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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Archives: Banished Words 1979

I Feel - Too often used for "I think" or "I believe." Since "feel" is emotional, the speakers protect themselves from challenge.

Social Security - Neither social nor secure.

Energy Crisis - Nobody knows what constitutes an energy crisis, what to do about it, or even, for certain, if one exists.

What Are You Into? - As in "I used to be into children, now I'm into death."

Most Cautious Use of the English Language Award - To the Clemson University Football Player who said of Woody Hayes (after being slugged on national television by the Ohio State University coach), "He might of gotten pushed into me."

Fried Cabbage Leaf Cluster Award: - To "Yuh Know," making the list for the second year. All Unicorn Hunters are directed to use the typewriter "c" key (since the cent isn't worth anything, any more) for this phrase, thus saving great quantities of paper. In the same category, a type of verbal punctuation: Okay, Really, EH (which is the Canadian Yuh Know) and Right. These phrases are so cluttering that real words may become obliterated.

Limited Banishments

The Bottom Line - Commonly used as the ultimate expression for any ultimate, is banished for use by all save accountants and financial vice presidents.

Learning Resources Center - Forbidden to librarians who are attempting to say "library."

Somewhere Down The Road - Banished from business but not song lyrics. Frequently used in press conferences to keep department heads and press guessing. Also used by executives if they don't actually plan on doing something: "That's somewhere down the road (and if I have anything to say about it we'll never get there).

Two-Year Probation

Ambience and Opt. - There is nothing wrong with these words, but they are being over used, particularly by restaurant critics and architects (and such usage tends to be pompous).

Washington Phrase Alert

Where You Stand Is Where You Sit - Apparently means that's one's philosophy and opinions are based solely on one's job. A slight distortion of original coinage by Don K. Price, then a Harvard dean: "Where you stand depends on where you sit."

Nationally Recognized

Brittany Currie

Second Place
Lake Superior State University
“Mobile Robotics Workcell – Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”  

First Place
University of Florida, Gainesville

Third Place
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2006 ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

October 9, 2006
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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