Claire Mokrauer-Madden: Hi Bill! Nice to see you again. How has the Fall 2011 semester been going so far?
Bill Sheasgreen: It's been going really well. I've been sizing up this semester's students, and I think we have the makings of a pretty top notch cricket team on our hands.
CMM: A cricket team? Does cricket go this late into the year?
BS: Not usually, but I've been secretly planning an ICLC cricket team for years, and I think this will be the first season we can get it together.
CMM: Most of your students come from the United States. Do they know how to play cricket?
BS: If you tell them it's for class they'll learn it.
CMM: But the class you're teaching is called London as Text. Does cricket really figure into the class?
BS: I'm teaching the class, so of course it does. But if I've misread the energy level of my class, we may turn into a rugby team. It's still a bit early to know.
CMM: Who will your team be competing against?
BS: As I mentioned in my previous interview, there's a school down the road. I think we'll start off competing with the children there, or, if they're too busy, perhaps we'll try and take on other American study abroad programs.
CMM: That sounds exciting! You can start a league and a tournament!
BS: Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it. I've also been at work designing the uniforms. I'm really excited about them, too.
CMM: You talked a bit about uniforms in our last interview that you weren't at. What's the story there?
BS: Not much of a story, really. We are going to be a cricket or rugby team. We'll have to have uniforms. League rules.
CMM: I didn't think there was a league yet. I understood that you were still trying to develop it.
BS: That's right. And as I develop the league, I'm also planning the uniforms. I plan on being the league president. So uniforms will be my jurisdiction. Here's an example of one of our students in a prototype uniform. Plaid will figure prominently.
BS: Thanks. Ok, I should be getting back to orientation. It was nice getting to catch up with you again.
CMM: Yes, nice to touch base. I look forward to seeing how your new league goes. I wish your team a lot of success!
BS: Thanks! I really think this is going to be a good season for us. I mean semester.