The Countdown to Fisher Follies Auction

Last Friday evening, all graduate students at the Fisher College of Business united at the Blackwell and eat, drink and BID.

Bid on what, you ask?

A wine night with Professor Anand,  bowling with Ankerman, a thirty minute flight with a first-year MBA pilot, a ride in a 1967 Chevekke SS 396, brownies, A clippers game, a scrumptious cake, coffee for a week, a trip to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and more. This event is put on by the student organization, Fisher Follies, and all proceeds to to members of the Fisher community who face unexpected hard times.

A quick peek of what’s to come…


This was my first auction, and I was SO EXCITED for the auction. It was a great way to bond with my Fisher classmates, but also to take a break from classes and finals. Fisher Follies is another way get to know my Fisher family even better. It’s a way for professors, faculty and students to relax outside of the classroom and get to know one another.

Want to know what incredible prize will be mine or who wins the BBQ with Dr. Inks and Rucci? I’ll let you know in the next post!

See you soon!

Still want more of Follies? Great news – it lasts ALL YEAR. The 2013 Fisher Follies Variety Show is on April 19 – I know that we have some incredible talent in Gerlach Hall that is ready to be on stage!

Intramural Flag Football with Helmer’s Heroes


Team photo following our playoff victory

While working in the Graduate Programs Office earlier this semester, one of the student ambassadors came up with idea to start a co-ed flag football team made up of ambassadors from the various programs (MBA, MAcc, MLHR, and SMF).  As the idea caught on, Jennifer Jones and Tara Bailey signed us up and put together our team for the league.  Our team name was Helmer’s Heroes, named after the beloved dog of Rob Chabot, our boss in recruiting and admissions.

Helmer, the team mascot and namesake

Going into the first game, there was a lot of uncertainty as to how good we were as a flag football team.  While we were a predominantly inexperienced group when it came to flag football, we had a highly competitive group and even a few former college athletes, so we thought we had a good chance of being successful.

Our season got off to a great start as we assembled a solid team for the first game.  We won sixty-something (I don’t remember exactly) to zero, with the opposing team only gaining a few first-downs throughout the game.  We poured it on with an Urban Meyer offensive philosophy of scoring touchdown after touchdown without letting up.  We quickly learned the key to having a successful co-ed flag football team, which is to have girls that can carry your team.  Girls are crucial to the success of the team because you cannot make back-to-back passes from guy-to-guy.  Furthermore, touchdowns involving a girl were worth 9 points as opposed to 6.  We took advantage of these rules as we had several girls that could run, catch, and throw, allowing us to score several touchdowns worth more than the usual 6 points.

When the second game came around, we only won 16-15, largely due to the fact that we played the first half short-handed with only 7 players (each team plays with 8 – four guys and four girls).  With our busy schedules, it became apparent that the only way we could lose is if we beat ourselves – most likely due to a lack of attendance.  This became even more evident during our third game when we only had 6 players.  We struggled to cover the extra bodies on defense and, on offense, failed to get much going given our depleted roster.  As a result, we lost the game by 2 or 3 touchdowns.

Despite the loss, we made it to the playoffs with a record of 2-1.  We won our first playoff game with a score of 30-10 on a cold Thursday night.  We had a solid showing of 10 people, leading to a great team victory.  Our second playoff game was postponed due to weather and was rescheduled at an inopportune time – 5:30 on a Wednesday night, which conflicted with the evening classes of several of our team members.  Unfortunately, we did not have enough players to play and had to forfeit the game and the remainder of our season, leaving us to wonder what could have been if we had a full roster for all of our playoff games.

I had a lot of fun playing in the flag football league and was disappointed to see the season come to a close.   It was a great way to spend time with the other ambassadors outside of the class and work settings and I look forward to the upcoming intramural seasons next semester.

A glimpse at Helmer’s Heroes’ high-powered offense