda, but hey it all political i am told.  "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men." John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton.  Don't let success corrupt you to the point that you are logical, sensible and progressive.  Don't project, work with people to make them better.  People are our most valuable commodity. The technology driven world we live in we has forgotten that people are the best functional tool we have, not computers, smart phones, or GPS devices....People!   This is Cool Mac, Peace is always in never out.  Make today a good one so tomorrow is a better one.

Author: clyde_doughty

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