March 23, 2017

Speaking of March Madness

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Aristotle and Seneca had something to say about genius and madness--and the poor fellows didn't even have the genius that is March Madness to inspire them.

At The Buckley School, there's a bit more madness this March than usual. From our home base in South Carolina, we're cheering not one--but two--Gamecock basketball teams in the Sweet 16. Our director Karen Kalutz and faculty member Katie Pope are Carolina alum. Buckley staff Elise Partin and Alejandro Garcia are adjunct professors at USC. Speaking coach Emily Padgett's husband works with USC sports information.

And then, there's our Jenny Maxwell who is especially excited. She's a mentor with the University of South Carolina women's basketball team, so she's more than a fan. She's watching students she knows personally play their hearts out.

Meanwhile, March Madness also brings a few opportunities to contemplate public speaking. We're always impressed with how South Carolina coach Dawn Staley establishes rapport with her audiences.

But there's more. Here's a clip from University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma that's gone viral. While others noted his comments on attitude, we zeroed in on his observations about body language.

And we're still chuckling at this great example of using descriptive gestures to handle a goofy question, from last March courtesy of Taurean Prince.

Finally, here's a podcast produced by Jenny that describe the ups and downs of her basketball fandom, created recently for a class hosted by the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, S.C.:

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