Barring a personal leave of common sense, the Board of Regents should approve a proposal that would implement a student activity fee that would largely benefit the athletic department.
It will be a much-needed boost to the athletic department coffers, and it will keep UH in line with the other WAC schools, each having some form of a student-generated athletic fee.
But with great money comes great responsibility. Let’s hope that overly taxed students are permitted good seats — Stanford”s courtside general-admission seats are a fine example — and that the money will be put to good use (travel, summer school) and not salaries. Most of all, this is the long-awaited bailout. Don’t anticipate many more, so UH needs to make the most of it.
* * * * *
The Warriors, particularly the defensive secondary, will use the three-week hiatus to heal and prepare for the coming summer conditioning program.
Cornerback Lametrius Davis has been on crutches after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. David practiced most of spring training after incurring the injury.
Cornerback Lewis Walker, who has strained biceps, will need another couple of weeks to be at full health.
Also, cornerback Jeramy Bryant, who has several nagging injuries, should be ready for the workouts.
The good news, for UH fans, is most of the players will remain in Hawai‘i for the first summer session.
* * * * *
Vote for Joshua Walker: Play of the Year video
* * * * *
On Seis De Mayo, Liz Kauai writes about wafan:
It is a challenge to write about someone who doesn’t share much about himself- unlike me who spills my guts all over blogs and social media every day. So I resorted to the direct approach and asked the usually shy and silent wafan for some bullet points… casually mentioning that if he didn’t send them, I would just have to make something up! Of course his predictably self-deprecating response was that the made- up stuff might be more interesting.
I don’t think so.
The quiet man whom we know as wafan is actually a very accomplished educator in WAshington state where he continues to be a FAN of the UH Warriors. You can read his autobiography on SteveM’s site: wafan
Currently, wafan serves as Curricula writer for Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the fields of Communication Technologies. Specifically in Graphic Arts, Photography, and Videography. He is a member of the State team for high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula approval and certification, Chairman for district graphics and photography Professional Learning Consortiums and Chairman for district graphics and photography advisory committee.
He has published various brochures (on student leadership, music topics), books (communication technologies, instructional guide and assignments), and articles in juried journals (curricula, manufacturing and employment trends) and has taught for 28 years – 26 in Washington state where the education system still values and funds fine arts programs for its students (sorry, I had to stick that editorial in).
Wafan was 2003 District Teacher of the Year, has been recognized in various Who’s Who national and international publications and is currently teaching digital photography, digital graphics/design, government/civics to high school students.
In our conversations, wafan beams like a proud parent when he talks about the success of his kids in the SkillsUSA program.
SkillsUSA is “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel”. and happens to be headquartered in Leesburg, VA, not too far from Colt Brennan and the Washington Redskins.
After 25 years in SkillsUSA, wafan notes the following accomplishments:
• 89 Washington State officers
• 8 State Presidents
• 2,315 medals earned by students
• 7 national student medalists
•His Chapter is regularly ranked in the top 10 in the nation
He has served:
• 20 years as the Olympic Region Coordinator
• 12 years Lead Judge for Post-Secondary National Contests
•15 years Associate Lead Judge for Washington State Leadership Conference
• 94% of his SkillsUSA members graduate from a 4-year university
• 2% join the military
• 4% earn a technical degree
•1993 and 2003 Washington State Advisor of the Year
• 8 years on the National Education Team for Student Leadership Development
• 18 years as the State Officer Advisor
When I was able to pry personal information out of wafan, I discovered that we share the same bucket list item – cruising to Alaska and visiting the glaciers and wilderness areas. Our shared interest in photography put that adventure right at the top of the lists, actually.
I also discovered that wafan has a special way of baking home-made scones. I won’t share all of the details (have to keep SOME secrets!) but they may show up at a T-Gate sometime during football season for all to try!
One thing for sure, wafan is an avid Tsai-ko, fully engaged in the “F’s” – Food, Friends, Family, Fun, and oh yes, FOOTBALL!