If he’s ever laughed louder or longer, Mike Schag can’t remember it.
“One morning circa 1987 in the early morning hours, a thin sheet of ice covered literally everything,” recalls the 1989 Gies College of Business grad, Air Force reserve officer and lead counsel in toxic tort litigation at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen.
“Hundreds of students on foot filled the streets struggling to reach the buildings of the Quad for their 8 a.m. classes. Standing by the Armory, I watched as their attempts to skate in sneakers failed and nearly everyone slid repeatedly, falling to the pavement.
“Yes, I fell too. It is one of the funniest things I have ever witnessed.
“More than 30 years later, I still chuckle to myself when I think of it. The event could very easily symbolize the struggles of life that lay ahead for these students, the need to pick yourself up and keep moving toward the goal, and the advantage of keeping your sense of humor while doing it.”