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"Tony Campana walked into the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse at Wrigley Field at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, excited about his first major league Opening Day," the Des Moines Register reports.

"He was pumped until Cubs manager Dale Sveum called him into his office two hours later.

"By noon he was on a plane for Des Moines and the Iowa Cubs. By 3 p.m., he was taking early batting practice, and four hours later, he was among the stars in a 5-3 Pacific Coast League victory against Round Rock.

"The scrappy left fielder had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base before a crowd announced to be 8,005, the fourth-best Opening Day crowd in Iowa franchise history.

"He wasn't alone in the star department. Brett Jackson had two hits, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole a base, and starting pitcher Randy Wells got the victory."

Not a bad starting lineup for the I-Cubs, either.


The new Cubs may have looked a lot like the old Cubs on the field - Alfonso Soriano gets thrown out trying to steal third to impress his new bosses when there's no godly reason to be going in that situation; Joe Mather follows his manager's bizarre instructions and tries to score on contact from third with the infield drawn in and the ball hit to . . . third; the wild Kerry Wood walks everyone including Bill Murray after barely appearing in spring training because he's so fragile the team didn't want him practicing - but the Ricketts have got the business side of things down. They now operate a souvenir shop across the street from Wrigley Field.

Chicago Way University
In terms of ongoing incompetence, Chicago State University is the academic world's Chicago Cubs - absent anything endearing. The latest from:

"The publicly funded Chicago State University has instructed its faculty and staff that only authorized university representatives can share information with the media and that everything from opinion pieces to social media communications could require prior approval," the Tribune reports.

"Employees who violate the new policy could lose their jobs, according to a copy of the rules obtained by the Tribune."


"In an e-mail sent March 22 to faculty and staff, Sabrina Land, the university's director of marketing and communications, wrote that all communications must be 'strategically deployed' in a way that 'safeguards the reputation, work product and ultimately, the students, of CSU.'"

1. Sabrina Land's LinkedIn page.

2. Sabrina Land's memo.

3. The brand Sabrina Land is trying to protect.


"In response to Tribune questions about the policy, Deborah Douglas, a university spokeswoman, left a voice mail saying: 'We don't comment about internal processes, but I do want you to know that this policy is under review.' Douglas did not respond to follow-up calls."

If it weren't for Sabrina Land, Deborah Douglas would be Today's Worst Person In Chicago.

Rahm's Breakfast Club

CPS Students,

President Obama has invited leaders from over 50 countries to Chicago for a meeting called the NATO Diplomatic Summit. We want you to make a welcome video for those leaders. Tell them in your own words why you love our city. This is your chance to shine as a director!

CPS has partnered with the Chicago NATO Host Committee to announce a creative video contest for CPS elementary and high school students. Students throughout the District will compete to produce the most innovative videos welcoming NATO delegates to Chicago. The videos should showcase the city as well as our students to give the world leaders a true and warm "Chicago welcome."

Winning videos to be featured on the Host Committee website, and distributed through social media. The Chicago NATO Host Committee has graciously donated the prizes including iPods for all the winners. In addition one new 4G iPad will be awarded for a winner drawn at random, a $400 office supplies gift certificate to be shared by teachers of winning students and recognition by CPS and NATO leadership at an event in May.

All I can say is go for it.

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