Wanted: College Building League

Thu 17 Mar 2011 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

File under projects for other people to follow up on: here’s a pitch for a reality TV show I want to watch and a league I want to follow.

How about the top 100 colleges and universities in this country (and internationally, too, why not?), alongside the football, basketball, lacrosse, table tennis, etc., teams they already have, field design and building teams for an intercollegiate building league?

Teams would be made up of students from every part of the school—it’s the ultimate resume booster and the best way to get some work experience and do a little networking along the way.

In the first semester, students would identify and design a project that would benefit their local community. In the second, they’d build it.

Impossible? Weeeellll, no. The Rural Studio does it every year.

The good people from Habitat for Humanity, Rural Studio, and Architecture for Humanity could be involved as mentors and judges.

There are a few TV channels (calling HGTV . . . Bravo . . . ) where this would be a natural fit but I’d just as happily tune in to ABC/NBC/CBS/Fox to see it.

Ok, now please someone make it happen!

Tue 27 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Neko Case has a new album* coming out on March 3rd and a single, “People Got a Lotta Nerve,” (opens iTunes/whatever you have) out now. On her myspace page there’s this:

PEOPLE GOT A LOTTA NERVE” – Blog It For A Worthwhile Cause Today, we are especially happy to bring you “People Got A Lotta Nerve,” the first single from Neko Case‘s forthcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3), because for every blog that reposts the song and/or iLike user who adds it to their profile, Neko Case and ANTI– will make a cash donation to Best Friends Animal Society.

But the imeem thing seems to be blocked by many blog host sites. So, anyway, new Neko and some support for animals. Seems worth it. Good song, great cover.

Order it from your local indie record* store now.

* Album and record still seem like useful terms for a group of songs all released at the same time. The latter especially as vinyl sales keep rising.