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Stag March 1980

Alexander L. Kielland was a Norwegian semi-submersible drilling rig that, on 27 March 1980, capsized in the Ekofisk oil field in the North Sea, killing 123 people. The capsize was the worst disaster in Norwegian waters since the Second World War. The rig, located approximately 320 km east of Dundee, Scotland, was owned by the Stavanger Drilling Company of Norway and was on hire to the U.S. company Phillips Petroleum at the time of the disaster. The rig was named after the Norwegian writer Alexander Lange Kielland.

Stag March 1980


The rig was built as a mobile drilling unit at a French shipyard, and delivered to Stavanger Drilling in July 1976. The floating drill rig was not used for drilling purposes but served as a semi-submersible 'flotel' providing living quarters for offshore workers. By 1978 additional accommodation blocks had been added to the platform, so that up to 386 persons could be accommodated.[1] In 1980, the platform was providing offshore accommodation for the production platform Edda 2/7C. Within a few days it was scheduled to start a new contract with Shell UK as a drilling rig.

Early in the evening of 27 March 1980, more than 200 men were off duty in the accommodation on Alexander L. Kielland. Conditions were rainy with dense fog, with the wind gusting to 40 knots (74 km/h) and waves up to 12 metres (39 ft) high. Kielland had just been winched away from the Edda production platform.

Alan and Angela Giles have been loyal donors to GSC for many years. They had plans in place to provide the College with a bequest gift while completing their estate planning. This gift was received by GSC where the proposal to build a large stag statue as a legacy in the name of Alan Giles came to fruition.

Dr. Kirk A. Nooks, GSC president was then introduced and gave a warm welcome as well as introduced Kierra Cooper Williams, GSC student government association president, where she explained the origin of GSC mascots that led to its current spirit mark, the stag.

First registered on 12th March 1980 this Dolomite Sprint presents well in the head turning colour of Inca Yellow which is complemented with a dark grey interior. The Sprints enthusiast owner tells us that this Triumph runs well and is a joy to drive. Offered to auction with a V5C registration document and various bills and receipts this MoT exempt Dolomite could prove to be a fun investment and should be given serious consideration. Offered without reserve

Oil on panel 251 x 190 (9 7/8 x 7 1/2)Inscribed 'AFS 1861' (initials in monogram) b.r. Also inscribed, presumably by the artist, on labels formerly on back and now separately preserved: 'N 1 Oriana Painted by Frederick Sandys Thorpe next Norwich Norfolk' and 'Or[iana] n 1.'Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) with assistance from the Abbott Fund 1984Prov: Presumably sold by the artist to William Houghton Clabburn, Thorpe, Norwich 1861 (see below), for whose executors sold Spelman, Norwich 25 Sept. 1889 (148); ...; anon, sale, Christie's 20 Nov. 1897 (46) 50 bt Charles Fairfax Murray; offered for sale by him to Samuel Bancroft Jr 1906 but not bt; ...; Lord Lawrence of Kingsgate, sold Christie's 15 March 1935 (144) 65.2s. bt MeKelvie; ...; anon. sale, Christie's 18 Nov. 1949 (110) 84 bt Leggatt, from whom bt by Lt-Col. R.C. Allhusen Dec. 1949 and sold Sotheby's 19 June 1984 (26, repr. in col.) 30,094 bt Christopher Wood, from whom bt by Tate GalleryExh: RA 1861 (639); Works by the Late George Frederick Watts ... and the Late Frederick Sandys, RA, Jan-March 1905 (302)Lit: Rowland Elzea (ed.), The Correspondence between Samuel Bancroft, Jr. and Charles Fairfax Murray 1892-1916, Delaware Art Museum Occasional Papers, II, Wilmington, Delaware 1980, pp.137, 186-8

Wage stagnation for the vast majority was not created by abstract economic trends. Rather, wages were suppressed by policy choices made on behalf of those with the most income, wealth, and power. In the past few decades, the American economy generated lots of income and wealth that would have allowed substantial living standards gains for every family. The same is true looking forward: Overall income and wealth will continue to grow. The key economic policy question is whether we will adopt policies that enable everyone to participate in a shared prosperity, or whether the growth of income and wealth will continue to accrue excessively and disproportionately to the best-off 1 percent.

The widespread problem of stagnant hourly wages is not a problem of insufficiently skilled or educated workers. As this figure shows, a four-year college degree has been no guarantee of decent wage growth. In 2013, inflation-adjusted hourly wages of young college graduates were lower than they were in the late 1990s, a trend that held for both young male and female college graduates. Thus, wage stagnation and erosion afflict even the one-third of workers who have earned a four-year college degree.

Established in 1980 with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine, Rombauer Vineyards produces distinctive fruit-driven New World wines, while ensuring that each bottle is food-friendly. As part of this special evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-star lineup of wines alongside a perfectly paired multi-course meal.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a tremendous increase of illegal migration to America. The Border Patrol responded with increases in manpower and the implementation of modern technology. Infrared night-vision scopes, seismic sensors, and a modern computer processing system helped the Patrol locate, apprehend, and process those crossing into the U.S. illegally.

In December 1980, if you had invested $1,000 in Nike's (NKE 2.22%) initial public offering (IPO) -- or a parent or other person had gifted you the stock -- your investment in the athletic shoe, apparel, and equipment giant would be worth approximately $900,000, as of Friday. This princely total assumes you had reinvested your dividends. By contrast, the broader market would have turned that grand into just shy of $24,000 over this period.

Nike grew phenomenally from the launch of its first branded shoe in 1972 through 1980, when it sprinted by Adidas (ADDYY 3.91%) to become the market share leader in the United States.

Nike's business continued to perform well during the first few years of the 1980s, but then its sales slowed down significantly. Its struggles largely stemmed from consumers' changing taste in footwear. Fashionable and traditional styles of shoes were in, and sneakers were out. During the period from November 1982 through mid-December 1984, Nike stock plunged 73%.

Consumer tech darling Apple (AAPL 1.98%) went public just 10 days after Nike, on Dec. 12, 1980. It might shock many folks to learn that Nike stock has performed better than Apple stock since Apple's IPO. Of course, Apple has been the much bigger winner in more recent years, but it was a slow starter and languished for many years.

In December 1980, most folks interested in investing new money in the stock market probably shunned Nike's IPO, considering it too risky. (On that note, many investors probably didn't even know about the IPO -- the internet has done a wonderful job of democratizing information.) Investors likely favored stocks that were considered "solid" and "safe," such as industrial giant General Electric (GE 0.99%) and old-guard technology company IBM (IBM 0.29%).

While Grand Valley State College was in the construction, planning and recruiting stage which began in the summer of 1962, its eight employees were considered professional staff (Nancy Bryant, Philip Buchen, William Dempsey, Stephen Ford, Weldon Frase, Donald Lautenbach, George Potter, and James Zumberge). In early 1963, Ella Mae Braun, George Hundley, Kenneth VerBurg, and Helen Wong were added to the staff. Until the summer of 1963, this group took part in several social activities. There were stag poker nights, a picnic and dinner party.The idea of forming a faculty club occurred when President Zumberge noted that 105 acres of land adjoining campus on the south (Blendon Landing property) was available at the original optioned price. It appeared that the college would not pick up this parcel. Since the option was due to expire shortly, action was necessary very soon. The staff decided this site would be a valuable asset to future faculty, and suggested that the faculty would want and need a faculty club, and the adjoining property would be an ideal location for a clubhouse. The group agreed after discussing merits of the land acquisition to form a corporation and club. The first official meeting of the Faculty Club was held on July 10, 1963 at 4520 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale, MI. Officers elected for one-year terms were President H. Weldon Frase, Vice President George Potter, and Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth VerBurg. Following the Club's authorization, the officers secured a $28,475 loan from Union Bank, and the land was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Reister. Individual members of the Club loaned the corporation sufficient money to manage the property purchase.In August, a committee was appointed to examine the Reister house to assess its condition and suitability for a clubhouse. Due to deteriorating conditions, financial burden, and inadequacy for accommodating a rapidly growing faculty, Club members agreed to abandon plans for renovating the house. Arrangements were made with the Allendale Fire Department to have the building destroyed by burning. Over the next 30 years, the Faculty Club experienced many trials and tribulations in its quest to develop the land and build a notable clubhouse.

October - June 1964: Social gatherings included stag parties at a local restaurant, poker sessions at various homes, Christmas dinner at Schnitzelbank in Grand Rapids, and a June picnic at Lake Macatawa. First annual meeting of the Club membership held in Lake Superior Hall June 12, 1964. A finance committee was established to assist the treasurer. The first Faculty Club Board of Directors elected: Weldon Frase-President, George Potter-Vice President, Kenneth VerBurg- Treasurer, Robert Chamberlain-Secretary, Stephen Ford, Arthur Hills, George Hundley, Gordon Langereis, Robert Lautenbach. First articles of incorporation and bylaws were developed.March - June 1965: Second annual meeting held in Seidman House lounge. Club sells coffee in Seidman House and seeks an improved, more imaginative idea for faculty lunches. Social committee hosts a potluck dinner in the Lake Michigan Hall Grand Traverse Room. Later events included a football excursion to East Lansing, on-campus skiing, skating and hayride, and an invitation to Terry Barr of the Detroit Lions for a later spring stag and smoker. 041b061a72

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