Hi all, your friendly MGoEyeInTheSky here. People seem to enjoy these MGoDrone threads and it's a relatively slow afternoon here. I've been traveling a bit and anytime I go somewhere I usually bring my DJI Phantom Vision 2+ QuadRotor. Over the weekend I was in Madison for the hockey games. I made a pit-stop at Camp Randall for some aerial shots:
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And don't forget the Kohl Center!
More like the 'Cold' Center, right?! Ha haaa..... Sorry.
Whilst in West-Lafayette for the basketball-game-that-we-don't-need-to-talk-about it was raining so I wanted to keep the flight very short. The result was a kind of crappy shot, but here it is:
Being that I am originally from near Toledo, when I was home for the holidays I went out to Bowling Green and Toledo as well:
Finally, THIS WAS NOT A DRONE SHOT BECAUSE I WOULD GET IN BIG TROUBLE IF IT WAS but:
My friend and I went flying in Green Bay during the Packers-Cowboys playoff game and the flight path for landings goes right next to the stadium:
Normally you're not allowed to be flying anywhere near a stadium during a game. But because the airport was so close and we were just an airplane that had to do airplane things, we had a good reason to be so close (the kind ATC guy explained it nicely to us).
And of course, here it is your moment of zen:
I'll hopefully be at Minnesota and Indiana next month so I'll be sure to get some shots of their stadiums as well.
SIAP: I did a site search and found nothing.
Students who took part in the UNC Papergate scandal are now suing both UNC and the NCAA in a class action suit claiming that they were cheated out of an education.
I'm firmly in the camp that these athletes shoudl be ppaid something - mostly because what they are doing is their job - essentially an internship - many of which are paid. They don't develop the infrastructure, so no need to cut them in on a percentage - but some sort of pay for the work they put in. But this story confuses the hell out of me.
Certian parties valued football over education, and attempted to obviate rules in order to make football better - in large part, to try and generate revenues, sure. But both the school and the NCAA itself have strict anti-cheating policies and punishments. This will have to get thrown out, won't it? There is no evidence at all to show that the NCAA's structure is designed to do anything but prevent and discourage cheating.
Many of you have been following the story about the vandalism caused by Sigma Alpha Mu at Tree Tops Resort in Northern Michigan. The News (and Freep, for that matter) are reporting that UofM has suspended the fraternity in light of last weekend's actions.
In addition, up to five other Greek organizations at UofM may possibly also be suspended. This story has legs, and I'm sure there is more to come.
Besides Sigma Alpha Mu, UM officials said Sigma Delta Tau sorority was involved in the vandalism that occurred at Treetops Resort in Gaylord the weekend of Jan. 16-17.
That same weekend, Pi Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi fraternities along with Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma sororities were involved in reported vandalism at Boyne Highlands, 50 miles northwest in Harbor Springs, UM officials said. The damage involved 12 rooms.
UM officials want all of those groups to be suspended as well, university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said.
Just wanted to get some other peoples opinions on this topic. For a while now I've resented PSU as a university in general. It's not even about what happened - which was obviously unspeakable - it's about how they handled it. By continuing to make Joepa into a diety even after it was clear that he knew SOMETHING. This previous week when the wins were restored and the hockey and basketball teams wore "409" on their helmets and warm up shirts... that just pushed me over the edge. I will always hate MSU and OSU because those rivalries are time-honored and full of history. But, for me at least, I find myself rooting even harder for someone ANYONE to beat Penn State. The way that their fanbase has handled themselves over the past couple of years has put them on a higher level of hatred for me even beyond our traditional rivals. They did something institutionally wrong and are celebrating it less than five years later. Feel free to disagree I'm just curious about how other people view them.
The NCAA has passed a measure to allow scholarships to include cost of living for all student athletes. Not a surprise given the heat the NCAA has been under recently. I still think that players shouldbe provided the ability to earn more. Why create an artificial cap on endorsement money and other secondary forms of income?
Anyway, the measure will allow for schools to pay between $2000-5000 extra per year. That's not a ton of money now, but when I was in college, that would have been huge. Small step, but it is in the right direction. It passed 79-1. The lone dissenter was Boston College.
Maybe Gordon Gee was right about doing business with the Catholics? Shrewd lot they've got there at BC. (I'm teasing, Catholics. Relax.)
Saw this on twitter as an ESPN article, but screw ESPN. Here is a CBS link:
This may be barely OT since it involves U of M, but according to this column there are no more plastic trays in the dorm cafeterias (except at Bursley, strangely enough). No doubt there are rationales involving cost, the environment etc. for this change, but what exactly are Markley (and other Hill dorm) residents supposed to "tray" on in the Arb this time of year? Anyway, as a Markleyite from the 1980s, I thought that this was an entertaining eulogy to the passing of the dorm tray: