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    Mater Dei deposition highlights shameful and callous football hazing response
    LINK: https://archive.ph/1IT7l
    BY BILL PLASCHKE
    APRIL 27, 2022 8:27 PM PT

    “I don’t have time to do that s—.”

    According to a sworn statement by former Mater Dei athletic director Amanda Waters, that was the response of football coach Bruce Rollinson when she asked him to monitor the school’s locker room.

    She asked him because she was worried about reports of hazing. She asked him because inside the locker room she had seen a broken mirror and a sink ripped off the wall. She asked him because she was concerned about the safety of the students.

    She asked him at least 10 times.

    She said his response was always the same.

    “I don’t have time to do that s—.”

    Once again, sadly, predictably, it is clear that Rollinson, Mater Dei and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange just don’t have time to do the right thing.

    Once again, the famed Monarchs football program appears to be a cesspool of arrogance, entitlement and callousness.

    The latest revelations appeared in a transcript of portions of Waters’ deposition contained in lawsuit filed against Mater Dei and the Diocese of Orange on behalf of the family of a player who suffered serious head injuries during a locker room fight in February 2021.

    In videos viewed by The Times, the injured player was repeatedly punched in the face by a much larger player as part of a team ritual known as, “Bodies.” The fight, which began with a challenge the injured player said he felt he could not refuse, was accompanied by teammates encouraging the blows while chanting racial epithets. The lawsuit claims the school attempted to cover up the beating, which left the player with a traumatic brain injury, a broken nose and gashes over both eyes.

    When the lawsuit became public in November, Mater Dei president Father Walter Jenkins hired an outside law firm to investigate the school’s safety practices. But a month later, Jenkins resigned and was replaced by Michael Brennan, who promptly clarified the probe, saying in a statement, “This is an assessment of Mater Dei’s culture and not a further investigation of the incident.”

    The assessment in the deposition given last month by Waters is that Mater Dei will aggressively sacrifice student safety for the sake of its image.

    Reading excerpts from the disturbing transcript only reinforces the amazement that Mater Dei principal Frances Clare and Rollinson have not yet been fired, this perhaps being a testament to this season’s mythical national championship and three state championships in the last five years.

    The Catholic school has turned a cliché into its gospel; it’s a place where winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

    “This type of misconduct will only change if Mater Dei puts the interests of its students first,” said Brian Williams of Greenberg Gross, the firm representing the injured player. “An institution is only as good as the people running it. This family, who entrusted Mater Dei with the safety of their child, deserved better.”

    Mater Dei defiantly responded to Waters’ deposition in an open letter Wednesday, attacking the former athletic director’s statements delivered under oath.

    “Much of her testimony is without merit,” the letter read. “Incidents and scenarios she relayed are fabricated and contradicted by objective evidence, including security footage, cell phone records, text messages and e-mails. Some of her testimony is even contradicted by the sworn testimony given by the plaintiff himself.”

    The statement included a vote of confidence for Rollinson, saying, “Coach Bruce Rollinson has faithfully served thousands of Mater Dei students and families for decades, exemplifying the principles of honor, glory and love.”

    The statement also supported former vice principal Geri Campeau, who is mentioned often in the deposition, stating, “Geri Campeau brought tremendous value to Mater Dei over the past 30 years as an educator, administrator, mentor, friend and catalyst for change.”

    The deposition, however, tells a different story.

    Waters, a well-respected administrator with a reputation for consistently enforcing rules, was athletic director for less than a year before leaving the school a month after the incident in part because of the school’s handling of the altercation.

    “Everything from … when [the beaten player] walked out of the locker room to the silence after was handled wrong,” Waters said.

    She said after becoming athletic director, Campeau informed her that she would not oversee the football program, which allegedly operates under a special set of rules.

    “I had to drink the Kool-Aid first,” she said.

    During two chilling winter days in 2021, drinking that Kool-Aid meant ignoring the plight of a student badly wounded by a potentially deadly game.

    On the afternoon of Feb. 4, Waters testified she saw the injured player shortly after the fight and suggested to Campeau that they check with trainer Kevin Anderson and call an “ambulance.”

    “He walked down the steps and he had two gashes over his eyes … he’s got a clear head injury … can we talk to Kevin and see what Kevin says?” she testified about her conversation with Campeau.

    She said Campeau had words with Anderson, who then stopped treating the injured student. Campeau then ordered Waters to leave.

    “She told me to stop talking about it and get to my office,” Waters testified.

    The morning after the incident, she said she visited Rollinson’s office to discuss the fight. He confirmed he was aware of the hazing ritual, using the same words the injured player’s father recounted in the lawsuit.

    “He said, ‘If I had a dollar for every time these kids played “Bodies,” I’d be a millionaire,’ ” Waters said. .

    She said Rollinson was “agitated” that she wanted to talk about the fight and made it clear the conversation was over.

    “He didn’t like to be challenged,” she said. “When he says what he says and he’s done talking about it, he will make it very clear he’s done talking about it.”

    Waters testified that after she returned to her office that morning, she was visited by Campeau, who was “very heated” and warned her to keep her mouth shut.

    “She shut the door and started yelling at me about how I need to stop asking questions … I need not to go down and talk to Bruce about this anymore, ever again,” Waters testified.

    She said Campeau told her, “They were handling it on their end and to not touch it.”

    That same morning Waters testified she asked Anderson, the trainer, why he did not call 911 to tend to the injured player.

    “He told me that Geri [Campeau] told him not to call 911,” she said.

    Waters is now athletic director at St. Andrew’s School in Savannah, Ga. Campeau has left Mater Dei for a job at Apple and was unavailable for comment.

    The hazing incident ended as awfully as it began, as Mater Dei seemed to eventually blame the injured student, allegedly attempting to block him from playing football for another school.

    Waters testified that after she had filled out all the California Interscholastic Federation paperwork shortly after the fight, she was scolded for approving his transfer.

    “They were very upset that I hadn’t brought to their attention that this transfer had come through because there was disciplinary action against the student and I filled out the paperwork wrong and they had to go into CIF and change it because people just don’t leave Mater Dei that easy,” she testified.

    People just don’t leave Mater Dei that easy.

    Sounds more like a gang than a Catholic high school.

    Acts like one, too.

    #2
    Mother of God!

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      #3
      Yea…Basically the Baylor culture but high school hazing/fighting instead of college girl raping.

      Send a copy of the article to the Pope, he’ll take care of it.

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        #4
        Well at least they weren't shoving things up each others' buttholes.

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          #5
          Originally posted by EatLeadCommie View Post
          Well at least they weren't shoving things up each others' buttholes.
          Based on the church MO…..Maybe.

          What we know is there has not yet been any reporting of anyone shoving things up each other’s buttholes.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Me And My Butt View Post
            Send a copy of the article to the Pope, he’ll take care of it.
            Pope has a live feed to the locker rooms and showers. He is aware.

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              #7
              Scanning CA HS football casually for a few years it looks like the portal has been going on there continuously in FB and Basketball. Players move from school to school with no penalties to anyone.
              Recruitment is crazy in both private and pubic schools.
              Assume the private religious and non both offer free tuitions to athletes they want to poach.

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                #8
                Originally posted by 61Sooner View Post
                Scanning CA HS football casually for a few years it looks like the portal has been going on there continuously in FB and Basketball. Players move from school to school with no penalties to anyone.
                Recruitment is crazy in both private and public schools.
                Assume the private religious and non both offer free tuition to athletes they want to poach.
                My relatives in San Mateo and Santa Monica tell me similar things. I've got nephews and nieces out there, and the stories I hear are pretty dramatic.

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                  #9
                  Strange they care so much about high school football when they could not care less about their college football, based on the very few fans who turn out to every game.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by 61Sooner View Post
                    Scanning CA HS football casually for a few years it looks like the portal has been going on there continuously in FB and Basketball. Players move from school to school with no penalties to anyone.
                    Recruitment is crazy in both private and pubic schools.
                    Assume the private religious and non both offer free tuitions to athletes they want to poach.
                    It is kind of interesting that all these guys come from private schools these days. I can remember when places like Crenshaw, Dorsey High and Manuel Arts put out both the best football players and the best gangstas.

                    I suppose it's no different than how all the best Tulsa players seem find their way to BTW or the burb schools some how.

                    Despite the corruption it is probably good that these promising athletes get out of those inner city schools.

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                      #11
                      Player going to places like MD, Servite, then can't graduate because they refuse to take the required religion classes.

                      Transfer last semester out to a public school, walla, graduate.

                      Recruiting, for a long time, was really only a private school thing. Poaching kids because transfer rules in public schools were strict. Once public schools relaxed restrictions, floodgates opened.

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                        #12
                        Mater Dei? Is that a school that trains kids to be head waiters at fancy schmancy restaurants?

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                          #13
                          LOL! “…mythical national championship…” That’s precious, but if the author’s bias wasn’t already obvious, well…

                          The defendants claim that objective evidence will impeach the witness and the plaintiff. That is why we have a judicial system.

                          If they fail, however, and the complaints are found to have merit the bishop should suspend the football program for a minimum of five years. Make the coach teach remedial reading classes all day or quit.

                          I’m old, but when I was in school (public high school) we had our share of fights and batteries, but the racial epithets were few and far between. You see, everyone knew that if you uttered the N word the consequences would be painful - no excuses.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Colonel O’Truth View Post
                            Mater Dei? Is that a school that trains kids to be head waiters at fancy schmancy restaurants?
                            ZING!!!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by soonergrad View Post
                              Strange they care so much about high school football when they could not care less about their college football, based on the very few fans who turn out to every game.
                              It's a small % of the overall population, with a vested interest (their kids) in the outcome. School and team pride are a small part of it, IMO, but the main focus is on getting kids into college on a scholarship.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Ruprecht View Post

                                It is kind of interesting that all these guys come from private schools these days. I can remember when places like Crenshaw, Dorsey High and Manuel Arts put out both the best football players and the best gangstas.

                                I suppose it's no different than how all the best Tulsa players seem find their way to BTW or the burb schools some how.

                                Despite the corruption it is probably good that these promising athletes get out of those inner city schools.
                                Not football, but I heard a story the other day about a juco baseball team in Kansas, religious school, that spiked their opponents' water with paint thinner. Yikes!

                                They still got their ass beat.

                                Police investigating allegations college baseball team was poisoned with paint thinner
                                Live Free or Die!

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Stinger_1066 View Post

                                  Not football, but I heard a story the other day about a juco baseball team in Kansas, religious school, that spiked their opponents' water with paint thinner. Yikes!

                                  They still got their ass beat.

                                  Jeezus. Strong allegation.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by RockFlagandEagle View Post

                                    Jeezus. Strong allegation.
                                    Turns out to have been not the school or players. Local kids.

                                    https://www.kansas.com/sports/article260863922.html

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Stinger_1066 View Post

                                      Not football, but I heard a story the other day about a juco baseball team in Kansas, religious school, that spiked their opponents' water with paint thinner. Yikes!

                                      They still got their ass beat.

                                      That was Bethany, KS who did that. Bennie Owen's old school.

                                      Funny story about that place. I grew up Lutheran and my lineage is part Swedish. My dad is big on being a Swede and Lindsborg, KS where Bethany is is famous for being a Swedish town with Swedish teams. Bethany's nickname is (the terrible) Swedes. My dad though I should consider going there for college but our minister discouraged me because they were a different branch of the Lutheran Church than our church was. He told me "true Lutherans go to Concordia" (which was the name of all the colleges in the Missouri Synod branch). So after being excited about it for a while I didn't go since it was like committing heresy to our type of church. LOL.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Stinger_1066 View Post

                                        Not football, but I heard a story the other day about a juco baseball team in Kansas, religious school, that spiked their opponents' water with paint thinner. Yikes!

                                        They still got their ass beat.

                                        Damn, 31 runs. We need OUr players jacked on paint thinner.

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                                          #21
                                          Originally posted by Ruprecht View Post

                                          That was Bethany, KS who did that. Bennie Owen's old school.

                                          Funny story about that place. I grew up Lutheran and my lineage is part Swedish. My dad is big on being a Swede and Lindsborg, KS where Bethany is is famous for being a Swedish town with Swedish teams. Bethany's nickname is (the terrible) Swedes. My dad though I should consider going there for college but our minister discouraged me because they were a different branch of the Lutheran Church than our church was. He told me "true Lutherans go to Concordia" (which was the name of all the colleges in the Missouri Synod branch). So after being excited about it for a while I didn't go since it was like committing heresy to our type of church. LOL.
                                          Are you sayin’ Bennie Owens was a heretic?

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                                            #22
                                            Mater Dei has been one of the best football programs in the country and proved it again this year.

                                            They run very close to a university with regard to their athletic program and parents all want their athlete to go there for a shot at D-1.

                                            Some kids just can't cut it and they are just soft. Their "bodies" is much like what okies thump their chest about regarding the "oklahoma drill". This soft kid exaggerated it, as many do when they wash out. This is the OC, not Bixby and if there were racial epithets hurled, they wouldn't get the high quality urban athletes they do.

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                                              #23
                                              Originally posted by Socalisooner View Post
                                              Mater Dei has been one of the best football programs in the country and proved it again this year.

                                              They run very close to a university with regard to their athletic program and parents all want their athlete to go there for a shot at D-1.

                                              Some kids just can't cut it and they are just soft. Their "bodies" is much like what okies thump their chest about regarding the "oklahoma drill". This soft kid exaggerated it, as many do when they wash out. This is the OC, not Bixby and if there were racial epithets hurled, they wouldn't get the high quality urban athletes they do.
                                              Traumatic brain injury is not "soft". I have seen it ruin lives. The people that I know with it would gladly take a run at the Oklahoma drill rather than having to endure the ongoing pain and suffering that they have with a TBI.

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                                                #24
                                                Mater Dei is a Southern California legend for many things, not just football. They have pulled kids out of gang-infested shit holes and given them $40,000 a year scholarships and then a leg up into D1 and the pros. They lift people and families out of poverty.

                                                Hazing happens everywhere, unfortunately

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                                                  #25
                                                  Read the articles about this fiasco. Mater Dei is the high school equivalent of Pedo State and Baylor rapists rolled into 1 scandal with denials from everyone associated with the program including coaches and the church officials who run the school. The school has gotten away with this scandal for years.

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                                                    #26
                                                    Originally posted by TheBoots View Post
                                                    Mater Dei is a Southern California legend for many things, not just football. They have pulled kids out of gang-infested shit holes and given them $40,000 a year scholarships and then a leg up into D1 and the pros. They lift people and families out of poverty.

                                                    Hazing happens everywhere, unfortunately
                                                    I got a bit teary eyed hearing how these magnanimous folks who reach out to poor ethnic kids in an effort to lift them and their families outta poverty. But then I read about the $40K tuition scholarships and realized something. They set the cost for entry at their elite club at that absurd amount for one reason…to keep the riffraff out. Pffffft…$40K per kids means they could generate $800K in a classroom of twenty kids. I doubt they are paying their teachers anywhere near that in salaries. Offering the schollies let’s them pick and choose who they interact with and I bet these hotshots they bring in enhance the net worth of the school more than the actual value of the education they receive. Oh. and thanks for clearing up the misconception about their game “bodies.” I see the similarities it has with the Oklahoma drill. Tackling, with the exception of what goes on at Lincoln Riley practices, occurs everywhere in football. Punching people in the face with bare fists…well not so much. A head football coach who almost certainly teaches no classes and has no other responsibilities beyond coaching football who says he doesn’t have time to monitor what happens in the locker room is lying. If he’s too busy, he can appoint the duty to one of the assistants. He ALLOWS this to happen because it weeds out the weaker kids who came out to participate but can’t actually compete with the scholarship athletes.

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                                                      #27
                                                      Originally posted by Middle Aged Man View Post

                                                      Traumatic brain injury is not "soft". I have seen it ruin lives. The people that I know with it would gladly take a run at the Oklahoma drill rather than having to endure the ongoing pain and suffering that they have with a TBI.
                                                      Remember SoCali is a TBI. So go easy on him.

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                                                        #28
                                                        Originally posted by OUspark View Post
                                                        Remember SoCali is a TBI. So go easy on him.
                                                        Until about 7 years ago, I had no idea what a TBI is, before that people were just "brain damaged" as I understood it. I wasn't trying to slam SoCali, just pointing out for anyone who didn't know that it is serious.

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                                                          #29
                                                          Originally posted by 61Sooner View Post
                                                          Scanning CA HS football casually for a few years it looks like the portal has been going on there continuously in FB and Basketball. Players move from school to school with no penalties to anyone.
                                                          Recruitment is crazy in both private and pubic schools.
                                                          Assume the private religious and non both offer free tuitions to athletes they want to poach.
                                                          shit...I went to Kapaun in Wichita...1980's...early. We had about 6 black kids in school. ALL were athletes, on scholarship

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                                                            #30
                                                            Originally posted by Soonerjeepman View Post

                                                            shit...I went to Kapaun in Wichita...1980's...early. We had about 6 black kids in school. ALL were athletes, on scholarship
                                                            I went to Palo Verde in Tucson in the very early 1970s. There were 2,268 students enrolled my last year there. We had exactly two black kids in the entire school, twins, by name of Leon and Leona Crowe. Their father was a doctor and they were both geniuses. Neither played sports.

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                                                              #31
                                                              Originally posted by Slytherin View Post

                                                              I went to Palo Verde in Tucson in the very early 1970s. There were 2,268 students enrolled my last year there. We had exactly two black kids in the entire school, twins, by name of Leon and Leona Crowe. Their father was a doctor and they were both geniuses. Neither played sports.
                                                              And?

                                                              it was about the Catholic school recruiting and giving these kids scholarships. My parents worked and sacrificed to send us kids.

                                                              Didn’t say the kids were dumb… but whatever

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                                                                #32
                                                                Originally posted by Soonerjeepman View Post
                                                                And?

                                                                it was about the Catholic school recruiting and giving these kids scholarships. My parents worked and sacrificed to send us kids.

                                                                Didn’t say the kids were dumb… but whatever
                                                                And?

                                                                Are you high?

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                                                                  #33
                                                                  Originally posted by Soonerjeepman View Post
                                                                  And?

                                                                  it was about the Catholic school recruiting and giving these kids scholarships. My parents worked and sacrificed to send us kids.
                                                                  And?

                                                                  Good for your parents, good for the school, good for those kids, and good for you.

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                                                                    #34
                                                                    Originally posted by Balko View Post

                                                                    And?

                                                                    Good for your parents, good for the school, good for those kids, and good for you.

                                                                    .

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                                                                      #35

                                                                      Originally posted by Slytherin View Post
                                                                      And?Are you high?
                                                                      Originally posted by Balko View Post
                                                                      And?
                                                                      Littering and, littering and...

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                                                                        #36
                                                                        Originally posted by Slytherin View Post

                                                                        I went to Palo Verde in Tucson in the very early 1970s. There were 2,268 students enrolled my last year there. We had exactly two black kids in the entire school, twins, by name of Leon and Leona Crowe. Their father was a doctor and they were both geniuses. Neither played sports.
                                                                        I went to Idabel in the mid 80’s and remembering the schools closing down because a riot broke out because some dudes radio was getting stolen and the stealer lost with his life. Anywhoo. Great times, I majored in Bowling and still suck at it.

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                                                                          #37
                                                                          Originally posted by OUrage View Post

                                                                          I went to Idabel in the mid 80’s and remembering the schools closing down because a riot broke out because some dudes radio was getting stolen and the stealer lost with his life. Anywhoo. Great times, I majored in Bowling and still suck at it.
                                                                          They didn't have any riots at Palo Verde until they started the bussing after I was gone. Bussed white kids to Tucson High, and black kids to Palo Verde. Big mistake.

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                                                                            #38
                                                                            Originally posted by Slytherin View Post

                                                                            They didn't have any riots at Palo Verde until they started the bussing after I was gone. Bussed white kids to Tucson High, and black kids to Palo Verde. Big mistake.
                                                                            The good ol days.

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                                                                              #39
                                                                              Originally posted by OUrage View Post

                                                                              The good ol days.
                                                                              As far as riots go, yeah. Forced bussing was unwise, IMO. Forced anything usually is, IMO. I went to a 60/40 black/white middle school. It was a magnet school and every body there applied and wanted to be there. A few issues from time to time, but nothing major. Again, IMO, that was because we all knew what we signed up for, had no problems with it and just got along.

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                                                                                #40
                                                                                Originally posted by OUrage View Post
                                                                                I majored in Bowling and still suck at it.
                                                                                Have you tried using bumpers?

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                                                                                  #41
                                                                                  Well, crap. I didn’t know a bowling major was an option. Oh, well, my life woulda probably ended up in the gutter if I had chosen that.

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                                                                                    #42
                                                                                    Originally posted by Colonel O’Truth View Post
                                                                                    Well, crap. I didn’t know a bowling major was an option. Oh, well, my life woulda probably ended up in the gutter if I had chosen that.
                                                                                    "Sports Administration"

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                                                                                      #43
                                                                                      I got my first undergrad degree in Philosophy. My father told me I'd be able to think deep thoughts about being unemployed.

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                                                                                        #44
                                                                                        Originally posted by Dr. X View Post
                                                                                        I got my first undergrad degree in Philosophy. My father told me I'd be able to think deep thoughts about being unemployed.
                                                                                        That's deep.

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                                                                                          #45
                                                                                          Originally posted by RockFlagandEagle View Post

                                                                                          That's deep.
                                                                                          TWSS

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