The Green Bay Packers vs. Aaron Rodgers: But Why?

Last Thursday, hours before the NFL Draft, Adam Schefter reported : Aaron Rodgers “is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team.”

What followed has been nothing short of a media maelstrom of misinformation, conjecture and bad reporting. Scour the thousands of articles written in the last week and you will be able to count the number of direct sources on one hand. The only report that has come directly from Rodgers is that he’s disappointed the news got out in the first place.

Of course, it’s natural that there will be a high level of excitement around an explosive report on a future, first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. If a website reports on this topic, as this one is now, the admin will be getting a few more clicks than the article that would have been written about the teams recent third round selection. However, the conflicting information being reported from major media sources has sent fans and pundits into a frenzy.

After the Schefter report, the story has gone every which way but loose, conflating different reports making both parties (Packers and Rodgers) look as shady as possible. Now unless fans are to be incredibly naive, one should operate under the assumption that teams and agents purposefully leak inaccurate information to move the story in their favor. Pat McAfee Show fans were warned of this in an interview with former Miami Marlins President, Dave Samson, when he said that he and the team would directly leak misinformation about players to sway a report in their favor. 

However, neither the Packers or Rodgers leaked information to Schefter. Today, after an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Schefter had a directly contradicting message to his original ESPN report. 

“When people guess at where stories come from, more often than not they are wrong,” said Schefter. “And in this case, they are wrong. This was an accumulation, all during the offseason, of just listening to people talk and observing… Dan, there was not a source” He goes on to say that he decided to break the news on draft day because it didn’t matter when the story broke.

Following the original story, fans have divided themselves between staying loyal to Rodgers or the Packers. The reports will continue to come out, but fans should reserve judgement until information comes directly from the Packers or Rodgers. 

Jujimufu and Grip Genie, LLC vs. Tom Boyden Court Case Explanation

Fitness YouTubers, Jujimufu (Jon Call) and Tom Boyden, stopped posting videos in January, causing an outcry in the comment section of their videos that has brought a shocking court case to the fitness community. 

Jujimufu and Boyden have been in the content creation game for many years, and the Juji and Tom YouTube channel (which is now simply “Jujimufu” channel) was one of the leaders in the fitness industry. Currently, the Jujimufu YouTube channel has 1.29 million subscribers to date and consistently uploads videos that receive 250k+ to a million views.

Jujimufu started out by posting “tricking” videos, which is a combination of gymnastics, parkour, kicks and martial arts. After building an initial following through tricking and lifting weights, Jujimufu became known around the world after going on America’s Got Talent to perform the splits between chairs while shoulder pressing a barbell overhead.

Boyden began to help with shooting and editing the videos as Jujimufu’s following grew. Eventually, Boyden became a co-star to the channel due to the amount of work he was putting into the project. Jujimufu and Boyden grew the channel and also decided to go into business together by starting a company that sells grip strength products (Grip Genie, LLC).

Although the Juji and Tom channel was pumping out content for the last few years, it seems the camera and post-production editing failed to include some of the unsightly parts of their relationship that ultimately led to their downfall earlier this year.

On March 19, Jujimufu posted a 40 second video titled, “JUJI PARTS WAYS WITH TOM.” Boyden followed, posting an apology video that has since been deleted, along with his channel. 

The following is a dive into the court case documents and events that led up to the filing of a  “Verified Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order” on January 27, 2021, by Jujimufu and business partner, Erin Borsodi, on behalf of Grip Genie, LLC

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According to the case documents, Thomas Boyden is being charged on four counts for a Mandatory Complex Business Case. The counts are Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Constructive Fraud, Embezzlement and Breach of the Agreement.

Jujimufu and Boyden started Grip Genie, LLC on October 4, 2018. Months later, Boyden began consulting with Erin Borsodi, who lived in Chicago at the time, on business matters regarding Grip Genie, LLC. After continued business consulting and also developing a personal relationship, Borsodi joined Grip Genie, LLC. 

On June 11, 2019, the Grip Genie, LLC operating agreement is worked out with a few details of note. Boyden was named Managing Partner and held held the majority of shares in the company. The operating agreement details that no party to the agreement “will withdraw any portion of their Capital Contribution with the express written consent” of Jujimufu ,Borsodi and Boyden. Also, funds of the company “will not be commingled with those of any other person or entity.”

All appeared normal through the computer screen as the YouTubers pumped out quality content, but on April 15, 2020, there was a blip on the radar. In the affidavit of Erin Borsodi, she included Grip Genie, LLC’s Wells Fargo bank statements, PayPal account statements and credit card statements. According to the bank statements, there was an unauthorized transaction to the tune of $30,000 titled, “IRS Usataxpmt,” with the name, Thomas Boyden,  attached. 

This was a direct “forbidden act” according to the Grip Genie, LLC operating agreement and inspired Borsodi to inquire about the tax payment. Boyden denied and continues to deny the allegations of the tax payment even after Borsodi contacted the IRS and Wells Fargo who told her that no IRS payment of $30,000 was made by Grip Genie, LLC. 

After the mysterious tax payment, Borsodi payed close attention to the companies finances. In the affidavit, it is noted that Boyden “generally derided Borsodi’s efforts because he claimed he was supposed to be controlling the company as CEO and Manager.”

Although this was the first time Borsodi and Jujimufu knew of unauthorized payments from the Grip Genie, LLC account, it was not the first time Boyden had used the money for personal use, and it would not be the last. 

A few months later in July, $12,500 was transferred over two weeks with the bank statements reading, “Online Transfer to Boyden T Preferred Checking.” A week later, there were two purchases from the Aria in Las Vegas

Borsodi and Jujimufu confronted Boyden about the unauthorized gambling withdrawals at a meeting in early August of 2020 where Boyden promised he would return the total amount of gambling withdrawals. 

However, in the first two weeks of December, purchases totaling $2,000 were made between Global Poker and World Series of Poker websites, according to the Wells Fargo bank statements. On top of that, the day before the World Series of Poker purchases, $9,000 was transferred to “Online Transfer to Boyden T Preferred Checking.”

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The issues between the Grip Genie, LLC partners didn’t stop at the IRS and online gambling. 

“In early December of 2020, when Borsodi expressed her opposition to the $43,000 Shopify capital loan described in Paragraph 47.d above, Defendant went to (Jujimufu) and Sam’s house and began berating Borsodi and insulting her business acumen. (Jujimufu) also did not authorize the loan,” according to the affidavit.

Eventually, Jujimufu and Borsodi reached the end of their leash with their business partner and cameraman. 

“Because of their friendship with Defendant,” the affidavit states. “Plaintiffs had hoped that Defendant might change his ways. The last month has made clear, however, that Defendant is becoming more brazen in his theft, embezzlement, lies, gambling, and dangerous outbursts.”

Boyden has continued to deny the IRS allegations and in his apology video states, “I am not addicted to drugs or gambling.” Albeit, Boyden has appeared on the YouTube channel, “Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler,” in the video, “WSOP MAIN EVENT EVE.”

Yet, on January 14 and 18, 2021, two transfers were made from the Grip Genie, LLC account to Shaun Downey for what was surmised to be a poker match. Over time, the frequency and comfort with using Grip Genie, LLC money for personal use has increased, and according to the court documents, totaled $119,459.08. 

But the unauthorized transactions were not always for large gambling purchases. Early in January 2020, there was a purchase of “Backyard Leisure” for $2,490. Later in the year, there was a purchase of $88.95 from Skinz, a company that makes “Sexy Swimwear for Men & Women.” Aside from Grip Genie, LLC’s bank statements, there were also $45,397 of unauthorized transactions from the Grip Genie, LLC PayPal account. 

In Boyden’s now deleted apology video he said, “the original court filing has been resolved out of court with no pending issues remaining.”

But the embezzlement and gambling may sadly be the lesser issue at play. In the affidavit, Borsodi and Jujimufu state, “Defendant has a history of aggressive outbursts that sometimes verge on violence… Defendant also has shown a lack of regard for the safety and wellbeing of others, including (Jujimufu) in particular.”

Boyden maintains that “legal terminology was misused” in the court filings. He didn’t make any attempt to address any specific allegations, most likely due to legal bindings, but tried to convey his innocence in the matter. 

“I have never come close to endangering anyone nor have I threatened to do so,” said Boyden in the apology video. “To my knowledge there has been zero police involvement in this matter. Frankly, I’m struggling with understanding the entirety of the situation and how things got to this point.”

This is the point at which the allegations get messy. Boyden has maintained his innocence and claims that the case has been settled out of court, so the allegations are, at this point: equivocal. The allegations are damning if true and the recollection of time and clarity is hard to argue. Also, several of the incidents have witnesses that are mentioned in the affidavit. 

The following are excerpts from the Affidavit of Erin Borsodi that show the breadth of consistency and situational irregularity where Boyden is purported to have acted. 

“In the summer of 2017, (Jujimufu) and his wife, Sam, had moved to a new home. Defendant was upset that the couple wanted some time to themselves. He stormed around their rental home, slamming doors and screaming at them. He refused to leave until Sam said she would call the police otherwise.”

“In February of 2019, Defendant and Call were at a gym filming video content. The manager of the gym, with no ill intent or intended insult, referred to Defendant as the “cameraman.” Defendant became angry and began yelling at and confronting the manager. (Jujimufu) had to placate the gym’s owner in order to continue filming.”

“On or around November 9, 2020, Defendant and another person, Randy Alarcon, were filming (Jujimufu) performing a technical weightlifting maneuver with a great deal of weight. (Jujimufu) missed re-racking the bar correctly and began to show distress as the missed re-racking could lead to severe injury. Defendant continued to film while Alarcon immediately stopped filming to go to (Jujimufu’s) aid. When Defendant realized that Alarcon had stopped filming to help (Jujimufu), he began screaming profanities at Alarcon and otherwise threatening him about stopping filming.”

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Jujimufu and Tom Boyden as perceived bros

In Jujimufu’s short video he states, “it is with disappointment that I have decided to part ways with Tom. I have not come to this decision hastily or lightly. Continued collaboration with Tom is no longer possible.” Jujimufu continues to say that he will be making videos on the “Jujimufu” channel. 

While Boyden stated in his apology that the case is resolved, it is still listed at “Active” on the North Carolina Business Court public access site. Boyden is “voluntarily” no longer a stakeholder in Grip Genie, LLC or the YouTube channel and his plans for the future are unknown. 

“All I can say is that I have done what I could to make amends and to correct any wrongs I was responsible for,” said Boyden. “Nothing I did came from a malicious or manipulative place… I’m going to be taking time off so I can focus on moving forward in a positive direction and learning some lessons that I need to learn.”

Jujimufu appears to be moving forward without skipping a beat, releasing a video each day since March 22. Sam, Jujimufu’s wife, has taken on the role of cameraman in the videos while Jujimufu sets up his new gym. 

The saga of Juji and Tom appears to be over, but it will be interesting to see the direction the Jujimufu channel takes and also to see if Boyden continues down the path he is on, or decides to make a change. 

The Temporary Restraining Order has been extended until April 5 and there may be another extension filed on that day if deemed necessary. 

Leonard Bernstein at 100 at Ole Miss

Around the country this year, hundreds of shows are being held in remembrance of the brilliant composing of Leonard Bernstein who would have turned 100 years old this year.

This Tuesday, Ole Miss is hosting their celebration of the American composer who has inspired millions through his musical soundtracks, music education videos, and overall charisma and passion for music.

Selections from Chichester Psalms, Candide, and the recently unearthed Peter Pan will be performed by Dennis Shrock, Emannuel Tsao, Bradley Robinson, Stefanie Moore, the University of Mississippi Chorus with Don Trott, and the Bernstein Festival Orchestra.  

“When he died in 1990, they started to archive everything pretty quickly,” Trott said. “Lot’s of scores written and apparently Karen Bernstein, who is Alexander’s Cousin, became active as the archivist and then they quickly made a connection with the Library of Congress that this is where they should be housed.”

Ole Miss Choral Director Don Trott said that the discovery of the Peter Pan sheet music would be comparable to finding original letters written by Abraham Lincoln.

“Apparently he was asked to just write some incidental music and he got kind of carried away with it at the time so he just got into a mood and wrote several pieces and created basically this whole musical,” Trott said.

Once the play was discovered by an old protege, it was turned into a concertized version so that audiences could enjoy “new” music posthumously from Bernstein. The new concertized version will be the one that will be performed at the Ford Center.

Trott studied under Bernstein himself at Westminster Choir College, and published an article in Choral Journal based on interviews with Alexander Bernstein, Leonard’s son. Alexander Bernstein will be making an appearance at the concert this Tuesday at the Ford Center.

Dr. Selim Giray, Director of Orchestral Activities, shares the enthusiasm of the Peter Pan discovery with Trott.

“This is something for music historian’s, concert-goers, and performers,” said Dr. Giray.

The sheer volume of Bernstein’s catalogue of compositions is something to marvel at, and will presumably stand the test of time, as it already has for more than half a century.

 

Possible Increase In Cost of Living Through New Proposed Ordinance

The seemingly ever-increasing cost of living in Oxford may be rising yet again due to a proposed ordinance that will require townhouse residents to have “automatic fire sprinkling systems.”

Section R313 in the proposed ordinance reads, “Townhouse automatic fire sprinkler systems. An automatic fire sprinkler system shall be optional and not mandatory in townhouses.”

Jason Bailey, Alderman of Ward VI, immediately took issue with it, pointing out the burden it will put on the homeowners in Oxford who are already struggling with the rising cost of living.

“Y’all realize every time we do this, the ability to provide affordable housing in this town gets less and less,” said Alderman Bailey. “Every time we require sprinkler systems or things like that, it gets put back on the consumer.”

City Building Official, Randy Barber, who delivered the ordinance to the Aldermen didn’t show full support in Alderman Bailey’s discontent with the article on the ordinance, but agreed that they could try and work towards a compromise on the section of the article.

The previous draft of the ordinance had the automatic fire sprinkling systems as optional, but the update on it has flipped the position. 

“One- and two-family dwellings automatic residential fire sprinkler systems. An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall be optional and not mandatory in one- and two family dwellings,” stated in section 313.2 of the ordinance.

“I have a lot of experience with sprinkler systems and if you require sprinkler systems, I think you ought to require them to be insulated properly,” said Alderman Bailey.

Also, according to the ordinance, the installation and design of the sprinkler systems must be in accordance with NFPA 13D.

Mayor Robyn Tannehill had a few concerns with how the insulation would be regulated, but said that “this is not my area of expertise.” Mayor Tannehill posed questions to Barber about the specifications of the insulation, but specifics were not resolved during the meeting.

Alderman John Morgan noted that this is only the first reading of the ordinance, needing a total of three readings with updates before the ordinance can be passed and possibly enacted. 

Final Project Pitch

The debate on guns in America has always been heated and controversial, but the past few years and school shootings have divided the country on the language of the second amendment. Although this is a two-sided debate, people are for and against the second amendment in several places. Even some gun owners want there to be increased gun control, and there is a multitude of people that want guns abolished all together. The issue with this debate, and every other topic of discussion in America right now, is that neither sides will listen to each other and their points of view. Most people only listen to what they want to hear, and degrade the opposing viewpoints by any means possible. It is not a healthy way to solve a problem, and this problem is not going away any time soon.

When Hillary Clinton was thought to be elected, many gun owners went out and bought ammo in mass proportions in fear of their rights being infringed upon. It is a fear on both sides of this debate that drives it, and the fears are completely understandable when explained rationally from either side.
A couple of weeks ago, three cops were shot and killed in one weekend in Mississippi, although it is unclear whether the guns were legally obtained or not. The answer to the debate is unclear, but until those debating listen to each other, a compromise will not be met with open hands.
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The end of the article offered the most important part about his election chances, and that is that when he is in Washington D.C. he will have to be partisan towards his party. As moderate as he may be in Mississippi, he will still have to vote Democrat on policy issues. That is where the Mississippi voters will take issue with his election.

As his message says, it’s time to change the narrative and stop the defamation on the outlook of the state. He may be right that his election will not be held back by racist voters but by his party, that being said, acknowledging the other side in a new light will not win him the election on his own. His heart seems to be in the right place, and Nicholas Fandos did a good job as portraying him as a good career politician through his writing, but he still will have a tough time cutting through the tradition of voting in Mississippi. There are a myriad of issues those running for office can focus on about Mississippi, and his key points may be the ones that appeal to the moderate voters who would normally go right in this state.

Rock Music’s “Modern Saviors,” Greta Van Fleet, Release Debut Album

Greta Van Fleet, the band who has been branded as rock music’s modern saviors, released arguably the most highly anticipated debut rock album in decades — “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” — last friday. The album kicks off with a six-minute tune titled, “The Age of Man” that, in a way, reflects “The Dawn of Man” sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 space epic, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The sound is tranquil and ominous, but eventually leads into the band’s trademark bluesy riffs and blasting vocals that fans fell in love with the first time they heard “Highway Tune” from Greta’s incredible debut EP, “From the Fires.”

Although “From the Fires” produced more hits for the four boys from Frankenmuth, Michigan, than most artists can only dream of, it also set them up to be held to a higher standard than any band in recent memory. Hard-rocking hippies and die-hard rock fans may permanently place “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” on their favorite playlist, but the album doesn’t always live up to expectations throughout all 11 tracks.

“The Cold Wind” and “When the Curtain Falls” are the album’s hardest-hitting — straight rock tracks that take clear inspiration from an ever-so-familiar sounding group from the ‘70’s. This horse has been bludgeoned to death several times over, but similarities to Led Zeppelin are impossible to ignore when listening to the songwriting duo of Jake and Josh Kiszka. “The Cold Wind” and “When the Curtain Falls” rhythmically and vocally truly capture the essence of Led Zeppelin’s monumental sound. That being said, they are not as catchy as Zeppelin’s classic hits.

Of the softer tunes from the album, “You’re the One” clearly sits above “The New Day” and “Anthem.” “You’re the One” may be the catchiest song on the album, and has a great acoustic guitar on it that feels like a hippie soundtrack to a time of free love and loosened inhibitions.  “Anthem” is the one song on the album that drones on as background music and can be difficult to get through without being tempted to skip to the last epic track, “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)”.

This is an album with four tracks that should be remembered in the band’s overall discography. “The Cold Wind,” “When the Curtain Falls,” “You’re the One,” and “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)” are all great rock n’ roll tracks that match the quality of the “From the Fires” EP.

“The Cold Wind”, shoots straight at you with a staccato riff followed up by a classic Josh Kiszka high-pitched shout and into a free flowing melody highlighted by Josh’s Robert Plant-esq rasp. The chorus is not as catchy as the verse melody, but it provides a needed lapse in the energy until the riff cuts right back in.

The lead single of the album, “When the Curtain Falls,” includes Jake Kiszka’s best riff since the opening track off their EP, “Safari Song.” Josh Kiszka takes care of the rest of the song writing cheeky lyrics of a modern Hollywood lifestyle. The youngest brother, Sam Kiszka, has his most memorable bass line yet that is so catchy you can sing along to it alone.

“You’re the One,” is not Josh Kiszka’s best lyrical performance and does not follow the fairy-telling feeling that his lyric’s typically evoke, but it is definitely his best chorus melody on an acoustic track, with the one exception being the epic “Flower Power” on “From the Fires.” Drummer Danny Wagner does not get enough credit in the band of three brothers, but he does a great job lifting the feeling of “You’re the One” from a slow acoustic tune into a powerful outro jam. It can be easy for a drummer to get overzealous on an acoustic track, but Wagner does a great job of playing for the song and not himself.

The six-minute “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer),” is a constant rocker that comes alive on all fronts after the pounding intro is dropped out from under the listeners ears and is replaced by the open chorus, where Josh Kiszka simply screams the song title with intermittent musical accompaniment. It is a solid jam that might hold Jake Kiszka’s best solo’s yet in Greta Van Fleet’s limited discography.

The remaining six tracks, excluding the abridged version of “Lover, Leaver,” leave something more to be desired. Each song has bright spots, but “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” is just shy of the legendary album that it could be. However, it needs to be taken into account that Greta Van Fleet is comprised of four kids whose songwriting abilities will presumably grow with their fame. “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” is a good album, in fact, it is one of the better debut albums to be released. The band is on an undeniable trajectory for rock n’ roll glory, that is aided by the masses who are rooting for Greta Van Fleet to bring back the visceral feeling and authenticity that rock n’ roll once soaked in.

What Works: Week 9

Turkey’s President Vows to Detail Khashoggi Death ‘in Full Nakedness’

The New York Times article published this morning and written by David Kirkpatrick was a good in-depth look at the biggest news story of the past few weeks. Now that the truth is out, that Khashoggi was killed while under the jurisdiction of the Saudi’s, Turkey’s President, Erdogan, has claimed that he will be releasing details about the event if the Saudi’s do not quickly release the full truth themselves.

The political backdrop of Turkey and Saudi Arabia has several layers, as all political issues do, that is causing this to be a bigger murder than it would be in another country. Kirkpatrick stated in the article, Khashoggi is not a  Turkish citizen, so by nature it is not a Turkish problem, however, Erdogan was personal friends with Khashoggi.

Kirkpatrick did a good job of illustrating what has happened thus far, with the Saudi government contradicting each previous story they gave every time they come out with new information. As well as detailing the events that have occurred this far, Kirkpatrick laid out the reasons for the Saudi’s and the Turkish government’s issues with each other.

Apparently, Erdogan and his government believe that it was the United Arab Emirates that attempted to enact a coup against President Erdogan in 2016. The climate is fierce in the region right now, and Kirkpatrick brought up the point that it is the biggest single event in the area since the Arab Spring revolutions.

Khashoggi’s murder story could be potentially blown off the roof on Tuesday  where Erdogan plans to unveil all the details. However, Kirkpatrick noted that there could be numerous ways this could be worked out under the table and potentially aid both sides in the end.

7th Annual Harvest Supper at Rowan Oak Will Use New Online Auction

The 7th Annual Harvest Supper fundraiser at Rowan Oak will be held this Thursday with guests and performers alike supporting the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses.

Rowan Oak will be hosting around 550 guests that bought tickets before they became available for public purchase. 

“This time for the first year we actually sold out our tickets to sponsors so we don’t have have left to sell. So most of our money this year is coming from sponsors,” said Kate Wallace, Museum Membership, Events, & Communication Coordinator.

However, the money doesn’t stop coming in after the ticket purchases. Friends of the Museum is hoping for another $40-$50,000 to be raised during the online silent auction this year.

“This year instead of a live auction we are doing an online and silent auction, and it is the first year we’ve done that. It will be with all local and regional artists,” Wallace said.

Hosted by the volunteer organization, Friends of the Museum, the event has always been proud to keep the lineage of performers, artists, and chefs local during the annual event.

“We tell Friends (Friends of the Museum) what we need funding for and they’re able to use the money to support projects, activities, and our jobs in general,” Wallace said.

Rowan Oak and the Bailey’s Woods Trail have been one of the main attractions in Oxford for decades, and the Harvest Supper fundraiser is the main supporter of the Universities museum sites.

“The historic houses are all apart of the museum complex, so once we pay off the event and everything, the money will come back to the museum,” Wallace said.

The UM Museum has been named on several blogs and publications as one of the premier University museums throughout the entire country. Associated with the museum and the venue for the event is the famed home of William Faulkner, named Rowan Oak, which was acquired by the University from Faulkner’s daughter in 1972.

“Harvest Supper was started with the idea that we celebrate the artists,” Wallace said.

A few of the artists celebrating Oxford’s history and auctioning off their pieces include Jonathan Kent Adams, who graduated from Ole Miss in 2014 and currently works and lives in Oxford, Ashleigh Coleman, whose “work explores the complexities of family life, her relationship to the landscape, and what it means to be southern,” according to her website, and John Haltom, who was the youngest member to be admitted to the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild.

The music performers during this years event will be The University of Mississippi Steel Drum Band and Young Valley, who describes themselves on their website as a band that “offers points of view from songwriters Zach Lovett, Dylan Lovett, and Spencer Thomas with a trading of styles from traditional country to southern-tinged rock ‘n roll.” The food will be provided by A&N Catering and Elizabeth Heiskell who also catered the 2017 Harvest Supper event.

The grounds to Rowan Oak will be open to the night’s guests at 6:30 and begin a night of celebration of the storied past artists in Oxford’s history, along with the current thriving art scene.

What Works: Week 8

M.I.T. Plans College for Articial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion

The article, for the New York Times, by Steve Lohr, is about the new college to be added at M.I.T. next year to embrace the ever growing world of artificial intelligence. By 2022, the school has plans  to move into it’s own buildings that will don the name of Stephen A. Schwarzman, the principal donator.

The new college will create dozens of new faculty positions that will be focusing on students that the president of M.I.T., L. Rafael Reif, refers to as “bilinguals”.

By bilinguals, Reif defines them “as people in fields like biology, chemistry, politics, history and linguistics who are also skilled in the techniques of modern computing that can be applied to them.” The two avenues of discipline that will be participating in the new college also means that the staff will come from separate schools within M.I.T. and will be changing ways of promotion throughout higher education.

The article did a good job of illustrating the creation of the college and the beginning of its inception, that began from conversations with Schwarzman and Reif.

Schwarzman recognized years ago that artificial intelligence was going to be one of the chief focuses of the technologies that would be further advancing the future. M.I.T. was fully focused on getting ahead of the curve and being proactive about harnessing A.I. technology and getting their students to be on the forefront of innovation.