From the Beacon Adviser’s Keyboard: Tell us your stories

As the 2018 spring semester heads into its final month, this adviser thought it a wonderful idea to reach out to the SMCC student population on both campuses and share a few thoughts on the current state of the Beacon and its future.

Please allow me to frame the final points within the broader arena of opportunity, potential and follow-through.

Twelve days ago, on March 30, Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant who lives outside of Chicago in Oak Park, had the opportunity of a lifetime to play goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Foster is one of many recreational goalies that attend National Hockey League games in the event that either team needs a replacement goaltender to finish out the games.

The long and short of the story is that Foster, who was given an opportunity to participate on a highly competitive and professional level, focused on the task at hand and proved himself worthy of the chants “Foster, Foster” that rained down on him as he turned away seven shots from the Winnipeg Jets in the last 14 minutes of the contest.

Winnipeg entered the contest looking to clinch home-ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs, and Foster was a major part in denying Winnipeg that luxury.

Aside from “A great moment for him,” as stated by Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice, Foster also was praised by Blackhawk defenseman Brent Seabrook when he said, “He was great, I think the boys were doing whatever they could to help him out. He made some big saves. Fun night.”

Back to the points of opportunity, potential and follow-through. There is so much potential here in the SMCC student population that, simply put, deserves to be developed and tapped into. The opportunities are plenty for this to happen on both campuses. With that thought in mind, The Beacon is and has been poised to be the vehicle to showcase your talents, interests and endeavors.

Which brings us to the last point: follow-through. Yes, it is understood that everyone pretty much has a full plate and it’s easy to say to yourself, “too much to do and The Beacon will cover it.” The truth of the matter is, The Beacon needs your help. We are more than willing to get the word out about what your clubs, your organizations, or what you and your friends are doing.

All you have to do is reach out to us and we’ll help you get the word out.

Maybe you’ll ask why? In that case, let Scott Foster have the last word: “This is something that no one can ever take away from me. It’s something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. … Just a ton of fun.”

Chuck Ott

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