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  1. You should watch for the Grand Opening of a "Tegridy Burger".
  2. Here's the rule without someone's interpretation. http://www.piaa.org/news/details.aspx?ID=3745
  3. This one's news to me. I would think that dissolving a 20-year co-op would generate some kind of buzz but I have yet to hear anything. Are you sure that this doesn't have something to do with the competition classification that the PIAA is going to start implementing next year?
  4. I always thought the complaint would be about how the characters were basically mutations from atomic testing.
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    I didn't say that you should apply for admittance. There are no prerequisites to cheering for a team. If I'm not mistaken, you said that outside of a semester or two, you really have no ties to USC, either. And, perhaps you'll even see them win a conference championship.
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    As low as the expectations are for the middlings of the SEC, now might be the time for him to start fishing for that lifetime contract. Just think. It's possible that you'll have to switch affiliations to South Carolina State to get away from him. Goooooo Bulldogs!
  7. You better stop or soon you'll be labeled as a misogynist. It was written by professor Holly Barker. This is what happens when people have too much time on their hands. FYI, here's a slightly more detailed piece... Prof: SpongeBob perpetuates 'violent, racist' acts against indigenous people Celine RyanInvestigative Reporter@celinedryanon Oct 10, 2019 at 4:11 PM EDT A professor at the University of Washington recently published an article in an academic journal about the children's cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” claiming it perpetuates a legacy of violence against the indigenous people of the Pacific. The professor argues that the cartoon is involved in the "occupation" of native lands, and that the show participates in "cultural appropriation" by way of its island motif. A university professor deemed the beloved cartoon "SpongeBob Squarepants" "violent," "racist," and "insidious" in a scholarly article. University of Washington professor Holly Barker published her musings on the yellow sponge cartoon character and his deep-sea pals in an academic journal called The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, which features "readable" articles focused on "social, economic, political, ecological, and cultural topics." "SpongeBob’s presence on Bikini Bottom continues the violent and racist expulsion of Indigenous peoples from their lands" Tweet This In her article titled "Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom," Barker's chief complaint hinges on her perception that the show's fictional setting of the town of Bikini Bottom is based on the nonfictional Bikini Atoll, a coral reef in the Marshall Islands used by the U.S. military for nuclear testing during the Cold War. The indigenous people of the area were relocated during the testing, which eventually rendered the area uninhabitable due to residual radiation. Barker finds it unjust that SpongeBob and his pals be allowed to "occupy" the area when the nonfictional indigenous people of the area do not have the option to return to their homeland. [RELATED: POLL: Majority of college students support DITCHING Columbus Day] As an "American character," SpongeBob supposedly has the "privilege" of "not caring about the detonation of nuclear bombs." In order to demonstrate this, the professor quotes one of the show's writers, who said that the main character is "a guy who could get super-excited about a napkin but wouldn't care if there was an explosion outside." "The detonations do not cause concern for the characters, as they did for the Bikinians, nor do they compromise SpongeBob's frequent activities, like visiting hamburger joints or the beach with friends," writes Barker. SpongeBob and his friends supposedly perpetuate the past injustices against the indigenous people of Bikini Atoll through "SpongeBob's occupation and reclaiming" of the nonfictional location's lagoon. The setting of the show, Barker says, is "symbolic violence." "Although the U.S. government removed the people of Bikini from the atoll above the surface, this does not give license to SpongeBob or anyone else, fictitious or otherwise, to occupy Bikini," insists Barker. "SpongeBob’s presence on Bikini Bottom continues the violent and racist expulsion of Indigenous peoples from their lands (and in this case their cosmos) that enables U.S. hegemonic powers to extend their military and colonial interests in the postwar era,” she added. [RELATED: Students hold ‘**** Columbus’ rally, post ‘indigenous peoples’ eviction notice’] Barker is also concerned with the "cultural appropriation of iconic Pacific Island representations" supposedly evident within Bikini Bottom's "token objectification of Oceania," taking particular issue with "buildings shaped like pineapples, Easter Island statues, and tikis." She also laments the "Hawaiian-shirt motifs" and sounds of steel guitar that are common themes on the children's show. Barker also attempts to dissect and problematize the cartoon's theme song with academic phrasing. "The first act of the song is to have children identify who resides in the pineapple house," she explains. "The children's response, repeated extensively throughout the song, affirms that the house and Bikini Bottom are the domain of SpongeBob." "The song's directives, ensconced in humor, provide the viewer with an active role in defining Bikini Bottom as a place of nonsense, as the audience is instructed 'If nautical nonsense be something you wish...drop on the deck and flop like a fish.’" By participating in the theme song sing-a-long, Barker says "the viewer becomes an unwitting participant in the co-opting of Bikini's story and the exclusion of the Bikinian people." [RELATED: Prof: Tom Brady's 'white male omnipotence' 'buttresses American white supremacy'] While Barker admits that the show's creators likely did not have "U.S. colonialism" in mind while developing the cartoon, she calls it "disturbing" that they did not realize that "Bikini Bottom and Bikini Atoll were not theirs for the taking." Consequently, Barker suggests that "millions of children" have "become acculturated to an ideology that includes the US character SpongeBob residing on another people’s homeland.” In this way, colonialism is supposedly "produced, reproduced, and normalized" through the cartoon As if fictionally "occupying" nonfictional land was not enough, Barker also accuses the cartoon of being biased against women. The professor complains that "all of the main characters on the show are male," except for Sandy Cheeks the squirrel, whom she suggests was only created in order to boost the gender diversity of the show. "The name 'Bob' represents the everyday man, a common American male, much like a 'Joe,'" Barker observes, concluding that "our gaze into the world of Bikini Bottom, as well as the surface of Bikini, is thus filtered through the activities of men.” Barker concludes her article by insisting that even though SpongeBob's writers likely did not mean "to infuse a children's show with racist, violent colonial practices," the show is part of a larger issue, an "insidious practice of disappearing Indigenous communities." “We should be uncomfortable with a hamburger-loving American community’s occupation of Bikini’s lagoon and the ways that it erodes every aspect of sovereignty.” Campus Reform reached out to Barker for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @celinedryanon
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    I guess Muschamp will be looking to pick up an extension for that new deal now.
  9. He might be peeved but that's one that's gonna stand. Whether or not he was capable of using it doesn't mean that it was inoperable. When you open a door to things like that, there are a lot of unscrupulous individuals that will use semantics to scurry through it.
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    And awaaayyy we go

    It's good to know that you've been applying the lessons you've learned through your time management to understanding the local dialect. Unfortunately, it means that I'm going to find a new pastime to take up the space I would normally spend scouring the internet for an appropriate gif - - to explain it.
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    And awaaayyy we go

    When a game with Pitt comes down to a gift on a fourth-and-goal at the 1 with just a few minutes left on the clock, I'd be inclined to agree with him.
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    And awaaayyy we go

    I don't think it was the South Carolina game that he was referencing... Buff 0 10 3 0 - 13 PSU 7 0 28 10 - 45
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