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|15 weeks 1 day 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.
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||Regression to the mean is one||
Regression to the mean is one tough SOB.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||You beat me to the Glengarry||
You beat me to the Glengarry Glen Ross reference...
|19 weeks 15 hours 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.
|22 weeks 5 days 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.
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 17 hours 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.
|43 weeks 5 days 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.)
|44 weeks 3 days 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.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||My answers||
1: DNA (but joined the faculty in '98)
I thought about not renewing, but only momentarily.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Not necessarily||
My kids' performing arts performances sometimes carry this disclaimer as well---it depends on how the sheet music they are performing was licensed. But, it's not a school ownership issue.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||"has anyone else decreased||
"has anyone else decreased mgoblog consumption due to the strange writing style of front page content?"
Nope. Each writer brings a different take on their pieces, but they all bring their brains.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I did not know until my wife||
I did not know until my wife told me yesterday---and I ran in last year's race.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||That's exactly why, as an||
That's exactly why, as an alum, I'm not all fired up about him being gone. It could be worse. It could be a LOT worse. And, it probably will be.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I'm a Cal alumnus...||
...and yes, that's the name blowing up my facebook/twitter feeds.
I've already bet several people rounds of drinks that it won't happen.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Shot advantage...||
My son and I were at the match. At about the 30' mark, we both noticed that there were Michigan "shots" recorded that were, shall we say, awfully generous in the scorer's interpretation of "shot". Likewise, at least one close miss by Niagara in the second half wasn't recorded---we joked at the time that the same strike might have been credited as two shots had it been taken by Michigan.
Until the second goal---which was a bit of a fluky deflection off a defender---I was not convinced M would pull it out. There was a shot advantage, no doubt---and a good chunk of play was in the Niagara half of the field. But it wasn't quite as lopsided as the score sheet suggests, and it looked like it might be one of those games where the team pressing advantage just couldn't get one to go in.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I think the AP #25 is...||
...UCLA, not Cal. Cal is horrid.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Congratulations to all of||
Congratulations to all of you!
I've been on the faculty for 14 years now. Every year I've been asked to serve as a Faculty Marshal. Every year I've let someone else do it. This year, I decided it was finally "my turn." So, if you came down stairway #2 to enter the stadium, I was the guy at the bottom telling you to watch your step, and offering my best wishes. I even saw several students from my classes. It was such a good time, I'm thinking I should volunteer again next year.
I couldn't be more proud of you all. Go do great things.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||My take: the more||
My take: the more expensive school is only justified in one of two cases. One: there is a real, tangible expectation that the extra cost would be paid back through a higher salary over 5-7 years. Two: it enables you to compete for jobs that the less-expensive school can't *and* that job is important to your overall life happiness.
I suspect that neither of these are super likely. According to the NRC data (link here: http://graduate-school.phds.org/rankings/kinesiology), sorting based on reputation, student outcomes, and student services, Temple is low on the list of ranked programs. It's likely that the other school you are considering is unranked on this list, but even so---Temple won't be an order-of-magnitude better in employers' eyes in the way that, say, one of the top 4-5 programs might.
Now, granted: the NRC rankings are for Ph.D. programs, not MS programs. And, YMMV. But, my gut says save the money, because Temple doesn't have enough juice.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Even more amusingly,||
Even more amusingly, Duderstadt's current office is in the Dude.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||The new(ish) Pac-12||
The new(ish) Pac-12 commissioner has acquired a shake-things-up reputation already---and by and large that seems to have been good for the conference. Add to that the Pac-12's pretty lame bowl tie-ins (the Rose plus a buch of games no one watches) and it's not hard to see that Playoff($) >> Rose-and-five-thorns($)---and if it is limited to Conference Champs only, that means that none of the other "power" conferences can ever have two, and depending on how you count that means even in a four-team playoff, the Pac-12 champ is almost certainly in.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Colin who?||
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Best crowd comment from the||
Best crowd comment from the peanut gallery: "Hey Ref, are you pregnant? 'Cause you've missed two periods."
|3 years 16 weeks ago||At the top of Section six||
At the top of Section six with my son. Let's Go Blue!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||"I talked to a guy who's||
"I talked to a guy who's majoring in mechanical engineering at Ohio State and he told me Friday night was the 1st real sell out this team has had all year long."
Their rink does seat 17K and change. If Yost was that big, I'm not sure it'd be full most nights either.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure I saw it this||
I'm pretty sure I saw it this week on the Green Rd. Busch's in Ann Arbor, as well. Didn't pick any up yet, but it's On My List.