Thursday, June 27, 2013

Magia Day logo now official logo for Mitakihara Athletics

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Magia Day logo now official logo for Mitakihara Athletics

By Tori Sheng
The Daily Magi
February 14, 2048


The memory of the student-athletes on board Air Canada Flight AC 047 was perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the Mitakihara University Athletic Department to make its move and retire a logo that defined the athletic department for nearly four decades.

The Chibi-Madoka, as it has been affectionately known, was retired at the memorial service for the fallen members of the Mitakihara Family. During that service, the new logo for the athletics teams was unveiled: an abstract version of the university founder and chancellor, Dr. Madoka Kaname, in the form of a cross. 

Formerly the logo for the Magia Day event, the identity was loved so much by the faculty, students, staff, administration, boosters, parents and community that there was a push in 2040 to make this logo the new logo for athletics. The Madoka Crest will remain the secondary logo for the athletic teams.

As she brushed away a tear to say the names of the perished, athletic director Mami Tomoe feels that Mitakihara University has turned a corner in its maturity as a university for all people and for the world.

"These are the types of growing pains that make us stronger and more resilient as a university," Tomoe said at the service, which took place at Mitakihara Stadium. "Magia Day, in the end, never really needed a logo, and this is one that is more professional, more powerful and more compelling. It is reflective, assertive and dignified.

"This logo is known as the Madoka cross because from a distance, it looks like a small cross in rose, pink and white. She looks towards the West, a symbol of where we are in this country. We are the Jewel of the West, as mentioned in one of our fight songs. Alternatively, she is looking down towards the people she is indebted to, a watchful sentinel, the icon of hope that is the reason behind this university's existence and relevance.

"No one on this earth will ever forget the people that perished on that flight. They left this earth as champions, and now head into the heavens on the highest of highs. Their deaths will not have erased their legacy, which is now sealed and celebrated by all us here in Mitakihara Town.

"And so our current identity inspired us all to enjoy the life we live, the life we love, and the life we perpetuate through the ages. This is a logo that speaks far more volumes about teams, our history, our tradition, and the legacy that our Magi and Puella Magi have left and will leave. It is one of strength, one without fear, one with confidence and one that defines success.

"We Mitakiharans are winners by nature. It's in our blood. It's in our veins. And that being said, our logo will ensure that the winning tradition that we have instilled in all of our teams will never falter or change. This reminds us all to not forget that always somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember that person...you are not alone."

Kousaka steps down from coaching Puella Magi women's water polo

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Kousaka steps down from coaching Puella Magi women's water polo

By Tori Sheng
The Daily Magi
February 10, 2048


After 27 seasons, a 700-56 record and 15 NCAA Division I national championships, Honoka Kousaka is stepping down from coaching the Mitakihara Puella Magi women's water polo team, citing personal/family issues. Kousaka, a one-time idol in high school, is a member of the Mitakihara Class of 2017 and began coaching at Madoka in 2021, going on a successful 27-season run.

Kousaka's daughter, Erika Kousaka-Lee, is a four-time letter winner and an assistant coach under her mother for the past four seasons. Kousaka-Lee will succeed Kousaka as head coach effective immediately.

"It's been a long, successful run," said a teary-eyed Kousaka at her final press conference, surrounded by Kousaka-Lee and Kousaka's husband, John Kim-In Lee. "I've had close games, blowouts, drama on the pool, and a lot of fun developing our women that love to play the game of water polo.

"But there comes a point where I have to step aside and let new talent take over the coaching. I have prepped my daughter Erika for this position and have allowed her to immerse herself in running this team. She knows the dynamics and the responsibilities that come with coaching this team, and she is ready to lead.

"Every now and then, I will advice Erika, but I trust that she knows what she wants out of the players and I will be more than happy to watch the games as a fan rather than a coach.

"It's been a blessing for me to have coached the Puella Magi women's water polo team. Everything I did for the past three decades, I did to make this program one of the finest programs in Canada and around the world."

Airplane crash kills 56 members of football team

Airplane crash kills 56 members of football team

By Tori Sheng
The Daily Magi
February 9, 2048


The news broke many hearts across British Columbia and all of Canada. Loved ones embraced each other. Tears were flowing. And all around, there was a collective hush across Mitakihara University. One of the greatest tragedies in all of college football took place this morning at 3:50 p.m. PT. 

Air Canada Flight AC 047, departing Vancouver International Airport for Honolulu International Airport, crashed into the Pacific Ocean due to malfeasance on the part of the pilot. All on board perished, including 56 members of the national champions Mitakihara Magi football team. Not on board were the graduating seniors; junior quarterback Anonymous Anonymous, who declared for the 2048 NFL Draft; junior fullback Red Eilands and sophomore middle linebacker Daiki Asuka III.

Eilands and Asuka have elected to step away from football as a result of this horrific tragedy and focus on their academic pursuits. Asuka is on track to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, while Eilands is one year away from wrapping up his Music major. Both their scholarships will be honored.

"I can't believe this has happened," Eilands said, shaking his head. "I refuse to believe that all of my teammates are dead. I don't know why this has happened, but I just can't play the game of football anymore. This event has told me that I need to focus on being a musician and follow the footsteps of my father. Truly, this is something I can't begin to explain."

"I was right to stay on campus and be with my wife Maika," Asuka said, his significant other visible shaken and in tears. "I don't know why they chose to fly to Hawai'i to celebrate Reading Break. It's not something I recommend, and all I can conclude is...they're now in a better place. My heart goes out to the families of the teammates who have died today."

In addition, the recruits who were signed by Mitakihara have elected to backtrack on their signings and play for schools in the NCAA Division II, meaning that Mitakihara will have to build a team from scratch heading into the 2048 season.

"Boy, it is never a good idea to see this news happen; it's horrible to see my players perish in a catastrophic crash," Coach Kaname said, rubbing his head, visibly stressed in a press conference at Hakurei Centre. "You know, to me, life is a precious thing that can never, ever be wasted. You spend every minute, every hour, every day wondering if it is your last.

"So you have to take advantage of life. And the players who were on that flight did that. They are heroes to all of us, and I can only conclude that they are in a better place. So I ask the entire Mitakihara Family to pray for the players, the other victims, and their families. This is an especially trying time for this university today."

The U.S. Coast Guard was already on the scene and successfully recovered all of the bodies. They will brought back home to their respective families for burial. A special memorial service will be held at Mitakihara Stadium on February 14, 2048. The service is free and will feature the bands Kazero Wingman and Sons of the Sun. In lieu of flowers, please send cash donations to this address:

Magi Football Trust Fund
c/o Mitakihara University Foundation
1 Madoka Way
Mitakihara Town, BC Canada
V9S 268

New records set at Madoka once again

New records set at Madoka once again

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
January 8, 2048


Following the 77-29 victory for Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi over the Navy Midshipmen in the 2048 BCS National Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La., a number of new records were set at Mitakihara University. The championship is Madoka's 36th all-time, an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision record. All three records involve the winningest coach in college football.

Tatsuya Kaname
Coaching Career - Career Victories 488
Coaching Career - National Titles 36
Coaching Career - Bowl Victories 36

Mitakihara 2047 Season Stats

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Mitakihara win Number 36!

Mitakihara win Number 36!

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
January 7, 2048


Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi football team won their 36th national championship with a 77-29 victory over the Navy Midshipmen at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 282 yards and a two touchdowns while rushing for 226 yards and another score. He was pleased with the team's performance, although they were tested.

"We like to be tested against the best teams in college football and tonight, Navy laid it all on the line but we knew what we had to do," Anonymous said. "We're confident we can do it all over again next season, but we're going to have to work hard and train hard to get it right. I thank the coaches, the fans, the students, and everybody that has supported us this season. This championship is for all of you."

Halfback Cory Jackson ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns while wide receiver Tyler Brown ran for 159 yards and two more scores. Wideout Avery Clark had four receptions for 79 yards and a major while wideout Allen Summers had three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Clark also led the blockers with 28 pancakes, while Summers, left guard David Singleton and center John Miller had 23 each.

Middle linebacker Daiki Asuka III led the defense with 22 tackles. Right outside linebacker J.R. Cooper had 10 tackles and two sacks, defensive tackle Brian Phillips had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks and cornerback Travis Everett had two interceptions.

The Mitakihara Magi conclude the 2047 college football season with a 14-0 record.

New album from Marching Ultimates Coming Out!



New album from Marching Ultimates Coming Out!

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
December 17, 2047


The new album from the Mitakihara Marching Ultimates is called "High Times" and is a collection of the finest music from the Swing Era. Bernie Morse, a junior music major from Moncton, N.B. is the drum major for the Marching Ultimates. He was bursting at the seams when asked about the production of the album.

"High Times is our reflections of the Swing Era," said Morse in an interview at the Madoka Union. "Our great-grandparents were raised in the Swing Era and that was the time of World War II and the rise of the USA and the Soviet Union. We wanted to look back at that time and play our versions of a number of popular songs from that era."

A number of these songs were performed live at the Magi football halftime shows. Production of the album took place in November and December 2047 on-campus. High Times is available on iTunes for $19.99 CAN.

1. Sing, Sing, Sing
2. Take The A Train
3. In The Mood
4. Begin The Beguine
5. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)
6. Stardust
7. Ill Never Smile Again
8. Mack The Knige
9. Chattanooga Choo-Choo
10. String of Pearls
11. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
13. At The Woodchoppers Ball
14. Jumpin' At The Woodside
15. T'Ain't Whatcha Do
16. One O'Clock Jump
17. Flying Home
18. Blues In The Night
19. Tenderly
20. Sentimental Journey
Bonus Track: Sometimes I'm Happy

New album from Mitakihara Glee Club coming out!



New album from Mitakihara Glee Club coming out!

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
December 13, 2047


The new album from the Mitakihara Glee Club is entitled "Fly Westward" and is available on iTunes for $19.99 CAN. This is a collection of covers from hits from the 1980's. The Glee Club, in recent years, has redesigned itself as a pop vocal ensemble, complete with student backing band. While it does do a capella, it is not as emphasized as in recent years, and it prides itself as the premier co-ed student chorus on campus.

"We are pretty excited at the release of our new album," said Glee Club president Amanda Tudor, a soprano that is a junior molecular biology major. "We picked some songs that our parents would listen to incessantly. We found out that the quality of music in the 1980s was far more better than what we have in this era.

"This album took four weeks to produce at M-Town Records, and we have a group of session musicians, all students, performing the backing melodies. In this album we are taking nostalgia to a whole new level. Old is new again with Fly Westward."

Track Listing:

1. Thorn In My Side
2. I Love A Rainy Night
3. Maniac
4. Forever Young
5. Don't You Want Me
6. One More Night
7. Bad Medicine
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday (feat. Mitakihara Ultimate Drumboys)
9. Down Under
10. Addicted To Love
11. Let's Hear It For The Boy
12. Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Glee Club)
13. Rock The Casbah
14. Suedehead
15. Careless Whisper
16. A Good Heart
17. Faithfully
18. Beat It
19. Small Town
20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Bonus Track: Centerfold

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Madoka to face Navy in BCS championship game

Madoka to face Navy in BCS championship game

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
December 7, 2047


Quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 579 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 201 yards and three more scores as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi routed the Colorado State Rams, 110-5. in the 2047 Mountain West Championship Game at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara, B.C. However, in the second quarter, the Magi surrendered their third safety of the season and had to run laps. Luckily, it was just 10.

Still, the head coach was disappointed that failing to protect the quarterback from the blitz continued to be a recurring theme later in the season.

"I really wish our offensive learned to anticipate the blitz and stop letting the defensive line swim past them," Coach Kaname said after the game, shrugging his shoulders. "It's recidivism of the highest order. Good thing they didn't have to run many laps, but giving up safeties is completely unnecessarily.

"But, we defended our conference championship and will look forward to the BCS title game with Navy. I think it will be an exciting showdown: the Air Raid of the Midshipmen against our spread-flex Puella Magi Option. The fans will be in for a show."

Halfback Cory Jackson ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns while wide receiver Tyler Brown ran for 56 yards and a score. Also with a major on the ground was halfback Kyle Ryan. Brown also led the receivers with six catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson had seven receptions for 112 yards, Ryan had four receptions for 50 yards and a score, wideout Avery Clark had four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown and wideout Allen Summers had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to his catches, Clark also led the blockers with 26 pancakes, while Summers had 25. Middle linebacker Daiki Asuka III led the defense with 24 tacklles and a sack, while defensive tackle Kenneth Moore added four sacks on the night. 

Mitakihara improve to 13-0 and will face the Navy Midshipmen in the 2048 BCS National Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The mystique of the Columbine High School massacre

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The mystique of the Columbine High School massacre

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
December 4, 2047


The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County in the State of Colorado. In addition to shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and bombs rigged in cars. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher. They injured 24 additional students, with three other people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide.

Although their motives remain unclear, the personal journals of the perpetrators document that they wished their actions to rival the Oklahoma City bombing. The attack has been referred to by USA Today as a "suicidal attack [which was] planned as a grand – if badly implemented – terrorist bombing." The Columbine High School massacre is the deadliest mass murder committed on an American high school campus, and is noted as one of the first and most serious of a series of high profile spree shootings which have since occurred.

The massacre sparked debate over gun control laws, the availability of firearms within the United States and gun violence involving youths. Much discussion also centered on the nature of high school cliques, subcultures and bullying, in addition to the influence of violent movies and video games in American society. The shooting resulted in an increased emphasis on school security, and a moral panic aimed at goth culture, social outcasts, gun culture, the use of pharmaceutical anti-depressants by teenagers, teenage Internet use and violent video games.

A United States Secret Service study concluded that schools were placing false hope in physical security, when they should be paying more attention to the pre-attack behaviors of students. Zero-tolerance policies and metal detectors "are unlikely to be helpful," the Secret Service researchers found. The researchers focused on questions concerning the reliance on SWAT teams when most attacks are over before police arrive, profiling of students who show warning signs in the absence of a definitive profile, expulsion of students for minor infractions when expulsion is the spark that push some to return to school with a gun, buying software not based on school shooting studies to evaluate threats although killers rarely make direct threats, and reliance on metal detectors and police officers in schools when the shooters often make no effort to conceal their weapons.

In May 2002 the Secret Service published a report that examined 37 US school shootings. They had the following findings:
  • Incidents of targeted violence at school were rarely sudden, impulsive acts.
  • Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker's idea and/or plan to attack.
  • Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack.
  • There is no accurate or useful profile of students who engaged in targeted school violence.
  • Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.
  • Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.
  • Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted, or injured by others prior to the attack.
  • Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack.
  • In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity.
  • Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention.

Since the shooting, "Columbine" or "the Columbine incident" has become a euphemism for a school shooting. Charles Andrew Williams, the Santana High School shooter, reportedly told his friends that he was going to "pull a Columbine," though none of them took him seriously. Many foiled school shooting plots mentioned Columbine and the desire to "outdo Harris and Klebold." Convicted students Brian Draper and Torey Adamcik of Pocatello High School in Idaho, who murdered their classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart, mentioned Harris and Klebold in their homemade videos, and were reportedly planning a "Columbine-like" shooting.

In a self-made video recording posted by Seung-Hui Cho to the news media immediately prior to his committing the Virginia Tech massacre, Seung-Hui refers the Columbine Massacre in an apparent reference to his motivation for his own acts. In the recording, he refers to Klebold and Harris as being "martyrs."

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Scouts sent to check Army-Navy

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The scouts sent to check Navy against Army (left to right): Aya Komichi, Youko Inokuma, Alice Carteret, Shinobu Oomiya and Karen Kujou.

Scouts sent to check Army-Navy

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 26, 2047


Once again, Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi are sending in scouts to check on an opponent that could potentially be their bowl game opponent. The Navy Midshipmen are the only other unbeaten and five young freshmen, accompanied by Magi defensive line coach Buntarou Okabe, are given the role of scouting Navy against the Army Black Knights in the Army-Navy Game.

The scouts are Aya Komichi, Youko Inokuma, Alice Carteret, Shinobu Oomiya and Karen Kujou. All are liberal arts majors. 

"I've never done a scouting mission in my entire life," said Komichi on the flight to Philadelphia. "I think this is an exciting opportunity to visit other places and learn about America."

"Navy are a pretty good team and have a fun offense to watch," said Inokuma. "What's even better is that they are all going to be members of the best military in the world when they graduate."

"I've had a lot of respect over the years for the military of the United States," Carteret said of the scouting mission in Philly. "My father used to be in the British Armed Forces and he has a number of mates who work in the Marines. They often trade different ideas on how to make our world a whole lot safer."

"Coach Okabe told me that this is an opportunity to learn about how teams check different opponents and learn how they operate on offense and defense," Oomiya said. "Every team is different, and every team has unique dimensions and threats on both sides of the ball. This is a chance for us to study Navy's offense and report their key playmakers to the coaches and Coach Kaname."

"I know that Philadelphia is known for having the best cheesesteaks in the world," Kujou said. "I didn't just come here to check on the game, I want to check out the food here. Where are the cheesesteaks?! I want one so badly!!!"

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Madoka wrap up the MWC West once again

Madoka wrap up the MWC West once again

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 23, 2047


Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi wrapped up the West Division in the Mountain West Conference with a 174-10 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns while backup Jimmy Scott ran for 176 yards and four scores.

Wide receiver Michael McCutcheon ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns, halfback Cory Jackson ran for 78 yards and three majors and wide receiver Tyler Brown ran for 41 yards and two scores. Also with a touchdown on the groun were halfback Kyle Ryan and halfback Melvin Rawlins, who also had 114 yards on the ground.

Wide receiver Allen Summers led the receivers with 154 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Bobby Walker added a 65-yard reception for a score. Left guard Lucas Jones, left tackle Darryl Lewis and right guard Lewis Hayes had 20 pancakes each to lead the blockers. Defensive tackle Kris Williams had six sacks to pace the pass rush while left end end Chad Estes added five sacks.

"We have a good feeling that Navy will be our bowl game opponent so we are planning to bring in scouts next week, but that is contingent on them taking care of business this week against Brigham Young," said Coach Kaname. "We have two more games on the schedule and quire honestly, the players know what to do."

Madoka improve to 12-0 for the season.

The Mystique of the Panama-California Exposition

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The Mystique of the Panama-California Exposition

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 19, 2047


The Panama–California Exposition was an exposition held in San Diego, California, between March 9, 1915, and January 1, 1917. The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, and was meant to tout San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing westward through the canal. The fair was held in San Diego's large urban Balboa Park.

Intended to be permanent were the Cabrillo Bridge, the domed-and-towered California State Building and the low-lying Fine Arts Building; the latter are now part of the National Register of Historic Places-listed California Quadrangle. The Botanical Building would protect heat-loving plants, while the Great Organ would assist open air concerts in its Auditorium.

The architecture of the "temporary buildings" was recognized, as Goodhue described, as "being essentially of the fabric of a dream—not to endure but to produce a merely temporary effect. It should provide, after the fashion that stage scenery provides—illusion rather than reality."

The "temporary buildings" were formally and informally set on either side of the wide, tree-lined central avenue. El Prado extended along the axis of the bridge and was lined with trees and streetlights, with the front of most buildings lined with covered arcades or portales. The Prado was intended to become the central path of a great and formally designed public garden. The fair's pathways, pools, and watercourses were supposed to remain while the cleared building sites would become garden. Goodhue emphasized that "only by thus razing all of the Temporary Buildings will San Diego enter upon the heritage that is rightfully hers". However, many of the "temporary" buildings were retained and reused for the 1935 fair. Four of them were demolished and rebuilt in their original style toward the end of the 20th century; they are now called the House of Charm, the House of Hospitality, Casa del Prado and Casa de Balboa, and are included in the National Register of Historic Places-listed El Prado Complex.

William de Leftwich Dodge painted murals at the exposition. Peacock and pheasant wandered through the fair grounds.

One of the main considerations for San Diego leaders concerning the Panama-California Exposition was transportation. In order to service the large number of people that were to attend the Exposition, John D. Spreckels and his San Diego Electric Railway Company (SDERy) began work on streetcars that could handle the traffic of the event as well as the growing population of San Diego. The routes ultimately spanned from Ocean Beach, through Downtown, Mission Hills, Coronado, North Park, Golden Hill, and Kensington, even briefly serving as a link to the U.S.–Mexico border. Today, only three of the original twenty-four Class 1 streetcars remain in existence.

The Exposition's permanent buildings, still standing, include:

  • Botanical Building, one of the largest lath-covered structures then in existence, contained a rare collection of tropical and semitropical plants. It is well back from the Prado behind the long pool, La Laguna de Las Flores.
  • Cabrillo Bridge (completed April 12, 1914)
  • California Bell Tower, completed 1914, 198 feet (60 m) feet tall to the top of the iron weathervane, which is in the form of a Spanish ship; one of the most recognizable sights in San Diego as "San Diego's Icon".
  • California State Building, completed October 2, 1914, which now houses the San Diego Museum of Man. The design was inspired by the church of San Diego in Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi (south side of Fine Arts Building); now the Saint Francis Chapel operated by the Museum of Man.
  • Fine Arts Building (on south side of Plaza of California), now part of the Museum of Man.
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion (dedicated December 31, 1914).

The fair left a permanent mark in San Diego in its development of Balboa Park. Up to that point, the park had been mainly open space. But with the landscaping and building done for the fair the park was permanently transformed and is now a major cultural center, housing many of San Diego's major museums. The exposition also led to the eventual establishment of the now world-famous San Diego Zoo in the park, which grew out of abandoned exotic animal exhibitions from the exposition.

Week 14 2047 Preview

Madoka ground Air Force, 125-39

Madoka ground Air Force, 125-39

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 16, 2047


Tatsuya Kaname led the Mitakihara Magi football team's backups loose, and they ran rampant en route to a convincing 125-39 victory over the Air Force Falcons at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara, B.C. on Magia Day 2047. Quarterback Jimmy Scott passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 384 yards and six more scores.

Halfback Melvin Rawlins rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, halfback Kyle Ryan ran for 114 yards and a scorer and fullback Trey Robinson ran for 987 yards and a major. Also with a touchdown on the ground was wide receiver Michael McCutcheon. Wideout Tyler Brown led the receivers with four teceptions for 153 yards and a touchdown while wideout Ryan Riley had three receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Left guard Lucas Jones and left tackle Darryl Lewis each had 30 pancakes to lead the blockers. Jones did allow one sack. Middle linebacker Nick Alston paced the defense with 25 tackles and two interceptions. Right outside linebacker B.J. Shuler and left end Taylor Owen had two sacks, while cornerback Dave Landry had a couple of picks.

Mitakihara improve to 11-0 and conclude the regular season on the road next week against the San Diego State Aztecs.

Magia Day a bittersweet moment for Eric Jenkins

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Magia Day a bittersweet moment for Eric Jenkins

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 11, 2047


Eric Jenkins looks on from the bleachers at practice, deeply immersed in his own thought process and his own fluctuating sanity. Earlier in the season, the Magi backup quarterback suffered a broken collarbone, ending his playing career as a Magi, and potentially his career playing football.

Jenkins doesn't like to think about the incident because he is not the type of person to be emotional over the events which changed him in a big way.

"I've always tried to be positive and understand that everything I do and everything that happens is for a reason. It's all a process, and there are some things I can't control," said Jenkins, who will be honored with the rest of the seniors at Magia Day 2047 this week at Mitakihara University. The Magi take on the Air Force Falcons. 

"In fact, the injury I suffered caused me to have a happier outlook on life. It caused me to change my thought process and value why I am here, why I am attending this university. I can here because of the energy I get being with the finest students from around the world.

"I had the chancellor visit me bedside when I was recovering from my injury, and I was able to recover significantly. But I can't play the game anymore, even though there might be a chance that I do play it, albeit faint. Dr. Kaname told me to wrap up my degree and get ready to join the workforce and contribute to society.

"This season has allowed me to be a leader and focus on the young players, the bulk of our team. As seniors, we have to set an example for the rest of the team and we motivate them to be accountable for themselves and do the right things. 

"One thing that I was moved by upon my recovery was when I walked back on to the field at Mitakihara Stadium last week, and the fans held up cards with my number and the words 'Eric, You Are Not Alone.' Everybody was holding up a card, smiling in the show. That was the first time I actually got emotional and cried, because I was overwhelmed by the support I received.

"I am healthy enough to run with the team, but I can't throw or utilize much mobility in my neck or arms. Coach Kaname told me that I am leading the team out of the tunnel, and that is going to fire me up more than anything. My teammates are dedicating this season to me and the hard work I did in contributing to our team's success.

"I don't want the Mitakihara Magi to win this game for me, though. I want them to win this for everyone they love. I want them to win it for this university, for this city and for Canada. That's what I want."

Week 13 2047 Preview

Tatsuya Kaname wondering why Madoka still give up safeties

Tatsuya Kaname wondering why Madoka still give up safeties

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 9, 2047


As he watched his Mitakihara Magi football team, now donning their cold-weather track suits, run a staggering 78 laps on the track in the snow following the team's 122-39 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack, head coach Tatsuya Kaname was scratching his head, wondering why his offensive line continued to fail to protect their quarterback and surrender safeties.

"That Jonathan Whitworth is going to be something special," Kaname said, watching the player jog the track. "For a freshman to deliver a safety against us on our home turf...that takes a gift and some guts. I am in disbelief that we allow these linebackers to cheese up the blitz like a bunch of mongs in the trog cycle.

"We plan to address this trend heading into Magia Day next week because this trend of giving up safeties needs to stop."

Quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 299 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 212 yards and five touchdowns. Halfback Cory Jackson ran for 234 yards and four more majors. Wide receiver Avery Clark had seven catches for 187 yards and a score.

Wide receiver Allen Summers, left guard David Singleton and Clark each had 31 pancakes to lead the blockers. Left end CHad Estes led the defense with five sacks while right end Jake Crawford added 3.5 sacks and middle linebacker Daiki Asuka III added 15 tackles.

Mitakihara improve to 10-0 and face the Air Force Falcons next week in Magia Day 2047.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Akari Akaza named new NCAA Compliance Officer

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Akari Akaza named new NCAA Compliance Officer

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 5, 2047


Today, Mitakihara University announced that Assistant NCAA Compliance Officer Akari Akaza was named the new NCAA Compliance Officer for Mitakihara Athletics. Akaza has been an assistant to outgoing compliance officer Ritsuko Akizuki since July 2030 and now gets her turn to ensure that all the Magi and Puella Magi athletes are eligible under NCAA rules.

Akaza holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from Mitakihara as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. A proud mother of two sons and two daughters, born through Madocoit IPS, Akaza will take office effective Jan. 1, 2048.

"I run a very tight ship because I am not someone that likes to be in the background for very long," said Akaza at a press conference at Kaname Hall this morning. "I am not the Akari Akaza of my youth, the type of person that would be shoved aside. I have to take center stage in the athletic department to make sure our players are eligible to compete and win titles.

"My role is very complex because I hear cases where players are on the fringe of not being eligible because they are not cutting it with their grades or they end up accepting more payments and benefits that they should be getting. I've collaborated with Ms. Akizuki on the right solutions to address the issues with our athletes, and they are many.

"I am excited about the opportunity to now take leadership, and I am confident that I will not be in the background to anyone because I can't be. To deliberate ignore my role and my importance to these place is to ignore the privileges our student-athletes have playing for this university.

"Playing for the Magi and Puella Magi of Mitakihara is a privilege, not a right. Only the finest student-athletes from around the world are called to be a part of the family. It's up to me to enforce the policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but in the end, it's up to the student-athletes to abide by the NCAA's policies.

"I thank Ms. Mami Tomoe, Dr. Madoka Kaname, Ms. Homura Akemi, Ms. Sayaka Miki, and all of the wonderful staff at the Athletic Department and the University for giving me this wonderful opportunity to put my experience and leadership to work."

Mitakihara host the Nevada Wolf Pack this week.

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Mitakihara bounce UNLV, 150-54

Mitakihara bounce UNLV, 150-54

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
November 2, 2047


Despite leaving the game at halftime due to an ACL sprain, quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 411 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 21 yards and two more scores as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi rode all over the UNLV Rebels in one massive Pink Cadillac, 150-54, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Scott ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback Red Eilands rushed for 213 yards and three more scores, halfback Kyle Ryan ran for 64 yards and two majors and halfback Cory Jackson ran for 87 yards and a touchdown. 

Wide receiver Avery Clark led the receivers with four catches for 203 yards and three touchdowns while wideout Allen Summers caught five passes for 113 yards and a score. Also with a receiving touchdown were halfback Melvin Rawlins, wideout Rudy Williams, wideout Tyler Brown and wideout Ryan Riley.

Right tackle Adam Wilson led the blockers with 20 pancakes. Middle linebacker Daiki Asuka III led the defense with 22 tackles and a sack. Strong safety Nick Hill and cornerback Mike Walker had two inteceptions each. Free safety Colby Ortiz added 15 tackles.

Madoka improve to 9-0 and return home to host the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The mystique of conference and resort hotels

The mystique of conference and resort hotels

By Jeff Danforth-Manning
The Daily Magi
October 30, 2047


Conference and resort hotels are hotels which often contain full-sized luxury facilities with full-service accommodations and amenities. These hotels may attract both business conferences and vacationing tourists and offer more than a convenient place to stay. These hotels may be referred to as major conference center hotels, flagship hotels, destination hotels, and destination resorts. The market for conference and resort hotels is a subject for market analysis.

These hotels as destinations may be characterized by distinctive architecture, upscale lodgings, ballrooms, large conference facilities, restaurants, and recreation activities such as golf or skiing. They may be located in a variety of settings from major cities to remote locations.

Since the 1800s, the traditional concept full service conference and resort hotels has been based upon a venue which is typically remote and has a natural feature as its attraction. For example, the Kviknes Hotel in Norway is a difficult to reach remote location which provides visitors access to the scenic fjord at Balestrand. Historically there were certain built-in amenities such as gourmet cuisine, music recitals and shoreline trails; however, the amenities of modern (post 1980) destination hotels dwarf the scale of these earlier models. Many of the Las Vegas and Caribbean resort hotels have complete shopping malls, conference centers and large entertainment halls on site; thus, the contemporary version of a destination often features large on-site capital investment in activities, although the access to a local natural feature is still retained by many newer destination hotels.

A megaresort is a type of destination which is of an exceptionally large size, sometimes featuring large-scale attractions (casino, golf course, theme park, multiple accommodations). The hotels along the Las Vegas Strip are most typically thought of as megaresorts owing to their immense size and complexity. Kirk Kerkorian is credited for building the first mega resort in 1969 earning him the nickname "father of the mega resort".

Two projects in Las Vegas in 1969 and 1973 by architect Martin Stern, Jr. and entrepreneur Kirk Kerkorian, the International Hotel and the MGM Grand, set the standard for such casino resorts. The Mirage given its size and emphasis on non-gaming entertainment options like shopping and fine dining to draw in customers. Megaresorts use the same fantastic or mythical theme (medieval life at Excalibur, tropical at The Mirage, famous cities, etc.) throughout their properties.

Many megaresorts have a large theme park as its centerpiece. Resorts such as the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts feature multiple hotels, multiple theme parks, a shopping complex and other features. Other megaresorts exist with no specific centerpiece, having many features that are considered prominent, such as Atlantis Paradise Island and its upcoming sister park in Dubai.