I’m baaaack …


Hello IMC Land! I feel like I’ve been neglecting you, but I can assure you it hasn’t been without reason. Last week, I launched Operation Hailey Potty Boot Camp, and I’m happy to report that we now have one whole accident-free week under our belts! It turns out that bribery works wonders, as evidenced by the empty packs of M&Ms and stickers all over our house …


I will spare you the other details and photos (yes, there are more photos).

So, according to my calculations, you are now in Week 7 of the summer semester. Almost done!  Hopefully you will be able to squeeze some time in between homework and postings to have a little Independence Day fun this weekend. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July weekend is going to start out on a more somber note for us here in West Virginia as we honor and say farewell to our late Senator Robert C. Byrd tomorrow. Several of you fellow IMC students are from out of state, and because of that you might not be particularly familiar with Sen. Byrd or what his lifetime of service meant to West Virginia—and WVU. A few years ago, before Hailey was born, I worked in the public relations department of the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. In the years that I worked there, I can recall several projects on our campus alone that were funded with the help of Sen. Byrd. I understand the criticism of many that West Virginia has received more than its fair share of pork over the years due to Sen. Byrd’s powerful influence in the Senate. But I will tell you that I know a great deal of people who wouldn’t have the jobs they do now had it not been for Sen. Byrd. West Virginians lost one of the best friends they’ve ever had this week—someone who dedicated his entire life to this state— and he will be missed.

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