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|9 weeks 1 day ago||Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!||
Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||An idea so nice, I'd upvote||
An idea so nice, I'd upvote it twice.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||We have a different rule||
In our house, we have a different rule. You can have it done exactly the way you want it done, OR you can let someone else do it. You don't get both.
Married 18 years.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Top 3 plus an honorable mention||
All of these were at Michigan Stadium.
The first one that comes to mind: Henne to Manningham, Penn State, 2005. I took my son to the game; he had just turned five. At the time, I told him that that might be the best game he would ever see in Michigan Stadium. So far, it has been---and he still remembers it.
Number two is probably UTL-I. It wasn't a win-on-the-last-second play, so not *quite* as dramatic, but the fact that no one wanted to go home for a good long while after it was done was something I'll never forget.
Number three: the MSU 3OT game. I took my father, who is an MSU grad. Before the game, I asked him who he was rooting for. He graciously responded, "I just want to see a good game." When MSU was up 17, I turned to him and said, "Well, sorry the game wasn't competitive." And then, THAT happened.
Honorable mention: the Big Chill. My son, my father, and my father in law. We were too low to see much, but having the four of us there was a fond memory.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||It does take time||
I've been bringing my daughter to a game or two every year since she was five. She is a high school senior this year.
In the beginning, she was there just for the kettle corn. After a while, the band and pagentry were part of the deal too. She eventually got to the point where she would stay for the whole game.
But, this year...for Michigan State...she went all out. Painted her fingernails maize and blue, serious gear, bandanna, faux-tattoos, the works. That weekend, she decided that that communal environment was an important part of the college experience she was looking for. She might end up at Michigan, or might not, but she will be connected to her school.
It can take a while, but it happens.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Wolverine abroad||
I am not in Happy Valley. Instead I am in Shanghai, having visited the SJTU-UM Joint Institute, and the six Michigan students studying there this Fall. I am having a nightcap (we are thirteen hours ahead of EST) and will be flying back to DTW via Narita at about the time most of you are thinking about bed. Go Blue!
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Obvious was putting it mildly||
My son and I were at the game. Even in real time, and even though it was in the box in a tight game, it was an easy call to make. Not sure why it wasn't called, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth!
FWIW, we thought Louro was probably in position to make the save if it hadn't been stopped by the defender, but I haven't seen the replay yet to be sure.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Watchable games.||
The incentive? Games I want to watch. Beating up a tomato can is awfully boring.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I missed the game||
My son plays for Skyline, and they were hosting Huron last night, so we missed the game. Looking at the box score, it seems like they had their chances. Was it just an unlucky day, or something worse than that?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Main takeaways for a university administrator?||
Now that I'm starting year three as a low-level administrator at Michigan, I've been thinking of this book as a leadership template. After all, when a professor becomes an administrator, no one tells the professor how to do the job---we are just expected to figure it out as we go. (That's not quite true: CRLT does offer some training, but I still felt like I was thrown in the deep end.) But, perhaps unsurprisingly, being a professor has next to nothing to do with being an adminsitrator.
Brian's right, these are Brandon's Lasting Lessons, but in an inverted sense. Dave really did seem to love the university, and he clearly cared about the players and the department, but he just didn't lead it well. I've started to make a list of things to learn from the book, but I'm still only about 2/3ds of the way through, so I suspect there are things that I haven't gotten to yet. But, from your perspective, what are the take-aways for someone new to a leadership role in an academic institution (vs. "the private sector.")
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I'll put it on my list.||
I'll put it on my list. I really like Schöfferhofer's Grapefruit, great summer beer.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||One Last Saturday||
My BPL team is Everton. My son is a Spurs fan. They played each other today in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 draw. Tim Howard had a number of oustanding saves.
Made dinner for the flock, including this corn/chard gratin that both kids ate: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017637-chard-and-sweet-corn-gratin
The MGoWife went to UVa, and we are now sipping Mai Tai's (the original Trader Vic recipe) and watching them play UCLA in W. Volleyball on the Pac 12 network.
Speaking of which, time for another Mai Tai.
My son plays on AA-Skyline's varsity soccer team and they play at Temperence Bedford on Thursday night. So we'll be starting the Utah game on DVR delay when we get back home.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||As a Cal grad...||
... This pleases me. The Notre Dame vs USC game is a "meteor game," as in I hope a meteor hits the stadium during the game.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Cal||
I was a Cal undergrad, and am on the UM faculty. If they ever play, in anything, I am honor-bound to root for Cal per the Rules of College Football Fandom, as I have not taken advantage of the Faculty Exception.
So, I guess that technically makes Michigan my second team. But, I follow Michigan more closely than Cal, just due to longevity (I joined the faculty in '98) and geography.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||I'm very disappointed...||
...that no one who has taken EECS 280 in the last 10--12 years has chimed in about C++ functors' ability to mimic many of the cool things that closures can do.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I've got the same head/heart||
I've got the same head/heart split---pulling for Juve, expecting Barca.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||After a day of soccer...||
After a day of soccer, touring the indoor domes of Southeast Michigan, I broiled some chicken (rubbed with Detroit Spice Co. BBQ) and am now enjoying the evening with Atwater's Winterbock. Tasty.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Regression to the mean is one||
Regression to the mean is one tough SOB.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||You beat me to the Glengarry||
You beat me to the Glengarry Glen Ross reference...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Because they influence decisions about where to go||
They matter because a school's undergraduate "market"---prospective students and their families---pay (arguably outsized) attention to them. Perception drives reality.
The NYT published a nice data set about students who were admitted to two (or more) universities, vs. what they eventually chose. If you choose U-M as your comparison school, you'll find that the resulting list closely recreates the US News rankings---and that's even with a positive bias because Michigan residents (for whom U-M is a really good deal) are over-sampled.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||This has been done...||
...at basketball. When U-M won $750K in the MAGIC Robotics competition in Fall of 2010, the team was presented with a ceremonial check at halftime during the following winter term. Solar Car has been on the field at halftime for football games, as well.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Maybe I'm too stuck in the midwest||
...but I don't see this as a big upgrade. He'll face better offenses there, but TAMU isn't the place I'd want to hang my hat if I wanted to move to a head coaching position eventually. And, if I didn't want to be a head coach, I'd probably rather just stay where I know the lay of the land.
But, perhaps I'm just not ambitious enough.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||It's not just the private schools that "recruit"||
In some cases, public schools can as well, particularly now with schools-of-choice and similar mechanisms that allow kids to enroll outside their attendance area. I know there was quite a bit of chatter around Ann Arbor about which of the area high schools might provide the best development for soccer players---though, to be fair, anyone truly serious about that sport is probably thinking Academy instead.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Regential approval||
"Hackett's appointment was expressly subject to the regents' approval."
That's standard operating proceedure for just about any administrative appointment at U-M.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Roger that. This is one of||
Roger that. This is one of my pet peeves. Last time I checked, MGoBlog was not a public entity, and therefore can send any post (or poaster) to Bolivia for any reason, or no reason at all.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||The coke "promotion" did me in||
Right now: nothing.
I can live with the team being bad. I can live with RAWK. I can hold my nose at the BWW-sponsored halftime show at the home opener. I can even live with some reasonable discounting, like the groupon deal for the first few games.
But, giving away tickets with a couple of bottles of coke just to keep the 100K streak alive was a slap in the face to anyone who bought tickets this year--including the students. My tickets are end zone with the faculty/staff discount, so about as cheap as they get. I'm still paying north of $70/game with PSD, and can usually only attend about half of them due to conflicts, work travel, etc. For example, yesterday we went to the Pioneer @ Skyline game instead, because my son is in the band and my daughter's team was working concessions.
I'll still go to some games, as it's been a tradition to attend them with my kids since they were very little. They've got a few more years before they graduate and go on to their own college experiences.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||If you have a smartphone,||
If you have a smartphone, check out GameTime. It looks like a front-end to stubhub, but (a) filters out the best 20 or so seats based on some combination of price/locaiotn and (b) focuses only on tickets that can be delivered instantaneously/electronically.
I have a pair of season tickets that I'm often giving away to grad students in my department---too many conflicts with kid stuff this year---but if I were in the market for more, this is how I'd get them.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||EPL Rooting Interests||
My son and I had this conversation last summer, and it looks like we were mostly the same wavelength as Brian.
I picked Everton for the Tim Howard angle, and the fact that my son is also a keeper.
He picked Spurs, primarily becuase this was just before the Gareth Bale to Real transfer, and my son wears 11 for his club, which happened to be Bale's number for Spurs. But, transfer or no, the Spurs are his team, and he has stuck with them. It did not hurt that the Spurs were also the very temporary home of Coach Ted Lasso.
We're driving to Chicago this weekend for the Spurs @ Fire friendly, and will be in the stadium watching Bale's team the weekend after (if not Bale himself.)
|1 year 41 weeks ago||There might be some changes||
There might be some changes coming on the whole donor management thing. For example, someone on the search committee tells me that Mark wondered why donations to Athletics count for 10x the value of donations to the University generally when it comes to Priority Points.
|2 years 1 week ago||My answers||
1: DNA (but joined the faculty in '98)
I thought about not renewing, but only momentarily.