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Haku's mother Chitoge counts down the days to the big game



Haku's mother Chitoge counts down the days to the big game

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
December 8, 2070

Chitoge Kirisaki is the mother of Mitakihara Magi free safety Haku Ichijou. She is counting down the days to Mitakihara's long-awaited showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2071 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game, pending the final BCS rankings, set to be released next Sunday. Kirisaki is planning to be at the game from the VIP suites of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. with Haku's dad Raku and Kosaki Onodera, the mother of future Magi HB Kodaka Onodera.

"Just one more win...ONE MORE WIN...and I can finally say that in College Football, my son was an invincible god!" said Kirisaki with a squeal and a squee from the Ichijou residence in Mitakihara Town. "I've been to all the home games and watched all the away games from my house. So this will be the first-ever time that I get to watch an away game, even though this is a neutral venue.

"I heard that the food in Arizona is supposed to be really tasty because of the chimichangas. I've never had deep fried burritos because I thought they were a bit fattening, but I might as well try it once in a while, if only to make myself feel good. As for my husband, he loves Mexican food and sometimes comes in a bit tipsy after going to Honcho's Grill around the corner from our house.




"Kii Saegusa, a senior liberal studies major. is Haku's wife since his second year at Madoka, and she told me that after the two of them graduate from the university, she's going to take good care of Haku because he's taking good care of him. They have two twin daughters: Remii and Sonii. Remii's got brown twintails, while Sonii looks like her mom. I told Kii, 'You have to treat my son like a king and be a good husband to him. If you don't do at least the bare minimum, I will disown you as my daughter-in-law, and you don't won't that.' Really, through, Kii knows what needs to be done and she won't let me down."

"Haku promised to me that he would get at least two interceptions and if not, he will treat me to dinner. I asked him, 'and what if you do?' He said, 'then I have to treat Aunt Kosaki to dinner.' I decided, 'Nah, you can treat all of us to dinner at McGann's the Sunday after the national championship game and that will be fine with us. He said, 'Okay, it's settled.' So now I get to count the days until Haku's final game in a Magi uniform, and it's going to be a bit bittersweet for me."



Week 16 2070 Preview

Scouts sent to check on Oklahoma in Oklahoma this week


Ichigo Hoshimiya, Ran Shibuki and Aoi Kiriya.

Scouts sent to check on Oklahoma in Oklahoma this week

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
December 1, 2070

The wives of Mitakihara Magi fullback Ian McKinley, defensive tackle Ron Hase and strong safety Shiroyuki Kaname are going to do some scouting on the Oklahoma Sooners this week. Seniors Ichigo Hoshimiya, Ran Shibuki and Aoi Kiriya have been picked by the Magi football team to scout the Sooners in their Bedlam game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Norman, Okla. Kiriya was the Homecoming Chair this year.

"It's nice to do more work for the football team, and I know that Oklahoma are a really good team to watch," said Kiriya. "This is really special because I get to travel and watch a rivalry game that could determine who we face in January. Oklahoma could be that big hurdle in the way, and that's why we're paying attention to this one.

"It's not often I get to travel this far a distance," said Shibuki. "As a matter of fact, this is the first time that I get to do a scouting mission: to evaluate an opponent and file a report. The key here is not to get distracted with everything that's going on in Norman, Okla. So I'll treat this like a little bit of a vacation, somewhat. Gonna be a lot of fun."

"Ian thought that this would be a good opportunity for me to see up close the opponents Madoka face on a constant basis," said Hoshimiya, the cousin of former Daily Magi columnist Kate Hoshimiya. "Cousin Kate told me a little bit about how the scouting thing works. We're escorted by a number of university staff, we get to stay in a good hotel, all the meals and transportation is on the house, and we have tutors so that we don't miss an exam or a lecture.

"I thought, this is going to be a lot of fun to check out the team that could be who we face. Personally, I want Oklahoma State to win to make things interesting, but if the Sooners win this one, we have to figure out their strengths and weaknesses and let the coach know. I get to learn a little bit more about the game. So awesome; I can't wait!"


Week 15 2070 Preview

"I'm ready to make my mother proud": Kodaka Onodera



Kosaki Onodera, the mother of future Mitakihara Magi halfback Kodaka Onodera.

"I'm ready to make my mother proud": Kodaka Onodera

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 24, 2070

A younger stepbrother of Mitakihara Magi free safety Haku Ichijou, Kodaka Onodera is a halfback with a purpose: to make his mother proud. This past season, Onodera ran for 2,456 yards and 34 touchdowns and is the Mitakihara Secondary Angels' leading rusher on the varsity team. A two-way player, Onodera also plays middle linebacker and has 45 tackles, including six sacks. Onodera was born Kodaka Ichijou but changed his last name at the age of six to pay tribute to his mother, Kosaki.

"I'm ready to make my mother proud at Mitakihara University," said Onodera via interview at Mitakihara Harbour, where a fleet of ferries passed by, blaring out techno music. "Many years ago, I decided to legally change my last name to my mother's maiden name to keep her family name alive. My dad had no problems with it because to him, I look just like my mom.



"Mom was initially against me playing football. She wanted me to be a doctor, a lawyer, a businessman, a politician...but I wanted to play sports and invest my time to helping improve the safety of playing gridiron football. Eventually, she allowed me to play for the Sports Club and the major junior football team, and I decided to play halfback.

"Johnny Landry is my coach at Mitakihara Secondary and he used to play on the sprint football team as a fullback. He's been the coach for 10 years and he told me that I would be able to sell myself more if I played two positions. I like hitting people if the situation arises, so I ended up playing both halfback and middle linebacker in my first year. I tend to do better when I'm a halfback, but when I play middle linebacker, I learn more about the positions on every team. Sometimes I return punts and kickoffs. One time I returned a kickoff about 90, maybe 94 yards untouched. I got really good speed and I never give up on a play until the referee blows the whistle.



"I heard about Mitakihara University from Haku. We watch the Magi home games and sometimes Haku and I would talk about the team and about the stuff of work you have to do as a member of the Best College Football Team In All Of College Football. He told me it's a lot of work. I  have to get up early, eat breakfast, do workouts if I am not having class, attend class, study, do practices, return to class, study some more, eat dinner, sleep, and repeat unless it's a game day, when I have to head to the team hotel with the others the night before, and then we head to the stadium to go through the whole game day stuff. And that's just for home games. Road games are even more of a challenge.

"But Mom always told me that these things are going to require you to grow up and act like an adult, be professional, answer the media with the right answers to all the questions they bring at you. Sometimes Mom wonder if I will be able to take all that. I tell her, don't worry about it, I'll be able to handle it. This is part of life, and the real world.

"I think when I head to Mitakihara University as a first-year student, I will keep in mind what Mom and Dad and my brother Haku tell me about life as a member of the Family. They are part of the Family too, as alumni. So I'm going to make them all proud and perform at a level that will allow me to succeed in the NFL. My dream is not just to be running a sports team, but to also win league championships as a player and as a part of the front office. But most importantly, I want my mom to be proud of me."


Week 14 2070 Preview

Meet Daniel Manatsu: He Already Is "Da Man"



Hana Mutou, the mother of future Mitakihara Magi strong safety Daniel Manatsu.

Meet Daniel Manatsu: He Already Is "Da Man"

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 17, 2070

Mitakihara Secondary School strong safety Daniel Manatsu does not need any additional to know that he comes into next season at Mitakihara University with an embarrassment of riches. An A+ level student with test scores of 100 in every subject, Manatsu plans to major in business and go into management if a pro football career in not in the cards. Manatsu runs a 4.1 non wind-aided 40, bench presses and squats 350 kg, has a vertical of 72" and also runs track.

"Actually, I could have also run cross country, but the football would have gotten in the way," said Manatsu via phone interview at his house in Qualicum Beach, when he commutes to Mitakihara Secondary via M-Bus Route 69. "So I play strong safety for the Angels, and I run anchor leg on the 4 x 100 relay team. I've yet to lose a race with my mates because [free safety] Jack The Lad [Arashi] runs the first leg and he moves fast enough that I have plenty of separation on the other teams.

"I got a really great mom named Hana Mutou, who is part South African, so I'm actually of mixed race but I'm mostly Japanese. I'm a Nisei, like Jack, and I speak fluent English, French and Japanese, and I'm also learning Korean. Mom always told me that I am destined to be a Magi. She told me of her days at Madoka with my dad, Daichi, and we always talked about the landmarks on campus, the professors, and the large, vast cemetery that is also on campus, which is also a part of the gardens.

"One time, when I was in my first year at Mitakihara Secondary, Mom, Dad and I would walk to the cemetery to see all these deceased students, faculty, alumni and staff that were interred here. I saw beautiful tombstones, shrines, statues of angels, lots of red spider lilies, and a few of these unusual denizens called Clara Dolls that were doing the Nae Nae. I sometimes wonder what the dolls were doing, dancing to some vintage  art form that is as dead as the Harlem Shake and the even older Hustle and Twist, but a doll came to me, wanting me to carry it, I did, as I walked around, I was surrounded by all the dolls, and they were smiling.

"At that point, I told my mom and my dad, 'Mom, Dad, I am the man. I AM Da Man. And that's why I will do my best to return to this place with a full head of steam, because I am Da Man." Obviously, that is a pun on my name, but I knew that I needed to hit the books, hit the weight room and be a warrior in mind and body. I ended up on the headmaster's list of high-achieving students, scored 99s and 100s on numberous exams, and I had A+ scores in all my subjects. What I am being told by the headmaster is that I am scheduled to be the class valedictorian, and that is just icing on the cake.

"You have to understand this: schools have been coming after me. I got offers from teams in the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC...they were offering the world. But I knew that what they offered was not going to be enough. None of the schools that offered me the total package had that one intangible that makes Mitakihara University so special: it's a simple bus ride away. And the campus is so beautiful. I didn't want to let those Clara dolls down. They wanted me back.

"So, when I went to Homecoming against this bunch of nobodies from Millbrook who I assume were full of pie in some other dimension that is irrelevant to my interests, I knew I was going to pick this school. Me and Jack decided to commit to the Magi after Madoka won the game, and that was that. I wasn't going anywhere. This was the school where I could be Da Man and let all opposing receivers know Da Man is comin' for ya.

"I hope that when I get to camp next year, I will be putting my nose to the grindstone and working to get a spot on the roster. I want to start my first game. I know that the player that I'm succeeding is a member of the Kaname family, and I want to receive the torch and carry it for my class. Me and Jack are going to keep the fires burning at Madoka. We're ready to get to work. I am so excited to be a part of the Family. It's going to be the best four years of my life."


Week 13 2070 Preview

Mitakihara qualify for National Championship Game after win over South Carolina

Mitakihara qualify for National Championship Game after win over South Carolina

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 13, 2070

Ring the victory bells, Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi are back in the National Championship Game. The Magi defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 59-17, to qualify for the 2071 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz. and the University of Phoenix Stadium. Quarterback Russ Opared passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 119 yards and two more scores to lead Madoka.

Halfback Drew Childs ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, halfback Joe Sato ran for 126 yards and a major, fullback Ian McKinley ran for 113 yards and halfback Justin Jack ran for 46 yards and another major. Wide receiver Will Atsu caught four passes for 149 yards and two scores and wideout Chris Babatunde caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Left tackle Mario Washington and left guard William Carter led the blockers with 15 pancakes, center Andy Benson had 13 pancakes and right guard Mitch Zango had 11 pancakes. Left end Lex Hasegawa led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack. Defensive tackle Dev Acura had 11 tackles and two sacks, right end Rex Hasegawa had 10 tackles and a sack, and free safety Haku Ichijou had an interception.

Mitakihara improve to 12-0 on the year and await their opponent for the 2071 BCS National Championship.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Thursday Night Football on Magia Day 2070



Thursday Night Football on Magia Day 2070

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 10, 2070

This year's Magia Day, honoring the fourth-year students of the Mitakihara University Class of 2071, is unique in that the game falls on a Thursday. It's rare that there are games at the Sakura Bowl in which the action falls on a Thursday; in fact, this is the first-ever time that there is Thursday Night Football in the Sakura Bowl. What is also special about this is that that this will be the last college football game at the Sakura Bowl until 2072. That is because the stadium will undergo expansion next year to increase its seating capacity to 80,000, making the Sakura Bowl the largest stadium in all of Canada.

Not that senior defensive tackle Dev Acura minds. Acura, the team's defensive captain, is content that he will have played the last home game at the Sakura Bowl for the Magi for the time being. Acura is being scouted as a potential top 10 draft pick in the 2071 NFL Draft.

"It's great to know that the next bunch of seniors will get a chance to play at the old facility, Kaname Field, a place that we occasionally use for practices when we don't use Hakurei Centre," said Acura via interview at Your Silver Garden, part of the Madoka Gardens. "That was the stadium that started the long and storied history of football in Mitakihara.

"I'm not going to be able to savor all that; I'll just be content with playing one more game with the entire team at the Bowl. It's been a great ride for me and the boys; we've had a lot of fun playing the game and growing as students. We've met a lot of great students, I found my wife and have become a father, and I've won three national championships for my team.

"There is a part of me that doesn't seem to be satisfied, though. I've been hungry to finish my playing career with one more title. South Carolina are a really good team and we need to play at our best so that I can get the chance to play on the big stage one more time. I don't know if I will be able to get a Super Bowl Ring, but I know that I will have won four national championship rings if we win these next two games.

"I will miss Mitakihara and all the people that work hard to make this one of the greatest universities in the world. I hope all of Canada gets behind us once again, like we always do. Remember, my mission as a member of this football team is to give America's best the ass-kickings they deserve, and so long as I am anchoring the line, we will get it done. That is a promise. So get behind us, Canada. We're almost there. Let's do this."


Week 12 2070 Preview

Mitakihara cruise past USC, 85-17

Mitakihara cruise past USC, 85-17

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 8, 2070

The only downer for Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi in their 85-17 over the USC Trojans at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. was the kicking game, as kicker Quincy Adiyiah had his first two missed extra points. Otherwise, it was an easy walk in the park for the Magi, who used a balanced attack of the pass and the run to dominate the visiting Trojans. Quarterback Russ Opare passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and his backup, B.J. Inkoom, passed for 100 yards and another score in relief.

Halfback Joe Sato ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns, halfback Drew Childs ran for 109 yards and a score, Opare rushed for 121 yards and teo majors, fullback Ian McKinley ran for 76 yards and a touchdown and fullback Corey Addy ran for 53 yards and a score. Childs caught five passes for 54 yards, wide receiver Larry Igiebor caughht five pases for 93 yards and a touchdown, wideout Will Atsu caught four passes for 79 yards, wideout Chris Babatunde caught three passes for 67 yards, and McKinley and Sato also caught passes for scores.

Left tackle Mario Washington led the blockers with 15 pancakes, while left guard William Carter had 13 pancakes, left tackle Jeremy Amoako had eight pancakes, right guard Mitch Zango had seven and center Andy Benson had six. Defensive tackle Dev Acura led the tackles on defense with nine tackles and a sack, while cornerbacks Alvin Chibsah and Marlon Boakye each had an interception.

Mitakihara improve to 11-0 and conclude their regular season next week against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Magia Day 2070.


"I have but one mission, and that's to be Man of the Year": Jack Arashi


Akari Yomatsuri, the mother of Jack Arashi.

"I have but one mission, and that's to be Man of the Year": Jack Arashi

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 3, 2070

Shuhei "Jack" Arashi, the son of Mitakihara University alumni Teppei Arashi '50 and Akari Yomatsuri '50, is a free safety with a meanstreak. Standing at a tall 6'0", 199 lbs, "The Lad," as he is known, was more than happy to commit to the Magi after their Week 6 game against the Millbrook Cherokees at the Sakura Bowl weeks ago. Arashi leads the Mitakihara Secondary Angels with 14 interceptions this season and runs a 4'2" non-wind aided 40 while bench-pressing and squatting 300 kg.

"I have but one mission, and that's to be Man of the Year," said Arashi after practice at Mitakihara Secondary (formerly known as MiTSS). "My mother, Akari, knows that I've got her spirit in me and my dad's assertiveness. My parents emigrated to Canada when they were 18 and assimilated into the culture of this country when they were in their freshman year at Madoka. They liked this university so much, they made it a priority to find work here and get naturalized here.

"I have looked up to a lot of players who used to play free safety at Mitakihara. The only player that I look up to right now is Haku [Ichijou]. I like his calm demeanor and his focused, upbeat mentality. He reminds me a lot of my mom. Haku's got the optomistic character and all that. I talk with Haku about the best ways to play my position. He's like a mentor to me and I appreciate that. 



"I want my mom to know that I will be a Man of the Year in one form or another, and that I ask her to be patient because 2071 will be my year. I am ready to follow in the shoes of Haku. He's done a great job as a free safety for Mitakihara and I know that I have big shoes to fill if I do well enough in camp to get the start on Week 1. It's a long ways away, but Dad always told me to keep the big picture in mind.

"If my professional football career in the NFL doesn't pan out the way I want to, I have plans to be an engineer and going into the world of aerospace. I want to create bigger, better planes and rockets and make rocket science an art form for the wise. If I can help make air travel safe and fun for everyone, then I am putting my degree at Mitakihara University to good use. It's nice to have something to fall back on."

Week 11 2070 Preview

Mitakihara dismiss Iowa, 72-14

Mitakihara dismiss Iowa, 72-14

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
November 1, 2070

Quarterback Russ Opare passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and backup B.J. Inkoom passed for two more as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi raced past the Iowa Hawkeyes, 72-14 at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. Halfback Joe Sato ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, Opare ran for 73 yards, fullback Ian McKinley ran for 86 yards and halfback Drew Childs ran for 52 yards.

Tight end Flynn Sota caught four passes for 116 yards and a touchdown while Sato caught seven passes for 76 yards. Three other receivers also caught passes for majors. Left guard William Carter led the blockers with 17 pancakes. Right guard Mitch Zango had 16 pancakes while allowing two sacks, center Andy Benson had 10 pancakes and left tackle Mario Washington had nine pancakes.

Middle linebacker Ernest Macklin led the defense with 12 tackles. Right outside linebacker Josiah Cofie and middle linebacker Shannon Agyei each blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown. Cornerbacks Marlon Boakye and Alvin Chibsah each had an interception. On special teams, halfback Shannon Right returned eight punts for 135 yards and a touchdown return of 79 yards.

Mitakihara improve to 10-0 and are back in action next week against the USC Trojans.


The mystique of Charivari



The mystique of Charivari

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 27, 2070

Charivari (or shivaree or chivaree, also called "rough music") is the term for a French folk custom in which the community gave a noisy, discordant mock serenade, also pounding on pots and pans, at the home of newlyweds. The loud, public ritual evolved to a form of social coercion, for instance, to force an as-yet-unmarried couple to wed. This type of social custom arose independently in many rural village societies, for instance also in England, Italy, Wales or Germany, where it was part of the web of social practices by which the small communities enforced their standards.

The community used noisemaking and parades to demonstrate disapproval, most commonly of "unnatural" marriages and remarriages, such as a union between an older widower and much younger woman, or the too early re-marriage by a widow or widower. Villages also used charivari in cases of adulterous relationships, wife beaters, and unmarried mothers. In some cases, the community disapproved of any remarriage by older widows or widowers. Charivari is the original French word, and in Canada it is used by both English and French speakers. Chivaree became the common spelling in Ontario, Canada. In the United States, the term shivaree is more common.

Members of a village would decide on a meeting place where everyone could plan what was to be done. Those who were to initiate the charivari used word-of-mouth to summon the largest possible crowd to participate, with women helping to organize and lead. After forming their plan, the charivari group would usually proceed by foot to the home of those they were acting against, making as much noise as possible with makeshift instruments and loud songs, and begin their assigned actions.

Shivaree has been practiced in much of the United States, but it was most frequent on the frontier, where communities were small and more formal enforcement was lacking. It was documented into the early 20th century, but was thought to have mostly died out by mid century. In Canada, charivaris have occurred in Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces, but not always as an expression of disapproval.

The early French colonists took the custom of charivari (or shivaree in the United States) to their settlements in Quebec. Some historians believe the custom spread to English-speaking areas of Lower Canada and eventually into the American South, but it was independently common in English society, so was likely to be part of Anglo-American customs. The earliest documented examples of Canadian charivari were in Quebec in the mid-17th century. One of the most notable was on June 28, 1683. After the widow of François Vézier dit Laverdure remarried only three weeks after her husband’s death, people of Quebec conducted a loud and strident charivari against the newlyweds at their home.

As practised in North America, the charivari tended to be less extreme and punitive than the traditional European custom. Each was unique and heavily influenced by the standing of the family involved, as well as who was participating. While embellished with some European traditions, in a North American charivari participants might throw the culprits into horse tanks or force them to buy candy bars for the crowd.


All in fun – it was just a shiveree, you know, and nobody got mad about it. At least not very mad.


This account from an American charivari in Kansas exemplifies the North American attitude. In contrast to punitive charivari in small villages in Europe, meant to ostracize and isolate the evildoers, North American charivaris were used as "unifying rituals", in which those in the wrong were brought back into the community after what might amount to a minor hazing. In some communities the ritual served as a gentle spoof of the newlyweds, intended to disrupt for a while any sexual activities that might be under way.

In Tampa, Florida in September 1885, a large chivaree was held on the occasion of local official James T. Magbee's wedding. The party, reportedly "the wildest and noisiest of all the chivaree parties in Tampa's history," was attended by "several hundred" white men and lasted "until near daylight." The music produced during the chivaree was reportedly "hideous and unearthly beyond description." See See Kyle S. Vanlandingham, “James T. Magbee: ‘Union Man, Undoubted Secessionist and High Priest in the Radical Synagogue,” Sunland Tribune 20, no. 1 (1994): 7-23.

Charivari is believed to have inspired the development of the Acadian tradition of Tintamarre. In the American film It's a Wonderful Life, two of protagonist George Bailey's friends sing mockingly outside the window of the old house where George and his wife Mary are spending their wedding night.

Week 10 2070 Preview

Madoka outgun Minnesota, 87-42

Madoka outgun Minnesota, 87-42

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 25, 2070

The Minnesota Golden Gophers, try as they might, has no answer for Mitakihara Magi quarterback Russ Opare. The junior gunslinger out of Hamilton, Ont. passed for 409 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 136 yards and another score as Tatsuya Kaname's Magi shot past the Golden Gophers, 87-42, at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. Halfback Joe Satro ran for 114 yards and a major and halfback Justin Jack ran for 72 yards and another touchdown.

Wide receiver Chris Babatunde caught seven passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns, wideout Larry Igiebor caught five passes for 151 yards and a major, and wideout Will Atsu caught four passes for 56 yaqrds and a score. Four other receivers also caught a pass for a touchdown. Left tackle Mario Washington led the blockers with 15 pancakes, while left guard William Carter had 11 and center Andy Benson had 10.

Defensively, the Magi were led by cornerback Alvin Chibsah, who had 12 tackles and a sack. Defensive tackle Dev Acura had nine tackles and two sacks, right outside linebacker Josiah Cofie had six tackles and two sacks and cornerback Marlon Boakye had an interception. This was the rare instance in which the quarterbacks for the Magi not only failed to throw an interception, but were not sacked once all game.

Mitakihara improve to 9-0 and continue their home stand next week against the Iowa Hawkeyes.


The Mystique of the Iron Ring



The Mystique of the Iron Ring

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 20, 2070

The Iron Ring is a ring worn by many Canadian-trained engineers, as a symbol and reminder of the obligations and ethics associated with their profession. From a concept originated in 1922, the ring is presented to graduates in a closed ceremony known as The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, developed with the assistance of English poet Rudyard Kipling. Accepting the ring is not a mandatory prerequisite to becoming a Professional Engineer, but is instead worn as a constant reminder to graduates of their responsibility to the public.

The Iron Ring is made from either wrought iron or stainless steel. The first ceremony awarding the ring was held in 1925, under the supervision of Herbert E. T. Haultain, professor of mining engineering at the University of Toronto.

The rings are given in ceremonies held at individual universities, each assigned one of 26 camps of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens. Today, ceremonies at all camps across Canada, except the Toronto camp, have completely stopped conferring rings made of iron and have switched to stainless steel rings. Iron, however, is not the most suitable material for such a purpose; it turns the finger black and it reacts with the body's own chemistry and begins to deteriorate, making the ring fit more loosely. At the Toronto camp, the individual ceremonies held at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, continue to provide recipients with a choice of rings made of wrought iron or stainless steel.

Many incorrectly believe that the rings are made from the steel of a beam from the first Quebec Bridge, which collapsed during construction in 1907. Seventy-five construction workers died in the collapse which was attributed to poor planning and design by the overseeing engineers. This understanding may have its roots in a common practice of attaching a symbol of an engineering failure, such as a bolt from that bridge, to the chain that is held by participants in the ritual. Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the ritual obligation, indicated that the Ring as an allegory in itself be rough, not smoothed, and hammered, and as a ring have no beginning nor end. There is no evidence that there is any particular history in the source of "Cold Iron" (from the Calling of the Engineer ceremony) for the Ring, nor any intention that there should have been. Remnants of the Quebec Bridge legend still exist in Canada.

The Iron Ring is worn on the little finger ("pinky") of the working (dominant) hand. There, the facets act as a sharp reminder of one's obligation while the engineer works, because it could drag on the writing surface while the engineer is drawing or writing. This is particularly true of recently obligated engineers, whose rings bear sharp, unworn, facets. Protocol dictates that the rings should be returned by retired engineers or by the families of deceased engineers. Some camps offer previously obligated or "experienced" rings, but they are now rare due to medical and practical complications.

The Ring itself is small and understated, designed as a constant reminder, rather than a piece of jewelry. The Rings were originally hammered manually with a rough outer surface. The modern machined ring design is unique, a reminder of the manual process. Twelve half-circle facets are carved into the top and bottom of the outer surface, with the two halves offset by one facet radius.

Based upon the success of the Iron Ring in Canada, a similar program was created in the United States, where the Order of the Engineer was founded in 1970. The organization conducts similar ring ceremonies at a number of U.S. colleges, in which the recipient signs an "Obligation of the Engineer" and receives a stainless steel Engineer's Ring (which, unlike the Canadian Iron Ring, can be smooth and not faceted). The first such ceremony occurred on June 4, 1970, at the Cleveland State University under the supervision of Lloyd Chancy.

Week 9 2070 Preview

Mitakihara strike it up against Stanford, 94-28



Mitakihara strike it up against Stanford, 94-28

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 18, 2070

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi struck it up against the Stanford Cardinal, 94-28, at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. Quarterback B.J. Inkoom passed for 146 yards and three touchdowns while starter Russ Opare passes for 212 yards and a score. Halfback Drew Childs ran for 94 yards and two majors, halfback Joe Sato ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns, Inkoom ran for 67 yards and fullback Ian McKinley ran for 80 yards and another score.

Wide receiver Will Atsu had six catches for 118 yards, wideout Larry Igiebor caught two passes for touchdowns, Childs caught two passes for 46 yards and a major and wideout Chris Babatunde caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Left tackle Jeremy Amoako had 13 pancakes while allowing one sack. Left tackle Mario Washington had nine pancakes while left guard Charles Sumaila had eight pancakes.

Left end Lex Hasegawa led the defense in tackling with nine tackles and three sacks. Right end Rex Hasegawa had six tackles and two sacks while cornerback Marlon Boakye had three interceptions, one which was returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Free safety Rich Frimpong returned four kickoffs for 169 yards and a major, while halfback Shannon Wright returned a kickoff 83 yards for a score.

Mitakihara improve to 8-0 and return to action next week at the Sakura Bowl against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Mystique of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer



The Mystique of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 13, 2070

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is a private ritual, authored by Rudyard Kipling, in which students about to graduate from an engineering program at a university in Canada are permitted to participate. Participation may also be permitted for Canadian professional engineers and registered engineers-in-training who received training elsewhere. The ritual is administered by a body called The Corporation of the Seven Wardens. As part of the ritual each participant is conferred the Iron Ring, an item of jewellery originally made of iron but nowadays of stainless steel, though accepting the ring is not a mandatory prerequisite to becoming a Professional Engineer in Canada.

The ritual traces its origins to Professor H. E. T. Haultain of the University of Toronto, who believed and persuaded other members of the Engineering Institute of Canada that there needed to be a ceremony and standard of ethics developed for graduating engineers. The need was patently obvious in the light of the Quebec Bridge disasters. The ritual was created in 1922 by Rudyard Kipling at the request of Haultain, representing seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada. The seven past-presidents were the original seven Wardens of the Corporation.


The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been instituted with the simple end of directing the young engineer towards a consciousness of his profession and its significance, and indicating to the older engineer his responsibilities in receiving, welcoming and supporting the young engineers in their beginnings. 
—Rudyard Kipling, from notes by Dr. J. Jeswiet

An inaugural ceremony was held in the evening of 25 April 1925, at the University Club of Montreal, when the obligation was taken by six engineers, some of whom were involved with Kipling in its development. On 1 May 1925, three of these newly obligated engineers met at the University of Toronto with a number of the officers of the Engineering Alumni Association and obligated 14 of them in the Senate Chamber of the University becoming the first local chapter (referred to as a Camp) to do so. The Ritual and the conferring of the Iron Ring continues to be administered by The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc./Société des Sept Gardiens inc. through Camps associated with the universities granting degrees in engineering in Canada.

The ritual takes place separately at individual universities across Canada. Although the ceremonies are separate, each university is also grouped into one of 25 camps of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens for administrative purposes.

The Obligation, which is not an oath but a solemn expression of intention, is subscribed to at the ceremony. The Obligation essentially states the duties and responsibilities of the engineer. Following the Obligation, the Iron Ring is placed on the little finger of the working hand, and is worn by the engineer as a symbol and a reminder. As originally conceived, the Engineer's iron ring rubs against the drawings and paper upon which the Engineer writes.

The Obligation is private, though not necessarily secret. However, it is customary for those who have gone through it to not discuss the details of the Calling with others, even engineers from other countries. The ceremony is open only to candidates or those who have already undergone the ritual.

As part of the preparation for the ritual, candidates are instructed not to discuss the details of the ritual with the media. A reminder of this is provided at the end of the ceremony in the form of a written instruction that states: "The Rule of Governance provides that there shall be no publicity in connection with the Ritual." 

Commemorating the 75th anniversary, the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer domestic-rate stamp was issued on 25 April 2000. Designer Darrell Freeman's "head-to-foot" layout incorporates the symbolic iron ring that is presented as part of the ceremony. The ring also visually links the four engineering achievements featured on this stamp.

The Iron Ring may be made from either iron or stainless steel. Presently, only Camp One of the Corporation in Toronto continues to confer rings made from iron; stainless steel rings are conferred at all other locations across Canada. The Iron Ring does not certify a person as a Professional Engineer, which requires registration with a relevant professional organisation followed by examination and practical experience.

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens (French: Société des Sept Gardiens) is the body that holds the rights and the duty to carry out The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. It is organised into 26 regional branches, called camps, numbered by order of establishment. The term camp is used to describe these regional branches because it conveys a smaller, close-knit sense of community. Mitakihara University comprises Camp 27 Mitakihara, while Mitakihara-Squamish is part of Camp 5 Vancouver.

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Mitakihara mess with Texas again, 101-28

Mitakihara mess with Texas again, 101-28

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 11, 2070

Quarterback Russ Opare passed for 372 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 93 yards and another score as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi roasted the Texas Longhorns, 101-28, at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, B.C. Halfback Drew Childs ran for 205 yards and five touchdowns, and halfback Joe Sato ran for 130 yards and two majors.

Wide receiver Larry Igiebor caught seven passes for 170 yards and three scores, wideout Anthony Injera caught five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and wideout Will Atsu caught five passes for 95 yards. Left tackle Jeremy Amoako led the blockers with 11 pancakes, right guard Mitch Zango had nine pancakes, and left guards Charles Sumaila and William Carter each added seven.

Defensively, right outside linebacker Josiah Cofie led the defense with 12 tackles and four sacks. Corherback Alvin Chibsah had nine tackles, two sacks and an interception; right end Rex Hasegawa had seven tackles and two sacks; strong safety Shiroyuki Kaname had seven tackles and a pick; and both cornerback Marlon Boakye and free safety Haku Ichijou each had two picks.

Mitakihara improve to 7-0 and host the Stanford Cardinal next week.


The mystique of the shish taouk



The mystique of the shish taouk

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 6, 2070

Lebanese-Canadian-style chicken shawarma is usually called shish taouk. It is the version of shish taouk, a traditional Lebanese dish, most commonly found in Montreal and Ottawa and is usually served with a pita as a wrap or on the side. Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax's Middle Eastern communities originates mostly from Lebanon, and has made this shish taouk a popular restaurant staple that have made these communities renowned nationwide. Most Lebanese restaurants serve this dish as well as beef shawarma (simply referred to as shawarma) and falafel. Some fast food chains in Montreal, such as Amir, Arz, Basha, Falafel, Sarab, and Zouki's among others, specialize in shish taouk.

The term shish taouk in this application is technically inaccurate; that generally refers to Turkish style skewered chicken (Turkish şiş tavuk). However, in Montreal, a chicken shawarma is generally referred to as a shish taouk. The origin of this wrongful appellation (according to some members of the Lebanese community) has been blamed on Abdallah Akkouche of the Basha restaurant chain.

Many of the "westernized" versions available in Montreal include using a garlic mayonnaise sauce. Montreal shish taouk is marinated in a mixture of olive oil, lemon, and garlic, and is garnished with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickled turnip, and tahini sauce and/or hummus. Afterwards it is toasted on a grill or panini press. It is often served with home fried garlic potatoes, or sometimes white rice (often a pilaf), tabouli or couscous. Many restaurants also offer a shish taouk platter, which offers all the ingredients above in a plated fashion rather than as a pita sandwich. Most shish taouk platters are served with a (usually white bread) pita on the side, which the customer can decline.

Of the many chains serving shish taouk in the greater Montreal area and National Capital Region, Amir is by far the largest with over 70 locations. There are also countless independent restaurants offering shish taouk and other Lebanese fare. Several of them have achieved a notoriety that goes beyond the limits of the metro area. Perhaps the most famous of these is Boustan, near the corner of Crescent and Maisonneuve, which used to have Prime Minister Pierre Eliott Trudeau as a regular customer. The former owner of Boustan, Aziz Smaidi, is one of the most prominent objectors of the term shish taouk. However, the restaurant lists "shish taouk" in parentheses on its menu beside 'chicken shawarma', due to the popularity of the term in Montreal.

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Mitakihara introduces themselves to Millbrook in 143-7 ass-whooping

Mitakihara introduces themselves to Millbrook in 143-7 ass-whooping

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
October 4, 2070

"Gentlemen," said Millbrook Cherokees head coach Jonathan Kilpatrick to his Cherokees football team as he put his hand on the shoulder of Magi halfback Drew Childs as the two teams met in the Magi locker room, "this is a football player. He plays the type of level of football that you kids need to aspire to be like. Remember this day well, because this will be the kick up the backsides that you will need for the rest of the year."

After the teams shook hands, Magi head coach Tatsuya Kaname watched as the Cherokees walked out of their locker room in one straight line, holding their helmets, their heads dropping in shame. "Well," Coach Kaname said. "That's Homecoming for you." The Magi blew apart the Millbrook Cherokees 143-7 on a rainy afternoon at the Sakura Bowl in Mitakihara Town, British Columbia.

Quarterback B.J. Inkoom passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns, while Childs ran for 409 yards and six scores. Halfback Justin Jack ran for 116 yards and two majors and halfback Joe Sato ran for 126 yards and a score. Inkoom also rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Larry Igiebor caught seven passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Left tackle Jeremy Amoako had 24 pancakes while left guard Charles Sumaila had 19 pancakes. Left end Lex Hasegawa led the defense with eight tackles and two sacks, while strong safety Shiroyuki Kaname had two interceptions.

Mitakihara improve to 6-0 and continue their home stand next week against the Texas Longhorns.

Mitakihara Homecoming 2070: Madoka 60



Mitakihara Homecoming 2070: Madoka 60

By Uzuki Shimamura
The Daily Magi
September 29, 2070

Mitakihara University renews, for the 60th time, one of its oldest traditions, dating back to the year 2011: it's Homecoming Week. This year's theme is "Madoka 60." Aoi Kiriya is a senior liberal studies major and is the wife of Mitakihara Magi strong safety Shiroyuki Kaname.




"Being a part of the Mitakihara Family is an honor that you can never take for granted," said Kiriya. "Shiro told me that to serve your school well by promoting this university's traditions is an achievement that cannot be described in words. There have been so many people before me, millions of people, who have understood the message that Madoka brings to the world. I get the chills stepping on campus, seeing all the different monuments and buildings that have been made in this town.

"This week, the university celebrates its 60th birthday, and we plan to celebrate it by making it a week no one will forget. So we invite everyone to come down to the island and watch the Best College Football Team in All of College Football shine at the Sakura Bowl once again. You will not regret it."

A number of other events will also take place leading up to the Homecoming Game against the Millbrook Cherokees on October 4, 2070 at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised globally in English, French and Japanese by Radio Madoka in HDTV and on mobile via the Madoka Online app.

The Schedule is as follows:
(all times in PT)

Tuesday, September 30
8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Cathedral Chapel
Speaker: Archbishop Ronald Dean Clegg
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver

12 p.m. - Homecoming Registration Opens - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

All Day - Museums: Spend the afternoon visiting one of the Mitakihara Museums. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport.
* Nissin Museum of Ramen, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Hayao Miyazaki Museum of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., miyazaki.madoka.ca
* Mitakihara Museum of Puella Magi, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Museums open all day Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday

Madoka Garden: Find your peace of mind visiting the Madoka Garden, located next to the Madoka Cathedral Chapel. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport. Open 6 a.m. to sunset, all week.

Libraries: Admission is free at the following locations with your Homecoming Passport:
* Yuuki Library, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Saito Library 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Exhibit at Saito Library: Mitakihara Turns 60: A Look Back At Six Decades of History.
For more information, please visit the Saito Library website.
Libraries open all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

1 p.m. Classes: Participants are invited to sit in on a variety of undergraduate classes:
Classes TBA, see University Web Site

2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Mizuhashi Library Tours
Take a guided tour of the Mizuhashi Library at the Mitakihara School of Graduate Studies. Tours will meet at the reception area inside the front door and will leave at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Space on each tour is limited.

3 p.m. - Open band practice
Mitakihara Director of Bands, Dr. Francine Tremblay, holds a special band practice with members of the Marching Ultimates, the university's marching band.

3:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Homulilly Society/La Societe Homulille
The Homulilly Society/La Societe Homulille is the premiere student-run organization that is dedicated to serving the Mitakihara University community and is owned and operated by the Mitakihara Associated Students. Tours are conducted in English, French and Japanese.
1. Mitakihara General Tour
2. Beyond The Campus: A Tour of Madoka Square, The Dorms and More
3. Touring the Madoka Garden: Something for Everybody
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

4:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Homulilly Society/La Societe Homulille
1. Mitakihara Athletic Facilities
2. Madoka Architecture: Always Bold, Always Beautiful - The Legacy
3. Madoka Garden Tea Ceremony (refreshments provided)
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

5 p.m. - Nonaka House Association's Harley Davidson Postmeridie Lecture and Award
Honoring the Kaname Family, the Founders of Mitakihara University. Accepting the Award: Mitakihara Magi SS Shiroyuki Kaname
Presentation of Award, Hozuki Ferrari, Vice-Chancellor of Mitakihara University, Tsukino Centre (Doors open at 4:30.)

Wednesday, October 1
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

5 p.m. - Mitakihara University Glee Club Concert
Tickets required: $50 for adults, $35 for students and $30 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Thursday, October 2
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot

5 p.m. - Men's Water Polo vs. UC Irvine
The Amagami Campus Pool

7 p.m. - Mitakihara University Rugby vs. Japan Men's National Team
Battle for the Arrow Of Light, Sakura Bowl Stadium. Tickets required: $70 for adults, $50 for students and $30 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

7 p.m. - Battle of the Bands, Tsukino Centre
Tickets required: $60 for adults, $40 for students and $25 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

7 p.m. - Men's Handball vs. UCLA
Urobuchi Fieldhouse, Akagi Court

7:30 p.m. - Sprint Football vs. Army
Tatsuya Kaname Field at Mitakihara Stadium

Friday, October 3
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

5 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. British Columbia
Battle for the Cup of Life. Exhibition, Anderson Court, Marisa Kirisame Pyramid

Approx. 8 p.m. - Pep Rally at Anderson Court, Marisa Kirisame Pyramid
Following the Women's Volleyball game vs. British Columbia, the 2070 Mitakihara Magi Football Team will be introduced. Speeches by head coach Tatsuya Kaname, offensive team captain Flynn Sota, defensive team captain Dev Acura, athletic director Shizuku Minami and university chancellor Honoka Kaname will be made.

9 p.m. - Evening activities
Visit the Inu Daruma Pub or your favorite restaurant at the Campus.
The Meeting: Special gathering for Roseluck Arrow Boosters and Men About Town at McGann's, cash bar @ 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4
5:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast at the Dorms - Passport holders are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast at the dorm of their choice. Pay at the door (cash please), cost is $15 per person.

7 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Cathedral Chapel
Speaker: Cardinal Peter Kazuto Hatanaka
Roman Cathoic Archdiocese of Mitakihara

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Homecoming Headquarters and Registration- Rei Ayanami Field
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

9 a.m. Men's Soccer vs. Akron
Hirasawa Field

10 a.m. Women's field hockey vs. Stanford
Rei Ayanami Field

12 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Portland
Hirasawa Field

10 a.m. to kickoff Pre-Game Tailgate at Athletics
Pack a picnic and set up a tailgate with your friends prior to the Mitakihara-Millbrook football game. The Madoka Tailgate Area will be located inside Stade Sakura Bowl Gate 10. Cars can park here for $50, payable on-side. Tailgate is permitted for 2 hours prior to kickoff and for one hour following the game.

12:30 p.m. Football Kick-Off
Cheer on the Mitakihara Magi as they take on the Millbrook Cherokees. A block of tickets for Madoka Homecoming is currently reserved through the Mitakihara Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are required and cost $40 each, children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

11 a.m. - 4th quarter - Homecoming Barbecue
Barbecue in the Stade Sakura Bowl Parking Lot, Gates 6-9. A voucher for the "Ika's BBQ Fan Zone" is included in your Homecoming registration price. Please be sure to check-in at the Homecoming registration desk to receive your meal ticket. Drinks will be sold separately on-site. A variety of family a children's activities will be offered in the "Fan Zone," including face painting, music, sports games, prizes and raffles.

8 p.m. Women's Ice Hockey vs. McGill
Battle for the Sis Puella Magica Cup. Exhibition game, MetroTech Shanarena

8 p.m. - A Symphony Dedicated To Madoka Kaname
Presented by the Mitakihara University Philharmonic (MadoPhil), Tsukino Centre.
Ticket Required: Regular: $50.00, $40.00, $30.00;
Students: $30.00, $25.00, $20.00; Seniors (65+): $25.00,
$20.00, $15.00.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Sunday, October 5
9 a.m. - Mitakihara 10K Run/Walk for Life
Get ready to put on your running or walking shoes and take a cruise around the different places on campus and in Mitakihara. The route starts at Magia Quad and will weave around the city before ending at Madoka Square. Registration is $75.00 ($45.00 for students with ID, $20 for seniors) at the Magia Quad tent from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the BC Cancer Foundation. Refreshments and medals will be provided at finish line.