and in response, I offer this:
and in response, I offer this:
You are a Grade A dumbass.
I certainly wouldn't want to get anything less than an A. I don't fail at nuthin'!
Some of you may know I've been writing a diary about "The Race to Replace Mary Sue Coleman". I was actually piecing together the third installment when that article dropped in the Detroit News today.
Hold on to your lunch but I've heard her name mentioned more than a few times as a possible replacement for Mary Sue. She knows the State of Michigan and all its political folk and significant business leaders (for better or for worse) has actually overseen a bump in academic standing and ranking, quality of applicants and fundraising at Moo U and is frankly well respected. She also sits as the President of the NCAA Presidents Committee which is pretty prestigous. Now this honorary degree thing. I have DEFINITELY heard her name mentioned as a possibility and lets not forget, Mary Sue was a Prez at another Big Ten School. There are certain circles that believe it makes a lot of sense to hire from within the Big Ten as you understand quite a bit that is unique to our region that you bring when you hit the ground in Ann Arbor.
Not going to lie, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if she makes the cross state switch.
EDIT: and yes....it makes me a little queasy to admit or write that. Just look at my avatar if you question my feelings about Michigan's Secondbest University. That said, taking the partisanship out of it, it might make sense.
Michigan can spin it as you guys have a great President and we just poached her, suckers!
MSU can say to the next up and commer, look where our former President went. Why don't you come work for us.
Yeah, poaching the MSU president basically means it's just that easy to spin it as a step up in the world. "Hey, look where your president really wanted to be all along." Easy.
"“U-M and MSU have worked pretty closely on the University Research Corridor, and lots of other things,” Fitzgerald said, referring to the a U-M, MSU and Wayne State University alliance created in 2006 to collaborate on research to reinvigorate Michigan's economy"
The Corridor is a huge deal and has many initiatives attached to it, so something like this - while strange on the surface due the rivalry perhaps - isn't entirely Earth-shattering. Actually, MSU and Michigan students, along with Wayne State students, start businesses at twice the national average, as I recall, and it is largely due to inter-university collaboration.
academics life itself.
There, fixed it for you.
"And in the 19th Century, God made football, and it was very good."
Harlan Hatcher got his BA, MA and PhD at OSU and served there as a professor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Vice President. That didn't stop Michigan from hiring him as its eighth president in 1951 and naming the graduate library after him when he retired in 1968.
Gridiron rivalries have very little effect on academic decision-making.
MSU President approaches outdoor podium
Hmm, that's weird, Dave said this was the place.
Was it tomorrow? This is weird. Nobody's here.
[Looks up, sees airplane skywriting something]
G... O.... B... L....
Maybe this is just the ultimate setup to the old 9th green at nine trick. Almost niiine o'clock....
Congratulations, It is a great honor to be respected amongst your peers. When it comes to academics I never look at MSU as a rival but as an ally. Sports are not the most important thing in the world.
Seriously. I get hating their sports but as someone from the state, a lot of my friends and family attended MSU, and a lot of the were (and are) very smart people who are doing very well for themselves. I really dislike the constant shots at them as people when a very small segment of their fanbase brings this reputation to them.
Lou Anna Simon has been a good colleague to UM administrators, and that extends back to when she was provost.
There have been MSU presidents who were tools when it comes to competing against and advocating against UM. She is not one of them.
Has always struck me as an outstanding administrator with a first rate reputatíon in the state of Michigan. Her current role as President of the NCAA Presidents Committee means that her reputation extends beyond our borders.
While her tenture at MSU has not seen as significant a rise in academic standing as Gordon Gee's at OSU, she demonstrated herself to be more thoughtful and less prone to cringe-worthy gaffes. By conferring the honorary degree, it's clear that the Board of Regents and U-M's Administration feel the same way. There is a clear, public, mutual respect between LouAnna and MSC that I have heard and seen many times.
As an alum of the University of Michigan, I would welcome her to the fold as the recipient of a U-M degree - honorary or not. And if the Regents decide she is the best candidate to replace MSC, I have no objectíons.
Whomever we get, there is some moderate lifting to do. Our ranking as a university has dropped over MSC's tenure, the U of M hospital is no longer on the honor roll of USNWR's nationwide hospitals and from what I understand, the North Campus Research Park is having financial issues, which someone else might be able to elucidate upon.
And while I'm at it, screw Borges.
On any given Monday, this news would be neutral at worst, highly positive at best.
But given the categorical implosion of all things I love this weekend, my visceral reaction was "great, now this happens." Elephant tongue in chipmunk cheek.