"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
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|44 weeks 1 day 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.
|1 year 2 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 15 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.
|1 year 15 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.
|1 year 16 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.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I think the AP #25 is...||
...UCLA, not Cal. Cal is horrid.
|1 year 45 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.
|1 year 45 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.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Even more amusingly,||
Even more amusingly, Duderstadt's current office is in the Dude.
|1 year 51 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.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Colin who?||
|2 years 5 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."
|2 years 5 weeks ago||At the top of Section six||
At the top of Section six with my son. Let's Go Blue!
|2 years 7 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.
|2 years 8 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.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Something to do with the||
Something to do with the Jerryworld game?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Mostly, I suspect it shows that...||
...the Health System is the true 800lb gorilla in these parts.
The sponsored research doesn't hurt though, and neither does the relatively high tuition and healthy fraction of out-of-state students.
Edited to add: here's another interesting stat from the article:
"LSU generated less than $500 million in revenues in 2009-10, one of the lowest totals on the Journal's list. Michigan, the school with the highest revenue in the sample, reported just over $6 billion in revenue."
If you are a subscriber, the online version of the article also contains an interactive chart with more data. The second school in total campus revenue is UCLA, with just under $4.8B.
As for football revenue, the interactive chart lists Michigan at 6th, with $63M and change, vs. Alabama at #1 with just south of $73M.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||I went to high school||
at Palo Alto High. There is some rain in the winter, yes. Dark and gloomy? Not on your life.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||We aren't entitled||
We're just in charge. ;-)
|2 years 12 weeks ago||For the most part||
as long as you ask nicely and make it clear that you are really excited about taking the class, it should be fine.
Most of us just want to get students off of our waitlists as soon as we can, because we hate turning people away. If we know that you want to take the class, we know we don't have that spot for someone else. I have students in similar positions for one reason or another just about every semester, and it's never a big deal.
But, as someone said on a prior thread: ask, don't expect. Most faculty don't react well to the entitled-student routine.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||I hate to quote an 11W blogger, but...||
"Much of one’s love for a rivalry is directly derived from their hatred of the other side. What is a good guy, without a bad one? What is a novel, without an antagonist? What is a rivalry, if not for the bitter rival?"
Welcome back to the Big Ten, Urban. You'd better bring it.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||That, sir...||
....is an excellent question. Even this Cal alumnus recognizes that the regular Stanfurd uniforms are better than that...
|2 years 18 weeks ago||"If you know a Tennessee fan,||
"If you know a Tennessee fan, take his belt and shoes."
I've been to Knoxville and heard talk radio there. Truer words were never spoken.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I've heard that from everyone||
I've heard that from everyone who has ever attended a Neb game. For example, I sat next to some Washington fans the last time they played at Michigan. They were very impressed with their reception in Ann Arbor, but said that Lincoln was even more hospitable---gracious hosts, whehter they are running up the score, or losing, doesn't matter. I think it also helps that we're a "new" home for them---the Nebraska fans I know are pretty excited about being in the Big Ten.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Why allow ND to do this?||
Because the Big 12 *already* allows Texas to do this with their Longhorn Network.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I didn't read it as an||
I didn't read it as an expectation that he'd be terminated, so much as the realization that as a non-tenured faculty member, your employment is always at the pleasure of the university.
That said, there are some things that the structure and governance of the academy makes difficult, and the President asking "Will no one rid me of this troublesome lecturer?" is one of them.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||A department that includes||
A department that includes among their faculty Tiya Miles, a MacArthur Fellow (a.k.a. "Genius Grant"), is probably a notch or two up from the University of Phoenix.
As it happens, I've had the good fortune to meet Tiya. We were both presenters on a panel at a recent Provost's Seminar on Teaching, in the Winter '11 term. She is wicked smart, and is doing some pretty fascinating work---but again, don't take my word for it, because the MacArthur folks backed up that opinion with a cool half million.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||But you really can't think of||
But you really can't think of "Michigan", especially the academic units as "one corporation". Each department is remarkably autonomous, the colleges even more so. The only point of common administrative control between the academic units and athletics is, more or less, the President and other University executive officers.
Plus, "the academy" is set up with a set of rules that more or less specifically prevent the administration from telling academic units what to teach, etc. There is some administrative involvement in academic hiring, promotion, and tenure, but that's the Provost's office and (in the case of tenure track promotions) the Regents. One book is probably not enough to get the Provost to lean on anyone, no matter what it says. Indeed, the whole notion of Academic Freedom (tm) specifically exists for just this sort of case---to offer safe harbor to a member of the faculty who writes something unflattering about the institution or its surrounding culture, provided of course that those writings are sound.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||The Ph.D. thing holds some||
The Ph.D. thing holds some water, but lecturers are often given a pass on it. Most of the lecturers in EECS are Ph.Ds, but one or two are not. Granted we are a department who values their lecturers, and every department is different, but we don't seem to care about it.
As for the discipline: I'm not as sure that it's thought of as soft. Harry Edwards (from whom I took Intro to Sociology at Cal) founded the field of Sociology of Sport as far back as the early '70s, when his seminal book on the topic was published. I could well be wrong about the AC department's specific views on the matter, but it's a broad enough bunch that it would be hard to draw that sort of line without some senior faculty being on the wrong side of it.
But, as a member of the faculty, there is one thing I *can* tell you: We. Do. Not. Take. Well. To. Direction. I can only *imagine* what our chair/executive committee would say if another *academic* department told us to let someone go, let alone the athletic department.