Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|1 year 9 weeks ago||Yes I know what an iPad is.||
Yes I know what an iPad is. It's sort of like a laptop computer except without a keyboard. There are netbooks and other tablets that can do the same thing for less, which is why, yes, I would classify an iPad as a luxury item. I'm sure most people in this country oustide of Southern California would agree with that assesment.
What I don't know is why every student athlete should be receiving one for free.
Also, the snideness isn't needed. It's unbecoming.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I'm surprised||
I'm surprised by the flippant attitude toward this. Maryland charges its students about $400 per year in athletics fees, which goes directly toward funding a department that is already millions of dollars in debt and had to cut several teams a year ago because of said debt.
Even if they were purchased at a steep discount, that's a couple hundred thousand dollars spent on items that can only be described as luxury.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I don't have||
I don't have enough points for a post, but if anyone else thinks this is board-worthy, please share it:
Maryland, which cut a couple sports programs last year because they are millions of dollars in the red, appears to have blown its first B1G dowry payment on iPads. For every student-athlete at the university.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Hey Brian,||
Hey Brian, have you confirmed the sourcing/accuracy of that Orwell quote? My 5 seconds of google-fu turned up this:
So to paraphrase you, if you're not going to do the research, to confirm, to make sure a quote is accurate, what do you have left? *Of course if you can come up with a legitimate source this post is rendered irrelevant. But if it's fake, it sure is a bit ironic given the circumstances.
edit: yeah, what AAB said
|1 year 21 weeks ago||FWIW a lot of Terp people are||
FWIW a lot of Terp people are also against the move. I think this is an interesting take/take-down of some of the issues brought up on the UMD side:
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yes||
Sorry for the length. Long-time lurker here. Two things that I have seen missing from the debate: Maryland's place in the ACC and the compressed geography of the East Coast.
UMD is a charter member of the ACC but has no natural rival, in or out of the ACC. West Virginia has Pitt. Virginia has Virginia Tech. UNC has Duke. Maryland basketball has been succesfull enough to create rivalries with UNC and Duke but will always be secondary because of geography.
I think Rutgers, Penn State and Maryland could create a nice triangle rivalry if they are in the same conference. PSU alums are all over the DC area. Tons of UMD students are from NY/New Jersey, and alums from all three schools are all over NYC. There are also quite a few Ohioans at UMD because of the proximity to D.C. So if you start to think of an east division taking shape there are some interesting storylines. Columbus is only about a 6 hour drive from College Park.
I'm a transplanted Midwesterner living in Maryland and I can't overstate how significant the compressed geography is for attending football games. The only time I can usually see UM play is when they visit Happy Valley. I can't wait to go up to Connecticut next year. I'm sure many of the east coast alums from all of the B1G schools feel the same way. People from as far as New York and maybe even Boston will be willing to make the drive to College Park once a year, and anyone from Virignia to Boston will have no problem getting to Rutgers. This will improve football attendance at both schools, and help foster a better tailgating atmosphere.
The Virginia-Maryland-New Jersey-New York region really is becoming a recruiting hotbed and right now it's nobody's backyard. VaTech is a coaching change from irrelevance. UVA is too small and elitist to control any recruiting territory. If Maryland and Rutgers join the B1G either those two schools will build up recruiting territory and become consistently good football teams, or the B1G will have an easy pipeline to tap. Either way, the conference is better off.