The Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds was welcomed to Dublin on Thursday 6 September by Irish Minister for Education Richard Bruton, T.D. to reinforce the close relationship between the two countries and discuss the challenges that lie ahead.Secretary of State Hinds and Minister Bruton discussed the common challenges facing both countries’ education and training systems in a rapidly changing world.Both reiterated their commitment to maintaining the Common Travel Area, which, amongst other things, ensures reciprocal rights to access education at all levels for Irish and British citizens in each other’s countries.Minister Bruton and Secretary of State Hinds agreed that their officials will continue to work together to ensure that this access will be maintained after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. They also discussed continuing broader education cooperation.Other topics of discussion included Technological Universities, skills, both countries’ focus on maintaining excellent literacy and numeracy standards, how to ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds are given the best opportunity to fulfil their full potential – as well as the importance of integrating new technology in teaching to benefit both pupils and teachers.
The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters posted a 4-1 win against The Franklin County Lady Wildcats.Season: 13-0Next: East Central (5/2)Courtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.
If you were to pick one person as the face of college basketball, who would it be?John Wooden? The legendary UCLA head coach led the Bruins to 10 national championships, including seven in a row. Yet, he’s still not the man.Dean Smith? He currently holds the record for most victories by a Division I head coach after 36 years of leading the North Carolina Tar Heels, including two national titles. However, he is also not college basketball’s No. 1 idol.Bobby Knight? “The General” needs just three more wins to surpass Smith on the all-time list so he may soon embody college basketball, but not quite yet.The answer is none other than Dickie V., baby!Sure, Vitale didn’t make his mark on the game as a player or coach, but for the past 27 years he has provided some of the most entertaining analysis when it comes to college basketball.It all started with a Badger basketball game as Vitale called ESPN’s first NCAA basketball broadcast on Dec. 5, 1979, when Wisconsin played at DePaul. Since then, Dickie V.’s gone on to call a thousand or so games and has created some of the most memorable catch phrases, half of which end in “baby!”Awesome, baby!Get a TO, baby!He’s a PTP’er!There’s an M&M’er!That kid’s a Rolls Roycer!He’s a Surf and Turfer, baby!It’s Maalox Time!He’s playing like Mr. Pac-Man, baby!Eat a Wilson Sandwich, baby!Slam-jam, baby!I don’t even know what half of them mean, but I still love the guy.Even if you find Dickie V. annoying and obnoxious, you can’t deny the passion and attention he brings to the game.This Saturday, Vitale will bring all of his catchphrases and his love for the game to the Kohl Center as No. 7 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Pittsburgh, making it just that much better of a game to either attend or watch on TV.The last time Dickie V. was in town, the Badgers were deadlocked in a huge regular season game against the top-ranked Illinois Illini two years ago. Vitale went nuts, jumping in the Grateful Red section while yelling his head off as usual.This year, Wisconsin’s basketball team will be in just as big of a game. While it may not have the same implications as the Illinois game did, it will be rather telling of where the Badgers stand before the Big Ten season gets underway.Win or lose, though, you know it’s going to be an exciting game — just because of Dickie V. Just imagine the commentary he’s going to provide:Alando Tucker with the dipsy-doo dunkeroo!Jason Bohannon for three! There’s the Badgers’ diaper dandy, baby!Look at the polar bear, Brian Butch — he’s an all-Windex performer, baby!Vitale may be a goofball, but he’s never, ever boring.But while Dickie V. is primarily known for his broadcasting, his accomplishments on the court shouldn’t be overlooked — even though they undoubtedly are.Vitale’s roots in the game of basketball go way back. After college, he worked his way up through the high school ranks. Vitale coached East Rutherford (N.J.) High School to two consecutive state championships before earning an assistant job at Rutgers in 1970.After three years of helping out the Scarlet Knights, Vitale soon landed a head coaching job for Detroit in ’73. In the motor city, Dickie V. compiled an impressive winning percentage of .722 (78-30) before moving his way up to coaching Detroit’s professional team, the Pistons.Not surprising, Vitale and the professional game just didn’t mix. Considering his love and passion for the college game, it comes as a shock to see he even coached at the professional level.Vitale’s tenure in the NBA didn’t last long, but it turned out to be for the best. Right after the Pistons fired him following a 30-52 record in the 1978-79 season and a 4-8 start to the 1979-80 season, ESPN snatched him up to do color commentating for college basketball.The rest is history.If anybody defines college basketball, it’d be Dickie V. I mean, he’s not called “Mr. College Basketball” for nothing, baby!Michael is a senior double-majoring in journalism and communication arts. Send your favorite Dickie V. line to him at [email protected]