We never went to class on Fridays, so Thursday seems like the most appropriate day to schedule “Sore Subjects.” Stick with us throughout the fall semester as we provide a full 20-unit education each week.
Corporate Public Relations and Reputation — The ACC brand needs a strong boost to kick off its campaign. Virginia Tech is being relied on the most to help the cause on Saturday, but North Carolina State and Maryland can lend a hand this week, as well. The Hokies’ task is to exact some revenge on Alabama for the last season’s 34-10 slaughter of Clemson on opening weekend. The Wolfpack and Terrapins have their own making up to do. A year ago, North Carolina State did not show up for its lid-lifter, getting blanked by South Carolina, 34-0. The Pack gives it another go tonight. Maryland was at least able to score in last season’s opener, but that was no consolation in a disgraceful 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee. On Saturday, they face a much tougher challenge at No. 12 California. Even a victory by Wake Forest over up-and-coming Baylor would help out with some positive public perception.
Mathematics for the Social Sciences — While Arizona State has never been mentioned among the nation’s finer institutions of higher education (not sure if that makes Barack Obama happy or upset that the school didn’t offer him an honorary degree), being unsure about numbers higher than four is absolutely unacceptable. On Tuesday night, the Sun Devils announced that “five or six” players would be suspended from playing in Saturday’s season opener against Idaho State for breaking unspecified team rules. Five or six? C’mon, which is it? I can understand not saying who they are until game day, but being unable to count them up accurately is befuddling.
Modern Music Appreciation — Not satisfied with just being the maestro of the Pac-10, Professor Peter Clay Carroll is also a master of music. His dedication to putting out a “SOTD” (song of the day, for those of you less hip than Pete) via Twitter is unmatched. Today’s tweet isn’t his best . . . #SOTD lalalalalalala by lmfao! http://bit.ly/5GZqL. Hey, they all can’t be gems, but they will arrive daily. Never mind that tweety Petey has yet to share any insight about naming true freshman Matt Barkley as his starting quarterback or the season-long loss of lockdown cornerback Shareece Wright, he has his Twitter priorities in order. Let there be music!
Modern Art History I (1625-1800) — Captain Mike Leach now has a parking spot befitting his colorful personality. Such a thing of beauty, it seems a shame to dock a car on top of it.
Intro to Architecture — Maybe some of the brainiacs from Brigham Young and Oklahoma (stop laughing) can take a look around Cowboys Stadium on Saturday and point out to Jerry Jones some additional things that might pose problems.
Advanced Athletic Training — Five days after Saturday’s season opener versus Middle Tennessee, the Clemson Tigers will find themselves in Atlanta lining up against hard-to-prepare-for Georgia Tech. Seriously, is it that important to be on “Thursday Night Football?” The Tiger training staff and defensive coaches have a tough week ahead.
Advertising Copywriting (off-campus internship required) — If one medium-sized billboard in sleepy South Bend can make that much of a national splash, get ready for copycats. Where will the next ad of this sort pop up next? There are a few spots on the radar, but I’m betting on Louisville.