Mr. Boy drove off to College Station this morning to participate in Texas A&M University’s four-day “Fish Camp” for incoming freshmen. As in “fresh fish.”
Originally an invention of the Corps of Cadets when A&M was an all-male military school (officially co-ed in ’63 but not actually until ’74 when women were allowed in the Corps), Fish Camp included some inevitable harassment of the newbies. It was only the prelude to Fish Year.
Mr. B. says it’s not that way now. Camp (in cabins around a lake) is just a chance to learn Aggie traditions while making new friends, with time out for swimming and games. We’ll see.
UPDATE: Harassment, of a sort, ensued when Mr. B. lost his voice from all the shouting that was required. He was quite hoarse when he came home. But he said he had “a great time” and made several friends.
Despite wanting to be a Longhorn since grade school, he’s decided to take the bird in the hand and go to Texas A&M. He’s excited about it. Wonder how much the fact that A&M is only two hours away had to do with it.
Tyler is 4-5 hours distance and is a gamble on getting into UT-Austin.
But then he may try to transfer to Austin from Aggieland if his freshman grades are good enough. They’ve slotted him to be a veterinarian which he doesn’t want. I expect he can transfer to another major if his grades are good.
That’s Mr. B.’s dilemma. Go to Texas A&M, which has accepted him, or do the UT Austin CAP program at UT Tyler?
UT Austin didn’t accept him but their CAP program did. It requires a year at another UT System school like UT Tyler, achievement of a minimum 3.2 average (on a 4.0 scale) and subsequent transfer to Austin. So is it the bird-in-the-hand or the bird in the bush? Stay tuned.
And it’s not just because of all the states and cities legalizing its use. No, the new Cannabis Law Prof Blog is more about enforcement of the drug laws (particularly the federal ones) still banning its use, sale, etc.
For reasons such as these details from a 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union:
“The report finds that between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million marijuana arrests in the United States, 88% of which were for possession. Marijuana arrests have increased between 2001 and 2010 and now account for over half (52%) of all drug arrests in the United States, and marijuana possession arrests account for nearly half (46%) of all drug arrests.”
Smokers are easy to catch, allowing the drug police plenty of leisure while still making their quotas. And the arrests fall disproportionately on blacks, though their use is about on a par with whites. Maybe more blacks spend more time on the street where the cops can see them toking.
“Such racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests exist in all regions of the country, in counties large and small, urban and rural, wealthy and poor, and with large and small Black populations. Indeed, in over 96% of counties with more than 30,000 people in which at least 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at higher rates than whites for marijuana possession.”
That the new blog is edited by a law professor at Texas A&M University is also a plus. Gig ’em, Ags. 😉
Some Longhorns fans (even, apparently, Johnny Manziel) are laughing about the Ags getting skunked 59-0 by Alabama on Saturday. I prefer to see them do well in the SEC, representing Texas the way they do. This ain’t doing well, Kevin, after previous losses to the Mississippis. Time to make some position changes.
On the other hand, it was heartening to see Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes throw two cold-bloodedly-accurate long balls to set up the game-winning field goal against Iowa State, 48-45, in the last seven seconds. A tune-up for next week against K-State, Iowa State was not, however. We could see a massacre in Manhattan, home of the new Sooner killers. At least the Horns won’t get skunked. I hope.
One of my old girlfriends is an Aggie, one of the first, in fact, to co-educate the place, and I’ve always admired her pluck.
D.G. Myers’s farewell to all that, in leaving teaching at Texas A&M, files includes this regret:
“But what I will miss, far more than anything else, are the Aggies. They endure many jokes at their expense as if they were the Polacks of the academic world. Even Larry McMurtry, in ‘Moving On,’ could not resist a crack about an Aggie and his tractor.
Aggies are badly misunderstood, however. It is true they are not sophisticated, and it is true they are overwhelmingly Evangelical Christian and politically conservative, although the administration has done everything in its power to alter the makeup of the student body and bring A&M into conformity with every other unexceptionally Leftist university in the country. Aggies remain unique, proudly different.”
Don’t miss his funny story of the Ag-with-toothpick who discovers—to his horror—that he actually understands sophisticated literary ideas.
(I neglected to post about it at the time, but I was delighted when the Ags beat the Longhorns this year. The Horns stunk up the state this season and they deserved to be put in their place for it. And nobody is better at that than A&M.)
I have often, foolishly, commented that the climate modeling of anthropogenic global warming can’t be accurate since weather forecasting is so fallible. It’s a poor argument, as Andrew Dessler at Texas A&M shows:
"Predicting the weather is like predicting what the next roll [of the dice] will be. Predicting the climate is like predicting what the average and standard deviation of 1000 rolls will be. The ability to predict the statistics of the next 1000 rolls does not hinge on the ability to predict the next roll. Thus, one should not dismiss climate forecasts simply because weather forecasts are only good for a few days."
On the other hand, it’s a good argument to say that the climate models are too weak to be trusted, because the physics of the atmosphere isn’t fully understood. In other words: garbage in, garbage out.