alternate headline: man does job
A nice article concerning the team, courtesy of Intel: LINK
Two videos; one from Intel, which looks more closely at the team and the World Solar Challenge, and a second, from another corporate sponsor: Siemens. The second video is all about the WSC. If you ever wondered what that race is really like, you'll want to watch this video.
Big props to the current team, for maintaining an amazing winning tradition. The Top 4 teams finished within an hour of each other after 2500 miles of racing (from Darwin, on Australia's northern coast to Adelaide, on the southern coast - basically bisecting the country). The car (Aurum) posted the fastest finishing time, ever, for a UM Solar entry (38:54:09 @ 88.1 kph avg.). For comparison, Stanford University's entry finished 6th, 90 minutes later. The only other US teams (Principia & MIT) finished 17th and 23rd, respectively.
When you think about the Top 3, Dutch teams Nuon (winner) and Twente (2nd) are professionals while third place, Tokai University, has (deep) funding from Panasonic. Fourth place is rather impressive, to say the least. The students that comprise the team take the Fall semester off to compete in the WSC, the race takes up that much of their time.
This summer brings the American Solar Challenge where Aurum will be competing to win it's sixth straight championship. Go Aurum, Go Blue.
In case you haven't seen it yet, last night in the Calgary vs Nashville game, Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman gets up woozy from a crushing hit into the boards and starts making his way towards the bench. Along the way he runs into a linesman skating backwards, and proceeds to drill him right in the back of the head and shoulders.
Wideman claims it was unintentional and states he has apologized to the linesman in question, no word yet on possible suspension by the NHL. It did not draw a penalty in the game.
Video can be found at the following LINK but I'm having trouble embedding for the board, sorry.
My wife and I are due for our first child in the first week of May so we are coming into the home stretch. After some intial scares with the pregnancy, we have been given a clean bill of health and all thumbs up.
So in honor of that and Brian's new addition, let's talk some ideas for Michigan legacy baby names! My wife and I are both alumni, but I'm a much bigger fan than her. So just flat out going "Bo" is probably not going to happen. I like Fielding and Woodson for first names, but have yet to run it by the better half. Oh, I should mention, we are not finding out the sex so, could go either way!
It is just after 3:30pm in the PNW. The next of a series of winter storms is blowing in off the Pacific, driving me into the house. I spent the day pruning pinot grigio grapevines - a normal January activity. It's been blustery enough I swear, for a couple of honey pots to tumble by. Now, it is no longer a day, let alone a night, fit for man or beast. Though my wife thinks I'm being cruel, but I'm not letting the beast in. Chris Robins can take care of his own damn bear.
Gratefully, I've a basketball game to take in. I've heard said it is only Rutgers and 'nothing to worry about.' Uhuh. Famous last words before a real shit storm right?
To quell the pregame jitters and shelter me from the storm, I've Chinaco Anejo Tequila. Nice sipping with an ice cube: Smoky, with a hint of licorice in the end.
When the rumor mill was swirling around hiring Warde Manuel, I was thinking about the fact that he would be the
first edit: second (forgot about Tom Goss) minority athletic director Michigan has ever had leading the department. Then I started trying to think of any other schools with minority athletic directors, and aside from Gene Smith and Kevin Anderson from the Big10, I couldn't really think of any. I was curious just how unusual having a minority AD was, particularly considering the overall representation of minorities in college athletics.
So, I looked up the ADs for every P5 school - here's the results of this census. Just how unusual is it? Here's a chart:
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The numbers track similarly with coaches, but do not line up well with the participation rates by athletes, a well-known phenomenon. Michigan's undergraduate population also looks quite different than the general athlete population - the linked Harper, et al. report notes that black men represent 58.1% of the football and basketball teams at UM, for a closer comparison on this point.
Another question is if there are any differences by conference. How does that break down?
With Warde Manuel on board, the Big 10 now appears much better - much closer to the breakdown of the athletes they manage, as does the Pac 12. The Big 12 and SEC both have decidely more monochromatic palettes.
My takeaway from this was that while minorities are better represented among the managers of athletic departments than I had expected, many still look decidedly different from the people in their departments. But this is yet another reason to be happy about being in the Big 10 and to have pulled some awesome people into our department.
Nice meaty piece about the Manuel hire by Angelique here:
Gives a good sense of him as a person, which I'd found lacking in accounts to now. Sounds very likable, also like he's got the gravitas to make serious decisions when the time comes. (Translation: former roomate of Jim and on great terms with him, but not just here to play yes-man.) Also, his experience runs to both depth and success in guiding athletic departments.