A look back at the week's wackiest stories
Posted: Friday August 18, 2006 10:06AM; Updated: Friday August 18, 2006 11:46AM
School may not be in session yet, but it's been an eventful week at colleges across the country. From the Wolverines finally declaring a national championship to truck pulls and especially smelly flowers, SIOC looks back at the week's wackiest...
After failing in their quest for a third straight National Championship, USC football was obviously in need of a change. The change came this week with an overhaul of the team's spirit lineup. Yell Leaders will be replaced by Team Trojan, a group of 14 men and women who will run around the stadium cheering on the team. New cheers are also in the works and the USC marching band will move to a new spot behind the east end zone. Now, I'm not saying that all these moves won't help, but perhaps the team should have a more football-related plan to make up for the losses of Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart.
Ladies and gentleman, I present your 2006 Collegiate Bridge Champions, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan took the title by outlasting Princeton in a final match that went on for more than 12 hours. The Wolverines got ready for the tournament by practicing three hours a day for two months, and their reward for all that effort was winning a $500 scholarship. The triumph is bad news for Michigan's football team, which must now face the pressure of living up to the championship standard set by the bridge club.
After a 22-year hiatus, Dartmouth brought back its chariot races for last weekend's Fieldstock event. The races originally began as a replacement event when the tradition of pelting newly-elected student government members with food and beverages became too dangerous. In 1984, the races themselves were stopped because they were deemed unsafe. With all the problems in today's modern world, it is refreshing to know that chariot safety has improved enough in the last 20 years for these contests to return.
A group of Utah State offensive lineman will compete in the State Truck Pull Championships this weekend. In the event -- a benefit for the Special Olympics -- the linemen will attempt to pull a 40,000-pound truck 20 feet. This is just more good stuff from the team that brought you Aggie Football Family Fun Night.
In case you missed it, the world's smelliest flower bloomed on the campus of Virginia Tech earlier this month. The titan arum, commonly known as the "corpse flower" because of its deathly aroma, stands over five feet tall and can grow to three or four feet in diameter. Tech's flower apparently made it into bloom this time thanks to the departure of Marcus Vick, who for three straight years had violently stomped it to shreds before it could fill the air with its sarcophagus scent.
The state of Ohio has finally found a way forits degenerate gamblers to contribute to society. A proposal is under consideration to put slot machines in nine different locations around the state under the condition that 30% of the revenue would go to scholarships and grants for students at Ohio Universities. After hearing about the proposal, a group of Ohio hookers pledged to donate a couple dollars a day to homeless people if the state legalized prostitution.
Speaking of hookers, Jeffery Epstein, a billionaire money manager who donated $30 million to Harvard in 2003, has been arrested for soliciting prostitutes. The police report claims that Epstein sought to purchase the wild thing on three separate occasions, and he could be charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor as well as lewd and lascivious molestation. Epstein claims he's innocent, but his cause has been hurt by the fact that the money he donated was to go towards establishing the Harvard Business School's Street Walking department.